Dell OptiPlex 9010: Dell’s OptiPlex range of desktops is well-known for being one of the most reliable, affordable, and business-friendly machines on the market.
Ask anyone who has ever bought one, and they will tell you that the Dell OptiPlex is one of the best; if not the best business computer you can buy. That is why we love reviewing them for you, our friends.
In our previous article, we reviewed the Dell OptiPlex 7010, a less powerful and more affordable version of our topic for today – the Dell OptiPlex 9010.
Although the 9010 is more recent than the OptiPlex 7010, it doesn’t mean it’s superior. Instead, each machine has its ideal scenario where it’s most suitable.
Above all, both OptiPlex desktops will certainly get the job done.
What you are going to read in this article!
What Is the Dell OptiPlex 9010?
In the words of Dell, the OptiPlex 9010 is, “designed for maximum productivity, desktop virtualization and outstanding IT control.”
They also said it’s ideal for, “Businesses seeking to improve productivity and centralize IT control with a powerful, manageable system supporting desktop virtualization and data protection.”
Now if you are less technically inclined, these descriptions might fly over your head. However, you don’t have to worry, we are here to explain to you what the OptiPlex 9010 is, and what it can do for you.
First of all, the OptiPlex 9010 comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, which are:
1. Ultra Small Form Factor (USFF)
2. Small Form Factor (SFF)
4. Mini-Tower (MT)
5. All in One (AIO)
In terms of chassis size AKA computer case size, I usually recommend that you buy the biggest size that you can find – If you have the space for it.
This is because, if you buy a small chassis at the beginning, it’s often difficult to swap any of the initial components/hardware with newer, more powerful, and usually larger equipment.
Many buyers make the mistake of buying a smaller chassis, forgetting that eventually, they may need to do some upgrades.
Another reason why I advocate larger chassis is that they are roomier and therefore have better cooling and air circulation. Good heat dissipation guarantees that your delicate equipment will be with you for a long long time.
However, if you are strapped for space or money, smaller chassis are usually a little bit cheaper and they don’t stand out too much.
Additionally, they can blend into your working environment inconspicuously and naturally. Therefore, certain advantages can be gained from buying smaller chassis.
Additionally, buyers also love the All-in-one (AIO) OptiPlex 9010 desktop because it combines both the CPU and the Screen (monitor) in one chassis.
People who purchase it like the idea of killing two birds with one stone, instead of buying the two separately, i.e. the CPU and the Screen.
The AIO desktop also doesn’t use as much power as its other fraternal twins.
Now if you are looking for a desktop for personal/home use, don’t think that the OptiPlex 9010 is not suitable for you.
Although the 9010 is designed for businesses, I think its features should not be monopolized by businesses alone. Features like:
• Top-notch Security
• Reliable Hardware
• Powerful Processing
• Affordable Pricing
• Better Build Quality
Are crucial to any consumer in these days of rampant data breaches and wildly rising hardware costs.
The Dell OptiPlex 9010’s performance is outstanding as it is one of Dell’s premier desktops.
Here is a brief overview of its significant specs:
Processor: Intel Quad-Core i7 Process
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Graphics: Intel Integrated HD Graphics 4000
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Storage: 1000GB Samsung HDD
As you can see the OptiPlex 9010’s processor specs are top-notch but the same cannot be said for the graphics.
The desktop comes equipped with a decent Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 4000 that is adequate for office and productivity work.
However, if you need a desktop that can run CAD or similar programs that need serious graphical rendering horsepower, the 9010 will struggle to meet your requirements.
High Processing Power:
The 9010 comes with a powerful Intel i7 that is more than enough for your business. Other versions come with a slightly less powerful Intel i5 processor.
AIO Touch Functionality:
The OptiPlex 9010 all-in-one desktop is one of the few business desktops that brings touch functionality to the office.
Easy to Swap or Repair Hardware:
Dell OptiPlexs are business machines and therefore their components’ detachability is designed with IT maintenance in mind.
Their components are designed to be easy to remove or replace in an organizational setting, where IT staff have to tend to many machines at once.
Average Integrated Graphics:
Although the Intel Integrated 4000 is sufficient for most professional work, it proves inadequate for organizations with high-level graphics needs.
Additionally, the graphics card is inseparably shackled to the CPU. This means that the graphics card is forced to share memory and other resources with the processor.
Dell OptiPlex desktops come with unique motherboards that are incompatible with the standardized computer cases on the market.
If you buy a Dell desktop, be prepared that you likely won’t be able to change your chassis to a fancier and larger chassis off the market.
Is the OptiPlex 9010 Good For Gaming?
As previously mentioned, the 9010 is a business PC. Out of the box, it cannot perfectly run the latest games.
However, if you pair its Intel i7 processor with an extra video card like the GeForce GTX 1650 plus a snappy SSD, you will have one of the most budget-friendly gaming rigs on the market.
So yes, with some customizations, the OptiPlex 9010 can satisfy your gaming needs.
|Features||Dell OptiPlex 9010 Technical Specification|
|Processors||Intel® Core i7/i5 Quad-Core,|
|Chipset||Intel® Q77 Express Chipset|
|Operating System||Microsoft® Windows 7®|
|Graphics Options||Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 2500/4000|
|Memory||Up to 32GB|
|Hard Drives Options||3.5” Hard Drives: up to 1TB 7200 RPM|
|Removable Media||Blu-ray Writer Drive|
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