Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT vs. Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT||Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT|
|Form factor||Mini Tower||Mini Tower|
|CPU options||Intel Gen6&7 i3/i5/i7;||Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GTX 1650 Super||GeForce GTX 1660 Super|
|RAM||DIMM DDR4-2133/2400||DIMM DDR3-1600|
|RAM speed||2400 MT/s||1600 MT/s|
|RAM max||64 GB||32 GB|
|USB ports||USB 3.0 Type C; (5x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;||(4x) USB-A 3.0; (6x) USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) Display Port 1.2; HDMI 1.4;||(2x) DisplayPort 1.2; VGA;|
|Other ports||Serial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Headset; Line-Out;||RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;|
|Optional ports||VGA; Media Card Reader;||N.A.|
|PCI slots||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired x4); PCIe 3.0 x1; PCI;||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe x1; PCIe x16(wired x4); PCI;|
|M.2 slots||M.2 2280/2242 M-key (PCIe 3 .0 x4, SATA)||N.A.|
|Drive bays||3.5in/5.25in; (2x) 2.5in; 5.25in (slim);||(2x) 2.5/3.5in; (2x) 5.25 inch|
|PSU||240 W||ATX 290 W|
|Weight||7.93 kg (17.49 lb)||9.40 kg (20.72 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
** As an Amazon associate we earn from qualifying purchases.* 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 7050 MT and Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT
Form factor wise the models are the same. This means that they are of similar size and form.
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 MT as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT 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 MT is using the faster 2400 MT/s RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.
Both models have the same amount of USB ports for total count of 10. If this is not enough, using a USB hub is always a viable option. 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.
The DisplayPort is usually the more popular video port used with desktops and laptops, while the HDMI is used predominantly in consumer electronics. That's why, it is good to see that both of the models come with a DisplayPort.
The Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT comes with an HDMI port, while the Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT 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 slots are located on the motherboard and it is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 4 SATA slot(s). Keep in mind that having too few SATA slots might limit your options for connecting additional memory drives.
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 MT. Sadly, the Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.
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!
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 MT comes with a decent 240 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT has a more powerful one rated at 290 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, especially if you plan to upgrade to a powerful GPU.