updated 11:40 am EDT, Mon April 23, 2012
Precision workstations get Xeon E5-2600 CPUs
Dell has just announced four newly updated Precision tower workstations for business professionals with Intel's 32nm, eight-core Xeon E5-2600 processors. Other than the new chip, the towers get an externally-removable power supply that doesn't require any tools. It is lockable and has a built-in handle that lights up green when it's functioning properly.
The hard drives are also accessible from the front of the tower of the Precision T7600. It allows storing the drives in secure locations at the end of the day when needed. The tower has room for up to four 3.5-inch drives or eight 2.5-inch hard drives. The T7600 can also convert to a rack mount. It can be had with two of the Xeon E5-2687 processors and NVIDIA's Quadro 6000 professional graphics card.
The Precision T5600 is made for space-conscious environments and with complex 3D model creation in mind. It can also be ordered with two Xeon E5 processors each with eight processing cores, up to 128GB of quad-channel ECC memory, and an NVIDIA Quadro 5000 graphics card paired with the NVIDIA Tesla C2075 processor.
The Precision T3600 mid-range workstation is meant for mainstream 3D work, CAD, CAM, and digital content creation apps. The E5-2600 can be ordered, but the Xeon E5-1600 is also available. NVIDIA's Quadro 6000 or two NVIDIA Quadro 5000 graphics cards are options.
The least-capable offering of the bunch is the Precision T1650, meant for 2D and basic 3D models, editing photos, CAD drawings, and web development.
All four ship in May, with the Precision T7600 prices starting at $2,150, the T5600 starting at $1,880, and the T3600 at $1,100. Pricing for the T1650 won't be released until later on.