Dell Next-Gen Workstation Designs Leaked: Dell’s Take on the Mac Pro

by Reads (12,708)

One of Dell’s favorite design studios, Austin’s TorqueStudio, has managed to leak a substantial number of renders of the Round Rock PC maker’s next-generation workstation design. Based on a “Fractal Design Language”, the new Precisions are some of the hottest designs Dell has put to paper.

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Check out more renders of the new Precision T3600, T5600 and T7600 workstation designs in our gallery!

TorqueStudio has been the driving force behind a number of Dell’s more exotic designs in recent years, including the stunning XPS line of gaming desktops. An Internet user discovered that TorqueStudio hadn’t done a very good job of securing the files available on their website, and a number of designs related to Dell’s upcoming products were uncovered.

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In addition to some of the jaw-dropping good looks that Dell is pushing into the lineup, there are a number of useful new features. Adding components to the workstations looks to be easier than ever before. Drive bays for both hard drives and optical drives are easily accessible, and RAM and expansion cards are within easy reach.

Handles are present on both sides of the unit, which makes it easy to carry – we’ve been pushing for more manufacturers to add one handle, so two certainly isn’t something to complain about.

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In addition to the new chassis for the as-yet-unreleased T3600, T5600 and T7600 workstations, Dell is placing a particularly strong emphasis on the overall design of the products. Similar to how Apple works hard to get every last button placement right, Dell and TorqueStudio have set up a number of “User Experience Specifications” as part of their Fractal Design theme.

Some of the more interesting points include: 

  • 7.1.2 Sharp edges: Any edges that customers work near and are exposed to during service and upgrade operations shall be free of burrs and sharp edges.  
  • 7.1.3 Pinch points: Pinch hazards to customers shall be eliminated, particularly near metal edges, regardless of edge treatment.
  • 7.5.3 Thumbscrew Fasteners: When thumbscrews are used, they shall always allow use of a screwdriver. There shall be adequate hand spacing around the thumbscrew to allow a 95th percentile American male’s hand to tighten and loosen the thumbscrew. Finally, thumbscrew maximal torque shall be lass than or equal to 4 inch-pounds.
  • 7.7 Cabling: Cable management shall be provided to allow for orderly routing of cables. Clip-on features or features built into the chassis should be designed to allow for a one-to-one cable to routing path scenario. At a minimum, Velcro cable straps (not plastic tie wraps which could damage cables) should be provided.
Dell has designed the new workstations to be lockable via traditional Kensington means or, if the situation requires it, a more durable padlock.
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While Dell is certainly keeping mum on the details, TorqueStudio is clearly regretting their lax security. The files that were previously freely available have now been taken down and site security buttoned up a bit; unfortunately for them, the cat is out of the bag.
Dell’s Precision lineup has always been targeted toward the serious business user – it goes up against HP’s own workstations as well as the Mac Pro. Unlike the latter machine, which gives pain to rackmount users, Dell has made sure that the new Precision workstations can fit into almost any situation.
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There’s no word on when these classy units will be up for sale but given the completeness of the design specifications, it wouldn’t surprise us to see a launch in the first quarter of next year.  Dell rarely speeds up product releases, even when leaks happen, but they might shine on a few details of their next-generation business strategies at the upcoming CES in January.

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