Dell OptiPlex 5060M vs. Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF

Comparison and Differences

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ModelDell OptiPlex 5060MDell OptiPlex 7080 SFF
Form factorMicroSmall
CPU optionsIntel Gen8 i3/i5/i7; Pentium;Intel Gen10 i3/i5/i7/i9;
ChipsetQ370Q470
Dedicated GPU *N.A.GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile
RAMSODIMM DDR4-2400/2666DIMM DDR4-2666/2933
RAM slots24
RAM speed2666 MT/s2933 MT/s
RAM max32 GB128 GB
USB portsUSB 3.1 Type C; (5x) USB-A 3.0;USB 3.1 Type C; (2x) USB-A 3.1; (3x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) Display Port 1.2;(2x) Display Port 1.4;
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-Out; RJ45; Headset; Line-Out/In; Serial; (2x) PS2;
Optional portsHDMI2.0b/DP1.2/VGA/USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); Serial; Serial+PS2; WiFi antenna;HDMI2.0b/DP1.4/VGA/USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); SD4.0; 2xWiFi antenna;
SATA ports13
PCI slotsN.A.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 2280 M-key (PCIe); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)
Drive bays2.5-inch3.5-inch/(2x)2.5-inch; 5.25-inch (slim);
PSU90 W200 W
Weight1.18 kg (2.60 lb)5.28 Kg (11.63 lb)
Released20182020
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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 5060M and Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF

If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF which was released in 2020. The Dell OptiPlex 5060M is older and entered production in 2018.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Dell OptiPlex 5060M is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF and will fit more easily under your desk.

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 7080 SFF as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 5060M is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF has 4 RAM slots while the Dell OptiPlex 5060M has only 2 slot(s). Of course this is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM will your system be using.

The Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF is using the faster 2933 MT/s RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 5060M is slower by supporting RAM speeds of only up to 2666 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF as it has the ability to run 128 GB of RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 5060M can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for most users.

Ports

In total the Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF has 10 USB ports. The Dell OptiPlex 5060M is inferior in this regard and packs 6 USB ports. It's great that 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. But if you need maximum connectivity, go with the Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF as it has 3 USB3.1 ports (the Dell OptiPlex 5060M has 1).

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 port is where you connect your HDD, SSD and Optical Disk Drives. More SATA slots will allow you to have more drives running at the same time. In this regard the Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF is better equipped as it comes with 3 SATA slot(s).

An M.2 SSD can be several times faster than the a SATA one. Thus, we are happy to see that both models support the M.2 interface. However the Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF has 1 M.2 slots while the Dell OptiPlex 5060M comes with just 1.

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

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 5060M comes with a decent 90 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 7080 SFF has a more powerful one rated at 200 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.

Motherboard

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