Dell OptiPlex 7080M vs. Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT

Comparison and Differences

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ModelDell OptiPlex 7080MDell OptiPlex 9020 MT
Form factorMicroMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen10 i3/i5/i7/i9;Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7;
ChipsetQ470Q87
Dedicated GPU *N.A.GeForce GTX 1660 Super
RAMSODIMM DDR4-2666/2933DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots24
RAM speed2933 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max64 GB32 GB
USB portsUSB 3.1 Type C; (3x) USB-A 3.1; (2x) USB-A 3.0;(4x) USB-A 3.0; (6x) USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(2x) Display Port 1.4;(2x) DisplayPort 1.2; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-Out/In;RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;
Optional portsHDMI2.0b/DP1.4/VGA/USB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); Serial; Serial+PS2; (2x) WiFi antenna;N.A.
SATA ports14
PCI slotsPCIe x8 Gen3 (optional) PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe x1; PCIe x16(wired x4); PCI;
M.2 slotsM.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA); M.2 2280 M-key (PCIe); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) N.A.
Drive bays2.5in(2x) 2.5/3.5in; (2x) 5.25 inch
PSU90/130/180 W ATX 290 W
Weight1.38 kg (3.04 lb)9.40 kg (20.72 lb)
Released20202013
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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 7080M and Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7080M which was released in 2020. The Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT is older and entered production in 2013.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Dell OptiPlex 7080M is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT 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 7080M 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.

Memory

The Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT has 4 RAM slots while the Dell OptiPlex 7080M 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 7080M is using the faster 2933 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 7080M 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.

Ports

In total the Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT has 10 USB ports. The Dell OptiPlex 7080M is inferior in this regard and packs 6 USB ports. In any case, if you miss USB ports, you can always purchase a USB hub. What is nice about the Dell OptiPlex 7080M, is that it has 4 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds significantly. For people who want to use external drives on regular basis, this might be an issue.

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.

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 Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the Dell OptiPlex 7080M has 1 slot(s).

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 7080M. Sadly, the Dell OptiPlex 9020 MT has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.

Remark: 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!

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 7080M comes with a decent 180 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.

Motherboard

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