Dell OptiPlex 7040M USFF - i5 6500- 8GB RAM - 128GB SSD
The Dell OptiPlex 7040M is a pre-built business desktop computer it is still a viable solution for home and office. The motherboard is using the Q170 chipset and supports 6th gen Intel Core processors, and up to32GB of SODIMM DDR4-2133 memory.
Dell OptiPlex 7040M is a Micro form factor computer. Micros (also called Mini or Tiny) are one of the smallest size PCs available on the market. Dell OptiPlex 7040M is very compact and comes with an external power supply. This device is easy to upgrade with additional RAM and storage but have little to no expandability. Usually, models with this chassis have an optional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module and an M.2 slot for an SSD.
|Model||Dell OptiPlex 7040M|
|CPU||Intel Gen6 i5 6500|
|Dedicated GPU *||N.A.|
|RAM||8GB SODIMM DDR4|
|RAM speed||2133 MT/s|
|RAM max||32 GB|
|USB ports||(6x) USB-A 3.0|
|Video ports||Display Port 1.2; HDMI 1.4;|
|Other ports||RJ45; Headset; Line-Out;|
|M.2 slots||M.2 2280 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)|
|Weight||1.41 kg (3.12 lb)|
The Dell OptiPlex 7040M supports Gen6 Intel Core technology. Named Skylake, it uses the same 14nm manufacturing process like the old 5th gen. The improvements are better CPU and GPU performance and reduced power consumption. Other enhancements include Thunderbolt 3.0 and SATA Express.
Dell OptiPlex 7040M has two RAM slots. This is more than enough for most users. For those of you who need extra flexibility and RAM size, go for a model with 4 memory slots.
To cover the needs of your OS, games, and apps, Dell OptiPlex 7040M supports up to 32 GB of SODIMM DDR4-2133 RAM. For office work, home use, and light gaming we recommend 8GB of RAM. For everything else, use 16GB or more.
Faster RAM speeds permit your processor to access the data stored inside the memory faster. This is important for the overall speed of your system. The motherboard of the Dell OptiPlex 7040M supports RAM speeds of up to 2133 MT/s.
You can use an external USB Wi-Fi adapter (wireless network dongle). The USB dongle is much more convenient, easy to install and cheaper.
Ports are important and often people don't think about them when buying a PC. For example, if you don't have enough USB ports, using external devices becomes problematic. Before you buy any system, considering your use case, check the number of external devices you are going to use and plan the number of the extension ports accordingly.
The Dell OptiPlex 7040M comes with six USB ports in total. Having more USB ports is always better, but also pay attention to the version of those USB ports. Higher version ports support faster transfer speeds. Unfortunately, this model doesn't come with a USB 3.1 port. If you need a faster connection for your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to choose another model.
The DisplayPort (DP) is the most widely used digital interface for transmitting digital video and audio between display devices and PCs. It is good to see that the Dell OptiPlex 7040M is featuring a DisplayPort 1.2. The post version is important if you target higher resolutions with high refresh rate. Although, ver. 1.2 is completely fine for most users, if possible, aim for the higher versions DisplayPort.
The HDMI port is another digital video port you can use to connect external display. It has very similar capabilities to the DisplayPort with few exceptions. Dell OptiPlex 7040M comes with one HDMI 1.4 port(s) on the motherboard. In case your monitor supports another interface, you can always use an adapter.
SSD storage - M.2 sockets and SATA ports
The SATA port is one of the places where you can connect a storage device. The Dell OptiPlex 7040M comes with one SATA port(s). Not enough SATA ports might limit your options for additional storage devices. Think about your use case and decide if the SATA ports provided by this model will be sufficient.
Dell OptiPlex 7040M has also one M.2 socket(s) that supports both PCIe NVMe (PCIe 3.0 x4) and SATA M.2 drives with speed of up to 3 GB/s. This configuration works very well for home and office work related tasks.
The M.2 PCIe SSD connector in combination with an NVMe drive allows for higher transfer rates, compared to the old SATA interface. In some situations, NVMe device connected to the M.2 PCIe socket can be more than 5 times faster.
The Dell OptiPlex 7040M comes with a 65 Watt PSU.