As I mentioned earlier, most of the desktops like this one fall squarely into the ‘nettop’ category. That generally means weak CPUs, stuttering Flash and HD video, abominably slow hard drives, no optical drives and so on. That set of specifications describes a machine that is basically the exact opposite of the OptiPlex 990. This little box packs in a power-saving version of Intel’s Core i7-2600, the Core i7-2600S. Instead of running at 3.40GHz like in the XPS 8300, this version is clocked down to 2.8GHz. That’s still more than sufficient to power through most of the tasks you’ll come across in a typical business environment without issue.
wPrime benchmark test results:(lower is better)
PCMark Vantage system benchmark test results: (higher is better)
It’s easy to forget that a package this small hides a quad-core Core i7 CPU running at close to 3GHz – especially when you consider how quiet the system tends to run. Our benchmarks bear it out, however, with the OptiPlex 990 scoring well over 7000 points. A reasonably fast 7200RPM 2.5-inch hard drive doesn’t hurt. The system is strong enough to even handle some audio and video encoding tasks, so users who might have higher workloads don’t need to shy away from the smaller form factors.
3DMark Vantage graphics benchmark test results: (higher is better)