HP ProDesk 480 G5 Microtower vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro
Comparison and Differences
|Model||HP ProDesk 480 G5 Microtower||Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro|
|Form factor||Mini Tower||Desktop|
|CPU options||Intel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GTX 1660 Super||GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile|
|RAM||DIMM DDR4-2666||DIMM DDR3-1600|
|RAM speed||2666 MT/s||1600 MT/s|
|RAM max||32 GB||32 GB|
|USB ports||(4x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;||(6x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||DisplayPort; VGA;||(2x) DisplayPort; VGA;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Headset; Line-In; Line-Out;||RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial;|
|Optional ports||SD card reader; Serial; Serial and (2x) PS2; DP/HDMI/VGA/USB-C;||(2x) PS2; Serial; Parallel; Media card reader (USB 2.0);|
|PCI slots||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4); PCI;||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4); PCI;|
|M.2 slots||M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)||N.A.|
|Drive bays||2.5/3.5in; 3.5in; 5.25in (slim)||2.5in; 2.5/3.5in; 5.25in;|
|PSU||180/250/310 W||TFX 240 W|
|Weight||5.47 kg (12.0 lb)||7.8 kg (17.20 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences between HP ProDesk 480 G5 Microtower and Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro
If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the HP ProDesk 480 G5 Microtower which was released in 2018. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro is older and entered production in 2013.
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro is the right one for you. It is smaller than the HP ProDesk 480 G5 Microtower 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 480 G5 Microtower as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro has 4 RAM slots while the HP ProDesk 480 G5 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 480 G5 Microtower is using the faster 2666 MT/s RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s. In addition, you will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 32 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.
Both models have the same amount of USB ports for total count of 8. If this is not enough, using a USB hub is always a viable option. 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 M93p Small Pro comes with 2 ports, while the HP ProDesk 480 G5 Microtower has only 1. If you are planning to use multiple monitors, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro 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 M93p Small Pro is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the HP ProDesk 480 G5 Microtower has 3 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 480 G5 Microtower. Sadly, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro 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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro comes with a decent 240 Watt PSU, but the HP ProDesk 480 G5 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, especially if you plan to upgrade to a powerful GPU.