Dell OptiPlex 9010 DT vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro
Comparison and Differences
|Model||Dell OptiPlex 9010 DT||Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro|
|CPU options||Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;||Intel Gen4 i3/i5/i7; Pentium;|
|Dedicated GPU *||GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile||GeForce GTX 1650 Low Profile|
|RAM||DIMM DDR3-1333/1600||DIMM DDR3-1600|
|RAM speed||1600 MT/s||1600 MT/s|
|RAM max||32 GB||32 GB|
|USB ports||(4x)USB-A 3.0; (6x)USB-A 2.0;||(6x)USB-A 3.0; (2x)USB-A 2.0;|
|Video ports||(2x) DisplayPort 1.1; VGA;||(2x) DisplayPort; VGA;|
|Other ports||Serial; (2x) PS2; RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;||RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Serial;|
|Optional ports||N.A.||(2x) PS2; Serial; Parallel; Media card reader (USB 2.0);|
|PCI slots||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; PCI; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4);||PCIe 3.0 x16; PCIe 2.0 x1; PCIe 2.0 x16 (wired x4); PCI;|
|Drive bays||3.5in/2.5in; 2.5in; 5.25in;||2.5in; 2.5/3.5in; 5.25in;|
|PSU||250 W||TFX 240 W|
|Weight||7.9 kg (17.38 lb)||7.8 kg (17.20 lb)|
|Price**||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences between Dell OptiPlex 9010 DT and Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro
If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro which was released in 2013. The Dell OptiPlex 9010 DT is older and entered production in 2012.
Form factor wise the models are the same. This means that they are of similar size and form.
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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Dell OptiPlex 9010 DT is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.
RAM slots is where your insert your RAM sticks. Each of those two models has 4 RAM slot(s) which should be taken into account when planning how much and what combination of RAM you are going to need.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 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.
In total the Dell OptiPlex 9010 DT has 10 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro 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.
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.
None of the models has an HDMI port. If your monitor supports only the HDMI interface, you will need to buy an adapter. Such adapters are cheap so nothing to worry about.
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 Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the Dell OptiPlex 9010 DT 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 OptiPlex 9010 DT, nor the Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p Small Pro has one. However, you can still use a SATA SSD drive which should give you satisfactory performance.Remark: 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!
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 M93p Small Pro comes with a decent 240 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 9010 DT has a more powerful one rated at 250 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.