Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorSmallMicro
CPU optionsIntel Gen10&11 i3/i5/i7/i9;Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ570Q170
Dedicated GPU *AMD Radeon RX640 (optional)N.A.
RAMDIMM DDR4-2666/2933/3200SODIMM DDR4-2133
RAM slots42
RAM speed3200 MT/s2133 MT/s
RAM max128 GB32 GB
USB portsUSB 3.2 Type C; USB 3.1 Type C; (2x) USB-A 3.1; USB-A 3.0; (x4) USB-A 2.0;(6x)USB-A 3.0;
Video ports(3x) Display Port 1.4; HDMI 2.0b;(2x) DisplayPort;
Other portsRJ45; Audio; Line-Out/In; Serial; (x2) PS2RJ45; Headset; Mic;
Optional portsUSB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); Media Card Reader;VGA/HDMI/DP/Serial; WiFi antenna;
SATA ports31
PCI slotsPCIe 4.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x4;N.A.
M.2 slotsM.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe); M.2 2230 M-key (PCIe); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) M.2 2280/2242 M-key (PCIe x4); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);
Drive bays(x2) 3.5in; (2x) 2.5in; 5.25in (slim);2.5in;
PSU200/300 W65 W
Weight5.72 kg (12.61 lb)1.3 kg (2.9 lbs)
Released20212015
Manuallinklink
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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 OptiPlex 7090 SFF and Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF which was released in 2021. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny is older and entered production in 2015.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF 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 OptiPlex 7090 SFF as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF has 4 RAM slots while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny has only 2 slot(s). This is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM you are going to use.

The Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF is using the faster 3200 MT/s RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 2133 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF as it has the ability to run 128 GB of RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny can do a bit less at max 32 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

In total the Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF has 9 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny 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. What is nice about the Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF, is that it has 3 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds significantly. For people who want to use external drives on regular basis, this might be an issue.

DisplayPort is crucial for any desktop machine. It is good to see that both models are featuring DisplayPorts. However, the Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF comes with 3 ports, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny has only 2. If you are planning to use multiple monitors, the Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF is the better choice.

The Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF comes with an HDMI port, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny 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 OptiPlex 7090 SFF is better equipped as it comes with 3 SATA slot(s), while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny has 1 slot(s).

An M.2 SSD can be several times faster than a SATA one. Thus, we are happy to see that both models support the M.2 interface. However, the Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF has 1 M.2 slots while the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny comes with just 1.

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 M900 Tiny comes with a decent 65 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 7090 SFF has a more powerful one rated at 300 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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