The cheapest desktop Optiplex line offers undergone a slight refresh since we last saw them. The actual Optiplex 990 SFF sports a smooth grill finish, with the "Dell" logo tastefully affixed on a plate at the front. It's a very clean look (though damaged by the requisite "Windows 7" and "Intel Inside" stickers) that maintains the feel of the more mature Dell Optiplex 780 USFF, check it out here: http://www.desktop.com/
With a chassis this particular compact, don't expect to find much room to move once you've popped off the lid. Latches and levers provide tool-free to access to the device's innards, but the best you can do is upgrade or replace current hardware. Though things are rather tightly loaded, the bays slip up and out of the way, which promises to help to make tinkering less of a chore -- not that you'll spend much time doing so, in all probability.
The cheapest desktop Optiplex 990 SFF we examined is equipped with a Three.4GHz Core-i7 2600 processor, 4GB of RAM, as well as an AMD Radeon HD 6450 graphics card. Windows Seven Professional is located on the 500GB boot drive, and you'll also look for a second drive for extra storage. A full terabyte of space is well outside the norm for business-class machines, which is great. The Optiplex 990 SFF also offers the Blu-ray/DVD-
Whenever the cheapest desktop is lined up against the consumer-oriented mainstream desktop category, the actual Optiplex 990 SFF fails to stand out. This earned a score of 152 on the WorldBench 6 testing suite -- excellent in its own right, however dwarfed by similarly priced machines that are generally outfitted with video gaming in mind. That said, whenever lined up against the remaining business desktops that have come through the labs, it's bested only by the Dell Vostro 460, which earned a 156. Another crucial difference between the two: the Vostro 460 relies on integrated graphics, as the Optiplex 990 SFF is equipped with a under the radar graphics card. We don't consider gaming performance when examining business machines, also it wouldn't make sense to do this here -- the Optiplex 990 SFF were able to post playable body rates on the Far Cry 2 check (37.3 fps), but only at the lowest configurations. Of greater interest is the fact that the Optiplex 990 SFF may reach a potential resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels, whereas the Vostro 460 taps out at 1920 by 1200 pixels.