Dell Precision M4600

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Dell Precision M4600

The Dell Precision M4600 mobile workstation starts at 6.15 pounds and features a 15.6-inch display with the option of either multi-touch support or an IPS RGB LED display with PremierColor calibration software.

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AMD or Nvidia

Users can choose from AMD or Nvidia Quadro 2000M discrete graphics, DDR3 (double date rate, type 3) memory options with four DIMM (dual-in-line memory module) slots for up to 32GB of 1333MHz memory and optional Nvidia Optimus technology, which makes smart use of graphics to save battery life.

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Dell Precision M6600

The larger M6600 features a 17.3-inch display with three UltraSharp options and, soon, graphics choices running up to a Nvidia Quadro 5010M with 4GB of GDDR5 (graphics double data rate, version 5) dedicated memory.

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The two workstations are similarly feature-rich. One other difference, however, is storage. The M4600 offers optional RAID 1 (redundant array of independent disks) storage, while the M6600 offers up to RAID 5. Available May 10, the M4600 will start at $1,678 and the M6600 at $2,158.

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Dell Precision R5500

The Precision R5500 offers the benefits of Dell's highest-performing desktop workstation in a dual-socket rack form factor. It features Intel Xeon processors with up to 192GB of memory and dual-wide GPU slots that scale up to 450 watts. Pricing will begin at $2,551.

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Dell FX100

The FX100 is a zero-client solution that uses PCoIP technology to enable remote workers to comfortably access the R5500 rack workstation. Also a part of Dell's Virtual Remote Desktop Solution, the FX100 makes several configurations possible, including support for two digital displays.

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HP 8560w Workstation

Dell rival Hewlett-Packard also introduced new mobile workstations this month. Pictured here is the HP 8560w, which features a 15.6-inch display and either AMD FirePro graphics for 1GB of video memory or Nvidia Quadro graphics for 2GB of video memory.

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With the Z210 CMT (convertible minitower), HP officials say they offer workstation power on a PC budget. Options include Intel's Xeon E3-1200 Family processors with 3.5GHz Intel Xeon E3-1280 or 2nd-generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors.

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