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Issue: Workstations - November 2006

DELL ENHANCES PRECISION & POWEREDGE PRODUCTS

ROUND ROCK, TX - Dell has enhanced its PowerEdge servers and Precision workstations with one of the industry's first standards-based quad-core processors.

The addition of Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors to the two-socket Dell PowerEdge 1900, 1950, 2950, 2900, SC1430 and 1955 blade models supports the company's strategy to drive more complete and cost-effective enterprise technologies across a variety of customer environments. Equipped with the new Quad-Core processors, these servers can rival the performance of Intel dual-core, four-socket systems and deliver up to 63 percent greater performance with up to 40 percent enhanced performance per watt while continuing to reduce complexity in the enterprise.

In the Dell Precision line (www.dell.com/precision), the Quad-Core processors - combined with Dell's faster and more scalable memory architecture and latest OpenGL graphics - allow the systems to handle demanding multi-threaded applications faster and more easily.

Pros can configure the two-socket Precision 690 and Precision 490 with new Quad-Core processors, while the single-socket Precision 390 supports the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor. Heavily multi-threaded applications, such as Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya can scale dramatically with the addition of processor cores. When configured with Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, the Dell Precision 690 and 490 workstations can deliver hardware performance gains of up to 54 percent on multi-threaded applications.

The Dell PowerEdge 1950, 2900, 2950, SC1430 and 1955 blade servers featuring Intel 5300 series quad-core Xeon processors are available now with prices starting at $1,599. The Dell Precision 690, 490 and 390 featuring new Intel quad-core processors are also now available. The Precision 390 with the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor starts at $2,213. The Precision 690 and 490 (pictured), featuring Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, start at $2,399 and $2,149, respectively.