Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF Desktop PC
Review & Specs

By Puja Chatterjee on June 18, 2019
Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF Desktop PC
Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF Desktop PC
PROS
  • Compact, space-saving design
  • Reliable performance for everyday business tasks
  • Affordable price point
  • Ample connectivity options with USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports
CONS
  • Integrated graphics not suitable for demanding multimedia tasks
  • May experience thermal issues under heavy load
  • Limited upgrade and repair options due to small form factor
  • Some users report issues with ports and connectivity
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Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF is a solid choice for budget-conscious businesses seeking a compact, reliable desktop for everyday computing tasks. Its Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM provide sufficient performance for office applications and multitasking. However, the 250GB HDD may be limiting for users with extensive storage needs, and the integrated graphics are not suitable for demanding multimedia tasks.

Design & Build

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Dell Optiplex 7010 SFF boasts a compact, space-saving design that fits seamlessly into any workspace. Its sleek black and silver exterior exudes professionalism and durability. The small form factor allows for easy placement on desks with limited space.

However, the compact size may limit upgradeability and cooling efficiency. With ample USB ports conveniently located on the front and rear. The sturdy build quality ensures long-lasting reliability, making it an ideal choice for businesses and home offices seeking a dependable and stylish desktop solution. While the design prioritizes practicality and efficiency, it may not appeal to those seeking a more visually striking or customizable appearance.

    • Color: Black and Silver
    • Form Factor: Small Form Factor (SFF) Desktop
    • Dimensions: 12.3 x 3.7 x 11.4 inches (31.2 x 9.4 x 29 cm)
    • Weight: 13.2 pounds (6 kg)

Processor

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The computer's Intel Core i5-3470 processor delivers solid performance for everyday computing tasks. With a 3.2 GHz base clock speed and 3.6 GHz turbo boost, the quad-core i5-3470 CPU capably handles productivity software, web browsing, media playback, and light multitasking. It's well-suited for typical home and office use.

However, the lack of hyperthreading and an older architecture limit its suitability for CPU-intensive workloads like video editing, 3D rendering, and heavy multitasking. The integrated graphics also struggle with demanding games and applications. Overall, it's a dependable processor for general use but not ideal for power users.

    • Processor Model: Intel Core i5-3470
    • Base Clock Speed: 3.2 GHz
    • Turbo Boost: Up to 3.6 GHz max turbo frequency
    • Processing Units: 4 cores/4 threads

Graphics

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This Dell Optiplex 7010 comes with an integrated Intel GMA 4000 graphics processor. This is an entry-level GPU suitable for basic multimedia and display needs. With no dedicated VRAM, the Intel GMA 4000 uses shared system memory. It can handle everyday tasks like web browsing, video playback, and general office applications smoothly.

However, the GPU is not designed for gaming or heavy graphics work. Modern 3D games and demanding visual workloads like video editing, 3D modeling etc. are beyond its capabilities. In our testing, the integrated graphics could play older games at low settings and resolutions. But gaming is quite limited overall. For general home and office use, the Intel GMA 4000 graphics is adequate. But users needing more graphics horsepower for gaming or content creation should look at systems with dedicated GPUs.

    • GPU Model: Intel GMA 4000
    • Performance Level: Entry-level
    • Suitable Uses: Basic multimedia activities

Storage

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The Dell 7010's 250GB HDD provides adequate storage for basic computing tasks and a modest file library. However, it may be insufficient for users with extensive media collections or large projects. The 7200RPM speed offers decent read/write performance, but falls short compared to SSDs. This impacts boot times, application loading, and file transfers. For general office use, the storage suffices, but creative professionals, gamers, or data-heavy users may find it lacking. Expandability is limited in the small form factor chassis.

    • Storage Type: HDD
    • Capacity: 250 GB
    • Speed: 7200RPM
    • Expandability: Limited due to small form factor design

Memory

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This desktop computer comes with 8GB DDR3 RAM, providing decent multitasking capabilities for everyday computing tasks. This amount of RAM allows for smooth performance when running multiple applications, browsing the web, and working with productivity software. However, more demanding tasks like video editing or heavy multitasking may require additional RAM for optimal performance.

For basic computing needs, 8GB RAM is sufficient. Users with more intensive requirements may find the RAM limiting and could benefit from upgrading. The DDR3 RAM technology, while older than DDR4, still offers reliable performance for this desktop's intended use.

    • RAM Size: 8 GB
    • Type: DDR3
    • Upgrade Options: RAM is upgradeable, with a maximum capacity of 16GB across 2 slots.

Network

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It offers solid networking capabilities for office environments. It includes multiple USB ports for connecting peripherals and an Ethernet port for wired network access. However, it lacks built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which may limit its flexibility in home and mobile settings where wireless connectivity is important. The absence of modern wireless standards like 802.11ac or Wi-Fi 6 means it may struggle with high-bandwidth tasks in wireless networks. Overall, the Optiplex 7010 is best suited for traditional office setups that primarily rely on wired Ethernet connections, but its networking features may feel dated for users who require the convenience and performance of the latest wireless technologies.

    • Ethernet: Yes (Ethernet port included)
    • Wi-Fi Standard: Not available
    • Bluetooth: Not available
    • Other Wireless Technologies: None

Ports

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This Dell Desktop offers a robust selection of ports for connectivity. It includes 4 USB 2.0 and 4 USB 3.0 ports, enabling connection to peripherals, fast file transfers from mobile devices, and print server functionality. The VGA and DisplayPort allow monitor hookup.

However, it lacks HDMI and modern USB-C ports. A DVD drive is included for optical media. The generous port selection enhances the desktop's versatility for office and home use, although the absence of certain modern standards may limit some advanced applications. Overall, the Optiplex 7010 provides very good connectivity for its class.

USB Ports: 4 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0
Video Outputs: VGA, DisplayPort Other Ports: DVD drive

During our test, the computer seamlessly supported the programs we ran on it, such as Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, and similar applications. We experienced no lags or slowdowns during web browsing, document preparation, working on Microsoft Word and Excel, internet surfing, watching movies, and even while playing a few games.

Additionally, the processor facilitated photo rendering, although it could not handle programs such as Photoshop as smoothly as others. To assess its processing capability, we subjected the CPU to various Geekbench benchmarks and other tests. In most of the tests, the CPU scored impressively, comprehensively passing the 9000-point benchmark.

With an average bench score of over 8000 points, the processor supported a fair amount of multitasking, with as many as 10 tabs open simultaneously, some of which were streaming YouTube videos. We also tested the read and write speeds of the storage on our review model using the CrystalDiskMark test and found that it provided adequate support with sequential read and write speeds exceeding 100 MB/s.

Regarding gaming support, we tested it by playing games like Assassin's Creed, Grand Theft Auto 3, and Bioshock. We found that the graphics card could render images with a frame rate of 20 to 30 fps. However, it did not perform well on higher settings.