Dell Optiplex 960
Released October, 2008
The Pros:Compact chassis design that offers decent airflow. Solid State Drive option for faster system performance. Runs very quietly even at high loads.
The Cons:Limited to VGA video out only with integrated graphics options. Very limited hard drive options, in terms of sheer space. Entirely out of date by today's standards.
The Dell OptiPlex 960 is the most expensive member of the OptiPlex line but that does not mean it is expensive when compared to other computers on the market. The 960 is reasonably priced for the hardware and features it offers, starting in the six hundreds for the mini towers and raising up to the seven hundreds for the more expensive of the featured systems.
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Like the other computers in the OptiPlex line, the Dell OptiPlex 960 offers several security features -such as Intel vPro technology that isolates system threats to keep them from the network, full disk encryption hard drives, built-in TPM 1.2 to protect the network from unauthorized uses, biometric readers and smart card keyboards. The security features are optional, and some of them will push the price of the machine up. The Dell OptiPlex 960 is designed to minimize power usage to make the machine a little more green.
- Intel Core 2 Quad Processors with Intel vPro
- Intel Core 2 Duo Processors with Intel vPro
- Genuine Windows Vista options
- Intel Q45 Express Chipset w/ICH10DO
- Four DIMM slots
- 512MB NVIDIA NVS 420 Quad Monitor (4 DVI and/or 4 Display Port)
- 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3470 Dual Monitor (2 Display Port and/or 2 DVI)
- 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450 Dual Monitor (2 DVI and/or 2 VGA, TV-out)
- DVI Adapter card
- Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500
- 3.5” 7200RPM SATA II up to 320GB
- 3.5” 10K RPM SATA II up to 160GB
- 2.5” 7200RPM up to 160GB
- Full Disk Encryption drive 160GB
- Solid State drive up to 64GB
User Reviews (5)
Compact chassis design that offers decent airflow.
Solid State Drive option for faster system performance.
Runs very quietly even at high loads.
Good warranty for a pre-made PC--3-years on site.
Pretty light on pre-installed bloatware compared to the competition.
Limited to VGA video out only with integrated graphics options.
Very limited hard drive options, in terms of sheer space.
Entirely out of date by today's standards.
Cramped internals make upgrading or adding components difficult.
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