Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small
Comparison and Differences
Differences between Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT and Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small
If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT which was released in 2017. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small is older and entered production in 2012.
If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT and will fit more easily under your desk.
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 7050 MT as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.
Both models have have equal amount of ram slots (4 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 OptiPlex 7050 MT is using the faster 2400 MT/s RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small 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 7050 MT as it has the ability to run 64 GB of RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.
In total the Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT has 10 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small is inferior in this regard and packs 8 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.
DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT comes with 2 ports, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small has only 1. If you are planning to use multiple monitors, the Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT is the better choice.
The Dell OptiPlex 7050 MT comes with an HDMI port, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small 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 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.
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 7050 MT. Sadly, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M82 Small 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!
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 240 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.