Dell Breaks Ground as First to Offer 1TB+ of SATA III SSD Storage in Mobile Workstations

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Need the kind of fast storage only solid state drives (SSDs) can provide but aren't willing to sacrifice a ton of capacity in exchange? Maybe you don't have to, depending on how thick your wallet is. Dell this week announced that its Precision M6600 and M4600 mobile workstations are now available with 512GB SATA 6Gbps SSDs options.

"To help businesses address these issues, the Dell Precision M6600 and M4600 are the first mobile workstations to offer 512GB SATA3 Mobility SSDs, giving users lightning quick 500MB/s read and 300MB/s write times. With the M6600 offering two full storage slots with up to two 512GB SSDs and one mini-card slot with up to 128GB, workstation users can experience more than a terabyte of solid state storage in a mobile workstation," Dell said in a blog post.


That's some serious storage, and of course you better be ready to drop some serious coin. Dell's 512GB SSD option starts at $1,640 for a single drive, which by itself costs as much as a high-end 17-inch notebook. Of course, these are mobile workstations mind you, and as such they're configured and tuned for mission critical applications like computer-aided design, finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and other decidedly geeky chores.

Pricing starts at $2,059 for the Precision M6600 and $1,738 for the M4600 (before adding SSDs).
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BTate replied on Thu, Sep 8 2011 3:18 PM

I really *really* want to know who needs 1TB of SSD storage, in a mobile workstation none the less.

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BTate... certain workers that buy this. lol Alot of people use way more then 1TB on a desktop workstation so 1TB isn't much, their work can run up the drive :D

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I was actually wondering that myself. I do 3d and video work and I wouldn't buy 1tb of ssd space. Ideally I would use a 120, maybe a 256 ssd as the boot/app drive and then I would rock a fast external raid like I do now. I guess it's always nice to have the option but most people aren't going to jump on 1tb of ssd space in a laptop.

I think this is big news because they are the first ones rocking sata3 drives in a mobile workstation???? And maybe because you can get up to 1tb???

Now you're just mashing it!

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Sep 9 2011 7:24 PM

I wouldn't want to buy 1TB of SSD unless it was SLC and ultra reliable.

 

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Manduh replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 11:59 AM

So, this might sound like a dumb question but why is it hard to believe someone would want a 1TB SSD in a laptop?? Isn't that what everyone wants (at least) in a desktop these days? Or am I confusing that with regular hard drives? Maybe someone can explain the difference to me in layman's terms... Thanks

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realneil replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 5:14 PM

Manduh:
So, this might sound like a dumb question but why is it hard to believe someone would want a 1TB SSD in a laptop?

There is no such thing as a dumb question. Not at Hot Hardware.

Sure people want a 1TB SSD in their Laptop, and in their desktop too. (I do) But they're too expensive for most of us to consider. But ~at work~, some of us are able to convince the (deep pockets) bosses that this kind of outrageous expense is necessary to compete. I say more power to them. If they can talk the company into buying this stuff, that's great.

The differences between these SSD drives and a normal platter drive is their wicked-fast performance and their wicked-high prices.

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Manduh replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 11:36 AM

So it would be better to get a smaller SSD and just use an external drive for storage?

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realneil replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 1:28 PM

Manduh:
So it would be better to get a smaller SSD and just use an external drive for storage?

That works well for me on my desktop systems. I put the OS and just a few programs on a 60GB SSD first. Then, whenever I install anything else, I change the first letter of the installation path to my 1TB internal storage drive. This keeps the SSD from filling up and the system is loads faster when it's residing on the SSD.

On a Laptop, you may be constrained by slow data transfer speeds using an external drive for storing programs. I would wait and buy a larger SSD (120GB at least) or consider a hybrid drive.

I put a SeaGate Momentus XT Hybrid into my older HP laptop and it sped the system up noticeably for me. It has 500GB of space on it too.

It's NOT the same as having a SSD as a boot drive, but it's faster than a regular rotational platter drive is.

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KKwan replied on Tue, Sep 13 2011 3:54 PM

I really do not see a reason to getting a laptop with 1TB+ SATA III SSD. I cannot see why a laptop would need so much HD space in the first place. I guess it is better to have an external HD or a flash drive. Not to mention by adding the price of the 1TB+ SSD storage will make the Mobile Workstation a bit too pricey.

 

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