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Dell Precision M6500 Workstation Has Hardcore Guts

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Dell's Precision M6500 refreshes their hardcore workstation with ass-beating guts: It's the first with Intel's Core i7-920XM Quad Core Extreme, Nvidia's new QuadroFX 3800M, and up to 16GB of RAM running at 1600MHz.

Besides all of those "firsts" (which will be exclusive only temporarily, undoubtedly, since Intel and Nvidia gots to play with everybody else too) it's got a 17-inch, 1920x1080 LED-backlit display that pops 100 percent of the Adobe color gamut. Plus, it now has user-selectable color profiles, so it's easy to switch 'em around.


The 8.4-pound monster is for "creative professionals" in animation, CAD work, oil & gas stuff, and federal/defense, so you know it's ungodly expensive for that much gear goodness, before you even ask how much.

Intel® CoreTMi7 Extreme Edition Quad Core, CoreTMi7Quad Core Processors
Operating System
Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate 32-Bit Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate 64-Bit Genuine Windows Vista® Business 32-Bit Genuine Windows Vista® Business 64-Bit Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Genuine Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Genuine Windows® XP Professional available via downgrade rights Genuine Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition available via downgrade rights Red Hat® Linux 5.3 64-Bit
17" WXGA+ UltraSharp LED Display (1440x900) Resolution 17" WUXGA UltraSharp LED Display (1920x1200) Resolution 17" WUXGA RGB LED Back-Lit Display (1920x1200) Resolution 17" WUXGA RGB LED Edge To Edge Back-Lit Display (1920x1200) Resolution (Covet only)
Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Available DIMM Slots: Four Memory slots offering up to 16GB4 Memory Bandwidth: 1066MHz, 1333MHz and 1600MHz
Primary Storage
Support for one, two, or 3 storages devices with optional RAID0, RAID1, or RAID5 Configuration 7200RPM Free Fall Sensor Hard Drive up to 500GB 5 7200RPM Encrypted FFS Hard Drive up to 160GB 5 Solid State Hard Drive up to 256GB 5
Optical Drives
DVD-ROM, DVD+/-RW slot load, Blu Ray
Graphics Cards
ATI® FirePro® M7740 Graphics with 1GB2 dedicated memory NVIDIA® Quadro FX 2800M Graphics with 1GB2 dedicated memory NVIDIA® Quadro FX 3800M Graphics with 1GB2 dedicated memory
Wireless LAN, Bluetooth® 2.1 and Ultra-Wideband (UWB - selected countries only)
Next Generation Mobile Broadband6, GPS
Wireless: Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Mini-Card
Dell Wireless 1510 802.11 a/g/n 2x3 Mini-Card Intel Wireless 5300 802.11a/g/n 3x3 Mini-Card WWAN Dell Wireless 5620 HSPA - EVDO Rev A (selected countries only)
Physical Security: Steel-reinforced Cable Lock Slots, Media Module and Hard Drive Locks. User & System Security: Smart Card Reader and optional Contactless Smart Card Reader Fingerprint Reader (optional) FIPS Fingerprint Reader (optional) TPM 1.2 (where available) Wave Embassy Trust Suite Network Security: 802.11 WiFi® Protected Access (WPA), 802.11i (WPA2), Virtual Private Networks (VPN) 802.1x with EAP modes and compatible with CCX 4.0
2 speakers, optional dual array microphones Optional 2MP camera, 3MP camera option coming soon
Slots: 8-in-1 card reader; ExpressCard 54; PC Card Docking: Advanced E-Port, E-Port, Legacy Port Replicator, Ergo Flat Panel Stand, Basic Monitor Stand, E-View Notebook Stand Modular Options: E-Family modular media dock: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-RW, Second Hard Drive
Aluminum LCD back and base Dell PrecisionTM industrial design Weight & Dimensions: Preliminary weight starting at: 8.42lbs/3.xxkg7 with WXGA+ panel, DVD-ROM, 9-cell battery. Width: 15.4"/393mm Depth: 11.0"/280.5mm Height: 1.35"/34.5mm(F), 1.5"/38.5mm(B) Ports: 1394 Powered 6-pin, USB 2.0 (x4), VGA, Display Port, RJ-45, Audio, eSATA