Dell Vostro 5090 vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorMini TowerDesktop
CPU optionsIntel Gen9 i3/i5/i7/i9; Pentium; Celeron;Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetB360H110
Dedicated GPU *GeForce RTX 2070 SuperGeForce GT 1030 Low Profile
RAMDIMM DDR4-2666DIMM DDR4-2133
RAM slots22
RAM speed2666 MT/s2133 MT/s
RAM max32 GB32 GB
USB ports(4x)USB-A 2.0; (3x)USB-A 3.0; USB 3.0 Type C;(4x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;
Video portsHDMI 1.4; DisplayPort 1.4;(2x) DisplayPort 1.2; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Line-Out; Line-In;RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial; (2x) PS2;
Optional portsSD card reader2x USB-A 2.0; Media card reader (USB 2.0);
SATA ports43
PCI slotsPCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 3.0 x1; PCIPCIe 3.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1;
M.2 slotsM.2 2230/2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);N.A.
Drive bays3.5in;2.5in; 2.5/3.5in; 5.25in (slim);
PSU260/460WTFX 210 W
Weight7.90 kg (17.42 lbs)9 kg (19.8 lb)
Released20192015
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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 Vostro 5090 and Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Dell Vostro 5090 which was released in 2019. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF is older and entered production in 2015.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell Vostro 5090 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 Vostro 5090 as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF 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 5090 is using the faster 2666 MT/s RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 2133 MT/s. In addition, you will be able to install the same amount of RAM in both models, and most probably 32 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 Vostro 5090 has 9 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF 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.

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 Vostro 5090 comes with an HDMI port, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF 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 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 5090 is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF has 3 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 5090. Sadly, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF 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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF comes with a decent 210 Watt PSU, but the Dell Vostro 5090 has a more powerful one rated at 460 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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