Computer maker Dell announced an expanded Precision workstation portfolio that includes the smallest tower workstation chassis in its class, the Dell Precision T1700 small form-factor, and a rack workstation, the Precision R7610.
The Precision R7610 rack workstation will be available on May 21 starting at $2,179, and the Precision T1700 Mini-Tower and Small Form-Factor are available on June 4 worldwide. Pricing for both T1700 workstations will be released on June 4, a company statement said.
The company said the Precision T1700 small form-factor (SFF) is approximately 30 percent smaller than competitive systems. The T1700 SFF and the Precision T1700 Mini-Tower (MT) are designed and certified for engineering, architecture and finance professionals. The workstations also are aimed at higher education and high-school students working with 2D, entry-level 3D simulation or multitasking with applications.
Both the T1700 SFF and T1700 MT offer next-generation Intel processors, Nvidia and AMD graphics with PCIx x16 Gen 3 slots and expanded independent software vendor (ISV) certifications. The T1700 SFF offers two front USB 3.0 ports to help move data faster and enable connectivity to external media and accessories.
"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," Neil Hand, vice president of tablet and performance PCs at Dell, said in a statement. "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."
The R7610 offers graphic processing unit (GPU) pass-through and certifications with Citrix XenServer 6.1.0 using Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro, which offers the resources of a dedicated discrete graphics card to be 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 Nvidia Quadro K4000 cards, or up to three double-wide Quadro K5000 cards. Expanded capabilities, including Nvidia Grid with virtualized graphics, which is expected to be available later this year.
Among other options, users can connect to the R7610 one-to-one through Teradici Tera2 PC over internet protocol (PCoIP) from Dell Wyse P25 zero client, paired with dual the company’s UltraSharp U2413 displays with PremierColor and the 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, an enterprise mobility solution that delivers a high-definition computing experience.
"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," Frank Soqui, general manager of Intel’s technical computing workstation group, said in a statement. "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."