Dell this week announced the imminent arrival of new members of the Precision series of workstations. Three new tower models - the 5810, 7810 and top-of-the-line 7910 - as well as a rack version of the 7910 are landing in power-hungry production offices as of September 9, 2014.
The new workstations have been updated across the board. They are all powered by the latest Intel Xeon processors, up to a terabyte of DDR4 memory, and top-level NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro graphic card options.
Also adding to the performance boost is the inclusion of Thunderbolt 2 technology, which supports data transfer speeds of up to 20Gb/s while allowing for simultaneous 4k video file transfers.
Dell has also included the latest version of their innovative Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0 (DPO) software. DPO runs in the background and optimizes system settings, based on the applications which are running. Playing around in After Effects? DPO will fiddle with system settings to get your particle systems humming. Not sold? Dell claims that industry standard benchmark tests have proven that DPO increases application performance by up to 121 percent.
Since the v2.0 update, Dell Precision Optimizer is now optimized for Autodesk 3ds Max and Inventor, Adobe Creative Cloud (PhotoShop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder), Autodesk (AutoCAD, Maya), Dassault Systèmes (CATIA, Solidworks), PTC Creo, and Siemens NX.
Finally, Dell’s announcement included the rack version of their top-level workstation, with the Dell Precision Rack 7910. This workstation offers all of the capabilities of the Tower 7910 in a 2U rack form factor. Not only is it shipping with complete qualification and support for workstation virtualization with Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX hypervisors, it is also the first Dell Precision workstation to include an Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC), which increases security by enabling complete remote datacenter manageability in a “lights out” environment.
For more information, read the release below or visit Dell’s website.
- New Dell Precision Tower 5810, 7810 and 7910 workstations deliver outstanding performance gains over previous generation systems
- Dell Precision Rack 7910 workstation offers best-in-class remote or virtualized access solutions with ultimate workstation performance, scalability and security in a 2U form factor
- Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0 offers improved usability, expanded capabilities and new performance profiles
“From powering the designs of a leading surfboard maker to enabling the complex visual effects created by Academy Award-winning studio Framestore, , Dell Precision customers depend on powerful workstations to help create beautifully complex projects,” said Andy Rhodes, global executive director for Dell Precision workstations. “Every key component of our new workstations has been updated, resulting in outstanding performance gains to help our customers design without limitations.”
New Tower and Rack Workstations Deliver Ultimate Performance and Scalability
The updated Dell Precision tower workstation portfolio includes the single socket Tower 5810 and high-power dual processor Tower 7810, which both offer innovative design features within a compact footprint, and the highly expandable Tower 7910 that delivers ultimate workstation performance and scalability. The innovative chassis design on the systems includes quick release hard drives, a tool-less, externally accessible power supply, and a lockable front bezel for added security and delivers improved acoustics performance.
Dell is also announcing updates to its leading edge rack workstation, with the introduction of the new Dell Precision Rack 7910, which offers all the capabilities of the Tower 7910 in a 2U rack form factor, with complete qualification and support for workstation virtualization with Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX hypervisors. It is also the first Dell Precision workstation to include an Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC), which increases security by enabling complete remote datacenter manageability in a “lights out” environment.
Delivering outstanding performance gains over previous generation systems, the new tower and rack workstations feature next-generation Intel Xeon processors and are available with the latest AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro professional-grade graphics technology. The new workstations also offer improved I/O performance and data availability with up to 1TB of DDR4 RDIMM memory, enabling users to manage complex data sets rapidly and with ease. Availability of Thunderbolt 2 technology on the new towers increases productivity and workflow innovation, supporting data transfer speeds of up to 20Gb/s and allowing for simultaneous 4k video file transfer.
Increased Productivity and Application Performance with Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0
The new systems feature the latest version of Dell’s performance enhancing software tool, the Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0 (DPO), which will be available for download starting September 4, and will be factory-installed on Dell’s new line of tower workstations beginning in mid-October., DPO v2.0 provides automatic dynamic performance tuning of the workstation system settings according to the application, an exclusive feature of Dell Precision workstations, and enables consolidated system utilization tracking, reporting, and system updates. As measured by industry standard benchmark tests, Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0 increases application performance by up to 121 percent.
With Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0, users will have access to an updated graphical user interface for improved usability, enhanced systems management capabilities, and expanded language support. The update also adds new performance profiles for Autodesk 3ds Max and Inventor, increasing total available profiles to 13, including Adobe Creative Cloud (PhotoShop, Premier Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder), Autodesk (AutoCAD, Maya), Dassault Systèmes (CATIA, Solidworks), PTC Creo, and Siemens NX.
Enabling enhanced productivity, the systems also feature Dell’s Intel Cache Acceleration Software for Workstations (Intel CAS-W), a caching solution that improves storage speeds for better overall performance.
Dell’s Most Secure, Manageable and Reliable Workstations
Available with Dell Data Protection malware, authentication and encryption endpoint security solutions and backed by a Dell limited hardware warranty and optional 24x7 direct access to enterprise-level support with Dell ProSupport, the new systems offer best-in-class security, manageability and reliability. Dell’s exclusive, patented Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) proactively prevents catastrophic memory failures and extends memory life, while Dell-unique Intel vPro extensions allow remote BIOS management and hard drive wipe, even when systems are offline. The Dell Client Command Suite provides free automation tools that help automate and streamline system deployment, monitoring and updating in complex IT environments.
Dell works closely with independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Adobe, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks to ensure that the Dell Precision Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910, and Rack 7910 workstations are tested and certified in advance of launch, allowing customers to access new technology faster than ever and easing their transition onto a new hardware platform.
Another innovative feature available on the new systems is the Dell Quick Resource Locator (QRL), which provides immediate access to extensive system information and detailed “how to” videos accessible via smartphone and a model-specific QR code, helping customers to be more efficient and effective in managing their hardware.
Extending Dell’s partnership with Teradici, the two companies today introduced new software that gives mobile workers instant access to a rich remote computing experience regardless of location. The new Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software offers an ultra-secure solution that makes remote access possible in a matter of minutes. The new easy-to-deploy software client is compatible with the Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910 and Rack 7910 as well as earlier Dell Precision workstation systems.
Dell OEM Solutions is also offering an XL version of the new Precision tower and rack workstations, with a stable platform and three year component stability, specially designed to enable OEM customers to better manage their solution life-cycles.
The new Dell Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910 and Rack 7910 workstations will be available worldwide starting on September 9, 2014.
“Dell Precision workstations are well engineered and extremely reliable,” said Christophe Meslin, head of systems support at Academy Award-winning visual effects studio Framestore. “Our artists use them full-on during the day and then at night they join our massive Dell render farm. Despite that constant use, not one of the two hundred we bought last year has failed.”
“NVIDIA Quadro is the overwhelming choice of leading creative and design professionals, and our new professional GPU lineup puts Quadro at the center of the most demanding visual computing workflows,” said Jeff Brown, vice president and general manager, Professional Solutions Group, NVIDIA. “Dell Precision Workstation users will experience dramatic increases in graphics and compute performance and seamless interaction with the complex datasets associated with 4K and above. They’ll also enjoy stunning photo-realistic renderings of their product designs at much faster speeds than before.”
“With our next generation AMD FirePro™ workstation graphics card family, we’re redefining workstation graphics performance at every level. With larger graphics memory configurations, improved graphics and compute processing power and application performance gains across the board, we’re enabling professionals – from the entry-level user up to the ultra-power user – the ability to do more,” said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, Professional Graphics at AMD. “By offering Dell Precision Workstation customers the choice to accelerate their workflows with new AMD FirePro™ W2100, W4100, W5100 and W7100 graphics cards, Dell underscores its commitment to enable customers with powerful, reliable workstations that deliver improved performance over previous generation systems.”
“Today’s expanded portfolio announcement underscores Dell’s leadership and momentum in the global marketplace for high-performance workstations,” said Dan Cordingley, president and CEO of Teradici. “Together, Teradici and Dell have collaborated to bring feature-rich, high-fidelity computing resources on remote workstations to Dell Precision end users in a variety of markets over the past several years. Building on our successful track record, Teradici is delighted to extend our partnership today with the introduction of PCoIP Workstation Access Software for existing and new Dell Precision hardware to a growing base of customers.”