Dell Inspiron 3268 vs. Dell Vostro 3650

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorSmallMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Pentium; Celeron;
ChipsetH110H110
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 Low ProfileGeForce GTX 1660 Super
RAMDIMM DDR4-2133/2400 DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots22
RAM speed2400 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max16 GB16 GB
USB ports(2x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;(4x)USB-A 2.0; (2x)USB-A 3.0;
Video portsHDMI 1.2; VGA;HDMI 1.4b; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Card Reader;RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;
Optional portsN.A.N/A
SATA ports34
PCI slotsPCIe 2.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1;PCIe 2.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1; PCI
M.2 slotsM.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);
Drive bays2.5in; 3.25in;3.5in; 5.25in; (2x) 2.5in
PSU180 W240W
Weight4.40 kg (9.70 lb)8.50 kg (18.73 lbs)
Released20162016
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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 3268 and Dell Vostro 3650

Both computers, the Dell Vostro 3650 and the Dell Inspiron 3268, were released during the same year - 2016.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Dell Inspiron 3268 is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell Vostro 3650 and will fit more easily under your desk.

Processor

The two models have the same generation of Intel processors. We think that the 6 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.

The Dell Inspiron 3268 is using the faster 2400 MT/s RAM. The Dell Vostro 3650 is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s. 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.

Ports

Both models have the same amount of USB ports for total count of 6. 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 3650 is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the Dell Inspiron 3268 has 3 slot(s).

M.2 SSD interface allows you to transfer data with higher speeds compared to the old SATA interface. Unfortunately, neither the Dell Vostro 3650, nor the Dell Inspiron 3268 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

Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important, if you are going to use components which require extra power. The Dell Inspiron 3268 comes with a decent 180 Watt PSU, but the Dell Vostro 3650 has a more powerful one rated at 240 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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