Dell Precision Workstation Review

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Engineered with accessibility, serviceability and raw power in mind; the Dell Precision T7600 workstation is just what the professional video producer ordered.

After collecting feedback from hundreds of professional users, Dell has designed, engineered, and now, unleashed, its new line of Precision workstations. Towering above the rest, with raw power and blazing performance, is the Precision T7600. Features such as the industry's only externally removable power supply, quick release, front-accessible hard drives, and Reliable Memory Technology, which monitors and captures errors on dual in-line memory modules (DIMM), in order to exclude bad areas from use on reboot, make the T7600 as innovative and as serviceable as it is powerful. This is one serious piece of hardware designed with serious professionals in mind.

Crackin' the Case

A moderately sized case, the T7600 is suitably stout without being overly heavy. A pair of Mac Pro-esque handles makes lifting and moving a simple task. Accessibility and serviceability are key here. Pull a single recessed lever on the side of the case and the entire side tilts out and lifts off with the greatest of ease.

The interior is delightfully devoid of the usual tangle of cables and wiring. Instead, wires are bundled together, tucked and snaked, up and over, around and under, various components, to keep them both functional and unobtrusive. It is an extremely efficient design, providing a maximum of unobstructed airflow. Air passes through the case via a stylish, extruded diamond patterned, front panel. One 4-inch and two 3-inch whisper-quiet forward mounted fans handle case cooling duties. Additionally, each of the two CPUs has its own fan pulling air through about a 3-inch stack of cooling fins. A pair of smaller fans built into the power supply, with an additional fan hiding behind the motherboard, provides plenty of added cooling to keep everything running as smoothly, and as cool as possible. read more...

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