Today Dell is announcing it's new line of performance workstations, and we at Videomaker were lucky enough to get a Precision T7600 in for an early look. Even before firing it up, it's clear that this workstation was built to work. If you're getting a Mac Pro vibe you're not alone. The carved mesh front and rectangular top handle is reminiscent of that iconic look, but don't let its looks fool you. Dell has pushed functional design to new levels with the T7600, by putting user convenience at the forefront.
Before I continue, I should mention that this shouldn't be considered a review. That will come later as we have more opportunity to put the T7600 through it's paces. Rather, this post is intended as a first impressions, or box-opening. One thing you'll notice about the T7600 is that Dell wants you to be able to easily upgrade it. One of the most common upgrades a user will do is adding or replacing hard drives, and doing so in this machine looks to be easier than just about any I've seen. The front of the case swings open to reveal room for up to eight cold-swap 2.5 or four 3.5 hard drives. Hard drives require no tools to install in the T7600, sliding straight into and out of the slots as needed. If security is an issue, never fear. Inside the case is a locking switch which allows or disallows access to the hard drives by locking front door of the chassis.
Processors: One or two; Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family with up to eight cores and Intel Advanced Vector Extensions, Intel Trusted Execution Technology, Intel AES New instructions, Optimized Intel Turbo Boost and optional Intel vPro technology
GPU: One or two NVIDIA Tesla C2075 GPGPU - Supports Nvidia Maximus technology
Memory: Quad channel; up to 512GB 1600MHz or 1333MHz ECC RDIMM memory; 16 DIMM slots (8 per processor) (512GB con?g uses 1333MHz 32GB LRDIMMs)
Storage: Up to four 3.5" or eight 2.5" (four in 5.25" bay) internal SATA or SAS hard drives. Additional add-in controller required to reach 6.0Gb/s speeds for drives that are 6.0Gb/s capable
Optical Drives & Card Readers: Slimline optical options: DVD-ROM; DVD+/-RW; BD-RE; Optional 5.25" device: DVD+/-RW, 19-in-1 media card reader