Dell launches new line of entry-level workstations

Dell has unveiled a fresh line of entry-level workstations designed to allow smaller companies with tighter budgets tackle professional-grade compute and rendering workloads.

The updated 3000 series includes the Dell Precision 3630 Tower, the Precision 3430 Small Form Factor Tower and the 1U rack-mounted Precision 3930 Rack. All three units support the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors, as well as enterprise-grade Intel Xeon chips and Intel Optane memory. In addition, Dell also announced that its Precision 5820 Tower now includes support for Intel Core X-series processors.

In terms of GPU power, the Precision 3930 rack supports double-wide GPUs of up to 250W, with Nvidia Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro GPUs both available. It also features up to 24TB of storage, 64GB of memory and a maximum of 3 PCIe slots for expandability.

While the Precision 3630 Tower is 23% smaller than the previous generation, the real baby of the range is the small form factor Precision 3430, which has a footprint of just 29 x 9cm. The larger tower supports graphics cards up to 225W and 64GB RAM allocations, with support for up to 14TB of RAID storage via both SATA and PCIe NVMe SSDs. Its more diminutive stablemate, meanwhile, featured 6TB of RAID storage and GPUs with a maximum power consumption of 55W.

The new tower models are both available starting from today, with the Precision 3630 starting from 859 and the smaller Precision 3430 starting at 979. The Precision 3930 rack will be available from 26 July, with pricing announced nearer to that date.

Adam Shepherd

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