HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower case front and back pannel

HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower

Specification and Upgrade Options

The HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower is a pre-built business desktop computer first released in 2015. Although more than five years old, it is still a viable solution for home, office, and when properly upgraded – gaming. The motherboard is using the Q150 chipset and supports 6th gen Intel Core processor, 64GB of DIMM DDR4-2133 memory, and dedicated graphics card.

HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower is a Mini Tower form factor computer. The Mini Tower is the largest chassis in the business class desktops segment. If you are looking for a system with maximum upgradability, HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower is a good option. Models in this category usually have 4x PCIe slots, several drive bays and better cooling.

Specification

Model
Form factorMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ150
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 Super
RAMDIMM DDR4-2133
RAM slots4
RAM speed2133 MT/s
RAM max64 GB
USB ports(6x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) DisplayPort: VGA
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;
Optional portsMedia card reader (USB 2.0); Serial;
SATA ports3
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16; (3x) PCIe x1;
M.2 slotsN.A.
Drive bays(2x) 3.5in; 5.25in (slim)
PSU280 W
Weight7.35 kg (16.2 lb)
Released2015
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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.
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Windows 11 compatibility

No, HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower does not meet the Windows 11 hardware requirements. According to Windows 11 specification, all models with Intel 7th Gen CPU or older are not officially supported. Processor with TPM 2.0 and a UEFI Secure boot BIOS is also required in order to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 through Windows Update.

However, anyone with PC that does not pass the upgrade test can download the official Windows 11 ISO, make a bootable flash drive, and install the OS manually.

Processor

The HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower supports Gen6 Intel Core technology. Intel introduced the 6th generation of its Core CPUs in August 2015. Named Skylake, it uses the same 14nm manufacturing process like the old 5th gen. The improvements are better CPU and GPU performance and reduced power consumption. Other enhancements include Thunderbolt 3.0 and SATA Express.

Best CPUs for HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower upgrade:

Model Cores (Threads) Base frequency Turbo
Core i5 6500 4(4) 3.2 GHz 3.6 GHz
Core i5 6600 4(4) 3.3 GHz 3.9 GHz
Core i7 6700 4(8) 3.4 GHz 4.0 GHz

Memory

HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower has four RAM slots and supports dual channel memory configuration. This is sufficient for almost any use case and especially in situations where the workload calls for more RAM.

To cover the needs of your OS, games, and apps, HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower supports up to 64 GB of DIMM DDR4-2133 RAM. For office work, home use, and light gaming we recommend 8GB of RAM. For everything else, use 16GB or more.

Faster RAM speeds permit your processor to access the data stored inside the memory faster. This is important for the overall speed of your system. The motherboard of the HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower supports RAM speeds of up to 2133 MT/s.

Wi-Fi Support

HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower doesn't come with any on-board Wi-Fi support. In that case, you have two options to upgrade this model with Wi-Fi. You either use an external USB Wi-Fi adapter (wireless network dongle) or a PCIe-based wireless adapter.

The USB dongle is much more convenient and easy to install, but has less space for a decent antenna and can have thermal problems. On the other hand, the PCIe based adapter is much more powerful, more reliable, and has better antenna, but it is harder to install.

Best Wireless adapters for HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower:

Model Speed Frequency Interface
WiFi 6E (Gig+) Kit 3000 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz NGFF M.2 A/E Key
Rekong AX210 3000 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz NGFF M.2 A/E Key
Gigabyte GC-Wbax200 2400 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz PCIe
TP-Link Archer TX50E 2400 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz PCIe
TP-Link Archer T9UH 1300 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz USB 3.0

Ports

Ports are important and often people don't think about them when buying a PC. For example, if you don't have enough USB ports, using external devices becomes problematic. Before you buy any system, considering your use case, check the number of external devices you are going to use and plan the number of the extension ports accordingly.

USB ports

The HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower comes with ten USB ports in total. Having more USB ports is always better, but also pay attention to the version of those USB ports. Higher version ports support faster transfer speeds. Unfortunately, this model doesn't come with a USB 3.1 port. If you need a faster connection for your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to choose another model.

Video ports

The DisplayPort (DP) is the most widely used digital interface for transmitting digital video and audio between display devices and PCs. It is good to see that the HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower is featuring a DisplayPort 1.2. The post version is important if you target higher resolutions with high refresh rate. Although, ver. 1.2 is completely fine for most users, if possible, aim for the higher versions DisplayPort.

The HDMI port is another digital video port you can use to connect external display. It has very similar capabilities to the DisplayPort with few exceptions. However, the HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower doesn't have one. This is not a problem if there is on-board DisplayPort.

*Please keep in mind in order to use the video ports available through the motherboard, you need a CPU with integrated graphics card. If you have a dedicated GPU, use his ports instead.

SSD storage - M.2 sockets and SATA ports

The SATA port is one of the places where you can connect a stora gedevice. The HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower comes with three SATA port(s). Not enough SATA ports might limit your options for additional storage devices. Think about your use case and decide if the SATA ports provided by this model will be sufficient.

Unfortunately, the HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower has no M.2 PCIe soket and you have to rely on the available SATA ports to connect your drives.

The M.2 PCIe SSD connector in combination with an NVMe drive allows for higher transfer rates, compared to the old SATA interface. In some situations, NVMe device connected to the M.2 PCIe socket can be more than 5 times faster.

Power Supply

The HP ProDesk 600 G2 Microtower comes with a 280 Watt PSU. Having a power supply with high power rating is important, especially if you are doing upgrade with addtional components, like dedicated GPU and more HDDs. Will this 280 W be enough, it all depends on your specific use. Please keep in mind that some models might have more than one PSU option. Whenever possible get the most powerful one, as it might make future upgrades easier.

Motherboard

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