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

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).