We’ll run inxi, an open source command-line system information tool, to interrogate the system.
Our HP EliteDesk is supplied with an Intel Core i5-6500T, a quad-core desktop processor without hyperthreading. This is a sixth generation i5, launched in 2015. It’s a desktop processor with a low TDP 1 of 35W. The HP EliteDesk can take an Intel i7-6500 processor.
The processor has a base frequency of 2.50 GHz, rising to a maximum of 3.10 GHz. The i5-6500T has a PassMark of 4798 (faster than the i5-4590T housed in our Lenovo M93’s PassMark of 4038 and significantly faster than the 2750 PassMark of the Celeron J4115 (AWOW AK41). This bodes well for our benchmarking tests.
There are very few ultra small desktop PCs that offer a dedicated graphics cards. Instead the vast majority of mini PCs rely on the basic-grade graphics acceleration built into the CPU to power their video outputs.
That’s the case with the HP EliteDesk. Graphics is handled by the Intel HD Graphics 530 onboard. As it doesn’t have any dedicated graphics memory, it accesses the main memory via the processor. The onboard graphics is newer technology than the Lenovo M93 but older technology than the AK41’s UHD Graphics 600. But newer doesn’t necessarily mean faster.
You’ll notice we’re running X.org as our X server. Manjaro (GNOME) runs Wayland by default, but we still use programs that have issues under Wayland.
The HP machine has, in total, 16GB of DDR4 SODIMM RAM running at transfer rates of 2133 MT/s. The RAM populates both slots. We consider that 16GB is ample for the vast majority of use cases running Linux as a desktop machine. To upgrade the machine to 32GB the existing RAM will have to be replaced, but this is infinitely preferable to mini PCs where the RAM cannot be upgraded at all (such as the AWOW AK41).
RAM is showing as 15.52 GB because the onboard graphics shares some of the 16GB RAM.
The HP PC came supplied with a Samsung SM961 M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. This 256GB NVMe SSD has read speeds of up to 3100 MB/s and write speeds up to 1400 MB/s. The Lenovo M93 cannot take this newer NVMe technology. We’ll see what performance gains offered by the NVMe offers when we run our series of benchmarks in the next article.
We’ve only tested the machine so far with the Gigabit LAN ethernet port.
Besides the M.2 2280 SSD slot, the motherboard has a slot for a M.2 WLAN module slot. Our unit did not come with a WiFi module. In the corporate sector, it was common for these PCs not to include the WiFi module.
The network information is also showing there’s a SteelSeries Arctis 7 transmitter attached. That’s for a gaming headset. The transmitter/headset obviously wasn’t supplied with the HP. But we’ve been testing a variety of USB devices on the machine. This one, like the others we’ve tested, works immediately without any messing about with drivers. The virtue of good USB support under Linux.
The final image shows the system temperature with the HP under light load. The reported is higher than the idle temperature of the Lenovo but lower than the AWOW (29.8C and 44C respectively). When fully taking all 4 cores of the GPU, CPU temperature peaks at 73C (70C for the Lenovo).
Neither the HP nor the Lenovo are silent machines, as both machines have a processor fan. The Lenovo is whisper quiet under light load, whereas the HP is still very quiet. Under heavy load, the HP is quieter than the Lenovo.
The HP BIOS doesn’t have the fiddle factor offered by the AWOW’s BIOS. But there’s still a good range of options although its graphical interface only makes actions slower.
1 Thermal Design Power (TDP) represents the average power, in watts, the processor dissipates when operating at Base Frequency with all cores active under an Intel-defined, high-complexity workload.
Complete list of articles in this series:
|HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Mini Desktop PC|
|Week 6||Lightweight gaming on the HP EliteDesk|
|Week 5||Multiple operating systems running on the HP EliteDesk|
|Week 4||Hardware graphics acceleration when watching videos in Firefox|
|Week 3||Multimedia on the HP EliteDesk 800 G2 USFF PC|
|Week 2||Benchmarking the HP EliteDesk 800 G2 USFF PC with other machines|
|Week 1||Introduction to the series including wiping Windows and installing Manjaro|
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