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This review is from: Dell OptiPlex 5040 Desktop Computer - Intel Core i7 - Small Form Factor
Pros: - Latest and greatest 6th gen Intel i7 Processor
- High benchmarking integrated graphics
- Updated look to the previous stagnant generation of Optiplex
- Runs cool and extremely quiet
Cons: - No VGA or DVI ports on motherboard. Has one HDMI port and two display ports. Was hesitant to add this as a "con" but if you are like me you assume business class desktop computers come with a VGA port. Carefully read the description and look at the picture of the back. I should have ordered a VGA display adapter with this computer.
- Came with a Seagate drive installed. Personally not a fan.
Other Thoughts: I added an ATI FireMV workstation graphics card to see how the system handled it and it hindered the computer's performance. There is really no need to since the integrated graphics are so good. Also the x16 PCIe slot is right up against the power supply so there isn't much room for a graphics card to ventilate anyway.
The Windows 7 Pro downgrade is a nice gesture, and a must for some people. However upgrading to Windows 10 Pro can be a pain using the included Dell install media. You have to change the BIOS settings from Legacy to UEFI and when you try to do the install on top of the Windows 7 installation it says the drive is "locked". I guess you have to format the drive or do something in Diskpart. I gave up and chose the alternative method which is the limited-time free upgrade provided by Windows update. This option isn't going to be available in a few months and it leaves about 20 ~ 30 GB of temp files on your hard drive that's used for the option to revert back to the previous operating system. You have to play around with ownership and permissions in order to delete them.
The performance bottleneck is definitely its hard drive. Put an SSD in it. You'll have to use a 2.5" to 3.5" enclosure if you want it to fit right but the speed is worth it.
I didn't expect the computer to be as small as it is. Read the dimensions if you think this might be a problem for you.
C'mon Dell. Give us our VGA port back. There is literally a blank slot on the back of this thing where one could go.
Pros: It's great!
Cons: It doesn't suck?
Other Thoughts: Cheap? 1000 dollars worth of RAM.... Also I'm dumbfounded at the fact that you not only thought that it would add to your desktop storage but that you have the competency, money, and build to take all this RAM and don't even know what it does. I hope and pray your review is satirical.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Looks nice
Cons: Run CD and it immediately says Vista not supported. Think to myself that they must have the drivers online (which they say they do) and download them. Run it, drivers install, reboot and nothing. Get a code 10 in device manager. I have tried everything I know to do (new power supply, cables, clean installation, motherboard settings etc...) and no progress. Contact gigabyte support in the only possible way which is creating a login on their website and submitting a ticket. A full two days later I get a message back that Vista and before isn't compatible. Well hell. I wish this would have been in the description for the product somewhere. This was for a customer of mine so I don't personally have a practical use for it. If I were to send it back I end up paying shipping and a restock fee.
Other Thoughts: To hell with Gigabyte. You know, Windows XP I would understand but in a CURRENTLY SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM, if it isn't compatible a heads up would be nice. Have wasted hours of my time and about a hundred bucks.READ FULL REVIEW