Dell Optiplex 7070 Ultra

All-in-one desktop PCs have an advantage over traditional computers, because they take up less desk space, concentrating all the hardware equipment on the back of a PC monitor, but they can also be much more expensive. Basically, AIO PCs contain two basic elements (monitor and PC) of the workstation / game in a single device, but they are not accessible or upgradeable as the common desktops: you cannot replace the processor with a more powerful one or change the screen, but only buy a new all-in-one.

Dell Optiplex 7070 Ultra

Dell Optiplex 7070 Ultra (codenamed Mongoose), launched at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, where we had the opportunity to see it live, takes a different approach. It is not a real all-in-one PC, rather a PC module, which can be used in monitors of different sizes (up to 27 inches), updated in some components and replaced with a more performing model. In this way, the user can use the AIO for years and decide – according to his needs – to update it, simply replacing the PC module with a more powerful one.

According to Dell’s announcement, its new Optiplex 7070 Ultra will be available starting September 24 in the USA at a price that should be around $ 750. At the moment, however, we do not have information on availability and prices for the European market (Italian included).

Dell Optiplex 7070 Ultra

Dell will offer modules with 8th generation Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 (Whiskey Lake) processors, but the chips will be set to TDP at 25W (and not just 15W) to give a greater performance boost to the computer (compared to a notebook) . It will not only be possible to replace the PC module, but also to expand / update the memory and storage of the same module, thanks to two SoDIMM DDR4 slots for RAM, a slot for a 2.5-inch drive (HDD / SSD) and a slot M.2 2230 for a solid state drive. Dell Optiplex 7070 Ultra will be able to support up to 64GB of RAM, maximum 1TB of space on PCIe NVMe SSD and 2TB on hard disk.

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Although it is difficult to upgrade the processor in a module, it will still be possible to replace the module while maintaining the same media and screen. In theory, therefore, you can buy a module with Core i3 and then decide to move after a few years to a module with Core i5 or Core i7, or even to a latest generation processor.

Dell Optiplex 7070 Ultra

Turning to connectivity, OptiPlex 7070 Ultra has three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, one RJ-45 (Gigabit Ethernet) and one USB Type-C that supports data, video and power transfer. If you use your computer with a USB-C monitor, for example, you will be able to power OptiPlex with a USB-C cable from the display to the PC module.

Dell is committed to supporting this modular design for the next few years and it seems it is already working on a second generation module, even if we still don’t know what the technical characteristics and novelties are compared to the first model. We will know more in the coming months

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