Alienware X51 vs. Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorSmall GamingMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7;Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH61Q77
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 SuperGeForce GTX 1650 Super
RAMDIMM DDR3-1333DIMM DDR3-1333/1600
RAM slots24
RAM speed1333 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max8 GB32 GB
USB ports(2x) USB 3.0 Type A; (6x) USB-A 2.0;(4x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsHDMI(2x) DisplayPort 1.1; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-Out; Line-In; S/PDFI optical/analog;Serial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;
Optional portsN.A.N.A.
SATA ports44
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16;PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; PCI; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4);
M.2 slotsN.A.N.A.
Drive bays3.25in; 5.25in;(2x) 3.5in/2.5in; (2x) 5.25in;
PSU240/330 WATX 275 W
Weight5.49 kg (12.10 lbs)9.4 kg (20.68 lb)
Released20112012
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* Dedicated GPU warning: Check if your particular power supply model has enough power. Additionally some PSUs don't come with an auxiliary PCIe power connector and you may need to buy a SATA to PCIe power adapter.

Differences between Alienware X51 and Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT which was released in 2012. The Alienware X51 is older and entered production in 2011.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Alienware X51 is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT and will fit more easily under your desk.

Processor

The two models have the same generation of Intel processors. We think that the 3 generation of Intel Processors have enough power to execute all of the home and office tasks that most people will care to do.

Memory

The Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT has 4 RAM slots while the Alienware X51 has only 2 slot(s). This is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM you are going to use.

The Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT is using the faster 1600 MT/s RAM. The Alienware X51 is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1333 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT as it has the ability to run 32 GB of RAM. The Alienware X51 can do a bit less at max 8 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

In total the Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT has 10 USB ports. The Alienware X51 is inferior in this regard and packs 8 USB ports. In any case, if you miss USB ports, you can always purchase a USB hub. None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to look elsewhere.

Unfortunately, only the Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT has a DisplayPort. The Alienware X51 does not have one? Don't worry though, nowadays video adapters are cheap and you can get almost any combination of conversion types.

The Alienware X51 comes with an HDMI port, while the Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT does not support the interface. Of course missing HDMI port is something that can be easily fixed with a good adapter (e.g. DisplayPort to HDMI).

SATA slots are located on the motherboard and it is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 4 SATA slot(s). Keep in mind that having too few SATA slots might limit your options for connecting additional memory drives.

M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA interface. Unfortunately, neither the Alienware X51, nor the Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.

Make sure that the available M.2 slot supports the PCIe (also called NVMe) interface. This is important as there are M.2 slots which support only the inferior SATA III interface. For comparison, the SATA III interface has max speeds of 6Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32Gb/s!

Power Supply

Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important, if you are going to use components which require extra power. The Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT comes with a decent 275 Watt PSU, but the Alienware X51 has a more powerful one rated at 330 Watts. Choosing either one depends on your specific requirements and use case. Also don't forget that some models might have more than one PSU option - try to always get the most powerful one, especially if you plan to upgrade to a powerful GPU.

Motherboard

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