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DELL OptiPlex 3020 4 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 3.2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

4 Intel Core I5-4xxx 3.2GHz 8GB May 2016
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Power through challenging jobs with up to 4th Gen Intel Core i5 processors. Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro. Easily run multiple applications simultaneously with up to 16GB of memory.2... More
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10 Reasons For

Good Brand

Medium processor core personal computers produced by DELL have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all personal computers (not just medium processor core personal computers) and found that DELL also has good ratings across its entire range.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many latest comparable spec computers.

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Just Released Seven Months Ago

The OptiPlex 3020 was only relased by DELL seven months ago.

Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of latest comparable spec personal computers range from 500MHz to 1,400MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,150 megahertz, the OptiPlex 3020 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst comparable spec PCs of this age.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the DELL OptiPlex 3020 has one of the bigger total storage capacity amongst similar spec desktop computers of this age. Across all the personal computers that came out in the last 12 months the total storage capacity range from 32GB to 3.3TB.

Desktop computers with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth considering include the 460-p059na (£449.99) (2TB), or the 550-254na (2TB) both from HP.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most frequently supported PCI Express slots version on medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for the last year.

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Three PCI Express X1 Slots

The OptiPlex 3020 is a three PCI Express x1 slot desktop computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the OptiPlex 3020 only have between one and two PCI Express x1 slots.

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Six USB 2.0 Ports

The DELL OptiPlex 3020 is a six USB 2.0 port computer. Most of the other similar spec personal computers that were released around the same time as the OptiPlex 3020 have between one and seven USB 2.0 ports.

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Two 5.25" Bays

The OptiPlex 3020 is a two 5.25" bay PC. Most of the other personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the OptiPlex 3020 only have one 5.25" bay.

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Supports One Case Placement

The number of placements supported by the OptiPlex 3020 is more than most computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This desktop computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most commonly supported case placement supported by latest medium processor core personal computers.

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15 Reasons Against

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

The OptiPlex 3020 is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port computer.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The average max memory bandwidth supported processor of medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the OptiPlex 3020 is 34GB/s. When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the OptiPlex 3020 that we have assessed, the max memory bandwidth supported processor of the OptiPlex 3020 of only 25.6 gigabytes per second is one of the slowest.

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Quite Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

At only 32 gigabytes, the OptiPlex 3020 has a fairly small max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the OptiPlex 3020. Medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the OptiPlex 3020 have max internal memory supported processors of between 2GB and 1.6TB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

Medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the OptiPlex 3020 have memory clock speeds supported by processors of between 800MHz and 2,200MHz. The DELL OptiPlex 3020 has one of the slower memory clock speeds supported by processors (only 1,333 megahertz) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

The OptiPlex 3020 supports an 11 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version which is better than the 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version supported by most medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as it. Across all recently released medium processor core personal computers the best on-board graphics adapter DirectX version is 12 and the worst is 11.2/12.

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Only 4.3 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The OptiPlex 3020 supports a better on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version than most medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as it. This personal computer supports a 4.3 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, whereas most computers that were launched around the same time as it support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. Medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the OptiPlex 3020 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL versions range from 4 to 4.4.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the DELL OptiPlex 3020 is more than most new desktop computers. The most frequently found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this personal computer. The memory slots 2x DIMM are also found on this computer.

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Only One DisplayPort

The DELL OptiPlex 3020 is a one DisplayPort computer.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that came out in the last year is 2GB and the biggest is 260GB. With a maximum internal memory of only 16 gigabytes, the OptiPlex 3020 has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other new medium processor core personal computers.

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Only DDR3-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The OptiPlex 3020 has a newer internal memory type than most recently released medium processor core personal computers. This DELL PC has a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most new comparable spec computers have a DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type.

This desktop computer's internal memory type (DDR3-SDRAM) is in fact the worst internal memory type amongst all medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the OptiPlex 3020.

Amongst comparable types of desktop computer the best internal memory type is DDR4-SDRAM.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

The OptiPlex 3020 has one of the smaller processor caches (only 6 megabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. The smallest processor cache of new medium processor core personal computers is 2MB, the biggest is 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.7MB.

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Only Four Processor Threads

Most medium processor core personal computers that were released in the last year have between four and seven processor threads, including the DELL OptiPlex 3020 which has four processor threads.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the OptiPlex 3020 has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst computers of this age. Across all the new desktop computers the memory clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 2,400MHz.

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Quite Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

The lowest system bus data transfer rate of recently released medium processor core personal computers is 5GT/s and the highest is 8GT/s. When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the OptiPlex 3020 that we have checked the system bus data transfer rate of, the OptiPlex 3020's system bus data transfer rate of only 5 Gigatransfers per second is one of the lowest.

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Heavy

The average weight of desktop computers that were launched in the last year is 6.4kg, and the weights range from 38g to 16kg. With a weight of 9.4 kilograms, the OptiPlex 3020 is quite heavy compared to most of the other recently released medium processor core personal computers.

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4 Other reasons to consider the DELL OptiPlex 3020

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 3.2 gigahertz, the OptiPlex 3020 has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that came out in the last 12 months.

If this personal computer processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to look at the HP 400 G3 MT (£486.52) (3.3GHz).

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Average Hard Drive Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the DELL OptiPlex 3020 has a fairly typical hard drive capacity compared to most of the other latest medium processor core personal computers.

If this medium processor core desktop computer hard drive capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the 460-p059na (£449.99) (2TB), or the 550-254na (2TB) both from HP.

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Average Internal Memory

The OptiPlex 3020 has a pretty typical internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other latest medium processor core personal computers.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many latest medium processor core personal computers. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

Personal computers with a faster storage speed that might be worth looking at include the HP 400 G2 (£594.97) (SSD).

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Specification

Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Voltage
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
QPI Link
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Non-ECC Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Maximum Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Output
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Operating System/software
Operating System
Networking
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Line-Out Port
Line-In Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
DisplayPort
VGA (D-Sub) Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Expansion Slots
PCI Express X16 Slot
PCI Express X1 Slot
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Cable Lock Slot
5.25" Bay
3.5" Bay
Case Colour
Intel Segment Tagging
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel Built-In Visuals Technology
OS Guard
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Dual Display Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Smart Cache
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
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
RoHS Compliant
Energy Star Certified
Packaging Content
Software Driver Included
Manual
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

27 October 2014

There's nothing particularly revolutionary about Dell's Optiplex 3020 Micro. It has been possible to cram most of the necessities of a PC into a box this size for some years now. It's also not...

9 April 2016

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User Reviews

(16)
Reviewed 9 May 2014 by Eric W.

To the reviewer complaining it only has VGA. That's not true. There's Displayport as well, which, with an inexpensive adapter will get you HDMI...

Reviewed 12 February 2015 by Affinity
(Verified Purchase)

We've rolled about a dozen of these out and have been great. For how compact they are, they are simple to get into for memory upgrades/hard drive replacements. Because of the form factor, you have... Read more…

Slimline and small. Easy to disassemble for the size. Good warranty. Solid working parts. Attractive, and not flimsy like comparable models
Small
8GB Ram
Windows 7 64
USB 3.0
No PCI port onboard
Been using as my primary workstation for 3 months without issue
The only con I can think of is that any low profile video card you throw in will need to have a fan. Otherwise, it will most definitely over heat. (Although, this really isn't a con. This thing is tin
Within 3 days of setup, several of the towers started producing a "thwapping" sound. I opened one up and discovered that the GPU fan was hitting the DVD drive's SATA cable. For some reason, the factor
The PCI simple communications controller driver did not rollover when making the transition from Windows 7 pro to 8.1 pro. It was not found by windows update, however the Dell support website had the
Reviewed 15 February 2015 by Dorow T.
(Verified Purchase)

Until i had this machine I ran my business off of a laptop. The laptop runs fine, but is taking a lot of wear and tear as I travel to most of my clients. This machine runs my office now. The... Read more…

Reviewed 25 September 2014 by Anonymous

Wish I knew this before telling a client to purchase this exact model from newegg. There wasn't a review that listed this issue at time of purchase...

Good performance until you need to get it fixed quick
Inexpensive for what you get, has displayport. Great warranty
There is a proprietary power supply and proprietary power connector on system board. You cant just go to any store to purchase a power supply and install it. This is true for all Optiplex 3020
The proprietary power supply. Dell's at it again
(Verified Purchase)

Intel i3 processor which is not bad. easy to set up. and it's not that bad for the price you pay.

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