Dell Vostro 260s vs. Dell Vostro 3690

Comparison and Differences

Dell_Vostro_260s.jpg case front and back pannelDell_Vostro_3690.jpg case front and back pannel
Model
Form factorSmallSmall
CPU optionsIntel Gen2 i3/i5/i7; Pentium;Intel Gen10&11 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium
ChipsetH61B560
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 Low ProfileGeForce GT 1030 Low Profile
RAMDIMM DDR3-1333DIMM DDR4-2666/2933
RAM slots22
RAM speed1333 MT/s2933 MT/s
RAM max8 GB64 GB
USB ports(8x)USB-A 2.0; (4x) USB 3.0 Type A; (4x) USB-A 2.0;
Video portsHDMI 1.2; VGA;HDMI 1.4b; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Media Card ReaderRJ45; Headset; Line-Out;
Optional portsN/AN.A.
SATA ports42
PCI slotsPCIe 2.0 x16; (3x) PCIe 2.0 x1;PCIe 3.0 x1;
M.2 slotsN.A.M.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x2, NVMe); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);
Drive bays3.5in; 5.25in;3.5in; (2x) 2.5in; 9.5mm
PSU250 W260 W
Weight7.60 kg (16.76 lbs)6.40 kg (14.11 lbs)
Released20102021
Manuallinklink
Price**Check PriceCheck 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 Vostro 260s and Dell Vostro 3690

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Dell Vostro 3690 which was released in 2021. The Dell Vostro 260s is older and entered production in 2010.

Both models have the same form factor, meaning reoughtly they have the same phiysical size and form.

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 Vostro 3690 as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell Vostro 260s is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

Both models have have equal amount of ram slots (2 RAM). Usually two RAM slots are more than enough for most cases. However, the count should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM you are going to need for your system.

The Dell Vostro 3690 is using the faster 2933 MT/s RAM. The Dell Vostro 260s is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1333 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell Vostro 3690 as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Dell Vostro 260s can do a bit less at max 8 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

Both models have the same amount of USB ports for total count of 8. 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.

Nowadays, almost every new computer comes equipped with a DisplayPort. However, none of the devices being compared here has one. Don't worry though, DisplayPort adapters are very cheap and you can get virtually any combination of conversion types.

In case your monitor supports HDMI only, you will be happy to hear that both models come with an HDMI port.

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 Vostro 260s is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the Dell Vostro 3690 has 2 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 Vostro 3690. Sadly, the Dell Vostro 260s 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!

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 Vostro 260s comes with a decent 250 Watt PSU, but the Dell Vostro 3690 has a more powerful one rated at 260 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

Dell_Vostro_260s_motherboard.jpg motherboard layoutDell_Vostro_3690_motherboard.jpg motherboard layout