Dell has announced a refresh of several of its laptop and desktop products to run on Intel's recently unveiled 4th generation Haswell chips.
The firm confirmed that its XPS 27 all-in-one device, the XPS 12 laptop and Latitude E6540 business laptop have all been upgraded with the new chip. The firm said this would help boost the performance of its key product offerings.
“We have taken outstanding products and made them even better with improved performance, sleek design and state-of-the-art security and management capabilities,” said Kirk Schell, vice president fo Dell's PC Product Group.
“Through enhanced components and engineering, we’re providing customers with a great computing experience and helping them realise the efficiency and productivity benefits provided through improved performance.”
Other devices updates include the desktop tower unit XPS 8700, formerly called the XPS 8500, and the OptiPlex 9020 all-in-one.
The update comes two weeks after Dell unveiled two additions to its workstation line-up - the small form factor (SFF) Precision T1700, which Dell claims is the smallest of its kind, and the Precision R7610 2U rackmount that the company touts as its most powerful workstation yet.
Designed for engineering, architecture and finance professionals, the Precision T1700 workstation, also available in a larger mini tower (MT) model, is apparently "the world's smallest workstation" designed to be used on a desk.
Powered by an Intel Haswell Xeon E3-1200 processor, the T1700 supports up to 32GB of ECC memory in four DIMM slots. For storage, users will be able to choose between one 3.5in SATA disk or two 2.5in SATA disks.
Connectivity wise, Dell has bundled a good range of ports into the T1700 despite its smaller form factor, including two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports in the front, and four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports in the back, joined by two PS/2 ports, two Display Ports and VGA and RJ45 connectors.
The SFF tower supports entry level graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD, including the Quadro 310/510 and Firepro 2270. The device also supports the Quadro K600, which draws up to 50 watts of power and will allow designers to create entry-level 3D animations using programs such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD.
The larger MT edition will feature mostly the same specifications, but it will support graphics cards that can draw up to 150 watts of power for the creation of mid-tier 3D content.
Speaking at a launch event in May, a Dell representative told us that the reason for the T1700 is that a lot of customers, such as financial firms and schools, have been asking for really small form factors because they are space constrained.
Dell said: "Both [SFF and MT models] are of the same family, the only difference is the size. The smallest workstation in the world, the T1700 SFF targets those who want to save space."
"The difference between [them is] that with the MT you can add more hard drives and graphics, but they have the same CPUs and capabilities just for different usage models, so if you have the space you can go for the bigger one for more scalability."
Both models will support Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Professional and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Dell Precision T1700 SFF and MT are both available now worldwide. Pricing has yet to be confirmed by Dell.
Dell's Precision R7610 rack workstation, meanwhile, is a 2U rack system that has been designed to handle up to four users working on very demanding graphics tasks from a single rack.
Working through Citrix XenServer 6.1.0 and XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro in a shared environment, the R7610 allows for installation of four workstation class graphics cards such as the Nvidia Quadro K2000 or the AMD FirePro W5000 for more demanding systems. This setup is compatible with Nvidia's Grid GPU virtualisation.
Powered by up to two Intel E5-2687W eight-core processors with up to 256GB of RAM, the Precision R7610 will come in a variety of configurations ranging from dual-core to eight-core rackmount systems, with each supporting up to four users at launch.
The R7610 started shipping in May, priced from £1,837. Dell said that the R7610 will allow users to run heavy rendering tasks as well as virtualisation applications.
Dell said that redundant power supplies also make it more flexible for businesses, as one central rack system can be employed in one office and used by other offices across the world.
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