Help Me Choose: Processor



The central processing unit, or CPU, performs the critical tasks that make your OptiPlex perform. The speed at which your system runs applications, processes data and renders images depends in part on the capabilities of the processor.

You should choose a processor with enough performance to meet your long-term business needs. Bandwidth, clock speed and the number of cores in the processor all help determine processor performance.

The OptiPlex 980 supports the latest generation of business-class processor technology from Intel, the new 2010 Intel® Core™ processor family.

The new family of Intel processors delivers significantly more performance than previous generation business-class desktops.

Featuring Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, multi-core processing technology delivers optimal performance where it is needed most when you need it most.

Intel Core i7Intel Core i5
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The highest level of performance available with maximum investment protection against next-generation multithreaded applications and operating systemsIntel® Core™ i7 Quad Processors
A high-performance system with enough processing power to efficiently handle all but the most demanding computing tasksIntel® Core™ i7 Quad Processors
A system with the ability to run simultaneous bandwidth-intensive applications alongside background tasks such as virus scans and file downloadsIntel® Core™ i5 Quad Processors
A system that delivers the benefits of multitasking to everyday computingIntel® Core™ i5 Quad Processors
Cost-effective, reliable processing power for basic business computing tasksIntel® Core™ i3/i5 Quad Processors
Core i7-870LynnfieldQuad CoreYesAdd-in Only2.93GHz, HT, Turbo Boost, 8M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT, 95W
Core i7-860LynnfieldQuad CoreYesAdd-in Only2.80GHz, HT, Turbo Boost, 8M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT, 95W
Core i5-750LynnfieldQuad CoreAdd-in Only2.66GHz, HT, Turbo Boost, 8M, VT-x, 95W, (no HT, no VT-d, no TXT)
Core i5-670ClarkdaleDual CoreYesIntegrated or Add-in3.46GHz, HT, Turbo Boost, 4M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT, 73W
Core i5-660ClarkdaleDual CoreYesIntegrated or Add-in3.33GHz, HT, Turbo Boost, 4M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT, 73W
Core i5-650ClarkdaleDual CoreYesIntegrated or Add-in3.20GHz, HT, Turbo Boost, 4M, VT-x, VT-d, TXT, 73W
Core i3-540ClarkdaleDual CoreIntegrated or Add-in3.06GHz, HT, 4M, VT-x, 73W
Core i3-530ClarkdaleDual CoreIntegrated or Add-in2.93GHz, HT, 4M, VT-x, 73W
Pentium® G6950ClarkdaleDual CoreIntegrated or Add-in2.80GHz, 3M, VT-x, 73W

* Note: Quad core processors require a discrete graphics card.