HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini vs. HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower

Comparison and Differences

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ModelHP ProDesk 600 G1 MiniHP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower
Form factorMicroMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ85Q270
Dedicated GPU *N.A.GeForce GTX 1650
RAMSDIMM DDR3-1600DIMM DDR4-2400
RAM slots24
RAM speed1600 MT/s2400 MT/s
RAM max16 GB64 GB
USB ports(4x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;USB-C 3.0; (6x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) DisplayPort: VGA(2x) DisplayPort:
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out;RJ45; Headset; Line-Out; Line-In;
Optional portsN.A.DP/HDMI/VGA/USB-C(DP); Serial; SD card reader;
SATA ports15
PCI slotsN.A.PCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 3.0 x1; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4);
M.2 slotsM.2 2280 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);
Drive bays2.5-inch;2.5-inch; (2x) 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);
PSU65 W180/250 W
Weight1.3 kg (2.9 lb)7.35 kg (16.2 lb)
Released20142017
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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 Mini and HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower

If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower which was released in 2017. The HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini is older and entered production in 2014.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower and will fit more easily under your desk.

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 G3 Microtower as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower has 4 RAM slots while the HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini 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.

The HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower is using the faster 2400 MT/s RAM. The HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for most users.

Ports

In total the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower has 11 USB ports. The HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini is inferior in this regard and packs 6 USB ports. None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals you will need to look at other models.

The DisplayPort is usually the more popular video port used with desktops and laptops, while the HDMI is used predominantly in consumer electronics. It is good to see that both of the models come with a DisplayPort.

None of the models has an HDMI port. If your monitor supports only the HDMI interface, you will need to buy an adapter.

SATA port 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 G3 Microtower is better equipped as it comes with 5 SATA slot(s).

When your goal is to have the fastest SSD transfer speeds, an M.2 interface is crucial. Thus, it is good that both models have M.2 SSD slots. Today M.2 SSDs are not much more expensive than the average SATA drives, so it really does not make sense to buy SATA drives anymore.

Remark: Make sure that the M.2 slot supports the PCIe (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 6 Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32 Gb/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 HP ProDesk 600 G1 Mini comes with a decent 65 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower has a more powerful one rated at 250 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.

Motherboard

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