Dell updates Precision workstations for the coming VR storm

Everybody's jumping onto the virtual reality bandwagon these days, and Dell is no exception. The company has updated its lineup of Precision workstations with models aimed at VR content creation and "advanced commercial visualization."

The new models join the Precision 5810, 7810, and 7910 families. All three platforms are fully configurable. Dell's choices for the CPU include processors from the Xeon E5-1600 and E5-2600 Broadwell-EP series. Within these CPU families, Dell says that users will need a minimum of four cores clocked at 1.6GHz when using an HTC Vive headset, or 2.5GHz with an Oculus Rift.

Graphics card choices hail from both the red and green clans. Dell has tapped the FirePro W9100 and Radeon R9 390X from AMD's side of the ring. Nvidia choices include the Quadro M6000 and M5000, as well as the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980. Dell says the new workstations can be configured with PCIe SSD storage and can take in as much as 1TB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2400 MT/s.

The Precision machines can also be configured with liquid-cooling setups, which Dell claims can improve system noise by up to 38 percent when compared to a regular air-cooled sytem. The workstations also come with vendor-qualified graphics drivers and Dell's Precision Optimizer software, which aims to "automatically [tune] your workstation for 22 professional application profiles." Virtually interested customers can order these VR-ready models from Dell's website come April 5.

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