Dell upgrades workstation range to 64-bit

Dell has introduced two new Precision workstations based on Intel's latest 64-bit processor technology.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  August 10, 2004

Dell has introduced two new Precision workstations based on 64-bit technology. The company has added new Precision 470 and 670 models, which derive their 64-bit functionality from the inclusion of Intel’s latest Xeon processors. "Our customers are realising the benefits of a dramatic inflection point in workstation performance technologies," said Michael Collins, general manager, Dell Middle East. "The new Dell Precision workstations are at the forefront of an innovative architecture that delivers more performance to drive advanced applications farther than ever." Both new Precision workstations are capable of supporting dual processors to enable performance-intensive design applications to manipulate large, complex models in sharp detail, as well as breaking past the 4GB memory barrier of many of today’s systems and offering up to 16GB of memory. Because the new Precision models are still backwards compatible with 32-bit applications, users can deploy 64-bit technologies where needed and still scale a single, high-performance 32-bit solution across their entire enterprise. In addition to 64-bit computing, Dell’s new systems include other performance enhancing technologies such as DDR2 (Double Data Rate 2), the next generation memory architecture that doubles the throughput of today’s memory, and PCI-Express, the recently launched serial I/O architecture that improves internal data connections and offers a dedicated, high-speed interface for peripherals. "The availability of new technologies such as Intel EM64T, PCI-Express and DDR2 mark a redesign of core architectures, replacing legacy sub-systems that have reached their performance ceiling," Collins explained. "These technologies offer the architectural basis and a flexible path to support 64-bit computing in the enterprise." The Dell Precision 670 starts at $1,580 and the Dell Precision 470 at US$1,499.

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