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DELL OptiPlex 3040

DELL OptiPlex 3040 4 Core Intel Core I5-6xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 500GB HDD

4 Intel Core I5-6xxx 2.5GHz 4GB Aug 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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15 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

Expert review website PC Mag scored this personal computer 80 out of 100. The personal computer expert review sites don't rate this desktop computer that highly.

Good Product Quality

A few DELL OptiPlex 3040 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Pc Mag said on PC Mag this year “Great call quality and volume” in their review. Pc Mag also wrote “Excellent call quality”.

DELL PCs Have Good Reviews

DELL medium processor core personal computers have good ratings on average and across all PCs DELL is one of the superior manufacturers.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few people wrote in their reviews that this PC was quiet. Pc Mag wrote “Silent operation”. Pc Mag also wrote “Very quiet in use”.

Good Size

Several people who purchased it mentioned that it was compact. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Compact chassis with some internal expansion space” in their review of the DELL OptiPlex 3040. Pc Mag also wrote “Compact dimensions”.

Easy to Use

One DELL OptiPlex 3040 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this PC was easy to use.

Large Storage Capacity

One customer who reviewed this PC thought it had good storage. In December this year Pc Mag said in their DELL OptiPlex 3040 review on PC Mag “Fold down handle for easy storage”.

Nice Design

One customer reckoned that it was aesthetic. In December Pc Mag said in their review of this PC “Aesthetically and technically impressive”.

Just Released Four Months Ago

This DELL desktop computer has only been on the market for four months. Newer computers like this one are likely to have better features.

Good Battery Life

One DELL OptiPlex 3040 owner who purchased the DELL OptiPlex 3040 thought it had a good battery life. A few weeks ago Pc Mag rated this PC 80 out of 100 and wrote “Good battery life” in their review of the DELL OptiPlex 3040.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Light

At only 1.4 kilograms, the OptiPlex 3040 is quite light compared to most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that were launched in the last 12 months. The weights of newly released comparable spec computers range from 38g to 16kg.

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Very Shallow

At only 176 millimeters, the OptiPlex 3040 is quite shallow compared to most of the other latest medium processor core personal computers. Comparable spec computers that have been around for a similar time to the OptiPlex 3040 have depths of between 33mm and 600mm, and the average depth is 320mm.

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Narrow

With a width of only 36 millimeters, the OptiPlex 3040 is very narrow compared to most of the other latest desktop computers. Across all the comparable spec personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the OptiPlex 3040 the widths range from 34mm to 7,100mm, and the average width is 250mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Not Robust

One customer concluded that the DELL OptiPlex 3040 was not well made. Pc Mag mentioned this month “Chunky plastic build” . One DELL OptiPlex 3040 owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was not reliable. Pc Mag wrote a few weeks ago “Not always reliable” in their review of the DELL OptiPlex 3040.

Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The average processor clock speed of comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to the OptiPlex 3040 is 3.1GHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 2.5 gigahertz, the OptiPlex 3040 has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst personal computers of this age.

There are a number of other 2.5GHz processor clock speed PCs currently available that you might want to look at including the HP 400 G2[plb_3746914_price] which is cheaper.

If this computer processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the 400 G3 MT[pl_3817115_price] (3.2GHz), the 600 G2[pl_3816863_price] (3.2GHz), or the 400 G3 SFF[pl_3864883_price] (3.2GHz) all from HP.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Latest PCs have internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average internal memory is 7.9GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the OptiPlex 3040 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the OptiPlex 3040.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4GB memory personal computers currently available including cheaper PCs such as the HP 400 G2[plb_3746914_price].

If this personal computer internal memory is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HP 600 G2[plb_3816863_price] (8GB).

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

The OptiPlex 3040 has a quite small hard drive capacity (only 500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the OptiPlex 3040. Recently released medium processor core personal computers have hard drive capacity of between 250GB and 3TB.

Computers with a bigger hard drive capacity that might also be worth considering include the HP 400 G3 MT[plb_3810816_price] (1TB).

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Across all the new comparable spec personal computers the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1GB to 64GB. The DELL OptiPlex 3040 has one of the smaller maximum on-board graphics adapter memories (only 1.7 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The DELL OptiPlex 3040 is a two USB 2.0 port computer.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of computers that were released in the last year is 42GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 260GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the DELL OptiPlex 3040 has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the OptiPlex 3040.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

The processor caches of similar spec computers that were launched around the same time as the OptiPlex 3040 range from 2MB to 10MB. The OptiPlex 3040 has one of the smaller processor caches (only 6 megabytes) amongst similar spec PCs of this age.

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Only Four Processor Threads

Most latest personal computers have between four and seven processor threads, including the OptiPlex 3040 which has four processor threads.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

The slowest memory clock speed of comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to the OptiPlex 3040 is 1,600MHz, the fastest is 2,400MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 2,000MHz. The OptiPlex 3040 has a quite slow memory clock speed (only 1,600 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the OptiPlex 3040.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The DELL OptiPlex 3040 has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies (only 3.1 gigahertz) amongst desktop computers of this age. The average maximum turbo frequency of new medium processor core personal computers is 3.6GHz.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The OptiPlex 3040 has a fairly typical total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the OptiPlex 3040.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 500GB total storage capacity personal computers currently available including cheaper personal computers such as the Veriton M2610[pl_3430067_price], or the Extensa M2610[pl_2868255_price] both from Acer.

If this desktop computer total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the HP 400 G3 MT[plb_3810816_price] (1TB).

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that were released in the last 12 months. 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.

Other HDD personal computers currently available which you might want to look at include cheaper personal computers such as the Acer Aspire XC-705[plb_2782875_price].

If the storage speed of this computer is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the ProDesk 400 G3 SFF[pl_3187993_price] (SSD), the 400 G3[pl_3737269_price] (SSD), or the 400 G3[pl_3784834_price] (SSD) all from HP.

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Specification

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Memory Channel Supported Processor
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Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
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Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Graphics
On-Board 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
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Burst Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Operating System/software
Operating System
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Line-Out Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Combo Headphone/mic Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Cable Lock Slot Type
Cable Lock Slot
Case Colour
Performance
Password Protection
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
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 Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
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 Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
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
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
Packaging Content
Display Diagonal
Software Driver Included
Manual
Mouse Included
Display Included
Panel Type
Typical Contrast Ratio
Keyboard Supplied
Display Vertical Viewing Angle
Windows Key
Display Horizontal Viewing Angle
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Display Resolution
Display Type
Supported Number of Colours Display

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
Umer Cellular is the best smartphone for seniors thanks to its simple software, helpful Emergency Alert button, and excellent call quality
Poor display
Chunky plastic build

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dell w10, dell 1k6, dell 1k6h, dell w10p, dell w10pr, dell 1k6hp, dell win10, dell 6nk54, dell 4gb500, dell win10p, dell i56500, dell w10pro, dell p238656, dell i56500t, dell p248009, dell 4gb500g, dell p248009p, dell c16cza00, dell 30402741, dell 4gb500gb, dell p238656p, dell c16czs00
Barcodes 00884116211808

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4 core Intel Core i5-6xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 500GB HDD
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Four USB 2.0 Ports
Four More Processor Threads
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4 core Intel Core i5-6xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 500GB HDD
£ 494.52 £355.48
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