HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower vs. HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF

Comparison and Differences

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ModelHP ProDesk 480 G4 MicrotowerHP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF
Form factorMini TowerSmall
CPU optionsIntel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen10 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH270 Q470
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1660 SuperGeForce GT 1030 Low Profile
RAMDIMM DDR4-2400DIMM DDR4-3200
RAM slots24
RAM speed2400 MT/s3200 MT/s
RAM max64 GB128 GB
USB ports(4x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0; USB-C 3.1; (2x)USB-A 3.1; (5x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsDisplayPort; VGA;(2x) DisplayPort:
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-In; Line-Out;RJ45; Headset; Line-Out;
Optional portsSD card reader; Serial and (2x) PS2;DP1.4/ HDMI2.0a/ VGA/ USB-C(DP1.4)/ (2x)USB-A 3.0/ LAN/ Serial; Serial/Thunderbolt3; SD card reader;
SATA ports33
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4); PCI; PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe x4 (open ended);
M.2 slotsM.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);
Drive bays2.5/3.5-inch; 3.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim)(2x)2.5-inch/3.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);
PSU180/310 W180/210 W
Weight5.47 kg (12.06 lb)3.9 kg (8.6 lb)
Released20172020
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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 480 G4 Microtower and HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF

If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF which was released in 2020. The HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower is older and entered production in 2017.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP ProDesk 480 G4 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 G6 SFF as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF has 4 RAM slots while the HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower 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 G6 SFF is using the faster 3200 MT/s RAM. The HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 2400 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF as it has the ability to run 128 GB of RAM. The HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower can do a bit less at max 64 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for most users.

Ports

In total the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF has 10 USB ports. The HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower is inferior in this regard and packs 8 USB ports. What is nice about the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF, is that it has 3 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds a bit.

DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF comes with 2 ports, while the HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower has only 1.

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

SATA slot is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 3 SATA slots.

If you want the fastest transfer speeds for your SSD, an M.2 interface is crucial. Thus, if the M.2 SSD slot is a mandatory requirement for you, go with the HP ProDesk 600 G6 SFF. Sadly, the HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.

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 G6 SFF comes with a decent 210 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 480 G4 Microtower has a more powerful one rated at 310 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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