Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF||Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny|
|Form factor||Ultra Small||Micro|
|CPU options||Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7;|
|Dedicated GPU *||N.A.||N.A.|
|RAM||DIMM DDR3-1333/1600||SODIMM DDR3-1600|
|RAM speed||1600 MT/s||1600 MT/s|
|RAM max||16 GB||16 GB|
|USB ports||(2x)USB-A 3.0; (4x)USB-A 2.0;||(5x)USB-A 3.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) DisplayPort 1.1; VGA;||DisplayPort; VGA;|
|Other ports||Serial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;||RJ45; Headset; Mic;|
|Optional ports||WiFi antenna||DisplayPort; USB-A 2.0; Serial; WiFi antenna;|
|PCI slots||mPCIe 2.0;||N.A.|
|M.2 slots||N.A.||M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)|
|Drive bays||2.5-inch; 5.25-inch(slim)||2.5-inch|
|PSU||200 W||65 W|
|Weight||3.3 kg (7.26 lb)||1.3 kg (2.9 lb)|
Differences between Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF and Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny
If a more modern desktop is what you are looking for, then you should go with the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny which was released in 2013. The Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF is older and entered production in 2012.
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF 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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF 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 2 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 16 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 USFF has 6 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny is inferior in this regard and packs 5 USB ports. 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.
DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF comes with 2 ports, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny has only 1.
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 9010 USFF is better equipped as it comes with 2 SATA slot(s).
M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA. Unfortunately, neither the Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF, nor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny 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!
Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important if you are going to use components which require extra power. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 Tiny comes with a decent 65 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 9010 USFF 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.