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Dell rolls out Penryn-based Precision workstations

updated 11:10 am EST, Tue November 27, 2007

Dell Precision with Penryn

Dell today expanded its fledgling line of computers using Intel's 45-nanometer Penryn technology with the release of the Precision T5400 and T7400. Both tower systems are designed for the new Xeon 5200 and 5400 quad-core processors and can use two of them for as many as eight cores in a single system -- this includes the range-topping 3.2GHz chips with a 1.6GHz front side bus, according to Dell. Each also boasts dual PCI Express 2.0 slots that can individually handle up to a Quadro FX 5600 card with 1.5GB of memory for the most intensive 3D work.

As the lower-cost system, the T5400 is capped at using Xeons with a 1.33GHz bus (up to a 3.16GHz processor) and uses as much as 32GB of memory spread across eight memory slots; it starts at $1,589 with a single quad-core, 2GHz Xeon, a 256MB Quadro NVS 290 for graphics, and an 80GB hard disk plus DVD reader for storage. The T7400 at $1,839 offers the same basic platform but allows up to the top 3.2GHz Xeon and sports a full 16 memory slots for a total 64GB. January options will add dual-core chips up to 3.4GHz and new 8GB memory sticks that will allow as much as 128GB of memory in the T7400, Dell says. Both Precision workstations ship next week.

by MacNN Staff




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