Review: Dell OptiPlex 760
February 6, 2009
Multiple vendors announced systems based on the Intel Q45 chipset late in 2008. 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 shortly replace the OptiPlex 755 line while the OptiPlex 960 is an upward extension of the OptiPlex product line.
Design and Changes
The OptiPlex 760 has the same general enclosures as the previous generation OptiPlex 755. As in the 755, there is significant variance in size, ranging from 1.16 cubic feet for the tower, 0.56 cubic feet for the desktop, 0.35 cubic feet for the small desktop, and a mere 0.21 cubic feet for the ultra-small desktop.
All OptiPlex 760 power supplies are 80 Plus certified, which is a strong indicator of improved power 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 and Ordering Notes
Several notes when ordering an OptiPlex 760:
See ISC's Performance Desktop Purchasing Guide and Value Desktop Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints. As of February 2009, configuring an OptiPlex 760 to this specification can be done for approximately $1,000. The cost delta between an OptiPlex 760 and an OptiPlex 755 with the same general configuration (configuration can not be precisely duplicated because of basic system differences) is currently about $45.
Windows Vista Performance
ISC tested an OptiPlex 760 with a 3.0 GHz Core 2 Duo E8400, 1066 MHz 2.0 GB RAM, an ATI Radeon HD 3470 discrete graphic card, and a 160 GB hard disk drive. It received a Windows Experience Index base score of 4.1, with individual scores of:
These scores suggest that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 performance will be good for most users of an OptiPlex 760 configured in this manner.
The OptiPlex 760 is a significant update to Dell's mainstream enterprise desktops, with an improved chipset and more configuration flexibility. However, it remains firmly mainstream - users needing Intel's vPro or quad-core processors will need to move up to an OptiPlex 960.
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (February 6, 2009)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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