Dell Inspiron 660 vs. Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell Inspiron 660||Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT|
|Form factor||Mini Tower||Mini Tower|
|CPU options||Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium||Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5; Celeron; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GTX 1650 Super||GeForce GTX 1650 Super|
|RAM||DIMM DDR3-1333/1600||DIMM DDR3-1333/1600|
|RAM speed||1600 MT/s||1600 MT/s|
|RAM max||8 GB||8 GB|
|USB ports||(4x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;||(8x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||HDMI 1.2; VGA;||HDMI 1.2; VGA;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; (3x) 5.1 audio; Card Reader;||RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;|
|PCI slots||PCIe 2.0 x16; (3x) PCIe 2.0 x1; mPCIe;||PCIe 2.0 x16; (3x) PCIe 2.0 x1;|
|Drive bays||(2x) 3.5in; (2x) 5.25in;||(2x) 3.5in/2.5in; (2x) 5.25in;|
|PSU||300 W||ATX 265 W|
|Weight||7.9 kg (17.41 lb)||8.87 kg (19.55 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
** As an Amazon associate we earn from qualifying purchases.* 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 Dell Inspiron 660 and Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT
Form factor wise the models are the same. This means that they are of similar size and form.
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.
RAM slots is where your insert your RAM sticks. Each of those two models has 2 RAM slot(s) which should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM you are going to need.
None of the desktops has an advantage when it comes to the speed of the RAM being used. Both models support RAM speeds of up to 1600. In addition, you will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 8 GB of RAM will be enough for most people. However, if you will be needing more RAM, make sure to check other desktop models too.
Both models have the same amount of USB ports for total count of 8. If this is not enough, using a USB hub is always a viable option. 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.
Nowadays, almost every new computer comes equipped with a DisplayPort. However, none of the devices being compared here has one. Don't worry though, DisplayPort adapters are very cheap and you can get virtually any combination of conversion types.
In case your monitor supports HDMI only, you will be happy to hear that both models come with an HDMI port.
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 Dell OptiPlex 3010 MT, nor the Dell Inspiron 660 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!
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 3010 MT comes with a decent 265 Watt PSU, but the Dell Inspiron 660 has a more powerful one rated at 300 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.