Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF vs. Dell OptiPlex 7070 SFF

Comparison and Differences

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ModelDell OptiPlex 5060 SFFDell OptiPlex 7070 SFF
Form factorSmallSmall
CPU optionsIntel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Pentium;Intel Gen8&9 i3/i5/i7;
ChipsetQ370Q370
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 Low ProfileGeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile
RAMDIMM DDR4-2400/2666DIMM DDR4-2400/2666
RAM slots44
RAM speed2666 MT/s2666 MT/s
RAM max64 GB64 GB
USB portsUSB 3.1 Type C; (5x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;USB 3.1 Type C; (5x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) Display Port 1.2;(2x) Display Port 1.2;
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-Out; RJ45; Headset; Line-Out; Serial; (2x) PS2;
Optional portsHDMI2.0b/DP1.2/VGA/USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); Serial+PS2; Media Card Reader; WiFi antenna; HDMI2.0b/DP1.2/VGA/USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); Media Card Reader; WiFi antenna;
SATA ports33
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x4 (open ended);PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x4 (open ended);
M.2 slotsM.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)
Drive bays3.5-inch/(2x)2.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim); 3.5-inch/(2x)2.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);
PSU200 W200 W
Weight5.81 kg (12.82 lb)5.26 kg (11.57 lb)
Released20182019
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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 Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF and Dell OptiPlex 7070 SFF

If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7070 SFF which was released in 2019. The Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF is older and entered production in 2018.

Form factor wise the models are the same - both desktops are of similar size and form.

Processor

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 7070 SFF as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 5060 SFF is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

RAM slots is where your insert your RAM sticks. Each of those two models has 4 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. In addition, you will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 64 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

Total count of USB ports for both computers is 10. Both of the models have USB 3.1 ports which will allow you to exchange data with your peripherals at up to 10 Gb/s.

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.

None of the models has an HDMI port. If your monitor supports only the HDMI interface, you will need to buy an adapter.

SATA slot is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 3 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!

Power Supply

Looking at the Power Supply Unit (PSU) of the two models we don't see any differences. For either of them you get a maximum power of 200 Watts. Howver be careful, many models have more than one power supply option. When buying your computer, it is a good idea to get a version with the most powerful PSU option.

Motherboard

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