HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Small

Comparison and Differences

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ModelHP ProDesk 480 G1 MicrotowerLenovo ThinkCentre M72e Small
Form factorMini TowerDesktop
CPU optionsIntel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH81H61
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1660 SuperGeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile
RAMDIMM DDR3-1600 DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots22
RAM speed1600 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max16 GB16 GB
USB ports(2x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsDVI-D; VGA;DVI-D; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;
Optional portsMedia card reader (USB2.0); Serial; Parallel; Parallel; Serial; Media card reader (USB 2.0);
SATA ports43
PCI slotsPCIe x16; (2x) PCIe x1; PCI; PCIe 2.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1;
M.2 slotsN.A.N.A.
Drive bays(3x) 3.5-inch; (2x) 5.25-inch2.5/3.5-inch; 5.25-inch;
PSU300 WTFX 240 W
Weight7.1 kg (15.75 lb)6.6 kg (14.55 lb)
Released20132012
Manuallinklink
* 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 G1 Microtower and Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Small

If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower which was released in 2013. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Small is older and entered production in 2012.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Small is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP ProDesk 480 G1 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 480 G1 Microtower as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Small is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

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.

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. In addition, you will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 16 GB of RAM will be enough for most people. However, if you will be needing more RAM, make sure to check other desktop models too.

Ports

In total the HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower has 8 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Small 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.

Nowadays, every new computer comes equipped with a DisplayPort. However, none of the computers being compared here has one. Don't worry though, video adapters are very cheap and you can get virtually any combination of mode conversion.

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 480 G1 Microtower is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s).

M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA. Unfortunately, neither the HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower, nor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Small has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.

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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Small comes with a decent 240 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower has a more powerful one rated at 300 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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