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HP Z2 MINI G3

This is a beast. Has real promise! Comes in a variety of options. Far more powerful, and user friendly than a Mac Mini, and serviceable.

The High End Mac Minia HP Z2 G3 MINI
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
Graphics Iris 5100 HD 630
(one can add a NVDIA Quadro 620d
Internal Speaker No
RAM 16 GB GHze
LPDDR3 SDRAM
1600 MHz
16GB GHzf (You can add up to 32GB)
DDR4 DIMM
2400 MHz
STORAGE 500GB (PCIe) SSDg 250GB (PCIe) SSD M.2 NVMeh
+ a second drive, we chose a 1TB HDD
CONNECTIVITY – Gigabit Ethernet port
– Bluetooth 4.0
– 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
– 4x USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
– HDMI port
– Audio in port
– 3.5 mm headphone jack
– SDXC card slot
– IR receiver
– LAN & RJ-45
– Bluetooth 4.2
– 4x USB 3.0 (1 charging);
– 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
(with graphics card option only)
– 3x DP 1.2; (1 extra with graphics card option)
– 1 audio line in
– optional serial port (extra)
SERVICEABLE None RAM, and Storage
are Serviceable
WEIGHT 2.7 pounds (1.22 kg) ~ 5 lb (~2.5 kg)
COST $1599.– $1594–i
WARRANTY $99 for Apple Care. 3 Year limited warranty for business
computers with HP included in price.
a Not the absolute highest for a Mac Mini, one can get a 1TB SSD.
bFor comparison’s sake, we are assuming the high end i7-4578U (dual-core) option.
c For comparison’s sake, we are assuming the high end i7-7700 (quad-core) option; but one can even choose XEON processors.
d We assume the HD 630 iGPU. One can add an NVDIA Quadro 620 dGPU for extra.
e Assuming, you order the MacMini with 16GB RAM. It is soldered in and cannot be changed later.
f The HP Z2 MINI G3 can take up to 32GB RAM.
g We assume the 500 GB SSD (PCIe) option for comparison. Lesser options can be ordered.
hThe HP Z2 MINI G3 offers many options. We chose 1x M.2 NVMe/PCIe 250 GB drive plus 1TB HDD.
iThis price may change with time, and options you choose.

One can see that the HP Z2 MINI G3 can outperform the Mac Mini in power.

Some Strengths.

– The HP Z2 MINI G3 can take up to a quad core processor.
– The HP Z2 MINI G3 takes DDR4 RAM at a faster frequency.
– The HP Z2 MINI G3 allows for multiple SSD drives (SSD or PCIe/NVMe).
– The HP Z2 MINI G3 is easily serviceable in RAM and Storage.

Conclusions: This is a good replacement for a Mac Mini. A bit bigger; and more powerful. Price depends of 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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