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Pros: The CPU can be swapped out, but I found the performance was pretty good the way it is.
The front door panel is much improved over the previous model and it does lock.
Access to memory and SATA connectors is much easier than the previous model.
Cons: The price is $75 too high. Maybe worse.
The one and only power connector available is a FLOPPY power connector.
There are only 2 memory slots.
The 1 stick of proprietary ECC memory included is only 2GB. This server will run non-HP unbuffered ECC RAM but won't show it on the BIOS screen and I can't be certain that the RAM is working correctly/optimally in ECC mode or not.
I can tell you that it would not run my non-ECC memory.
Other Thoughts: The previous model had power supply and rear fan problems. I know because I bought a lot of them and had to replace these parts a year later .However, it was fairly simple to do on the previous model., On this new version, it won't be as easy if necessary.
My next will Dell or Lenovo.
Pros: It has a Xeon processor.
Cons: Two big problems:
1) The one I got is used, not new. "open-box"
2) There is only 1 mount for a 3.5 hard drive
The case is flimsy and internal cabling is unorganized
*Minus three stars.
Other Thoughts: I'm returning it. Apparently someone else got this one, opened it and discovered it only had 1 mount for a 3.5 hard drive and then sent it back without making a note of it in here.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: DELL OptiPlex 960 Desktop PC Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz 4GB 1.5TB HDD Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
Pros: I bought two of these refurbished 960s. I ran a diagnostic on the memory, hard drive, PSU and mobo. Both passed all tests.
Both arrived on time without delay.
These have a 1 year warranty.
The shipping boxes were not beat up.
For typical office use there's no need to upgrade the RAM
It's a top-end OptiPlex.
Cons: The front bezels were cracked on both 960's and both showed scuff marks.
Having seen these, I believe the price is $25 too high.
I don't really need 1.5TB in a PC that is connected to server.
Other Thoughts: These minitowers usually sit on the floor and occasionally get kicked and bumped by the user's feet. I don't know if a desktop or small form factor PC, rather than the minitower, would fare any better.
I removed an egg for the cracked bezels and wear and another egg for the price.