Dell Unveils the World’s Most Powerful Mobile Workstation
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Dell Unveils the World’s Most Powerful Mobile Workstation

ROUND ROCK, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 1, 2009 — Dell continues to push the boundaries of mobile performance by announcing today the world’s most powerful mobile workstation — the Dell Precision M6500.

The News

Shown publicly for the first time today at Autodesk University, the Dell Precision M6500 is designed to liberate creative professionals, designers, animators, engineers and research scientists from their desk without sacrificing performance. The M6500 also supports the missions of defense customers who require uncompromised performance and security, including authentication and data encryption, when in the field. Available for order now, the Dell Precision M6500 mobile workstation has a starting price of $2,749. More details can be found at

Designed to deliver exceptional performance while managing massive amounts of data, the M6500 enables memory scalability of up to 16GB with its four DIMM slots. The M6500 is also the world’s first mobile workstation that supports DDR3 1600MHz memory, giving it a performance boost capable of handling virtually any mixture of engineering, database and software-development workloads.

Other product highlights include:

The Dell Precision M6500 is also the first mobile workstation to offer the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics solution featuring:

Other graphics options include the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M and the ATI FireProM7740.

The Dell Precision M6500 offers compatibility and optimized performance on 95 key applications from leading Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) such as Adobe, Schlumberger and Dassault Systèmes.

Compatibility for Ease of Use and Deployment

The M6500, as a part of the Dell E-Family product line, is compatible with E-Family accessories, including port replicators, notebook stands, display and monitor stands, and external storage modules. In addition, the M6500 comes with optional security features including Dell ControlVault security, FIPS fingerprint reader and a contactless smart card reader, delivering very comprehensive security options. Dell Services, such as Dell ImageDirect, CFI, Dell ProSupport1 or lifecycle services, are also available on Dell Precision mobile workstations, making these systems easy to manage, support and deploy.


“The Dell Precision M6500 establishes a new class of mobile workstation for the most demanding computing environments,” said Greg Weir, senior manager, Dell Precision workstations. “This system is truly a desktop replacement without compromise. In addition, we’re leveraging our robust ‘eco system’ of partners to deliver the performance users require running applications in key vertical markets such as 3D animation, Computer Aided Design (CAD), engineering, and scientific exploration, defense visualization and other computationally intensive applications.”

“This mobile workstation is radically different from anything I’ve seen before and it definitely sets a new bar for performance, memory, and expandability,” said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. “Dell has added some features on the M6500 that users don’t typically see on some high-end servers and desktop workstations. This system offers mobility without compromising on performance.”

“The Dell Precision M6500 is a fantastic machine,” said Steven Roselle, technical specialist at Autodesk. “With the kind of power that used to be reserved for desktop workstations, this mobile system should allow digital artists, and particularly 3D artists, to work anywhere. It really does have a lot: 8 cores of processing power, up to 16GB of high-speed RAM and a cutting-edge professional graphics system. Then, on top of the raw performance, you have other details that appeal to artists: incredibly rich, high-resolution display and the cool look and feel of its industrial design. The M6500 is a comprehensive package for creative professionals.”

“By integrating the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M graphics solution into the Precision M6500, Dell has created a high performance mobile workstation that’s ideal for the most demanding 3D design, oil and gas exploration, and scientific visualization professional,” said Shawn Worsell, product manager, NVIDIA Professional Solutions Group. “Featuring the massively parallel CUDA™ computing architecture, plus a 1GB dedicated frame buffer to ease the manipulation of expanding seismic datasets, this is an impressive, next-generation notebook solution from Dell for our mutual customers that demand mobility without sacrificing visualization horsepower.”

“Let’s face it. Compatibility, flexibility and optimized performance aren’t nice to have options for professionals with demanding workloads, they are necessities. Professional workstation users expect their systems to run flawlessly every day, every time. With our ATI FirePro M7740 graphics accelerator and the Dell Precision M6500, you know that you don’t just have a great performing machine, you are backed by reliable drivers and a system that is certified for applications you use,” added Janet Matsuda, senior director, AMD Professional Graphics.

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