HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF
Comparison and Differences
|Model||HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini||Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF|
|CPU options||Intel Gen10 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||N.A.||GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile|
|RAM||SODIMM DDR4-3200||DIMM DDR4-2133|
|RAM speed||3200 MT/s||2133 MT/s|
|RAM max||64 GB||32 GB|
|USB ports||USB-C 3.1; (3x)USB-A 3.1; (3x)USB-A 3.0;||(4x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) DisplayPort:||(2x) DisplayPort 1.2; VGA;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Headset;||RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;|
|Optional ports||DP1.4/ HDMI2.0a/ VGA/ USB-C(DP1.4)/ Serial/ Thunderbolt3; (2x)USB-A 2.0/Serial; WiFi antenna;||2x USB-A 2.0; Media card reader (USB 2.0);|
|PCI slots||N.A.||PCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1;|
|M.2 slots||(2x) M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);||N.A.|
|Drive bays||2.5in;||2.5in; 2.5/3.5in; 5.25in (slim);|
|PSU||65/95 W||TFX 210 W|
|Weight||1.25 kg (2.74 lb)||9 kg (19.8 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences between HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini and Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF and will fit more easily under your desk.
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 Mini as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.
RAM slots is where your insert your RAM sticks. Each of those two models has 2 RAM slot(s) which should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM you are going to need.The HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini is using the faster 3200 MT/s RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 2133 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.
In total the HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini has 7 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF 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. What is nice about the HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini, is that it has 4 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds significantly. For people who want to use external drives on regular basis, this might be an issue.
DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini comes with 2 ports, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF has only 1. If you are planning to use multiple monitors, the HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini is the better choice.
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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF is better equipped as it comes with 3 SATA slot(s), while the HP ProDesk 600 G6 Mini has 1 slot(s).
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 Mini. Sadly, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.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!
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 Mini comes with a decent 95 Watt PSU, but the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF has a more powerful one rated at 210 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.