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Anyone have a Dell Precision T7500 Workstation?

Postposted on Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:45 pm

I am thinking of picking a used one up for home, and have a couple of questions if anyone can help.

1) What is the noise level like? The workstation will have two processors and just want to get an idea of what type of noise level it will have with all fans running. I plan to use only SSDs in it.

2) Any issues with heat? I plan on getting one with dual Xeon L5630s, with each processor having a TDP of 40 watt. My concern is heat, since more than half of the year where I live gets pretty hot weather wise.

3) Just any other opinions about the T7500 in general, could be anything, your dislikes or likes.

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Re: Anyone have a Dell Precision T7500 Workstation?

Postposted on Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:26 pm

We have used Dell for all the standard workstations for about eight years now, and the chassis and boards in the previous generation T-series are excellent. Quiet, robust, loads of expansion, great cooling and easy to service.

My only complaints have been that Dell don't use standard ATX-sized PSU's and we've had a higher-than usual return rate for our PSU's - possibly because we bought 35 in one go and there was a bad batch. Dell have been great about replacing them - They even shipped me a couple of extras so that I could just swap out a dud immediately rather than wait around for the next-day support window.

We only have a small number of dual-socket Precisions, but they're T5400's and look similar to the T7500 you're looking at. Processors and RAM are cooled by ducting from 120mm Delta-brand ball-bearing fans through some pretty serious heatpipe-towers and these things are very firmly mounted. I genuinely think it would be hard to build a homebrew dual-socket machine that ran as quietly as the Precision workstations. The only drawback is that there are no fan filters anywhere. You need to keep them clean, since the front grilles can get truly caked in dust.

Oh, and given how big they are, I expected more disk bays. I guess that's the price you pay for getting a machine with an E-ATX board in it.... :)
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Re: Anyone have a Dell Precision T7500 Workstation?

Postposted on Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:43 pm

Oh, SSD's:

The T7500 and T5400 have no 2.5" bays, and the 3.5" bays do not use standard mounting points - they have plastic quick-release cages that hook into the screw holes normally on the side of a 3.5" drive.

If you plan to mount SSD's then you'll want to pick up some 3.5" to 2.5" adaptors that work with quick-release rails and cages.
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Re: Anyone have a Dell Precision T7500 Workstation?

Postposted on Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:40 pm

I wouldn't worry to much about two 40 TDP processors. The full power Xeon chips TDP is more than double the TDP of your two low power chips.
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Re: Anyone have a Dell Precision T7500 Workstation?

Postposted on Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:10 pm

thanks for responses
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Re: Anyone have a Dell Precision T7500 Workstation?

Postposted on Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:11 pm

Chrispy_ wrote:We have used Dell for all the standard workstations for about eight years now, and the chassis and boards in the previous generation T-series are excellent. Quiet, robust, loads of expansion, great cooling and easy to service.

My only complaints have been that Dell don't use standard ATX-sized PSU's and we've had a higher-than usual return rate for our PSU's - possibly because we bought 35 in one go and there was a bad batch. Dell have been great about replacing them - They even shipped me a couple of extras so that I could just swap out a dud immediately rather than wait around for the next-day support window.

We only have a small number of dual-socket Precisions, but they're T5400's and look similar to the T7500 you're looking at. Processors and RAM are cooled by ducting from 120mm Delta-brand ball-bearing fans through some pretty serious heatpipe-towers and these things are very firmly mounted. I genuinely think it would be hard to build a homebrew dual-socket machine that ran as quietly as the Precision workstations. The only drawback is that there are no fan filters anywhere. You need to keep them clean, since the front grilles can get truly caked in dust.

Oh, and given how big they are, I expected more disk bays. I guess that's the price you pay for getting a machine with an E-ATX board in it.... :)


Really informative. Thanks.
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