Dell just introduced two new workstations that address very different areas of that market. First, the Dell Precision R7610 is the company’s most powerful (2U) rack workstation has been designed to handle up to four users working on very demanding graphics tasks. It works through Citrix XenServer 6.1.0 and XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro in a shared environment. For the most demanding setup, it is possible to install four Workstation-class graphics cards like the NVIDIA Quadro K2000 or the AMD FirePro W5000. This setup is compatible with NVIDIA’s Grid GPU virtualization. The Precision R7610 is powered by up to two Intel E5-2687W 8-core processors (150 Watt SKUs) with up to 256GB of RAM – this workstation one costs $2179+
Secondly, the Precision T1700 is a workstation that comes in either small form factor (SFF) or mini-tower format. It has been designed to be easily manageable by IT departments, while still being certified as a workstation when it comes to software. It can be ordered with a single workstation GPU from either NVIDIA or ATI and is powered by a Xeon® processor E3-1200, which will be replaced by Intel’s next generation processor when available (codename: Haswell). Called T1700 MT and T1700 SSF respectively, their pricing won’t be announced until June 4.