Dell OptiPlex 3080M vs. Dell OptiPlex 7060M
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell OptiPlex 3080M||Dell OptiPlex 7060M|
|CPU options||Intel Gen10 i3/i5/i7; Pentium; Celeron;||Intel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||N.A.||N.A.|
|RAM||SODIMM DDR4-2666||SODIMM DDR4-2400/2666|
|RAM speed||2666 MT/s||2666 MT/s|
|RAM max||64 GB||32 GB|
|USB ports||(4x) USB-A 3.0; (2x) USB-A 2.0;||USB 3.1 Type C; (5x) USB-A 3.0;|
|Video ports||Display Port 1.4; HDMI 1.4b;||(2x) Display Port 1.2;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Headset; Line-Out;||RJ45; Headset; Line-Out;|
|Optional ports||Serial/PS2/DP 1.4/HDMI 2.0b/VGA; (2x)WiFi antenna;||HDMI2.0b/DP1.2/VGA/USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); WiFi antenna; Serial; Serial+PS2;|
|M.2 slots||M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 2.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)||M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)|
|PSU||65 W||90/130 W|
|Weight||1.28 kg (2.82 lb)||1.18 kg (2.60 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences between Dell OptiPlex 3080M and Dell OptiPlex 7060M
If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 3080M which was released in 2020. The Dell OptiPlex 7060M is older and entered production in 2018.
Form factor wise the models are the same - both desktops are of similar size and form.
Usually the newer the generation of the CPU, the better the performance and efficiency is. If your budget allows it, you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 3080M as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 7060M is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.
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 2666. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell OptiPlex 3080M as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 7060M can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for most users.
Total count of USB ports for both computers is 6. What is nice about the Dell OptiPlex 7060M, is that it has 1 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the Dell OptiPlex 3080M has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds a bit.
DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the Dell OptiPlex 7060M comes with 2 ports, while the Dell OptiPlex 3080M has only 1.
The Dell OptiPlex 3080M comes with an HDMI port, while the Dell OptiPlex 7060M 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 slot is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 1 SATA slots.
When your goal is to have the fastest SSD transfer speeds, an M.2 interface is crucial. Thus, it is good that both models have M.2 SSD slots. Today M.2 SSDs are not much more expensive than the average SATA drives, so it really does not make sense to buy SATA drives anymore.Remark: Make sure that the M.2 slot supports the PCIe (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 6 Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32 Gb/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 3080M comes with a decent 65 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 7060M has a more powerful one rated at 130 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.