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Dell takes on Mac Pro with eight cores

updated 10:10 am EST, Wed November 8, 2006

Dell takes on Mac Pro

Dell today introduced its Precision computer, marking the first professional workstation to use quad-core Intel processors -- a significant jump ahead of Apple's dual-core Intel Xeon-powered Mac Pro systems. The new workstations drive up to two Intel Xeon 5300-series quad-core processors to offer as many as eight cores, and a fully-configured Precision 690 system performs up to 54 percent faster than a similar four-core model, according to Dell. Electronista reports that the new 490 and 690 models ship with double the number of available memory channels, allowing for as much as 32GB of memory in the 490 and 64GB in the flagship 690. The 690 further adds an SLI option for dual NVIDIA Quadro workstation graphics cards, similar to Apple's Mac Pro systems, and Dell systems equipped with quad-core processors are available for pre-order from $2,250. [updated]

by MacNN Staff





  1. avoges

    Joined: Dec 1969


    but still a S***** OS

    With 8 cores think of how much faster the computer will blue screen!

    In reality, I can't wait for Apple to offer the same setup running OS X.

  1. chas_m


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bear in mind ...

    1. The "$2250" price is an extremely stripped-down model, not even comparable to Apple's proc-equivilent "standard" config which is around the same price.

    2. Nobody short of Bill Gates himself is going to be able to trick this baby out to 32GB RAM for a while. If you want a good laugh, check out how much that option would cost you.

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows bottleneck?

    Are there programs that can take advantage of all this processor power in the windows world?

  1. MacOS

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WinXP Limit

    Isn't XP limit two cpucore? I know on the servers it's four for standard, eight for Enterprise and sixty four for Datacenter.

    Hum, seems they don't have an OS for it. LOL

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    winxp limit

    from Microsoft: Windows XP Professional can support up to two processors regardless of the number of cores on the processor. Microsoft Windows XP Home supports one processor.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Are there programs???

    Yes, there are. Maybe not ones you can buy in stores. And don't forget, that there are tens of thousands of software developers out there, who are often working on software that won't come to market for 2 or 3 years - it's a similar market as very high-end graphics cards. With price depreciation you're looking at the standard desktop of 2010!

  1. mitchcohen

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But does it run OS X? :-)

    I'm waiting for an eight-core MacPro too, but Dell announcing one first doesn't matter to me. If anything it tells me the chips are on their way, and we can expect the MacPro x8 pretty soon.

  1. alansky

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rhymes with...

    They can stuff all the cores they want into one of their crappy boxes. It will still be a Dell (rhymes with "smell").

  1. Timetheus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Base Price

    That base price is with dual-core chips, not quad-core. For those of you who don't want to try, the 64GB of RAM option runs $50,000 (and no, that is no a typo)!.

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