Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT vs. Dell OptiPlex 7050 SFF
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT||Dell OptiPlex 7050 SFF|
|CPU options||Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile||GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile|
|RAM||DIMM DDR3-1333/1600||DIMM DDR4-2133/2400|
|RAM speed||1600 MT/s||2400 MT/s|
|RAM max||32 GB||64 GB|
|USB ports||(4x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0;||USB 3.0 Type C; (5x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) DisplayPort 1.1; VGA;||(2x) Display Port 1.2; HDMI 1.4;|
|Other ports||Serial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;||Serial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Headset; Line-Out;|
|Optional ports||N.A.||VGA; Media Card Reader;|
|PCI slots||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; PCI; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4);||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x4;|
|M.2 slots||N.A.||M.2 2280/2242 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA)|
|Drive bays||3.5-inch/2.5-inch; 2.5-inch; 5.25-inch;||3.5-inch/(2x)2.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);|
|PSU||250 W||180 W|
|Weight||7.9 kg (17.38 lb)||5.26 kg (11.57 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences between Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT and Dell OptiPlex 7050 SFF
If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7050 SFF which was released in 2017. The Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT is older and entered production in 2012.
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Dell OptiPlex 7050 SFF is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT and will fit more easily under your desk.
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 7050 SFF as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT 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 4 RAM slot(s) which should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM you are going to need.The Dell OptiPlex 7050 SFF is using the faster 2400 MT/s RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell OptiPlex 7050 SFF as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT 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 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.
The Dell OptiPlex 7050 SFF comes with an HDMI port, while the Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT 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 3 SATA slots.
If you want the fastest transfer speeds for your SSD, an M.2 interface is crucial. Thus, if the M.2 SSD slot is a mandatory requirement for you, go with the Dell OptiPlex 7050 SFF. Sadly, the Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.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 7050 SFF comes with a decent 180 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 7010 DT has a more powerful one rated at 250 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.