Dell Model Years

This table shows the approximate calendar year during which select Dell computer models were originally released. The models shown here are those most commonly purchased for use by faculty and staff who obtain support from ECN's User and Desktop Services group. To quickly estimate your computer's age, simply find it in the table.

For models not shown here and/or to determine your computer's exact original purchase date, go to dell.com/support and search for its warranty status by entering its service tag.

 

Commonly purchased Dell computer models released by calendar years.
Dell Model Years (approximate) *
Year OptiPlex Precision Latitude 15-inch Latitude 14-inch Latitude 13-inch Latitude 12-inch Mobile Precision
2013     6540 7440, E6440   7240  
2013 9020 T1700, T3610, T5610, T7610          
2012  7010, 9010 T1650, T3600, T5600, T7600  E6530 E6430 E6330 E6320  
2011 790, 990 T1600 E6520 E6420 E6320 E6220  
2010 780, 980 T1500 E6510 E6410 E4310, 13    
2009 760, 960 T3500, T5500, T7500 E6500 E6400 E4300 E4200  
2008 755 T7400          
2007 745 T3400, T5400 D830 D630   D430  
When repurposing existing computers, ECN recommends only the use of models from 2007 or newer. Some computers might require memory upgrades. Although ECN-supportable, will the models above meet your needs? See "How often should my computer be replaced" in our PC desktop recommendations page.
Models below this line are not suitable for ECN support; please contact us to discuss options.**
2006 GX620 390, 490 D820 D620, D520   D420  
2005 GX280 380 D810 D610, D510   D410  
2004 GX270, 170L 360   D505   D400  
2003     D800 D600, D500      
2002 GX260     C640   C400  
2001 GX240 330          

* These are the approximate years that the models shown first became available. Historically, Dell changed OptiPlex models every 12-18 months, and we switched to the latest models immediately. In May 2011, for example, when the OptiPlex 790 shipped, we stopped buying the OptiPlex 780.

The Precision workstation model line, though, changes less frequently; as of early 2012, for example, we still occasionally purchased new Precision T3500, T5500, and T7500 models. As noted above, check your computer's warranty status via Dell's web site.

Ready to order a new computer? See our PC desktop recommendations and PC laptop recommendations

** To be frank, we refer to models below the "red line" using highly technical phrases like "Incredibly lousy in today's software environment" and "Providing miserable performance at best" ... and then we follow up with a recommendation which equates to "Let's please put these out of their misery."

See also:

  • The "How often should my computer be replaced?" section of our PC desktop recommendations page 
  • Dell Model Benchmarks: Numeric scores to compare approximate overall system performance of Dell desktop computers from 2001 through the present

 

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