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Dell Introduces Precision Laptop With 32GB RAM

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That's more RAM than all the computers in my home combined.

Do you have some serious business going on with your laptop? Is it more of a mobile workstation then a laptop? Then you probably need a good bit of memory. The problem with most mobile computers is that they can't take as much memory as desktop, but Dell has a solution for those who crave more RAM on the go.

Dell has announced the Precision M6500, which it calls the "world’s most powerful 17” mobile workstation." Helping it make that claim is that it will support up to 32 GB of system memory in the Dell Precision M6500. It also packs an Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor and Nvidia Quadro FX 3800M.

Those who don't need that sort of memory could also consider the M6500’s little brother, the Precision M4500, which is now available with 16GB of memory.

Such applications of mobile workstations with so much memory are in the oil and gas field, where they can review larger slices of the earth to find oil, enabling faster and more accurate drilling to find oil and gas reserves. Other applications may also involve CAD/CAM engineering as well as work with fluid dynamics.

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    jonpaul37 , July 20, 2010 2:48 PM
    All for the low price of $3,999.99, which, surprisingly, is still lower than the price of a Macbook with an Intel core 2 duo and 4GB of RAM...
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    ares1214 , July 20, 2010 2:50 PM
    3,999$? to be honest, for what it is, thats isnt a terrible price for people who need workstation computing on the go. it doesnt have nearly the value of a desktop, but atleast it isnt priced like a MAC.
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    andyviant , July 20, 2010 3:08 PM
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    Such applications of mobile workstations with so much memory are in the oil and gas field, where they can review larger slices of the earth to find oil, enabling faster and more accurate drilling to find oil and gas reserves.

    Hopefully this helps them design a better blowout prevention valve...
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2010 2:47 PM
    What keeps it coool?
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    jonpaul37 , July 20, 2010 2:48 PM
    All for the low price of $3,999.99, which, surprisingly, is still lower than the price of a Macbook with an Intel core 2 duo and 4GB of RAM...
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2010 2:49 PM
    beast i want this for school
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    ares1214 , July 20, 2010 2:50 PM
    3,999$? to be honest, for what it is, thats isnt a terrible price for people who need workstation computing on the go. it doesnt have nearly the value of a desktop, but atleast it isnt priced like a MAC.
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    Marco925 , July 20, 2010 2:55 PM
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    That's more RAM than all the computers in my home combined.

    It's true! At least for me.
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    officeguy , July 20, 2010 2:55 PM
    Good for Dell. But I can install that much Ram if I wanted too. Sorry dell, not buying your Ram!!
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2010 2:56 PM
    Will it even last 30 mins on battery?
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    andyviant , July 20, 2010 3:08 PM
    Quote:
    Such applications of mobile workstations with so much memory are in the oil and gas field, where they can review larger slices of the earth to find oil, enabling faster and more accurate drilling to find oil and gas reserves.

    Hopefully this helps them design a better blowout prevention valve...
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    victomofreality , July 20, 2010 3:12 PM
    ZaixionitoAh, but you could buy 10 desktops that are more powerful in CPU and GPU performance for that price..


    What part of MOBILE WORK STATION don't you understand? you pay a premium to have that level of power and have it be transportable!

    @Marco925 same unless you count the ram in mount dead laptop...
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    d_kuhn , July 20, 2010 3:13 PM
    I just got mine... battery lasts about as long as my older laptop (Precision M6300) but that's with performance stepped back from full bore. The power brick for the thing is HUGE (200W). Performance is very good. I went with the Q820 instead of the X series and 16gig instead of 32... but I did get the dual 120GB SSD (raid0) setup and the RGBLED Display (which looks great). It's a nice machine overall, my third Precision M laptop and the only complaint I've got about the series is that they're pigs (but you don't get all that performance for free... your back takes some abuse).
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2010 3:22 PM
    Actually, if you go to the Dell Website, the I7 Extreme version with 16GB Ram and 2 250GB solid state drives will run you over $8,000....YIKES!!!!!
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    manthas , July 20, 2010 3:24 PM
    But wait a second here - looking at the Dell web site, it looks like they don't offer any 64-bit OS choices; it's all Win7 or WinXP 32 bit. Someone needs to explain that one to me.
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    awood28211 , July 20, 2010 3:26 PM
    victomofrealityWhat part of MOBILE WORK STATION don't you understand? you pay a premium to have that level of power and have it be transportable!@Marco925 same unless you count the ram in mount dead laptop...


    I think you are looking for the word "mobile" not "transportable". Desktops are transportable but not very mobile. Just being nit-picky, sorry. But yes, you pay a premium for convenience.
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    pollom , July 20, 2010 3:49 PM
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    Other applications may also involve CAD/CAM engineering as well as work with fluid dynamics


    naaa, I'm engineer simulating fluids pressure whit a lot of conditions and works great in my lap top: Turion x2 RM72, Radeon3150, and 4bg's of DDR2, of course I prefer to simulate at my deskt top.
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    ethanolson , July 20, 2010 3:50 PM
    Following in HP's footsteps are we, Dell?
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    kalogagatya , July 20, 2010 3:59 PM
    i work with heavy calculus on computers that do require that insane amount of RAM and i tell you, this computer is NOT portable - most of the calculus that you do with that kind of RAM take DAYS to get done and CANNOT be interrupted....

    I would rather have a normal laptop with a good remote connection to a real workstation and have my calculus done there and the results sent back to me..

    the only good thing about "portable" workstations is for model and results presentation for example, to a client, and that does require some RAM yes, but not this amount. its better to get excellent graphics power, good processing power and good storage!
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