Dell Dishes Up Next Generation Precision Tower And Rack Workstations

Dell just expanded its already extensive line of workstation solutions by announcing new mainstream and performance tower and rack systems. They include the the Precision Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910, and Rack 7910, all of which are next-generation systems updated with Intel's latest Xeon processor options, 2133MHz memory, graphics technology from NVIDIA and AMD, and double the amount of RAM compared Dell's previous generation workstations.

These are scalable, optimized systems that have been independent software vendor (ISV) certified to run the most demanding applications, Dell says. To up the ante, Dell is also releasing a new version of its Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0, which automatically configures workstation settings to maximize application performance.

Dell Precision Tower 7810

The Tower 5810 is a single-socket setup, whereas the Tower 7810 is a dual-processor solution, both of which sport a compact footprint. Higher up is the expandable Tower 7910 intended to deliver ultimate workstation performance and scalability. The chassis Dell uses for the Tower 7910 boasts quick release hard drives, a tool-less and externally accessible power supply, and a lockable front bezel for added security. It also has low-noise characteristics that allow it to run up to 49 percent quieter than Dell's previous generation of tower workstations.

Dell Precision Rack 7910

Those who want the same performance in a rack form factor can opt for the Dell Precision Rack 7910. It offers the same capabilities as the Tower 7910 in a 2U rack form factor, with complete qualification and support for workstation  virtualization with Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX hypervisors.

Other features of the new systems include support for AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics, support for up to 1TB of DDR4 RDIMM memory, and Thunderbolt 2 technology.

Dell's new systems will be available worldwide starting September 9, 2014. No word yet on price.