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HP EliteDesk 800 G3 Desktop Mini

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
i7-4578Ub
7th generation Kaby Lake
i7-7700c
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
LPDDR3 SDRAM
1600 MHz
16 GB GHze (Up to 32GB)
DDR4 SODIMM
2400 MHz
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)
COST $1599.00 $1397.40
Warranty $99 for Apple Care Already included
a Not the absolute highest, one can get a 1TB SSD.
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.

Some Drawbacks.

– 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.

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THIS IS AN EARLIER VERSION: THE G1. HOWEVER, AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS SERVICEABLE.