ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA review – can you upgrade it?

ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA review
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Can you upgrade ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA? The systems come with 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 memory, a 512GB PCIe SSD, a TPM 2.0 module, and Windows 10 Pro operating system. The Asus ExpertCenter D700SA are based on Intel’s 10th Generation six-core Core i5-10400 or eight-core Core i7-10700 processors supported by the B460 chipset. Find details in ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA review.

ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA review
ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA review

ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA review price and availability

At present Asus offers two versions of its ExpertCenter D700SA desktops: the D700SA-XB501 featuring the Core i5-10400 for $699 as well as the D700SA-XB701 powered by the Core i7-10700 for $949. A keyboard and mouse are included in the package.  

Specifications – ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA


GENERAL

  • Product Form FactorSmall form factor
  • Packaged Quantity1
  • Embedded SecurityTrusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip
  • ManufacturerAsus

PROCESSOR / CHIPSET

  • CPUIntel Core i7 (10th Gen) 10700 / 2.9 GHz
  • Max Turbo Speed4.8 GHz
  • Number of Cores8-core

CACHE MEMORY

  • Installed Size16 MB
  • Cache Per Processor16 MB

RAM

  • TechnologyDDR4 SDRAM
  • Featuresunbuffered
  • Configuration Features2 x 8 GB
  • TechnologyDDR4 SDRAM

STORAGE

  • Interface TypePCI Express 3.0
  • Typenone

MEMORY

  • Form FactorDIMM 288-pin
  • Slots Qty4
  • Empty Slots2

DISPLAY

  • Typenone.

HARD DRIVE

  • Interface TypePCI Express 3.0
  • TypeSSD
  • SSD Form FactorM.2
  • Interface ClassPCI Express
  • Installed Qty1
  • Capacity512 GB
  • Hard Drive FeaturesNVM Express (NVMe)

HARD DRIVE (2ND)

  • Typenone

STORAGE CONTROLLER

  • Interface TypeSerial ATA-600
  • Channel Qty3
  • TypeSerial ATA
  • Installed Qty1

HARD DRIVE (3RD)

  • Typenone

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Wireless Protocol802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0

OPTICAL STORAGE

  • Drive TypeDVD-Writer
  • TypeDVD-Writer

PROCESSOR

  • Installed Qty1
  • Max Supported Qty1
  • TypeCore i7
  • ManufacturerIntel
  • Clock Speed2.9 GHz

OPTICAL STORAGE (2ND)

  • Drive Typeno optical drive

STORAGE REMOVABLE

  • Typenone

NETWORKING

  • Data Link ProtocolBluetooth 5.0, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Ethernet Controller(s)Intel I219-V
  • Wireless LAN SupportedYes

MONITOR

  • Monitor TypeNone.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Colorblack
  • Compliant StandardsBSMI, CB, CCC, FCC, MIL-STD 810G, UL
  • Security Slot TypeKensington security slot

SYSTEM

  • Typepersonal computer
  • Hard Drive Capacity512 GB
  • Embedded SecurityTrusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip

GRAPHICS CONTROLLER

  • Graphics ProcessorIntel UHD Graphics 630
  • Video InterfacesDisplayPort, HDMI, VGA

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

  • Width3.7 in
  • Depth11.5 in
  • Height13.4 in

CHASSIS

  • Form Factordesktop slimline
  • Manufacturer Form Factorsmall form factor

AUDIO OUTPUT

  • Sound Output Mode7.1 channel surround
  • Compliant StandardsHigh Definition Audio

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Form Factordesktop slimline
  • Weight11.02 lbs

POWER

  • Typepower supply
  • 80 PLUS Certification80 PLUS Platinum

OPERATING SYSTEM / SOFTWARE

  • OS Provided: TypeWindows 10 Pro
  • OS ProvidedWindows 10 Pro
  • TypeMicrosoft Office 365 (30 days trial)

HARD DRIVE (4TH)

  • Typenone

VIDEO OUTPUT

  • Graphics ProcessorIntel UHD Graphics 630
  • Graphics Processor SeriesIntel UHD Graphics
  • Video InterfacesDisplayPort, HDMI, VGA

Key features – ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA review

Ready for the business world

A full array of I/O ports to connect users with a wide range of business peripherals.

Compact, efficient power consumption

Save space and get both consistent performance and minimal noise with a slim and compact desktop. Experience less heat generation with the ExpertCenter D700 by utilizing the top-end capacitors and 80 PLUS Platinum Rated Power supply to minimize wasted energy.

Compact with built-in security

Geared toward security, the Expertcenter Desktop comes with TPM 2.0 for data encryption, a Kensington security slot to prevent theft, and USB port enable/disable controls.

Military-grade durability

Built and tested to the most demanding industry requirements with MIL-STD 810G US military standards to mitigate against everyday workplace accidents.

Easy to use and service

A tool-free chassis design with no tools required to open it up. Save time and make component upgrades and routine servicing easy. Built with an internal steel case that can accommodate up to four storage devices with maximum space to expand.

Preserve the environment

Committed to creating a sustainable future, ExpertCenter adopt stringent environmental requirements at all stages of the product lifecycle and optimize energy use to lower your operating cost in the long term.

Expansion slots

Expansion slots include 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCI, 2x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x M.2 connector for Wi-Fi (occupied), 2x M.2 connector for storage (1x occupied), 4x DDR4 U-DIMM slot (2x occupied).

Seamless connectivity

Seamless connectivity with Gig+ Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0.


Compare ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA vs Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop

ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA, Small Form Factor Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-10700HP Pavilion Desktop, 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10700 Processor2020 Flagship Dell Inspiron 3880 Desktop 10th Gen Intel Octa-Core i7-10700
Computer Memory Size16 GB16 GB32 GB
CPU ModelIntel Core i7Core i7Core i7
CPU Speed4.7 GHz2.9 GHz2.90 GHz
Graphics CoprocessorIntel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630
Graphics DescriptionIntegratedIntegrated
Hard Disk Size512 GB1 TB1 TB
Hardware PlatformPCPCPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 ProWindows 10 HomeWindows 10
Processor Count88

ASUS ExpertCenter D700SA review

Build

Expert series PCs are solidly-built and tested to the most demanding industry requirements, including MIL-STD-810G US military standards and stringent ASUS in-house testing. The inevitable minor shocks and everyday workplace accidents won’t jeopardize your precious data.

Dimensions & weight

Weight11 pounds
Product Dimensions13.4 x 3.7 x 11.5 inches
Item Dimensions LxWxH13.4 x 3.7 x 11.5 inches

Processor

The CPU is a solid upgrade over previous-gen Core i5-9400s which are widely used in small form factor workstations. The D700SA runs on the new six-core 12 threaded Intel Core i5-10400 CPU with a 65W TDP. The unit also comes with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD.

Storage

The Asus D700SA features three M.2 storage slots, two for storage and one for Wi-Fi, two PCI-E 3.0 x1 slots, 1 standard PCI slot, and finally one PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot. This is great if you need to install a low profile graphics card for extra monitors/rendering or some gaming.Image 1 of 3

Can you play games?

Plus you get two old school PS2 connectors if you need to hook up outdated peripherals (all the best mechanical keyboards now use USB). If you need wireless support the D700SA supports WiFi 6 and dual-band Bluetooth 5.0. Plus an RJ-45 ethernet jack. On top of that all, it includes an 8x S-M DL optical drive which can be desirable in the workspace for running older software that needs to be installed via CD/DVD.

Ports

For audio, you have three audio jacks, 3.5mm one combo audio jack, and one headphone jack.  The Asus ExpertCenter D700SA’s I/O is extensive, featuring 11 USB ports in all. Six of them are USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, plus one type-C, and the rest are USB 2.0 ports. For video, you have one HDMI 1.4 port, one VGA port, and one Display Port.

DIY upgrade option

One of the best selling points of this SFF unit is its upgradability. The chassis features a tool-free design allowing you to open up the system without needing a screwdriver. Once inside you can access 4 DIMM slots (maxing out at 128GB capacity), 3.5″ and 2.5 HDD mounts, and all the motherboards PCI-E expansion slots. 

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