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Dell Optiplex 960

Dell Optiplex 960
alaScore 82

16 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews of Dell Optiplex 960. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size, whereas some have doubts about the price.



We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Optiplex 960 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Greg Crowe (

GCN LAB REVIEW: Dell Optiplex 960


The Dell Optiplex 960 high-performance PC would be good for any use, provided that upgrades are a long way down the road.

Good performance, excellent security and green features

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Dell Optiplex 960


A small yet potent business desktop with plenty of useful features.

Small size, quad-core CPU, e-SATA, DisplayPort, 3-year on-site warranty, 19in widescreen monitor

Price, uncomfortable keyboard and mouse, no DVI port, no media card reader

There's no doubt the Dell Optiplex 960 is quick, and that its small size and quiet operation make it an ideal unit for a cubicle environment, but it does cost a lot of money.

Feb, 2009

Red dot design award!

Expert review by : reddot ( (UK))

Dell OptiPlex 960 Series Desktop Computer


In direct line – form and evolution

Expert review by : Alex Serpo (

Dell OptiPlex 960


Small and compact, Powerful performance, Light on pre-installed software, Lots of ports for its size, Quiet, Three-year on-site warranty

HDD could be bigger, Cramped internals will make adding components difficult, No DVI port, Not cheap

If you're shopping at the premium end of the business desktop market, you'll be hard-pressed to do better than the Dell OptiPlex 960.

Mar, 2009

Consumer review (

Solid Workstation


I've had no problems with noise. If anything I can barely hear the machine. Bought the mini-tower with the high efficiency power supply.

Excellent workstation, plenty of RAM capacity, can mirror drives with RAID, and overall many features

Watch out for the display port depending on the video card you get. Looks very close to HDMI, but it's not. Confusing for the novice

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (

Optiplex 960


Bit on the noisey side with loud fans

Very powerful, supports 8GB ram

Build quality seems lacking from masking tape inside to sharp corners on the case. The new base mouse weighs in at a very light 4 oz's to light for an accurate mouse

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (

Great System except one component.


I'll mention the worst part about this system first, so you don't have to read any further. The power supply is the noisiest I've come across!! Do not purchase this system without being ready to purchase an after market power supply. I started it up...

Solid and reliable business class product. Lots of options during build. New BIOS is great, especially with mousing capability. Warranty. Guaranteed product life cycle. Support

VERY noisy power supply

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (

great product for the business professional ”


This is the computer I use at work. It has the memory I need to handle everything I want - countless files, microsoft software, and of course the browsing capability I need (though much of that is due, of course, to my internet provider).

Sep, 2010

Consumer review (

just right for me. ”


I have used a few different computers. But this dell is made for people like me. People who only know a little about computers. It even makes me fell smart. Planty of space to blog.  And work with tec. support how could it be better.Dells the best for...

Aug, 2010

Consumer review (

Its ok, but its not a mac! ”


I chose this computer for use at work, and it has been as reliable as I imagine a PC can be. I am a mac lover at heart, so I started out a little biased. I chose this model due to its high amount of energy efficiancy, including the energy efficiant...

May, 2010

Product Specifications


Chassis type:Mini Tower
Color of product:Black / Black, Grey

Energy Management

Power supply:305

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x1 slots:1
PCI Express x16 slots:1
PCI slots:2


Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 3450 / Intel GMA 4500M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:800
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2


Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: No

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD-RW

Other Features

BIOS password: Yes
Built-in camera: No
Compliance industry standards:IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab
External drive bays:2 x 3.5"
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD
Media types supported:1 x 3.5", 2 x 5.25"
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
TV tuner integrated: No
Weight (imperial):27.2

Packaging Content

Display included: No
Handheld remote control: No
Mouse included: Yes


Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DisplayPorts quantity: Yes
DVI port: Yes
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:2
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PS/2 ports quantity:2
Serial ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:12
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power supply:305


Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):9 / 9.5
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Number of processors installed:1
Processing die size:107
Processor:E8400 / E8500
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Wolfdale
Processor core voltage (AC):0.850/1.3625
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Quad
Processor frequency:1.333 / 3 / 3.16
Processor front side bus:1333
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:E8400 / E8500
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core 2 Duo E8000 series
Processor socket:Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor system type:DP
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0 / E0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):65

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:33910 / 33911
Processor code:SLAPK / SLB9J
Processor package size:37.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320

Weight & Dimensions

Width:7.32 / 7.36