Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorMicroDesktop
CPU optionsIntel Gen2&3 i3/i5; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH61Q150
Dedicated GPU *N.A.GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile
RAMSODIMM DDR3-1600DIMM DDR4-2133
RAM slots24
RAM speed1600 MT/s2133 MT/s
RAM max16 GB64 GB
USB ports(4x)USB-A 3.0; USB-A 2.0; (Default 5x USB-A 2.0);(6x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsDisplayPort; VGA;(2x) DisplayPort 1.2; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic;RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial;
Optional portsUSB-A 2.0; Serial; WiFi antenna; 2x USB-A 2.0; Media card reader (USB 2.0); (2x) PS2; eSATA;
SATA ports13
PCI slotsN.A.PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x1; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4); M2 to PCI adapter (optional);
M.2 slotsM.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)M.2 (WiFi/BT or PCI extension card)
Drive bays2.5in2.5in; 2.5/3.5in; 5.25in (slim);
PSU65 WTFX 210 W
Weight1.3 kg (2.9 lb)9 kg (19.8 lb)
Released20122015
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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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny and Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small which was released in 2015. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny is older and entered production in 2012.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small 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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small has 4 RAM slots while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny has only 2 slot(s). This is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM you are going to use.

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small is using the faster 2133 MT/s RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny 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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small has 8 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny is inferior in this regard and packs 5 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.

DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small comes with 2 ports, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny has only 1. If you are planning to use multiple monitors, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small 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 M800 Small is better equipped as it comes with 3 SATA slot(s), while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny has 1 slot(s).

M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA interface. Unfortunately, neither the Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e Tiny, nor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.

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 M72e Tiny comes with a decent 65 Watt PSU, but the Lenovo ThinkCentre M800 Small 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.

Motherboard

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