There are many options available for the HP ELITE DESK 800 G3, but we wanted to compare high end models of the HP ELITE DESK 800 G3 vs a High End Mac Mini 2014.
The MacMini has a top option of 16GB RAM, so we use that. The Mac Mini has a top option of an i7 (albeit 2-core), but we will use a 4 core option where available for our replacement.
Storage options will go all over the place, but we will use a 500GB storage SSD as our option to compare.
|The High End Mac Minia||HP ELITE DESK 800 G3|
|CPU||4th generation Haswell
|7th generation Kaby Lake
|Cores/Threads||2 cores / 4 threads||4 cores / 8 threads|
|Frequency||3 GHz||3.6 GHz|
|Turbo Boost||3.5 GHz||4.2 GHz|
|Mobile/Desktop||Mobile CPU||Desktop CPU|
|RAM||16 GB GHzd
|16 GB GHze (Up to 32GB)
|STORAGE||500GB (PCIe) SSDf||500GB (PCIe) NVMeg|
|Serviceable||RAM – No – soldered on!
Storage – difficult!
|RAM and Storage
are both serviceable
|WEIGHT||2.7 pounds (1.22 kg)||2.67 lb (1.2 kg)|
|Warranty||$99 for Apple Care||Already included|
b For comparison’s sake, we are assuming the high end i7-4578U (dual-core) option.
c With the HP ELITE DESK 800 G3, comes with a massive amount of CPU options all the way from Pentium up to quad-core i7-7700 Kaby Lake. We are just comparing the high end i7-7700 (quad-core) option.
d Assuming, you order the MacMini with 16GB RAM. It is soldered in and cannot be changed later.
e With the HP ELITE DESK 800 G3, one can upgrade to 32 GB, an option not available on the Mac Mini.
f Assuming the (PCIe) SSD option is taken.
g Technically, HP ELITE DESK 800 G3 offers a host of options from HDD to SSD to PCIe NVMe, plus the option of multiple drives. However, we wanted to make a comparison of similar options.
One can see that for far, a little less money, the HP ELITE DESK 800 G3 can thoroughly wipe the floor with the Mac Mini.
– The HP ELITE DESK 800 G3 has an external power brick.
Conclusions: This is an extraordinarily good replacement for a Mac Mini. Smaller, far more powerful, and cheaper. Of course, depending on the options chosen.
Disclaimer: We strive to be as accurate as possible in our data. You are responsible to check yourself, before buying.
THIS IS AN EARLIER VERSION: THE G1. HOWEVER, AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS SERVICEABLE.