Dell Vostro 3681
Specification and Upgrade Options
The Dell Vostro 3681 is a pre-built small business desktop computer first released in 2020. The motherboard is using the B460 chipset and supports 10th gen Intel Core processor, and 64GB of DIMM DDR4-2666/2933 memory.
Dell Vostro 3681 is a Small form factor computer. The Small Form Factor (SFF) is an in-between model. It has less space for the larger form factors (Mid tower, Mini tower, and Desktop), but it is still easily upgradable. Usually the SFF come with 2x PCIe slots, so fitting a low profile graphics card is possible.
Windows 11 compatibility
Yes, Dell Vostro 3681 is compatible with Windows 11. According to Windows 11 specification, all models that have Intel 8th Gen processors (or newer) with TPM 2.0 support and a UEFI BIOS with Secure boot, are eligible to upgrade form Windows 10 to Windows 11 through Windows Update.
The Dell Vostro 3681 supports Gen10 Intel Core technology. Intel released its 10th generation of Intel Core processors in 2019. This update is more significant to the company's lineup than previous generations. This is because the 10th generation is using 10nm manufacturing process. The new technology brings more energy efficient CPUs which is especially important for mobile devices.
Best CPUs for Dell Vostro 3681 upgrade:
|Model||Cores (Threads)||Base frequency||Turbo|
|Core i5 10500||6(12)||3.1 GHz||4.5 GHz|
|Core i5 10600||6(12)||3.3 GHz||4.8 GHz|
|Core i7 10700||8(16)||2.9 GHz||4.7 GHz|
|Core i7 10700F||8(16)||2.9 GHz||4.7 GHz|
|Core i9 10900||10(9)||3.8 GHz||5.2 GHz|
|Core i9 10900F||10(20)||2.8 GHz||5.2 GHz|
Dell Vostro 3681 has two RAM slots. This is more than enough for most users. For those of you who need extra flexibility and RAM size, go for a model with 4 memory slots.
To cover the needs of your OS, games, and apps, Dell Vostro 3681 supports up to 64 GB of DIMM DDR4-2666/2933 RAM. For office work, home use, and light gaming we recommend 8GB of RAM. For everything else, use 16GB or more.
Faster RAM speeds permit your processor to access the data stored inside the memory faster. This is important for the overall speed of your system. The motherboard of the Dell Vostro 3681 supports RAM speeds of up to 2933 MT/s.
Dell Vostro 3681 comes equipped with an on-board M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) slot. This slot is used for a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo card.
Best Wireless adapters for Dell Vostro 3681:
|WiFi 6E (Gig+) Kit||3000 Mbit/s||2.4GHz / 5GHz||NGFF M.2 A/E Key|
|Rekong AX210||3000 Mbit/s||2.4GHz / 5GHz||NGFF M.2 A/E Key|
|Gigabyte GC-Wbax200||2400 Mbit/s||2.4GHz / 5GHz||PCIe|
|TP-Link Archer TX50E||2400 Mbit/s||2.4GHz / 5GHz||PCIe|
|TP-Link Archer T9UH||1300 Mbit/s||2.4GHz / 5GHz||USB 3.0|
Ports are important and often people don't think about them when buying a PC. For example, if you don't have enough USB ports, using external devices becomes problematic. Before you buy any system, considering your use case, check the number of external devices you are going to use and plan the number of the extension ports accordingly.
The Dell Vostro 3681 comes with eight USB ports in total. Having more USB ports is always better, but also pay attention to the version of those USB ports. Higher version ports support faster transfer speeds. Unfortunately, this model doesn't come with a USB 3.1 port. If you need a faster connection for your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to choose another model.
The DisplayPort (DP) is now the most widely used digital interface for transmitting digital video and audio between display devices and PCs. It is unfortunate to see that the Dell Vostro 3681 doesn't have one. Check out the HDMI section and make sure that you are at least getting an HDMI port - a good substitution for the DP.
The HDMI port is another digital video port you can use to connect external display. It has very similar capabilities to the DisplayPort with few exceptions. Dell Vostro 3681 comes with one HDMI 1.4 port(s) on the motherboard. In case your monitor supports another interface, you can always use an adapter.
*Please keep in mind in order to use the video ports available through the motherboard, you need a CPU with integrated graphics card. If you have a dedicated GPU, use his ports instead.
SSD storage - M.2 sockets and SATA ports
The SATA port is one of the places where you can connect a stora gedevice. The Dell Vostro 3681 comes with two SATA port(s). Not enough SATA ports might limit your options for additional storage devices. Think about your use case and decide if the SATA ports provided by this model will be sufficient.
Dell Vostro 3681 has also one M.2 socket(s) that supports both PCIe NVMe (PCIe 3.0 x4) and SATA M.2 drives with speed of up to 3 GB/s. This configuration works very well for both gaming and work related tasks.
The M.2 PCIe SSD connector in combination with an NVMe drive allows for higher transfer rates, compared to the old SATA interface. In some situations, NVMe device connected to the M.2 PCIe socket can be more than 5 times faster.
Best PCIe NVMe drives for Dell Vostro 3681 storage upgrade:
|Model||Form factor / Interface||NAND type||DRAM|
|Samsung 980 PRO SSD||M.2/x4 PCIe 4.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
|CORSAIR MP600 PRO||M.2/x4 PCIe 4.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
|SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus||M.2/x4 PCIe 3.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
|Western Digital Black SN750||M.2/x4 PCIe 3.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
|Kingston A2000||M.2/x4 PCIe 3.0/NVMe||TLC||Yes|
The Dell Vostro 3681 comes with a 200 Watt PSU. Having a power supply with high power rating is important, especially if you are doing upgrade with addtional components, like dedicated GPU and more HDDs. Will this 200 W be enough, it all depends on your specific use. Please keep in mind that some models might have more than one PSU option. Whenever possible get the most powerful one, as it might make future upgrades easier.