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Dell updates Precision workstation line

New models add error-free memory and Intel Xeon E5s
Mon Apr 23 2012, 13:36

DESKTOP PC FLOGGER Dell has launched an updated range of its Dell Precision workstations today, a high performing set of systems designed for more graphics-intensive occupations.

Targeted towards the professional consumer, or "prosumer" such as engineers, product designers, animators and digital imaging specialists, Dell's latest Precision portfolio includes four new models: the T7600, T5600, T3600 and T1650.

Dell Precision T7600 workstationDell said each scalable tower in the series now features an externally removable power supply, carry handles, front accessible hard drives and remote access in a server rack.

“The significance of this launch is that we’re introducing new chassis designs, so we’ve taken this opportunity to say: ‘This chassis has served us well for six years, but times change, and the way in which customers use technology changes’,” Richard Thwaites of Dell's EMEA business development unit told The INQUIRER.

“For example, six years ago there wasn’t much hint of graphics cards being used for general purpose acceleration. This has given us a good way of thinking about how we are going to lay out the system and how we are going to shape the system for best use by our customers.”

Most notably, Dell has integrated reliable memory technology, a patented code programmed at the BIOS level that eliminates virtually all memory errors on high-end workstations.

On the inside, Dell has integrated more powerful technology from the latest Intel Xeon E5s using eight core CPUs for multi-threaded applications. There is now generation three PCIe I/O support for improved visualisation performance with next generation graphics and up to 512GB quad channel memory for running large data sets in memory.

The new workstations offer NVIDIA Maximus technology, which enables simultaneous visualisation and rendering or simulation.

The most powerful workstation, the Dell Precision T7600, has been designed for video, animation, engineering, simulation and financial and scientific analysis of massive data sets. With up to two Intel Xeon E5-2687W 150 watt processors and a total of 16 computational cores, it can power a NVIDIA Quadro ultra high-end 6000 professional graphics card and two NVIDIA Tesla C2075 processors at the same time due to its four graphics slots, according to Dell.

The Dell Precision T5600 is aimed towards those needing a powerful and reliable dual-socket workstation in space-constrained environments. It features up to two Intel Xeon processors each supporting eight processing cores, 128GB of quad-channel ECC memory, and up to an NVIDIA Quadro 5000 high-end professional graphics card and NVIDIA Tesla C2075 processor.

Dell’s single socket T3600 workstation is designed for mainstream 3D, computer-aided-design (CAD), computer-aided-manufacturing and digital content creation applications.

Dell’s entry-level T1650 model is intended to sit somewhere between a workstation and a standard desktop, offering performance for professionals working with 2D and basic 3D models, editing photos, CAD drawings and web development.

Prices start at £759 for the T3600, £1,249 for the T5600 and £1,479 for the T7600 power house workstation. These machines will be available in May. Pricing and a launch date for the T1650 is not yet available.

Earlier this month it was announced that Dell will buy thin-client vendor Wyse for an undisclosed sum. Dell announced that the two firms have signed a definitive agreement that will expand Dell's range of products associated with cloud computing technology. µ




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