Dell Vostro 260 Review: Specifications, Performance and Benchmarks

February 22, 2012 by Amber Riippa Reads (31,153)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 dual-core processor at 3.10GHz
  • Chipset: Intel H61
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
  • Storage: 320GB WDC hard drive at 7200rpm (Western Digital 3200AAKX-753CA1)
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6450
  • Optical storage: DVD multi (CD RW)
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) 
  • Wireless networking: Dell Wireless 1502 (802.11n) WLAN mini-Card
  • Power supply: 300W ATX (internal power)
  • Dimensions:  14.17 x 6.89 x 17.18 inches (HxWxD)
  • Weight: 18.08 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year basic limited warranty and 1-year NBD on-site service
  • Price as configured: $519.00 
  • Starting price: $299.00


Performance and Benchmarks

The Dell Vostro 260 has enough processing power in the Intel Core i3-2100 dual-core CPU to get the job done, but keep in mind that the processor in our review unit was introduced in Q1 of last year. That makes it older (not to mention that it’s based on Intel’s H61 chipset), but still functional (we’d rate it as “fair” and doable). Users will definitely still be able to multi-task with several office productivity applications seeing as it’s dual-core, but won’t be able to do it as quickly when compared to machines that have some of the latest architecture.

PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance: (higher is better):


PCMark 7 measures overall system performance (higher is better):


Overall system performance is about average. That’s not to say it’s bad; it’s just far from what you’d see in a higher-end business desktop. You won’t want to add any less than 4GB of RAM in it or else the system will get bogged down. The combination of the dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM at 1333MHz, and AMD Radeon HD 6450 graphics are enough. The graphics card is an entry-level one even though it’s discrete, and only requires one PCIe slot. It’s currently worth about $50 on the market. It won’t be able to run the latest games very well, but graphics most likely won’t matter much to business users anyway (that’s why we didn’t run any graphics-intensive benchmarks).

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

CrystalDiskMark storage benchmark results: (higher is better)

Benchmark Dell Vostro 260
Sequential Read 92.26 MB/s
Sequential Write 88.71 MB/s
Random Read 512kB 30.09 MB/s
Random Write 512kB 48.29 MB/s
Random Read 4kB (QD = 1) 0.364 MB/s
Random Write 4kB (QD = 1) 0.957 MB/s
Random Read 4kB (QD = 32) 0.589 MB/s
Random Write 4kB (QD = 32) 0.937 MB/s

This is about the results we expected for the hard drive tests. The 320GB Western Digital storage drive at 7200rpm is average, but nothing special. The hard drive pulls 92 MB/s speeds, which should be fine for business users. The actual storage capacity, however, might become bothersome after a few years. It will most likely need replaced at that point – or else a secondary drive will need to be installed (which won’t be a problem since there is room).   



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