Dell’s New Workstation Designed to Offer Affordable 2D/3D CAD Power

28 Sep, 2009 By: Nancy Spurling Johnson

Starting at $949, the Precision T1500 delivers power and professional graphics for SMBs — and is CAD certified.

Dell today introduced not only a new product but a new product category with the Dell Precision T1500 desktop workstation, developed especially for 2D/3D CAD users in small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). The Precision T1500 “fills a hole we had in our product line,” said Rick Perez, product manager for the Precision line, offering the workstation power, professional-level graphics performance, and ISV certification for AutoCAD that CAD users need for reliable performance — all at an affordable price.

Dell’s new Precision T1500 desktop workstation is designed for 2D/3D CAD users.

At its starting $949 price point, the Precision T1500 comes equipped with

  • Intel quad-core i5-750 processor (2.66 GHz, 8 MB cache)
  • 1-GB DDR3 Non-ECC SDRAM memory
  • 256-MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295 graphics card
  • C1 all SATA hard drives; non-RAID for one hard drive
  • Windows Vista Business with a bonus Windows XP Professional downgrade
  • Dell QuietKey keyboard and Dell optical USB mouse
  • Three-year basic limited warranty and three-year, next-business-day on-site service

Consult the Dell web site for a complete list of available options and product specifications for the Dell Precision T1500 workstation.

The Precision T1500 was developed to compete with the million-plus unbranded workstations reportedly in use in today’s CAD market, Perez said. Such “white boxes” are typically considered to be relatively economical but are not CAD certified. In configuring the Precision T1500, Perez explained, “We didn’t sacrifice what we think users in this space need for ample performance,” but the new product sticks to what the company believes are the ‘musts’ for SMBs: the right balance of performance, stability, and price for those about to move, or already moving, from 2D to 3D CAD. “We wanted a system for those teetering on the move to 3D and teetering on the move from a corporate/consumer desktop system to a workstation, and have it be manageable from a price perspective.”

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