Product Notes: Dell OptiPlex 760
November 17, 2008
Multiple vendors have announced systems based on the Intel Q45 chipset over the last few weeks. New systems with this chipset from Dell are branded as the OptiPlex 760 (tower, desktop, small desktop, and ultra-small desktop) and OptiPlex 960 (tower, desktop, and small desktop). The OptiPlex 760 will eventually replace the OptiPlex 755 line while the OptiPlex 960 is an upward extension for the OptiPlex product line.
The OptiPlex 760 has the same general enclosures as the previous-generation OptiPlex 755.
All OptiPlex 760 power supplies are 80 Plus certified, which is a strong indicator of improved power supply efficiency under various loads. For the first time, even more efficient 88% power supplies are also available. The OptiPlex 760 has received a Gold rating from EPEAT and is Energy Star 4.0-certified.
Configuration & Ordering Notes
Several notes when ordering an OptiPlex 760:
See ISC's Performance Desktop Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints. As of September 2008, configuring an OptiPlex 760 to this specification can be done for approximately $1,100.
The OptiPlex 760 is a significant update to Dell's mainstream enterprise desktops, with a improved chipset and more configuration flexibility. However, it remains firmly mainstream - users needing vPro, quad-core processors, or pre-loaded 64-bit Windows Vista will need to move up to an OptiPlex 960.
Properly configured, the OptiPlex 760 meets or exceeds ISC's Performance Desktop specification. The cost delta between an OptiPlex 760 and an OptiPlex 755 with the same general configuration is currently about $45.
Overall, ISC believes that the OptiPlex 760 is a good choice going forward. ISC will follow up with a full review of this product as soon as it has completed testing.
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (November 17, 2008)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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