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DELL OptiPlex 3040
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DELL OptiPlex 3040 4 Core Intel Core I5-6xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 128GB SSD

4 Intel Core I5-6xxx 2.5GHz 4GB Mar 2016
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Ultracompact, energy efficient desktop with versatile deployment and custom mounting options. Powerfully efficient: Powered by 6th generation Intel Core processors. Multitask smoothly: Up to 16GB... More
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9 Reasons For

DELL Has Good Computer Reviews

DELL has good average ratings for its medium processor core personal computers as well as across its entire personal computer range compared to other manufacturers.

Quite Fast Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

The memory clock speeds supported by processors of PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the OptiPlex 3040 range from 800MHz to 2,200MHz. The OptiPlex 3040 has one of the faster memory clock speeds supported by processors (2,133 megahertz) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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SSD Storage Medium

The OptiPlex 3040 has a faster storage speed than most latest comparable spec personal computers. This desktop computer has an SSD storage medium, whereas most medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.

An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage speed amongst all medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the OptiPlex 3040.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage speed amongst comparable types of PC.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative SSD personal computers currently available including the ProDesk 400 G3 SFF[pl_3187993_price], the 400 G3[pl_3737269_price], or the 400 G3[pl_3784834_price] all from HP which is cheaper.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that were launched in the last year.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This desktop computer has a 1.4 HDMI version, which is typical of many latest comparable spec personal computers.

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Very Light

PCs that were launched in the last year have weights of between 38g and 16kg, and the average weight is 6.4kg. With a weight of only 1.4 kilograms, the OptiPlex 3040 is one of the lighter medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the OptiPlex 3040 amongst computers of this age.

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Very Shallow

At only 176 millimeters, the OptiPlex 3040 is fairly shallow compared to most of the other recently released medium processor core personal computers. The shallowest medium processor core desktop computer that has been on the market for a comparable time to the OptiPlex 3040 is 33mm deep and the deepest is 600mm.

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Narrow

The OptiPlex 3040 is very narrow (only 36 millimeters) compared to most of the other PCs that were released in the last 12 months. Across all the similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the OptiPlex 3040 the widths range from 34mm to 7,100mm.

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14 Reasons Against

Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that came out in the last 12 months, the DELL OptiPlex 3040's total storage capacity of only 128 gigabytes is one of the smallest. PCs that are a similar age to the OptiPlex 3040 have total storage capacity of between 32GB and 3.3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 730GB.

We compared this computer to all the other 128GB total storage capacity personal computers and we think cheaper computers such as the HP ProDesk 400 G3 SFF[plb_3187993_price], and the DELL OptiPlex 3040[plb_3242115_price] is also worth considering.

If this desktop computer total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the 400 G3[pl_3737269_price] (256GB), the 400 G3 SFF[pl_3864883_price] (256GB), or the 400 G3[pl_3785013_price] (500GB) all from HP which is also cheaper.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of only 2.5 gigahertz, the DELL OptiPlex 3040 has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other recently released medium processor core personal computers. Newly released PCs have processor clock speeds of between 1.3GHz and 4GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz.

Other 2.5GHz processor clock speed desktop computers currently available which you might want to look at include the Lenovo M700[plb_3257188_price] which is cheaper.

If you want a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the Aspire X3-710[pl_3359054_price] (2.7GHz and cheaper), or the Veriton X2640G[pl_3623416_price] (2.7GHz and cheaper) both from Acer.

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Only Four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The OptiPlex 3040 is a four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port computer.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Across all the medium processor core personal computers that were released in the last year the internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB. The OptiPlex 3040 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) amongst similar spec desktop computers of this age.

Other 4GB memory personal computers currently available which you might also want to look at include the M700[pl_3257185_price], or the E73[pl_3338475_price] both from Lenovo which is cheaper.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the Alienware Steam Machine[plb_3359792_price] (8GB and cheaper), or the HP 460-p059na[plb_3700375_price] (8GB and cheaper).

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the OptiPlex 3040 is 1GB and the biggest is 64GB. At only 1.7 gigabytes, the OptiPlex 3040 has a fairly small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other recently released comparable spec computers.

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Only IEEE 802.11a WiFi Standard

This PC supports an IEEE 802.11a|IEEE 802.11ac|IEEE 802.11b|IEEE 802.11g|IEEE 802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently supported WiFi standard on medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to it.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The DELL OptiPlex 3040 is a two USB 2.0 port personal computer. Most of the other latest comparable spec computers have between one and seven USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite Small Solid-State Drive Capacity

The smallest solid-state drive capacity of medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the OptiPlex 3040 is 32GB and the biggest is 520GB. With a solid-state drive capacity of only 128 gigabytes, the OptiPlex 3040 has one of the smaller solid-state drive capacities amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Only One DisplayPort

The OptiPlex 3040 is a one DisplayPort desktop computer. Most of the other comparable spec PCs that were launched around the same time as the OptiPlex 3040 have between one and three DisplayPorts.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memory of similar spec PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the OptiPlex 3040 range from 2GB to 260GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 42GB. With a maximum internal memory of only 16 gigabytes, the DELL OptiPlex 3040 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other latest comparable spec computers.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

The average processor cache of PCs that are a comparable age to the OptiPlex 3040 is 6.7MB. With a processor cache of only 6 megabytes, the DELL OptiPlex 3040 has a fairly small processor cache compared to most of the other newly released PCs.

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Only Four Processor Threads

The OptiPlex 3040 is a four processor thread desktop computer. Most of the other similar spec desktop computers that are a comparable age to the OptiPlex 3040 have between four and seven processor threads.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

At only 1,600 megahertz, the OptiPlex 3040 has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec computers that have been around for around the same time as the OptiPlex 3040. Across all the medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the OptiPlex 3040 the memory clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 2,400MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 2,000MHz.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

Across all the desktop computers that have been on the market for the last year the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.8GHz to 4.2GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.6GHz. At only 3.1 gigahertz, the OptiPlex 3040 has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other latest medium processor core personal computers.

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1 Other reason to consider the DELL OptiPlex 3040

Released Nine Months Ago

This medium processor core desktop computer has been on the market for nine months.

Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
System Bus Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Voltage Supported by Processor
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Stepping
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Maximum Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Output
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Burst Frequency
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Max On-Board Graphics Adapter Refresh Rate
Max On-Board Graphics Adapter Refresh Rate
Max On-Board Graphics Adapter Refresh Rate
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
Serial Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Line-Out
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DisplayPorts Quantity
HDMI Version
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Combo Headphone/mic Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Design
Placement Supported
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Colour of Product
Intel Segment Tagging
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel TSX-NI Version
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Certificates
Certification
RoHS Compliance
Packaging Content
Display Included

Expert Reviews

(1)
15 April 2016

The Dell Optiplex 3040 Small Form Factor business desktop has a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and some room for external expansion. It's a fine choice for a growing SMB or home office...

Compact chassis with some internal expansion space
Generous port selection
Easy to service
Affordable
Easy-to-navigate software
Half-height PCIe slots
Lacks integrated Wi-Fi
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Poor display
Chunky plastic build

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dell i56500, dell i56500t, dell c168za00, dell c168zs00
Barcodes 05397063782550, 05397063782765, 05901165758230
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