HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tower

Comparison and Differences

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ModelHP ProDesk 480 G1 MicrotowerLenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tower
Form factorMini TowerMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH81Q77
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1660 SuperGeForce GTX 1660 Super
RAMDIMM DDR3-1600 DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots24
RAM speed1600 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max16 GB32 GB
USB ports(2x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0; (4x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsDVI-D; VGA;DisplayPort; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial;
Optional portsMedia card reader (USB2.0); Serial; Parallel; DisplayPort; (2x) PS2; Serial; Parallel; Media card reader (USB 2.0);
SATA ports44
PCI slotsPCIe x16; (2x) PCIe x1; PCI; PCIe 2.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; (2x) PCI;
M.2 slotsN.A.N.A.
Drive bays(3x) 3.5-inch; (2x) 5.25-inch(2x) 2.5/3.5-inch; (2x) 5.25-inch;
PSU300 WATX 280/450 W
Weight7.1 kg (15.75 lb)11 kg (24.25 lb)
Released20132011
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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 G1 Microtower and Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tower

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 M92p Tower is older and entered production in 2011.

Form factor wise the models are the same - both desktops are of similar size and form.

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 M92p Tower is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tower has 4 RAM slots while the HP ProDesk 480 G1 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.

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. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tower as it has the ability to run 32 GB of RAM. The HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for most users.

Ports

Total count of USB ports for both computers is 8. 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.

Unfortunately, only the Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tower has a DisplayPort. The HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower does not have one? Don't worry though, nowadays video adapters are cheap and you can get almost 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 slot is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 4 SATA slots.

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 M92p Tower 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 HP ProDesk 480 G1 Microtower comes with a decent 300 Watt PSU, but the Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tower has a more powerful one rated at 450 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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