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Dell announces new tower, mobile Precision professional workstations

Dell this week introduced its new line of tower and mobile Precision professional workstations. Some of the highlights are fourth-generation Intel Core processors, Intel Xeon E5 processors, professional AMD and Nvidia graphics, various SSD options including PCIe SSD, and a mobile screen with a screen resolution higher than the Apple MacBook Pro's Retina display.

The desktop Dell Precision lineup includes new tower desktops with the Precision T3610, T5610, and T7610.

The Precision T3610 is the mid-level, single-socket workstation with options for up to two entry- and mid-level 3D AMD FirePro and Nvidia Quadro graphics, as well as Professional grade 2D graphics cards.

The Precision T5610 is the next level up, with single- and dual-socket options, and two PCIe x16 (Gen2 and G3) with options for 2D and 3D graphics cards up to Nvidia Quadro K5000.

Both the T3610 and T5610 can be equipped with three 3.5in hard drives or up to four 2.5in drives.

The top dog is the Precision T7610, which has plenty of space inside the tower chassis for two Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors, up to three graphics cards (up to two Nvidia Quadro K6000s cards), and either four 3.5in hard drives or up to eight 2.5in drives.

All three desktop workstations can accommodate a selection of 7,200rpm SATA drives, 10,000rpm SATA drives, 10k and 15k SAS drives, SATA SSDs, and PCIe SSDs. T5610 and T7610 can be equipped with Nvidia Tesla K20C CGPU co-processor cards, with a Intel Xeon Phi 3120a co-processor card available in the T7610.

The T3610 starts at $1,099 (£700), T5610 at $2,759 (£1,760), and the T7610 at $3,059 (£1,950). All three will be available on 12 September.

On the mobile side, the Dell Precision M4800 is a 15.6-inch portable workstation with options for 1,366-by-768, 1,920-by-1,080 (full HD), and 3,200-by-1,800 (QHD+) resolution panels. As Dell pointed out, this is a higher resolution than the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (2,880-by 1,800 resolution). The M4800 has space for up to three storage devices, including self-encrypting hard drives, hybrid hard drives with spinning storage and integrated SSDs, SATA SSDs (up to 512GB), and mini-Card SSDs up to 512GB. The M4800 can be configured with RAID 0, 1, and 5.

The larger 17-inch Precision M6800 can be equipped with a 1,600-by-900 screen or one of two 1,920-by-1,080 (full HD) screens. One full HD screen features 10-point touch with a Wacom digitizer for graphics arts and for use with Windows 8. The larger M6800 can be equipped with up to four storage devices and RAID 0/1/5. Both mobile systems have the option of a variety of 4th-generation Intel Core processors up to Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition, AMD FirePro and Nvidia Quadro graphics, and both can work with Dell's WiGig wireless docking solution.

The Precision M4800 starts at $1,249 and the M6800 goes for $1,599 starting on Sept. 12 as well.