The Dell Precision M6400 mobile workstation, which Dell introduced in August during its Latitude E series launch, will use Intel's Core 2 Quad QX9300 processor. The Dell Precision M6400 mobile workstation will now go on sale and include a range of features and options including solid state drives capable of storing 64GB of data.
is finally getting around
to releasing its 17-inch Precision M6400 mobile
workstation, which supports the latest dual- and quad-core Intel processors and
offers an optional solid state drive.
Dell rolled out its revamped Latitude E series of notebooks in August
company's executives made a passing reference to several new mobile
workstations in the Precision family but were short of details. Now, Dell has
officially released the Precision M6400 workstation, and it went on sale Sept. 24
with a base price of $2,599.
With the entire PC industry moving toward more mobility,
workstations are no longer an exception. Dell, Hewlett-Packard and
Lenovo are all offering mobile workstations to go along with more
traditional desktop models. IDC is calling for the overall workstation market to be worth $5.3
billion in revenues annually.
The Dell Precision M6400 workstation comes with some cutting-edge features, including the quad-core Intel Core 2 Quad QX9300 processor,
which offers a top clock speed of 2.53GHz and 12MB of Level 2 cache. Dell is also
offering a number of Intel's dual-core Core 2 Duo processors as well. The
workstation uses the Intel Q43 Express chip set.
introduced the Core 2 Quad QX9300 processor
at the August Developer Forum
and the chip works within the Centrino 2 mobile platform.
The Precision M6400 supports up to 16GB of DD3 (double data
rate 3) memory with a four-DIMM (dual in-line memory module) card configuration.
On the graphics side, Dell is offering a choice of Nvidia's Quadro FX2700 or
FX7300 discrete graphics cards.
For data storage, Dell has a standard hard disk drive that can
support up to 320GB or there is the 64GB SSD
option. Customers can also add a second HDD or SSD.
The mobile workstation supports an array of 802.11a/b/g and draft-n
wireless technologies as well as mobile broadband options. The workstation also
supports Microsoft Windows Vista with the downgrade to XP available, and it supports
Red Hat Linux W5.
While Dell is advertising the Precision M6400 workstation
with a price of $2,599, that only buys the customer a more base
configuration with a lower-end Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 80GB HDD and less DDR3
memory. A quick check of the Dell Web site shows that by adding the high-end
Intel Core 2 Quad QX9300 processors, the SSD
option and 4GB of memory easily pushes the cost past $4,000.
In the workstation market, the
Dell Precision M6400 is likely to compete against the Lenovo ThinkPad W700
, which also has a 17-inch display. Some of the features
with the W700 include an Intel Core 2 Extreme X9300 processor, a
Nvidia Quadro FX 3700M graphics chip, which features 1GB of dedicated video
memory, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a data storage capacity of up 960GB with standard HDDs.
In addition to its workstation announcement, Dell disclosed
that it plans to switch all its laptops to better-power-consuming LED
backlighting by 2010. A Dell spokesperson
told PC Magazine
that on a 15-inch display, the new LED backlights can cut
power consumption by more than 40 percent.