HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower

Comparison and Differences

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ModelHP ProDesk 600 G1 MicrotowerLenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower
Form factorMini TowerMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ85 H61
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1660 SuperRadeon RX 550
RAMDIMM DDR3-1600DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots42
RAM speed1600 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max32 GB16 GB
USB ports(4x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0;(6x)USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) DisplayPort: VGADVI-D; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;
Optional portsMedia card reader (USB 2.0); Serial; Parallel;Serial; Media card reader (USB 2.0);
SATA ports43
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16; (3x) PCIe x1;PCIe 2.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1;
M.2 slotsN.A.N.A.
Drive bays2.5in; (2x) 3.5in; 5.25in; 5.25in (slim)(2x) 2.5/3.5in; 5.25in;
PSU320 WATX 180 W
Weight9.3 kg (20.5 lb)7.5 kg (16.53 Ib)
Released20132012
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* Dedicated GPU warning: Check if your particular power supply model has enough power. Additionally some PSUs don't come with an auxiliary PCIe power connector and you may need to buy a SATA to PCIe power adapter.

Differences between HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower and Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower which was released in 2013. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower is older and entered production in 2012.

Form factor wise the models are the same. This means that they are of similar size and form.

Processor

Usually the newer the generation of the CPU, the better the performance and efficiency is. If your budget allows it, you should go with the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower has 4 RAM slots while the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower has only 2 slot(s). Of course this is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM will your system be using.

None of the desktops has an advantage when it comes to the speed of the RAM being used. Both models support RAM speeds of up to 1600. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower as it has the ability to run 32 GB of RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

In total the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower has 10 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower is inferior in this regard and packs 6 USB ports. In any case, if you miss USB ports, you can always purchase a USB hub. None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to look elsewhere.

Unfortunately, only the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower has a DisplayPort. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower does not have one? Don't worry though, nowadays video adapters are cheap and you can get almost any combination of conversion types.

None of the models has an HDMI port. If your monitor supports only the HDMI interface, you will need to buy an adapter. Such adapters are cheap so nothing to worry about.

SATA ports are placed on the system board and it is where you connect your HDD, SSD and Optical Disk Drives. More SATA slots will allow you to have more drives running at the same time. In this regard the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower has 3 slot(s).

M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA interface. Unfortunately, neither the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower, nor the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.

Remark: Make sure that the available M.2 slot supports the PCIe (also called NVMe) interface. This is important as there are M.2 slots which support only the inferior SATA III interface. For comparison, the SATA III interface has max speeds of 6Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32Gb/s!

Power Supply

Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important, if you are going to use components which require extra power. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Tower comes with a decent 180 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Microtower has a more powerful one rated at 320 Watts. Choosing either one depends on your specific requirements and use case. Also don't forget that some models might have more than one PSU option - try to always get the most powerful one, especially if you plan to upgrade to a powerful GPU.

Motherboard

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