We got a dose of details on Dell's new Precision M4600 and M6600 workstations yesterday, and though impressed by their specs, we were left without answers to two very important questions: when can we get them, and how much will they cost? There must be some mind readers in Round Rock, because today Dell revealed that the machines will make their debut on May 10 with prices starting at $1,678 for the M4600 and $2,158 for its 17-inch big brother, though prices surely escalate quickly from there. Turns out, the laptops also have optional IPS and four-finger multi-touch displays for your viewing pleasure and RAID support for your (and your employer's) peace of mind. That's some stellar hardware for some serious coin, so interested parties should start brown-nosing the bossman immediately -- or maybe just get a second job. PR's after the break.
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New Dell Precision Workstations Support Flexible Work Environments with Uncompromised Performance

New Dell Precision M4600 and M6600, the world's most powerful 15.6" and 17.3" mobile workstations, enable professionals to work anywhere, anytime without sacrificing performance

New Dell Precision R5500 rack workstation delivers uncompromised performance and scalability to remote users while safeguarding and centralizing customer data

Dell partners with leading ISVs to certify its workstations with professional software applications for optimized performance and reliability

ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dell today announced the next generation Dell Precision M4600 and M6600 mobile workstations and dual-socket Dell Precision R5500 rack workstation, building upon the company's heritage of delivering the highest-performing and most scalable workstation products. These mobile and remote systems, specifically designed for professionals who need raw horsepower, scalable performance and application certification, deliver a desktop workstation experience without being tied to a specific location.

"Dell Precision workstations with NVIDIA Quadro ensure these professionals are getting the kind of visualization and high performance computing horsepower they demand."
Dell Precision M4600 and M6600 Mobile Workstations:

Ten years after launching the first ever mobile workstation, Dell continues its leadership by introducing new mobile systems that are ideal for professional 2D or 3D computing and analyzing massive amounts of data. The Dell Precision M4600 and M6600 represent the world's most powerful 15.6" and 17.3" mobile workstations with 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme edition and 1600MHz system memory options.

Dell successfully packed more performance and power into its new mobile workstations while at the same time increasing usability for on-the-go productivity. The Dell Precision M4600 combines incredible performance with a durable yet lightweight 15.6" size and now offers a keyboard with a number pad, increased maximum memory capacity of 32GB1, outstanding performance and protection of data with RAID 0/1, and increased hard disk drive (HDD) maximum up to 750GB2.

The 17.3" Dell Precision M6600 unites exceptional processing and graphics performance and productivity-boosting features in a sleek and dependable professional system. The M6600 is designed for the most demanding users looking for a larger display, higher scaling graphics options and additional storage with up to three options including an optional 2nd HDD and 128GB2 solid state drive (SSD) mini card with RAID 5 support. The M6600 will also offer the new flagship NVIDIA Quadro 5010M mobile professional graphics with 4GB2 of GFX memory in the coming months.

Enhancements and options to the new mobile workstation family include:

Sleek and professional redesign with a rigid and durable aluminum and magnesium alloy chassis and MIL-STD 810G tested for extreme temperatures, vibration, dust, altitude and shock;

Certification on the top applications from Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, PTC, Siemens PLM Software and many others to ensure established software reliability for demanding applications;

Wide range of AMD FirePro™ Mobility Professional Graphics and NVIDIA Quadro Professional Graphics options with up to 2GB2 GDDR5 dedicated memory for high performance and accuracy for complex models;

Optional four-finger multi-touch display for drawing, writing, editing and zooming onscreen with fingers or stylus and touch-enabled engineering software applications;

Optional 100 percent color correct PremierColor IPS RGB LED display with PremierColor calibration software for accurate color reproduction and brilliant clarity for bright, crisp images3;

Expansive DDR3 memory with four DIMM slots for up to 32GB1 of 1333MHz memory or up to 16GB1 of 1600MHz memory for blistering performance;

Connectivity to virtually all peripherals with five USB ports including two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and one combination USB 2.O and eSATA and three video out options including DisplayPort, VGA and HDMI;

NVIDIA Optimus™ technology that intelligently detects graphics performance needed to help extend battery life;

AMD Eyefinity technology that supports up to five simultaneous displays4 for workflow productivity and increased visual real estate for viewing large models and multiple applications;

Powerful 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors with options up to Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition for enhanced performance and productivity.

Dell Precision R5500 Rack Workstation:

Dell has enhanced its rack workstation by providing the full scalability and performance of its highest performing desktop workstation into a dual-socket rack form factor, the Dell Precision R5500. With the R5500 located in a customers' secure data center or other centralized location, users can remove heat, noise and bulk for a more favorable workspace and boost productivity for global and rotating workforces by providing remote 1:1 access to the workstation from virtually anywhere.

The R5500, which is purpose-engineered for professionals who require compute intensive applications and extreme performance with remote capability, offers the latest Intel Xeon processors with memory capacity of up to 192GB1 and dual-wide GPU slots that scale up to 450 watts. In addition, the R5500 offers options for up to five industry standard full-height and full-length PCIe x16 slots including support for a full range of dual high-end graphics and general purpose (GP) GPU compute solutions from NVIDIA including the newest NVIDIA Quadro and NVIDIA Tesla™ solutions.

Users can seamlessly connect to the R5500 via optional PC-over-IP® hardware-based compression technology, from Teradici™, from the Dell FX100 Zero Client. PC-over-IP hardware-based compression transfers only the rendered graphics pixel data over the network, ensuring a fast and responsive remote experience. Alternately, customers can remotely connect via a standard notebook or desktop with optional VMware® View™ software.

The rack workstation also offers certifications from leading ISVs including Autodesk, PTC, Siemens PLM Software, Softimage, Schlumberger, ESRI, Dynamic Graphics, CNC, and many others to ensure users' critical software is compatible and runs smoothly on their R5500 workstation.

Dell Security, Services and Support: All Dell Precision workstations come with robust security options to protect assets and intellectual property including Dell Data Protection | Encryption, Dell DataSafe Online Backup, fingerprint reader and Dell System Track and Recovery service.

Dell Precision customers can maximize their uptime with optional Dell ProSupport5 for 24/7 access to advanced technicians through a single point of contact for both Dell and non-Dell hardware and software issues. They can also take advantage of Custom Factory Integration (CFI) for simple and fast deployment and robust manageability options to help keep operations running smoothly and IT costs down.

Quotes:

"We are constantly looking for new ways to spur creativity and improve efficiency," says Erik Horn, creative director at Arts+Labor, a creative content and media production firm. "Especially when we are shooting on location, we need computers that are powerful and portable, and the new Dell Precision mobile workstation seemed like the perfect fit. Our team members need to handle a wide variety of functions, from video editing and compositing to music editing and media production for interactive formats, and with Dell's new workstations, we can use a single platform to handle all of those tasks efficiently."

"Dell understands that today's evolving workforce expects instant access from any device, work-location flexibility and sophisticated systems to stay productive," said Steven Lalla, vice president and general manager of Commercial Client Product Group, Dell. "To address these new workplace dynamics, Dell continues to develop new workstation solutions that support customers' unique work environments while still enabling them to access unparalleled workstation performance and reliability."

"The proliferation of data, rapid technological advances and more dispersed and global workforces have brought new challenges to organizations," said Jon Peddie, President of Jon Peddie Research. "These organizations must be equipped with solutions that provide high performance, manageability and security to support their end users in all types of working environments. Dell continues to deliver on providing best in class workstation solutions and the end-to-end capabilities needed to address the full scope of a company's computing needs."

"Engineers, designers, animators, and video editors consistently rely on NVIDIA GPUs for the best graphics performance and high performance computing capabilities," said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Group, NVIDIA. "Dell Precision workstations with NVIDIA Quadro ensure these professionals are getting the kind of visualization and high performance computing horsepower they demand."

"AMD and Dell have collaborated to offer the Dell Precision M6600 with AMD FirePro M8900 and Dell Precision M4600 with AMD FirePro M5950 as workflow tools for professionals in a wide range of industries," said Sandeep Gupte, Director, Product Management, AMD Professional Graphics. "With AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, engineers and designers can increase their productivity by expanding their visual real estate. Dell Precision workstations and AMD FirePro™ Mobility Professional Graphics deliver advanced technology, performance and reliability that professionals expect."

Pricing and Availability:

The U.S. starting price for the Dell Precision M4600 is $1,678 and $2,158 for the M6600 and both will be available globally on May 10.
The Dell Precision R5500 starts at $2,551 USD and will be available in the U.S. and EMEA on May 3 and in Asia-Pacific Japan region on May 10.

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Dell's new powerhouse Precision M4600 and M6600 workstation laptops on sale May 10