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Dell ushers out new quad-core servers, workstations

Just last week, Intel launched its quad-core Kentsfield processors for the desktop market. DailyTech had already run a batch of benchmarks on the processors and they -- as expected -- performed quite well in multi-threaded applications. Today, Dell is bringing Intel's quad-core processors to the server and workstation market with new 5300 series quad-core Xeon processors and the Core 2 Extreme quad-core QX6700 processor.

The Intel Xeon 5300 series processors will be available in the two-socket Dell PowerEdge 1900, 1950, 2950, 2900, SC1430 and 1955 blade servers. Dell's Precision 690 and Precision 490 also can be equipped with quad-core Xeons while the Precision 390 can be equipped with the Core 2 Extreme QX6700.

Dell claims that its new Xeon 5300 series servers are 63% faster than dual-core four-socket servers and offers up to a 40% improvement in performance per watt. Likewise, the Precision 690 and 490 workstations provide up to a 54% performance increase in multi-threaded applications over comparable dual-core systems.

"The introduction of quad-core processing enables us to guide customers more easily than ever to the benefits of a scale-out architecture, migrating from higher cost systems with four or more sockets used for enterprise applications to two socket systems with better price/performance and lower power consumption, and accelerating their ability to take advantage of this new technology for better business results now and in future growth," said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Dell Product Group.

Dell's new quad-core servers are shipping today with the PowerEdge 1950, 2900, 2950, SC1430 and 1955 equipped with Intel 5300 series quad-core Xeon processors ringing up at $1,599, $1,599, 1,699, $1,049 and $1,799 respectively. The Precision 390 starts at $2,213 with a quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor, while the Precision 690 and 490 start at $2,399 and $2,149 respectively.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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