Dell Workstations Get A Penryn Workout

If a normal desktop doesn't pack the punch you need, these systems just might.

Not 48 hours since unveiling a swanky new notebook our friendly, um, friends at Dell have gone and updated yet another product line, this time in the workstation range. Two new systems are now up for grabs, the Precision T5400 and T7400 and both offer a tempting range of high-end components including Intel’s shiny new Penryn chips.

Starting with the T5400, options range from a 2.0GHz Xeon E4505 to a 3.16GHz E4560, with up to 32GB (yes you read that correctly) of buffered DDR2 RAM spread over the four slots (as long as the installed OS allows it). Graphics options from nVidia include the 1.5GB memory-packing Quadro 5600 and range down to the paltry Quadro FX570. Moving to the Precision T7400, two more processor options are made available, namely the 3.0GHz E5472 and 3.2GHz E5482, notable in that they both sport 1,600MHz front-side bus speeds and offer up to 16 RAM slots, allowing up to 64GB of memory.

Both systems cater for dual processor configurations, have two x16 PCI Express slots for dual graphics solutions and have the option of Windows XP, Vista (the latter coming in both 32- and 64-bit variations) or Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition. For those who can’t quite justify a quad-core set-up, dual-core options will be added as of January.

Also, from January, Dell will start offering 8GB sticks, enabling up to 128GB of RAM to be fitted to the the T7400 – a truly staggering proposition. The systems are on the US store right now and pricing ranges from reasonable to heart attack-inducing; look out for a UK showing soon.

Dell Precision T5400
Dell Precision T7400

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