MPK has a new computer to replace a broken Dell XPS 15 Laptop (L501X) which has stopped working after around 10 years of constant use. (It may be possible to get it going again – possibly only needs a new disk drive – another project maybe).
In general you can get more for you money if you opt for a desktop machine over a laptop one, but I was also looking for a compact quiet machine with a small footprint. DELL have served LDK and me well over the years and I found this one.
The DELL OptiPlex 5090 Micro Form Factor
with dimensions as shown
1: Depth 36mm (1.42″)
2: Width 178.50mm (7.03″)
3: Height 182mm (7.16″)
and Weight: 1.17kg (2.58″)
and the following ports
- Power Button
- Universal Audio Jack
- Line In/Out
- USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Port
- USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A Port
- Knock-out Slots for Wireless Antenna
- Optional VGA/DP1.4/HDMI 2.0b/USB Type-C with DP Alt-mode
- USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A Ports (4)
- Case Thumbscrew
- Padlock Loop
- K-lock Slot
- DisplayPort (2)
- Power Connection
The machine has:
- 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-11700T (8 Cores, 16MB Cache, 1.4GHz to 4.6GHz, 35W)
- 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 non ECC memory
- M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
- Intel(R) UHD Graphics 750
- HDMI 2.0b Video Port (optional)
- Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, Dual-band 2×2 802.11ax with MU-MIMO + Bluetooth 5.1 with Internal Antenna
- Realtek Audio
- Intel(R) USB 3.20 eXtensible Host Controller – 1.20 (Microsoft)
- 130 Watt AC Adapter
It comes with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro and during the first start-up process it offered to install Windows 11. I declined along the lines of thinking that it might be better to ensure that it was working OK with Windows 10 and had all the correct drivers and stuff installed before venturing into the world of Windows 11. The option to install Windows 11 is no longer offered and Update tells me it will let me know when Windows 11 is ready for this machine.
Other tasks with a new machine is to configure it with the Software I’m used to. 1st job is to remove/uninstall the software I don’t want which came preinstalled including McAfee (anti-virus trial) and a trial version of Microsoft Office.
Software I use, in no particular order, includes: Microsoft 365 (Office), MediaMonkey, AESCrypt, 7-zip, Eraser, VLC VideoLAN Media Player, Python, WinSCP, PuTTY, VSCode, Dropbox, Picasa 3.
The UserBenchmark Benchmark software (from https://www.userbenchmark.com/) summarises the performance of this machine as follows:
Overall this PC is performing as expected (49th percentile). This means that out of 100 PCs with exactly the same components, 51 performed better. The overall PC percentile is the average of each of its individual components.
With an outstanding single core score, this CPU is the cat’s whiskers: It demolishes everyday tasks such as web browsing, office apps and audio/video playback. Additionally this processor can handle typical workstation, and even moderate server workloads. Finally, with a gaming score of 96.5%, this CPU’s suitability for 3D gaming is excellent.
289% is an exceptional SSD score. This drive is suitable for heavy workstation use, it will facilitate fast boots, responsive applications and allow for fast transfers of multi-gigabyte files.
16GB is enough RAM to run any version of Windows and it’s more than sufficient for nearly all games. 16GB also allows for very large file and system caches, software development and batch photo editing/processing.