Dell Inspiron 660 vs. Dell Vostro 270

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorMini TowerMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; PentiumIntel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Pentium; Celeron;
ChipsetB75B75
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 SuperGeForce GTX 1660
RAMDIMM DDR3-1333/1600 DIMM DDR3-1333/1600
RAM slots22
RAM speed1600 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max8 GB8 GB
USB ports(4x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;(2x)USB-A 2.0; (4x)USB-A 3.0;
Video portsHDMI 1.2; VGA;HDMI 1.2; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; (3x) 5.1 audio; Card Reader;RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;
Optional portsN.A.Media Card Reader
SATA ports44
PCI slotsPCIe 2.0 x16; (3x) PCIe 2.0 x1; mPCIe;PCIe 3.0 x16; (3x) PCIe 2.0 x1;
M.2 slotsN.A.N.A.
Drive bays(2x) 3.5in; (2x) 5.25in;(2x) 3.5in; (2x) 5.25in;
PSU300 W300 W
Weight7.9 kg (17.41 lb)7.90 kg (17.40 lbs)
Released20122012
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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 Inspiron 660 and Dell Vostro 270

Both computers, the Dell Vostro 270 and the Dell Inspiron 660, were released during the same year - 2012.

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

Processor

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.

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.

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 8 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.

Ports

In total the Dell Inspiron 660 has 8 USB ports. The Dell Vostro 270 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. 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 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.

M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA interface. Unfortunately, neither the Dell Vostro 270, nor the Dell Inspiron 660 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!

Power Supply

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 300 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.

Motherboard

Dell_Inspiron_660_motherboard.jpg motherboard layoutDell_Vostro_270_motherboard.jpg motherboard layout