Dell Ships High-End Quad-Core Workstations


Dell today introduced two new models, the Dell Precision T5400 and the Dell Precision T7400, to its high-end workstation line. By making them available today, the company says it is the first tier-one vendor to ship workstations with the latest quad-core and dual-core Intel Xeon processors 5400 and 5200 series, using Intel’s latest 45-nm manufacturing process.

“Workstation customers rely on specialized applications and demand maximum performance from their systems,” said Antonio Julio, director worldwide marketing, Dell Precision workstations. “These systems have some of the fastest Intel processors, high-end OpenGL graphics, and massive scalability and memory capacities. In fact, we’ve designed configurations with an industry-leading 1600-MHz front-side bus to help provide screaming performance.” 

Prices start at $1,600 (T5400) and $1,850 (T7400) but can quickly climb to $60,000 or more depending on the configuration. The T5400/7400 uses a dual independent front-side bus design – up to 1333 MHz on the T5400 and up to 1600 MHz on the T7400 – to provide a fast data path between processors, memory and chipset, benefiting memory bandwidth-intensive applications.

Both models use a fully buffered DIMM architecture with up to 800-MHz front-side bus on the T7400, which will also support up to 128 GB of system memory when 8-GB DIMMs become available. A dual-socket design supports up to two next-generation multi-core Intel Xeon processors.

These fast, high-capacity machines are particularly well-suited for multi-threaded operations and multi-tasking in general. Dell-engineered acoustic improvements make these systems up to 33 percent quieter than their predecessors.

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