Product Notes: Dell OptiPlex 780
September 29, 2009
In late September, Dell announced new tower, desktop, and small desktop systems branded as the OptiPlex 780 (a redesigned ultra-small desktop version will be released later this year). The OptiPlex 780 will supplant the OptiPlex 760 line introduced in November 2008.
Design and Changes
The OptiPlex 780 has the same general enclosures as the previous generation OptiPlex 760. As in the 760, there is significant variance in size, ranging from 1.16 cubic feet for the tower, 0.56 cubic feet for the desktop, and 0.35 cubic feet for the small desktop. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) believes that the most users will be well served by the small desktop.
The OptiPlex 780 adds the option of more advanced Intel management technology (vPro/iAMT 5.0 Professional) which had previously only been available on the OptiPlex 960. It also moves the OptiPlex 7x0 series from DDR2 to DDR3 memory.
88% efficient power supplies are available with all OptiPlex 780 form factors. When correctly configured, the OptiPlex 780 is EPEAT Gold-compliant and Energy Star 5.0-certified.
Several considerations when ordering an OptiPlex 780:
See ISC's Performance Desktop Purchasing Guide and Value Desktop Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints. As of September 2009, configuring an OptiPlex 780 to the performance desktop specification can be done for approximately $1,050 to $1,300 while a value desktop is approximately $850 to $900. The cost delta between an OptiPlex 780 and an OptiPlex 760 with the same general configuration (configuration can not be precisely duplicated because of basic system differences) is currently about $10.
The OptiPlex 780 is an incremental update to Dell's mainstream enterprise desktops, with a slightly improved chipset, the option of more management capability, and greater configuration flexibility - all of which close the feature gap between Dell OptiPlex 7x0 and 9x0 series.
ISC will follow up with a full review of the OptiPlex 780 as soon as testing has been completed.
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (September 30, 2009)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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