Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT vs. Dell OptiPlex 9010 MT

Comparison and Differences

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ModelDell OptiPlex 7010 MTDell OptiPlex 9010 MT
Form factorMini TowerMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ77Q77
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 SuperGeForce GTX 1650 Super
RAMDIMM DDR3-1333/1600 DIMM DDR3-1333/1600
RAM slots44
RAM speed1600 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max32 GB32 GB
USB ports(4x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0; (4x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) DisplayPort 1.1; VGA;(2x) DisplayPort 1.1; VGA;
Other portsSerial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;
Optional portsN.A.N.A.
SATA ports44
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; PCI; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4);PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; PCI; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4);
M.2 slotsN.A.N.A.
Drive bays(2x) 3.5-inch/2.5-inch; (2x) 5.25-inch;(2x) 3.5-inch/2.5-inch; (2x) 5.25-inch
PSUATX 275 WATX 275 W
Weight9.4 kg (20.68 lb)9.4 kg (20.68 lb)
Released20122012
Manuallinklink
* 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 7010 MT and Dell OptiPlex 9010 MT

Both computers, the 2012 and the 2012, were released during the same year - 2012.

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

Processor

The two models support the same generation of Intel Core processors. We think that the 3 generation of 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 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 1600. In addition, 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

Total count of USB ports for both computers is 10. 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.

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 4 SATA slots.

M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA. Unfortunately, neither the Dell OptiPlex 7010 MT, nor the Dell OptiPlex 9010 MT has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.

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 275 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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