Compact work companion for the Office and Home
Some might wanted a desktop as their PC of choice, some might want a laptop, but as we slowly recover from the pandemic and going towards new norm, offices and establishments will look for a reliable system for all their work, even being productive working at home, a desktop is still a choice to go as it still offers a number of upgradability within the hardware specifications.
Lets dive into the review of ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF D700SC, a SFF profile desktop with quite good offering and some customisation flexibilities.
Design & Ports
Over to the rear IO portions, below is the following IO arrangement
|Rear I/O Arrangement||Front I/O Arrangement|
|4 x USB 2.0 Type A|
1 x HDMI 2.0b with HDR port,
supports a maximum resolution of 4K 60Hz
1x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
1x HDMI 1.4
1x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
1x HDMI 1.4
1x VGA Port
1x Display port 1.2
3 x Audio jacks
4x USB 2.0 Type-A
1x 3.5mm combo audio jack
2x USB 2.0 Type-A
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
Such IO arrangement is alot, offering vast flexibility and plenty of USB ports to be used on any occasion, be it your external USB drives, connecting to more than one monitors and the inclusion of a DVD Writer and Media Card slots as well. This makes it a good desktop solution by just connecting all you want and great especially for those who work alot on multimedia and the financial sectors.
Lets take a look of the inside of the case, where its really packed inside, but with mass majority of slots and connections you can utilize with. Starting with the RAM slots, you can expand up to 4 sticks giving you a maximum memory expansion up to 128GB. It also has one vacant PCIe 4.0 slots which you can add or upgrade with a dedicated GPU, which give you an extra edge on rendering, editing videos and gaming, which we would suggest a GTX 1650 low profile model. On top of that you still can add more peripherals over the PCIe X1 slots and expand your storage via additional SATA slots. Other accessories included are a power cable, ASUS standard Keyboard, ASUS Optical Mouse and a WiFi Antenna. Certain assembly kits may be included optionally for certain SKU.
Besides that, the ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF is built to last, it meets MIL-STD-810H US military standards and offers a highly expandable-chassis, ensuring long-term reassurance and easy future upgrades for professionals.
ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF D700SC standard features and specifications
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-11700 Processor 2.5GHz (16M Cache, up to 4.9 GHz, 8 cores)|
|Motherboard||ASUS Intel B460M|
|System Memory||16GB DDR4 UDIMM @ 3200MHZ X1 (3 more vacant slot available) Max up to 128GB|
|Graphics Card||Intel UHD Graphics (User Upgradable to LP based GPU)|
|Primary Drive||256GB M.2 NVMe (user upgradable)|
|Secondary Drive||1TB HDD + DVD Writer (also user expandable)|
|PSU||300W power supply (80+ Platinum, peak 390W) SFF Type|
|Connectivity||Intel AX WiFi with Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro 64bit, Upgradable to Windows 11|
|DIMENSION/Weight||3.72″ x 11.52″ x 13.37″ (WxDxH) , 5KG|
|Included Accessories||Power Cord, Keyboard, Mouse, Wifi Antenna|
Performance wise the ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF D700SC is a SFF Desktop that performs exceptionally well when comes to YouTube streaming, Office applications, Adobe Photoshop, powered by the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor with 8 cores and 16 threads. So far it is running stable over intensive game testing running peak at 72 celsius maximum while idling around 40 celcius. Light gaming is possible with games such as Streets of Rage, DOTA 2 will work with it as long keeping the graphical settings to low maintaining above 65FPS average. Over slightly intensive editing app such as Adobe Photoshop, it should work as well as image editing on the light level is a breeze for the ASUS ExpertCenter D7 . If you wish to use it as a mini home entertainment, or a desktop gaming emulator, it is seems to be suitable as well or even add more storage converting it to a NAS desktop.
The ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF D700SC does includes the ASUS Business Manager suite that does provide flexibility over your Power and energy Settings and Backup/Recovery tools, as well as Driver update notifications. Overall the menu and instructions is easy to understand and crafted towards beginner PC users and business users.
Overall, if you wish to have a system with good upgrade path, yet still meet all the demands for working, editing and streaming, this is recommended because of its versatility and processor performance, also that is easily fit most workstation desk size that does quite a formidable desktop for productivity tasks with good power consumption and 3 years of warranty by ASUS. Currently the ASUS ExpertCenter D7 SFF is selling around RM2799 to RM4099 on an average street price depending on configurations. Moreover ASUS does keep several options open for upgrade such as the SSD, HDD, GPU add-on and the RAM portions, so that in the future, user can just upgrade it easily with no hassles.
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Special Thanks to ASUS for providing the unit for the purpose of this Benchmark and Review.