HP has new 1L PCs and a new naming scheme as well. Whereas previous generations were the “ProDesk” and “EliteDesk” lines, now they are just Pro and Elite. What is exciting about this new generation is that we have Intel Alder Lake PCs with both DDR4 and DDR5 options, and some really interesting support options. HP is launching a complete line, but we are just going to focus on the Mini units and the Z by HP Z9 Mini units that we cover as part of Project TinyMiniMicro.
HP Elite Mini 800 G9 With Alder Lake Launched
Recently we covered 12th Gen Intel Core T-Series 35W TDP CPUs Launched as the new Intel Alder Lake generation moved downmarket to the T series lower-power CPUs. Alder Lake was first launched with the higher-power enthusiast CPUs.
As part of the new G9 generation, we get DDR5 support that is part of Alder Lake but with a twist, not on every model. With the optional GPU, we also get up to eight display outputs using the three onboard, one optional, and four via the GPU. That is a lot of display outputs for a 1L PC.
Getting to the specs, we see that we get a lot of really cool features. First, we get 65W CPU support as well as support for the new NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti. Part of the Elite(Desk) Mini line is supporting a lot of higher-end configurations. We also get up to dual M.2 SSDs and an optional 2.5″ drive.
One other really interesting one is that we have the option for a 2.5GbE port. We actually have two HP G8 units on order with 2.5GbE ports, but even after ordering weeks ago, HP pushed our ship date to March 2022. We hope to get to show this off soon.
One step lower is the Elite Mini 600 G9. Years ago the 600 series was a ProDesk model, now it is Elite.
Here we can see that we only get up to Core i7 and vPro becomes optional. We also still get the DDR5 support and RTX 3050 Ti option like we get on the 800 G9.
It seems like the line between the 600 and 800 series is smaller than it has been previously. Moving to the Pro 400 series, we get more differentiation.
Here we get big changes. We get only 35W TDP CPUs, not 65W. There is also no GPU option. We also only have DDR4 support, not DDR5. What is interesting as well is that we get the Q670 chipset. In previous generations, the Pro(Desk) 400 series would use a lower-end chipset and not have access to vPro which is an option on the new model. Also, we get only a single M.2 SSD here.
Overall, there is a lot new here. We will also just quickly note that there is a new Z2 Mini G9. HP is focusing a lot of attention on the SFF G9 in this release, but we had a lot of questions around the Z2 Mini so we did the HP Z2 Mini G4 Tiny series.
We will look into reviewing these as well.
The Intel Core i9-12900T with its mix of performance and efficient cores looks like it might be a game-changer in this space. DDR5 will be a change. We have been covering the 1L PC from Lenovo, HP, and Dell since the 6th Gen Intel Core processors where DDR4 was introduced as part of Project TinyMiniMicro. We wish that HP made 2.5GbE standard in this generation. Still, there are many exciting options in this generation.