Product Notes: Dell OptiPlex (Ivy Bridge)
June 6, 2012
In late May 2012, Dell announced its next generation OptiPlex enterprise class desktops, which are based on Intel's Ivy Bridge platform and use the Q77 Express chipset. These new models, designated 9010 and 7010, became available on Dell's Premier Page for the University in early June 2012. The lower-end 3010 will be available through the Premier Page in July.
Design and Changes
In addition to the expected ultra small form factor, small form factor, desktop and mini tower configurations, Dell has introduced an all-in-one version of the OptiPlex 9010 (picture to the right). This system includes a 23-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with an anti-glare coating and supports VESA compatible arms and stands. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) expects a touch screen version of this system to be available later in 2012.
The OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One can be purchased with a combination WiFi/Bluetooth mini PCIe card, which enables functionality of a wireless keyboard and mouse. Other than the new all-in-one, the form factors remain the same as the previous generation, but all systems are slightly heavier.
The biggest single internal change for the new OptiPlexes is the move to Intel's Ivy Bridge platform, which includes the option of improved HD 4000 integrated graphics. With and only with HD 3000 graphics or above, ISC has removed the requirement for a discrete video card from the FY2013 desktop recommendations. For the new OptiPlexes, this means that the ultra small form factor can now be built to a four year configuration.
In a significant change from the OptiPlex 990, the OptiPlex 9010 returns the option of an NVIDIA discrete video card, but only for the mini tower; only AMD discrete video cards are available for the small form factor and desktop. All systems now have two DisplayPort outputs.
Windows Vista and FreeDOS are no longer available as operating system options for the new OptiPlexes.
All of the new OptiPlexes include at least four USB 3.0 ports. Both the 9010 and 7010 series offer the latest version of Intel's vPro (which includes iAMT 8.0).
Several notes when ordering an OptiPlex through Dell's Premier Page for the University:
See ISC's Performance Desktop Purchasing Guide for more configuration suggestions. As of June 2012, building an OptiPlex 9010 to the Performance Desktop specification is approximately $1,300 to $1,600, including display. The University's Computer Connection will have 9010 configurations available for order shortly.
ISC sees these new OptiPlexes as solid upgrades, but is particularly interested in the new all-in-one 9010. Support providers who have been deploying OptiPlex 990 configurations should be able to comfortably move on to the 9010 if they elect to stay with traditional desktops. The cost delta to move to the 9010 from the 990 is very small: pricing various Performance Desktop configurations yielded a difference of $5 to $10.
OptiPlex 9010 all-in-one graphic courtesy of Dell
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (June 6, 2012)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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