Dell's Precision range of workstations is 20 years old – and the company has marked the occasion by releasing a limited edition of its flagship laptop (sorry, mobile workstation). It was launched at the Siggraph 2017 computer graphics conference show in LA, where Dell is also launching a complete redesign of its desktop workstation range.
The Precision 5520 20th Anniversary Edition has the same shape and components as the standard version – but has a shell coated in anodised aluminium in a colour that the company rather worryingly calls Abyss, but which you might archly refer to a 'Space Gray'. Snide, Apple-referencing remarks aside though, it does look rather lovely.
It's thin, light and sleek – but boasts a QHD screen that puts Apple's to shame (having a resolution of 3,820 x 2,160, to the MacBook Pro's 2,560 x 1,600). It features a powerful set of components – maxing out at a 3GHz processor Xeon E3, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and an Nvidia Quadro M1200 graphics chip with 4GB of its own RAM.
Dell has also redesigned the chassis of its desktop workstations to allow a wider range of chips and cards to be used. The Precision 5820 (shown here) is based around a single Xeon processor – while the 7820, 7920 and 7920 Rack have two chips.
The 7920 has a larger case than the 7820, allowing more storage and cards – while, as you'd expect, the 7920 Rack rearranges those components into a 2U rack-mountable chassis.
The workstations support AMD's and Nvidia's highest-end graphics cards – including the most-powerful (and expensive) board around, the NVidia Quadro GP100. New AMD graphics cards announced at Siggraph are on offer with these new Precisions – including the Radeon Pro WX 9100 and the Radeon Pro SSG.
All of the desktop workstations – including the 7820 shown here – include Dell's RMT (Reliable Memory Technology) to avoid crashes due to memory issues, and the Precision Optimizer to automatically tune the workstation to the application that you're using.
This has a 27-inch, QHD screen that you can draw on using the included digital pen, and control using a totem that's essentially the same as the Dial offered by Microsoft's Surface products (including the Surface Pro and Surface Studio).