Dell Precision workstation line is a game changer for OEMs

As news of Dell’s new workstation line hits the media, it is important to understand that Dell’s announcement is far more than an Intel chipset refresh. And yes,  its also more than an ISV certified system.  Why?  This line of new workstations have been completely redesigned from the inside out and offers specific features designed for OEMs. Through a series of blogs, I will cover the various aspects that make this new workstation launch a game changing event for OEM customers. Welcome to part 1.

The underlying difference with this launch is these new systems now bring a robust design, scalability and adaptability our OEM customers in Industrial Automation, Healthcare, Control rooms, CCTV, Simulation and Defense.

Extensive field research combined with invaluable OEM customer testing and feedback drove the development of the new tower series including the T1650, T3600, T5600, and T7600, which add to the very successful Dell Precision R5500 rack workstation and Dell Precision M46000 and M6600 mobile workstations.

Dell’s new workstation line is further supported by two very important differentiators that should really provoke OEMs to extend and widen their business operation with Dell:

  1. Dell OEM Solutions has created an Extended Life (XL) program for the Dell Precision T3600, T5600 and R5500. The XL program provides OEMs with longer product life cycles (+12 months over a commercial roadmap) with predictable and planned system changes and transitions. That ensures peace of mind for OEMs that need to conduct extensive transition planning and re-certification of their applications.
  2. Dell’s Precision enhanced solution stack (software and services) ensures that OEMs  get to access Dell’s extensive range of End User Computing  solutions. Dell OEM Solutions also provides the capability to support your operation backed with its global presence of services. OEMs currently considering their business operation model with the backdrop of increased demands for robust security with encryption, remote manageability, or wanting to explore options of utilizing cloud computing or client virtualization will be interested in this.

Innovative Design with a Purpose

So lets cover a few of the new industrial design features of the Dell Precision tower workstation portfolio range that are designed to support OEMs.

First, the new Dell Precision workstations offer the new Intel® microarchitecture and eight core CPUs for multi-threaded applications; generation three PCIe I/O support for improved visualization 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 visualization and rendering or simulation, and also feature a broad range of professional-class graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA including up to an AMD FirePro V7900 and NVIDIA Quadro 6000.

Externally you will notice the new industrial design (picture) is completely functional from a handling point of view and easy accessibility. The new efficient chassis design on the T7600 provides one of the only front accessible quick release hard drives on a tower workstation. Designed for our OEM customers in data intensive fields like video editing who need to swap out hard drives easily and military and research organizations who need to store sensitive data in a secure location at the end of the day, it comes with up to four 3.5-inch hard drives or eight 2.5-inch hard drives.

The interior has been reorganized and offers easier access to important components. The divided chassis separates areas more commonly accessed by users, such as memory and hard drives, from more service accessed components, such as wiring harnesses and fans, thereby simplifying tasks and greatly reducing time required for service or upgrades. Additional innovations built into the new workstation family include:

-          Externally Removable Power Supply – Dell is offering the industry’s only tool-less externally removable power supply on a mainstream tower workstation. The power supply is lockable and has a built-in handle that lights up green when functioning properly which decreases downtime spent detecting and servicing issues.

-          .Remote Access – The Dell Precision T7600 easily converts to a rack solution, which can be mounted to any standard Dell PowerEdge server rack. By centrally locating the workstations, businesses can help maintain a clean and quiet work environment, keep hardware safe and give remote workers access via a Dell Precision FX100 zero client.

-          Reliable Memory Technology - Another industry first is Reliable Memory Technology (RMT), a Dell patented code programmed at the BIOS level that eliminates virtually all memory errors on high-end workstations. RMT extends the capability of ECC memory by detecting the location of the corrected memory error and prevents the system from writing to that spot again following a reboot.  Available on the T3600, T5600 and T7600, RMT increases the reliability of the workstations and eliminates the need for extensive full memory tests, IT support calls and memory DIMM replacement.

Whatever way you look at it, the new Dell Precision workstation line is a game changer. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the new systems.  Contact myself, Anthony_Sayers@dell.com or via Dell OEM Solutions online.

Anthony Sayers

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3 Comments

  1. Anthony,

    What would be the major differences between the T3500 and new T3600.
    Use involving dual 2410 Ultrasharp Monitors and whether you would have ability for audio on both monitors at the same time or at least easy switching. Also would there be more of a choice in video cards i.e. instead of Nvidia 2000 card then next step to Nvidia 4000(which runs too hot in my estimation) maybe having a Nvidia 3000 card which is available on the Mobile Workstation M6600 which my sister owns and loves. Also whether there might be HDMI available or just Display Ports.

    Be well, ed

    By: Ed on May 23rd, 2012 at 1:38 pm
  2. Ed,
    Thanks for your response. The generation differences are extensive and too long to cover off on the blog. Outside of the Chipset changes and the associated performance improvements, the main difference comes down to the Chassis design changes, feature changes such as an external swappable PSU and the recognition customers want to host workstations in Datacentres as well as at the desk side. More can be found on the new range with supported videos here : http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/direct2dell/b/direct2dell/archive/2012/04/23/new-line-of-dell-precision-workstations.aspx
    Audio: the new Precision comes with an integrated RealTek ALC269 comprises the High Definition Audio Codec that integrates a 2+2-channel DAC, a 4-channel ADC, and a Class-D Speaker Amplifier. The 2+2-channel DAC supports two independent stereo sound outputs simultaneously. The 4-channel ADC integrates two stereo and independent analog sound inputs (multiple streaming).
    Graphics: The Precision tower and rack line has based GPU stack is based on testing and supporting professional desktop PCIe x16 GPU cards from both NVIDIA and AMD FirePro. So we do ensure we are offering an extensive range of GPU solutions. On top of that our engineers perform extensive thermal testing to ensure the GPU cards do not interfere with the system performance. This is further backed up by the Warranty.
    HDMI: Professional graphic cards are for the time being remaining with the Display Port (DP) output standard, some cards do offer DVI output as well. In order to provide HDMI connectivity we do offer DP to HDMI convertors.

    By: Anthony Sayers on May 24th, 2012 at 12:30 pm
  3. Anthony,

    Nice article & nice machine.

    Could you please explain the audio or sound capability again?

    Also quick question, to plug in external speakers happens through the 3.5 mm jack in the front?!?

    Thanks!
    Marc

    By: Marc on August 30th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

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