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Dell launches 20th-anniversary Precision 5520 workstation

Dell launches 20th-anniversary Precision 5520 workstation 

Covered in a hard anodized aluminum body with a fingerprint resistant, dark gray brush metallic finished which Dell calls the Abyss, the 5520 is a beauty.  

 320 Dell Precision 5520

Dell also says the new machine is the world’s thinnest, lightest, and smallest workstation. The 5520, rings in at just 3.93 pounds.  Its dimensions are 0.44”x14.05”x9.26”.

The 5520 has a 15.6”, 4K IGKO display. It is powered by an Intel Core i7-7820HQ processor and comes with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory.

320 Dell Precision 5520 open

Standard features include a 256GB solid state drive. Users have the option to expand that to 1TB. The rig comes with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, Nvidia Quadro M1200 graphics, and a 6-cell lithium battery. The 20th-anniversary edition of the Precision 5520, is now available in Canada.

 The 5520 was unveiled at the recent SIGGRAPH 2017 conference in Los Angeles along with Dell’s next generation of fixed workstations such as the Dell Precision 5820 Tower, Precision 7820 Tower, Precision 7920 Tower, and Precision 7920 Rack.

320 Dell Precision towers and rack

“Looking back at 20 years of Dell Precision workstations, you get a sense of how the capabilities of our workstations, combined with certified and optimized software and the creativity of our awesome customers, have achieved incredible things,” said Rahul Tikoo, vice president and general manager for Dell Precision workstations. “As great as those achievements are, this new lineup of Dell Precision workstations enables our customers to be ready for the next big technology revolution that is challenging business models and disrupting industries.”

The three new Dell Precision towers combine the powerful performance from the latest Intel  Xeon processors, next generation Radeon  Pro graphics and highest performing NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics cards.

The Intel Xeon processors are an excellent choice for artificial intelligence (AI) applications, according to Dell. They deliver agile performance across a variety of workloads, including machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) inference and training.

Radeon Pro SSG Graphics with fast HBM2 memory and 2TB of SSD on board allows real-time 8K video editing and playback using high-performance computing of massive datasets, and rendering of large projects like never before. 

Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects currently previews a fully integrated Radeon Pro SSG API solution.

320 Dell Canvas

Dell also used the occasion to officially launch its Dell Canvas – with a huge touch-sensitive 27” display designed for artists and technicians. The quad-HD screen does not come with a computer attached. It lays horizontally on a desk and comes with a digital pen and a circular dial called a totem which can be placed on the screen to be used as another digital drawing tool like Microsoft’s Surface Dial.

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