Dell Redefines Workstation Computing Boundaries with Smallest Tower and Most Powerful Rack Workstations

Tuesday 11 June 2013, 2:17PM
By PPR New Zealand

Dell has announced an expanded and stronger Dell Precision workstation portfolio that includes the smallest tower workstation chassis in its class, the Dell Precision T1700 small form-factor, and the world’s most powerful rack workstation, the Dell Precision R7610. In addition, the Dell Precision family features a more powerful and reliable Dell Precision T1700 Mini-Tower rounding out a workstation portfolio that offers increased performance, dependability and smart design for entry-level and high-end workstation users. 

Industry’s Smallest Entry-Level Tower Workstations

Offering powerful workstation performance at near desktop PC prices, the new Dell Precision T1700 small form-factor (SFF) is the smallest, approximately 30 percent smaller than competitive systems, and lightest¹ workstation in its class allowing IT to easily deploy an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certified workstation almost anywhere, regardless of space constraints. The T1700 SFF and the Dell Precision T1700 Mini-Tower (MT) are designed and certified for engineering, architecture and finance professionals. The workstations also are ideal for higher education and high-school students working with 2D, entry-level 3D simulation or multitasking with demanding applications.

Both the T1700 SFF and T1700 MT offer next generation Intel workstation-class processors, NVIDIA and AMD professional-grade graphics with PCIx x16 Gen 3 slots and expanded ISV certifications to help accomplish more in less time. The T1700 SFF is the only entry-level workstation to offer two front USB 3.0 ports to help move data faster and enable easy connectivity to external media and accessories.

And for crystal clear high definition resolution, Dell recommends dual Dell UltraSharp U2312HM displays and the Dell Dual Monitor Stand MDS14 to maximize viewing real-estate and productivity for T1700 workstations.

New Rack Workstation Offers Ultimate Performance and Dependability for Remote & Virtualized Environments

Dell, the industry leader in rack workstations¹, is announcing updates to its rack workstation including significantly more power, an enhanced remote experience and new virtualization capabilities for engineers, designers and other professional users who demand the best. The new Dell Precision R7610 now packs the power of Dell’s flagship T7600 tower workstation in an intelligently designed 2U rack form-factor that’s ideal for datacenters or OEM embedded solutions. The Dell Precision R7610 enables customers to centralize, secure and manage data, leverage their worldwide talent pool, and share resources for improved cost effectiveness.

Organizations using the R7610 rack workstation can improve ROI through increased access and better utilization of their assets as a single workstation can be used by four users without sacrificing performance.  The new R7610 achieves this via GPU pass-through and certifications with Citrix XenServer® 6.1.0 using Citrix XenDesktop® HDX™ 3D Pro, which allows all the resources of a dedicated discrete graphics card to be uniquely shared with multiple users in a hosted-shared environment or made available to a single user or virtual machine in a virtualized environment. The R7610 can support up to four single wide graphics cards such as the NVIDIA Quadro K2000 and AMD FirePro™ W5000 mainstream cards, and high-performance NVIDIA Quadro K4000 cards, or up to three double-wide NVIDIA Quadro K5000 cards. Expanded capabilities, including NVIDIA GRID with virtualized graphics, will be available later this year.

Among other options, users can connect to the R7610 1:1 via Teradici® Tera2 PCoIP from Dell Wyse P25 zero client, paired with dual Dell Ultrrobbie01
aSharp U2413 displays with PremierColor and the Dell Dual Monitor Stand MDS14. Alternatively, customers can remotely connect through other Dell and non-Dell computing devices including thin clients, laptops, desktops or other mobile devices with Citrix Receiver™.

Further increasing Dell’s industry-leading reliability, the R7610 now comes with the exclusive Reliable Memory Technology, a Dell patented code programmed at the BIOS level that eliminates virtually all memory errors and therefore the need for extensive full memory tests, IT support calls and memory DIMM replacement. The R7610 also is designed, tested and certified for a broad selection of applications for confident, reliable performance. In addition, the memory has been expanded to four channels with up to 256GB² in 16 DIMM slots, with future availability of 512GB², an integrated 6 GB/s LSI2308 SATA/SAS controller and available dual Intel E5-2687W 150 watt 8 core processors.

“Dell continues to build on our heritage of developing innovative, cutting edge workstation technology by adding the smallest tower and most powerful rack workstation to our Dell Precision portfolio,” said Neil Hand, vice president, Tablet and Performance PCs, Dell. “With increased power, reliability and new virtualization capabilities, these workstations deliver uncompromising performance, dependability and smart design that engineers and other high-end application users need to be successful.”

“Dell continues to revolutionize the workstation space by packaging powerful AMD FirePro™ graphic cards with Dell Precision systems. AMD FirePro™ graphics is designed for professionals looking for a seamless workstation experience that maximize their productivity in today’s latest applications,”  said David Cummings, general manager, professional graphics, AMD. “In collaboration with Dell, AMD FirePro™ technology continues to meet demanding graphics requirements and deliver exceptional performance in a wide range of Dell Precision systems, from small form factor to full size tower and mobile workstations.”

“The new compact and powerful Dell Precision T1700 and R7610 models based on Intel Xeon processors will help to prove that great things can be done with Intel technology when a series of small things are brought together,” said Frank Soqui, General Manager Technical Computing Workstation Group, Intel Corporation. “The new Intel® HD Graphics P4600 offered in the Dell Precision T1700s represents a new high-end offering of processor-based graphics for entry-level workstations – this combination of processor and graphics performance is ideal for engineers and other professionals engaged in final integration and design activities. It helps to provide them the resiliency and reliability found in workstation at near desktop prices.”

“NVIDIA's close collaboration with Dell offers creative and engineering professionals new possibilities across a range of workstation models,” said Sandeep Gupte, senior director of Quadro Product Marketing, NVIDIA. “With the world-class graphics performance and capabilities of NVIDIA Quadro cards, customers can enjoy unprecedented visual performance in the incredibly small and affordable Precision T1700, and breakthrough performance and hardware centralization with the Dell Precision R7610.”


¹ Q1 CY13 IDC report: Dell had 60 percent of Rack / Blade workstation share worldwide

² GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; significant system memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factor

³Availability of Dell Precision T1700s in Argentina in the coming months