Dell expands Precision workstation family with new tower, rack models

Dell expands Precision workstation family with new tower, rack models

Summary: The company claims improved performance thanks to Intel's new Xeon Haswell-EP processors and support for up to 1TB of DDR4 memory.

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With Intel preparing to ship its latest Xeon processors, Dell has taken the wraps off a new set of Precision workstations that will take advantage of the forthcoming chips.

The revamp will add a new rack workstation and a trio of new towers to the Precision family. All will make use of the Haswell-EP Xeon E5 v3 processors, notable in part for requiring DDR4 memory, which promises improved performance and power efficiency over DDR3 RAM. The Precisions will be able to accommodate up to 1TB of DDR4 RAM.

The new Precision towers will be known as the T5810, T7810 and T7910, with the new rack workstation dubbed the R7910 and providing the same capabilities as the T7910. In addition to the latest processor options, they will also offer the most up-to-date professional graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia and feature Thunderbolt 2.0 support for speedy data transfers. Dell has also updated the design of the Precision towers, giving tool-free external access to power supplies, offering quick-release hard drives, and making the front bezel lockable.

While making sure the hardware is up to snuff for the demands of engineers and media companies, Dell has also been working on version 2.0 of its Dell Precision Optimizer software. The tool is due early next month and will be pre-installed on the new Precision workstations starting in October. It will offer on-the-fly automatic performance tuning depending on the application running; a baker's dozen of performance profiles will be baked into the utility with the addition of ones for Autodesk 3ds Max and Inventor.

The new Precisions will also support Intel Cache Acceleration Software for Workstations, which Dell claims "provides solid state device (SSD) like performance at a fraction of the cost." They'll also ship with Dell's Reliable Memory Technology to prevent "catastrophic memory failures." Support for remote computing using the workstations comes in the form of Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software, while the R7910 is qualified to handle Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX workstation virtualization.

Dell says the new Precision workstations will be available starting on September 9, though no pricing information is available yet.

Topics: PCs, Dell

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  • 1 TB DDR4

    What size dims are those available in?
    adacosta38
    • oh boy

      16 slots. And you can already buy DDR3 64GB LRDIMM Server Memory Ram Modules... pricetag is around 2900$. That makes 45000$ for 1TB :(
      five1234
  • and despite the existence of these and similar from other OEMs

    the MSFT fan base will keep up the refrain that MSFT needs to sell Surface tablets to show OEMs how to make high-end hardware.

    I'm getting old. I can't see the usefulness of 1TB RAM without at least 64 cores and massively parallel software. No doubt someone said the same thing with s/TB/GB/ a decade ago.
    hrlngrv 
  • Get a whiff of that new Dell smell

    Dell who? Is that the sold company that returned all the money to the stockholders?
    PaulG53
  • DRAM is great but Hard Drive Slots...

    Dell's Precision systems are wonderful, fast and extremely quiet, but they lack expandability. I own a T3610 that I love, but it only holds 3 hard drives and a DVD writer/player. It seems to me that at this price point you should at least be able to install six, if not more storage devices, in addition to two optical drives. It’s a workstation for Heaven’s sake!
    lineone