Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF||Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small|
|CPU options||Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile||GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile|
|RAM||DIMM DDR3-1333/1600||DIMM DDR3-1600|
|RAM speed||1600 MT/s||1600 MT/s|
|RAM max||32 GB||32 GB|
|USB ports||(4x) USB-A 3.0; (6x) USB-A 2.0;||(4x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) DisplayPort 1.1; VGA;||DisplayPort; VGA;|
|Other ports||Serial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;||RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial;|
|Optional ports||N.A.||DisplayPort; PS2; Serial; Media card reader (USB 2.0);|
|PCI slots||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4);||PCIe 2.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; (2x) PCI;|
|Drive bays||3.5in/(2x)2.5in; 5.25in(slim)||2.5/3.5in; 5.25in;|
|PSU||240 W||TFX 240 W|
|Weight||6.0 kg (13.2 lb)||7.5 kg (16.53 Ib)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
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Differences between Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF and Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small and will fit more easily under your desk.
The two models have the same generation of Intel processors. We think that the 3 generation of Intel Processors have enough power to execute all of the home and office tasks that most people will care to do.
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.
In total the Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF has 10 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small is inferior in this regard and packs 8 USB ports. In any case, if you miss USB ports, you can always purchase a USB hub. None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to look elsewhere.
DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF comes with 2 ports, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small has only 1. If you are planning to use multiple monitors, the Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF is the better choice.
None of the models has an HDMI port. If your monitor supports only the HDMI interface, you will need to buy an adapter. Such adapters are cheap so nothing to worry about.
SATA ports are placed on the system board and it 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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF has 3 slot(s).
M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA interface. Unfortunately, neither the Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF, nor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.
Make sure that the available M.2 slot supports the PCIe (also called 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 6Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32Gb/s!
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 240 Watts. However 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. This will potentially allow you to upgrade to a more powerful GPU for example.