Gone are the days where our mathematical John Henry’s could fight the steam engine of the computer processor. In the same vein, gone too are the days where the commercially available PC products could rival the business counterparts.
If such days ever really existed, of course. Modern workstations such as the Dell Precision T7920 provide far more versatility and power than a common household PC. And they need to, as they do far more intensive work.
Tech companies revealed their newest and most powerful future projects at CES 2019 just recently. The big news being AMD’s Ryzen 3000-series and their likelihood to outpace Intel over the next generation.
With so many changes in the computing world, how do you choose a workstation for your needs? The simple answer is to find the simplest fit to your needs.
Dell Precision T7920 Workstations
Of course, as Malcolm Gladwell pointed out, the best solution isn’t one solution but several that fit different tastes. This is why the Dell Precision T7920 workstation is a line of customizable systems and not a cookie cutter machine.
The workstations can be purchased with a multitude of stock configurations and modified piecemeal as well.
Dell Towers are meant to be used as individual workstations, as opposed to the Rack workstations. Rack workstations rely on a distributed network to provide basic programs to many users.
As individual workstations, the Dell Precision Tower is designed to do the heavy lifting. Normally in terms of digital content creation (DCC) and productivity software.
Let’s break down the three P’s of performance to better illustrate why you would choose this workstations.
Even in the low configurations, the multi-core processors available provide high-end performance for dedicated resource-heavy tasks. Twin 6-core Intel Xeon Bronze processors give reliable performance for rendering and multi-threaded applications.
The high end gets into the dual 28 cores of the Xeon Scalable line with marked enhancements to speed.
All of this is kept cool through the shrouded wind tunnel cooling system for the RAM and processors. The system also remains quieter by keeping the cooling separate. Couple this with making the components fit tightly ensures less chance of vibrational sound.
Internal storage modules are kept separate of the working components to keep temps down across the system. The housing allows hot swapping of up to10 internal 3.5 or 2.5 hard drives. With even modest 4TB HDDs, this provides storage for all of your project needs.
Upwards of 24 slots of DDR4 RAM can be slotted, providing ample resources for heavy processor tasks without bottlenecking. This allows up to 3TB of 2666 MHz RAM to be installed per unit.
Expanding into Intel Optane DC persistent Memory and NVME technology gives up to 6TB of RAM at higher speeds.
Even with all of that, there is still room for three GPUs for heavy DCC without lag or frame drops.
All of this is designed to operate 24/7 across the typical recommended 4-year lifecycle of the system by providing a 5-year warranty.
When you need to get rendering done in a hurry, Dell Precision workstations deliver. They boast the highest benchmarks of comparable cost systems for rendering time and quality.
Rendering takes a significant amount of downtime for DCC processes. The lower the rendering time, the more work is getting done and the less overhead is being paid simply to monitor ongoing processes.
The scaling across the multi-threaded multiple cores also gives room to adjust resource uses for tasks to create a work/process balance that fits workflow.
For editing bench purposes, this allows the power to process and upload videos while having enough space and power to work on others.
The easy to access I/O ports make it simple to control volume and display options for independent workstations. This makes it simple for multiple employees to work on the same workstation. Each with their own customization and settings without taking ages to set up per user.
Quality of life software such as HP Advisor and PerfTool allows quick accessibility of resources and program bookmarks. This saves vital time in combing through code and data to find needed information.
Energy concerns are one of the largest costs associated with workstations. The unit itself costs less than the energy needed to power it over a lifecycle. This is why the Precision T7920 prioritizes thermal balance with performance.
Power draw on the Dell systems ranges between 215-450 watts. This is a good balance of power used for performance gained with other comparable workstations using either much more power or having much lower performance.
Default cooling hasn’t come a long way from the previous workstation Dell released in the T7910 days. The same old 90mm fans are being used. These push a lot of air while remaining quiet enough.
Under heavy loads, they become much louder. Fortunately, the T7920 housing allows expansion into 120mm or 140mm fans that can compensate for an increase in cooling easily.
Keeping the components cooler both extends their lifespan and improves their performance.
The customization options of the Dell T7920 allow you to make smart decision across an entire budget. With low costs in hardware changes up front, you can save thousands per unit on the back end.
Scalability means that these choices also don’t need to be made upfront but can be swapped up as needed.
The Right Tech
When it comes to a perfect combination of versatility and performance, you can’t go wrong with the Dell T7920 workstation.
They excel in performance while keeping your lifecycle energy consumption in check. They offer enough power for today as well as the foreseeable future. With modular designs and plenty of expansion potential, you won’t be looking to replace them outright for years.Contact us for more information or to get specifications on our offerings.