Dell OptiPlex 5050M vs. Dell OptiPlex 7050M

Comparison and Differences

ModelDell OptiPlex 5050MDell OptiPlex 7050M
Form factorMicroMicro
CPU optionsIntel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7; Pentium; Intel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7;
ChipsetIntel Q270Intel Q270
RAM typeSODIMM DDR4-2133/2400 SODIMM-2133/2400
RAM slots22
RAM speed24002400
RAM max3232
USB Ports(6x) USB-A 3.0; (6x) USB-A 3.0
Video PortsDisplay Port 1.2; HDMI 1.4;Display Port 1.2; HDMI 1.4;
Other PortsRJ45; Headset; Line-Out; RJ45; Headset; Line-Out;
Optional PortsSerial+PS2; Serial; VGA; DisplayPort 1.2; WiFi antenna; Serial+PS2; Serial; VGA; DisplayPort 1.2; WiFi antenna;
SATA ports11
PCIeN.A.N.A.
M.2 slots M.2 2280/2242 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) M.2 2280/2242 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230(WiFi/BT)
Drive bays2.5-inch2.5-inch
Hard DriveSATA max 2TB; M.2 max 1TBSATA max 2TB; M.2 max 1TB;
PSU65 W65 W
Weight1.18 kg (2.60 lb)1.18 kg (2.60 lb)
Released20172017
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The difference between Dell OptiPlex 5050M and Dell OptiPlex 7050M

This page will compare the Dell OptiPlex 5050M and Dell OptiPlex 7050M desktop computers. If you are wondering what is the difference between the Dell OptiPlex 5050M and Dell OptiPlex 7050M, you are at the right place. We've prepared also a comparison table where you can check the differences in more detail.

Both computers, the Dell OptiPlex 5050M and the Dell OptiPlex 7050M, were released during the same year - 2017.

Form wise there is no difference. Both desktops are of similar size and form. We like this Micro form factor as it is equally good for office and home setups.

The processor

The two models support the same generation of Intel Core processors. We think that the 7th generation Intel Core has enough power to execute all of the home and office tasks that most people will care to do.

Memory

RAM slots is where your insert your RAM sticks. Each of those two models have 2 RAM slots which should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM it\'s going to be used. 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 2400. You will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 32 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.

Ports

None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals you will need to look at other models.

The DisplayPort is usually the more popular video port used with desktops and laptops, while the HDMI is used predominantly in consumer electronics. It is good to see that both of the models come with a DisplayPort.

In case your monitor supports HDMI only, you will be happy to hear that both models come with an HDMI port.

SATA slot is where you connect SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives. Each of the two models being compared have 1 SATA slots. For most use cases this should be enough but you should decide for yourself.

When your goal is to have the fastest transfer speeds for your SSD, M.2 interface is crucial. Thus, it is good that both models have an M.2 SSD slot(s). 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: If you want the fastest M.2 SSD interface, make sure that the slot supports the PCIe interface. Compared to the SATA III, the PCIe 3.0 x4 is more than 5 times faster (6Gb/s vs. 32Gb/s).

Power Supply

Inspecting the Power Supply Unit (PSU) of the two models we don't see any changes. For either of them you get 65 Watts. If you intend to use components or peripherals which require more power, you should either change the PSU, or if this is not possible, just pick another model with more power.

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