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Dell Precision T5500 T5500 Review

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PROS / If you need monster storage, the Dell Precision T5500 has is just the ticket.

CONS / The basic hard drive that’s included in the base package is not overly impressive at 160GB.

 VERDICT / Dell Precision T5500 workstations are specifically designed for graphics-intensive professionals who need lots of processing power.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Dell Precision T5500 T5500

For the business looking for exceptionally powerful workstations with maximum scalability and customization, the Dell Precision T5500 tower workstation desktop computer is the perfect solution. This computer is lightning fast yet remarkably small taking up no more space than a standard PC. To optimize space for any given office arrangement, it can be oriented either as a desktop or mini tower with feet. For additional reviews and further comparisons of other products in this category, check out our Business Computer Review site.

Standout Features

  • Intel Xeon architecture with QuickPath technology
  • Up to 72GB of memory with dual processors
  • 64-bit processors supporting Intel DBS and Virtualization Technology
  • Windows 7 Professional OS

 

Performance

Every business has its own unique computing requirements and the Dell Precision T5500 takes that into consideration at every turn including the selection of processors. The basic unit comes with a highly capable Dual Core Intel Xeon processor running at 1.86GHz. There are multiple levels of upgrade clear up to a Quad Core Intel Xeon processor clocking in at 3.33GHz. While that’s likely to be enough power to satisfy most users, you can choose to essentially double the power by choosing dual Xeon processors, i.e. two of them, ranging from two Dual Core CPUs at 1.86GHz up to dual Quad Core Xeons at 3.33GHz.

Memory & Storage

The base package comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory but can be expanded to 4GB. With dual processors installed, you can move up to a whopping 72GB of memory using up to 9 DIMM slots; 6 on the motherboard and an additional 3 on an additional 2nd processor riser.

If you need monster storage, the Dell Precision T5500 has is just the ticket. While the basic hard drive that’s included in the base package is not overly impressive at 160GB, there are numerous upgrade options that will take you all the way to 1.5TB. But that’s just the beginning. Up to five such hard drives can be included in the workstation totaling a massive 7.5TB. Not at all long ago numbers like that were unthinkable be now they’re well within reach for power users.

Connectivity

Typical of workstation installations, monitors are not included in the package but you can add some top notch ones that measure up to 22-inches diagonally…and you can install up to four of them on this workstation.

Video cards are critical for many users of workstations like the Precision T5500 and this one comes standard with a 256MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS295. As with most other features, there a multiple upgrades available. 3D graphics super users can go clear up to dual 4.0GB NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 cards.

Summary

Dell Precision T5500 workstations are specifically designed for graphics-intensive professionals who need lots of processing power. Nonetheless, they’re small in size and the prices begin at very reasonable levels. Typical of high-end computers, adding options can increase prices substantially but the flexibility that is afforded by the easy customization process allows users to buy just exactly what they need. Dell’s customer support is consistently among the best and the Dell Precision T5500 is a great option for many businesses.

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