HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower
Specification and Upgrade Options
The HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower is a pre-built business desktop computer first released in 2017. 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 Q270 chipset and supports 7th gen Intel Core processor, 64GB of DIMM DDR4-2400 memory, and dedicated graphics card.
HP ProDesk 600 G3 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 G3 Microtower is a good option. Models in this category usually have 4x PCIe slots, several drive bays and better cooling.
Can you upgrade HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower to play games?
Yes, you can upgrade HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower for gaming with better processors, graphics card, memory, and storage devices. However, like many other business pre-built PCs, this model may have proprietary elements like the power supply, the chassis or the power connector, which can make it difficult for users to install aftermarket PSUs to support better GPUs. You can also find that there is space constrains inside the chassis, making it difficult to accommodete larger GPU to boost the gaming performance.
Please explore the sections bellow to find ideas and suggestions on how to upgrade HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower.
Windows 11 compatibility
No, HP ProDesk 600 G3 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.
You can upgrade HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower with a full size GPU. Models like NVIDIA GTX 1660 or GTX 1650 Super are good and safe upgrade option and will work with most Mini Tower form factor. However, keep in mind that the type of GPU you can install will depend on the available space in the chassis and the PSU power rating.
Before you begin shopping for a new GPU, it's important to consider the power supply unit (PSU) currently installed. This is because powerful GPUs require more power than the stock PSU can provide, which means that you may need to upgrade your PSU as well.
According to the manual, the maximum stock power supply available on HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower is 250W. However, to be absolutely sure, check the stock power supply power rating and use one of the GPUs from the table.
GPU upgrade options for HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower with the stock 250W power supply:
|AMD RX 460||90 W||4 GB DDR5||*SATA to PCIe adapter|
|NVIDIA GTX 1060||118 W||3 GB DDR5||*SATA to PCIe adapter|
|NVIDIA GTX 1650 Super||100 W||4 GB DDR6||*SATA to PCIe adapter|
The HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower supports Gen7 Intel Core technology. The 7th generation of Intel Core processors were introduced in 2016. Named Kaby Lake, they are refresh of the 6th gen architecture with few efficiencies and power improvements and the same 14nm manufacturing process. Kaby Lake introduces a new graphics architecture that improves 3D performance, 4K playback and HDCP 2.2 support. Processors in this generation use LGA 1151 socket and have dual-channel support for DDR4-2400 RAM slots.
Best CPUs for HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower upgrade:
|Model||Cores (Threads)||Base frequency||Turbo|
|Core i5 7500||4(4)||3.4 GHz||3.8 GHz|
|Core i5 7600||4(4)||3.5 GHz||4.1 GHz|
|Core i7 7700||4(8)||3.6 GHz||4.2 GHz|
HP ProDesk 600 G3 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 G3 Microtower supports up to 64 GB of DIMM DDR4-2400 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 G3 Microtower supports RAM speeds of up to 2400 MT/s.
HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo card with the on-board M.2 2230 (Wi-Fi/BT) slot. The card contains a Wi-Fi module that supports various Wi-Fi standards, as well as a Bluetooth module. It is small circuit board that is designed to fit into a dedicated slot on the motherboard.
Keep in mind that the card is not always included and you have to install one yourself.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless adapter upgrades for HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower:
|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 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.
The HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower comes with eleven 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.
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 G3 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 G3 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 G3 Microtower comes with five 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.
HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower has also one M.2 socket(s) that supports both PCIe NVMe (PCIe 3.0 x4) and SATA M.2 drives with speed of up to 4 GB/s. This configuration works very well for both gaming and work related tasks.
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.
Best PCIe NVMe drives for HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower storage upgrade:
|Model||Form factor / Interface||NAND type||DRAM|
|Samsung 980 PRO SSD||M.2/x4 PCIe 4.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
|CORSAIR MP600 PRO||M.2/x4 PCIe 4.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
|SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus||M.2/x4 PCIe 3.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
|Western Digital Black SN770||M.2/x4 PCIe 4.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
|Kingston A2000||M.2/x4 PCIe 3.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
The HP ProDesk 600 G3 Microtower comes with a 250 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 250 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.