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Dell Precision Rack 7910 Workstation - System Overview

Description

Why would you want a rack workstation instead of a tower workstation? A rack workstation offers greater levels of security for local and remote users. The server room is also usually one of the more secure spaces in any office, typically under lock and key. A rack workstation can be used locally but can also be accessed remotely from any location with one to one access or virtualized for one to many environments. As a rack system, IT Administrators have more control over the system with access to powerful out of band systems management including iDRAC8 and Dell OpenManage with Lifecyle Access Controller. In other words, you get the performance of a tower workstation with a bunch more options for deployment, usage, and security. Outstanding!

ISV Certification

The Dell R7910 is ISV certified to perform effortlessly running intensive software applications used by design engineers, financial analysts, and geologists. ISV is an acronym for Independent Software Vendor and means these independent software vendors have tested the software, hardware, and components to ensure stable and reliable performance. The new Dell workstations are also optimized for the creation of VR content. Contrary to a Mac, which is not powerful enough to run VR content, you can create and actually watch the results of your labors on your Dell workstation. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR solutions are supported on this system.

Performance

Dell’s 7910 rack workstation features the Intel C612 chipset, just like the tower version, to support dual Xeon E5-2600 v4 and E5-2600 v3 processors. That means up to 44 cores using E5-2600 v4 processors. With two processors, up to 1TB of DDR4 ECC memory modules can be installed. The system is highly expandable. Users can start out with just a single processor, and add another as work needs change.

Storage

The R7910 supports an abundance of storage with room for eight 2.5-inch SATA/SAS drives and up to four 1TB M.2 PCIe SSDs. 3.5-inch drives are not supported on this system. SAS drives require an optional miniPERC PCIe controller but the system comes with two integrated 6GB/s SATA controllers with four ports each. The miniPERC controller installs in a miniPCIe slot leaving the riser card PCIe slots for other expansion cards. The system also supports additional PERC controllers, including the H330 and H730P supporting transfer rates of up to 12GB/s SAS with RAID of 0, 1, 5, and 10.

Memory

Quad-channel memory supports up to 1TB with two CPUs. There are 24 DIMM slots total, with 12 slots allocated to each CPU. Both DDR4 RDIMMs and LRDIMMS are supported but cannot be mixed. Memory modules of different capacities and ranks can be mixed but populated channels must have the same configuration. Memory speeds of up to 2400MHz are supported but must be paired with an appropriate Xeon E5 v4 processor. Speed of processing defaults to the slowest performer between the memory modules and CPUs.

Expansion

The R7910 has a total of seven full-length PCi 3.0 slots in a two processor configuration. Users can install up to three riser cards and a maximum of two double-width x16 cards. With 600W allocated to graphics support, users can install up to four single width Gen2/Gen3 graphics cards (4 x 150W) or the two double-width cards (2 x 300W) as mentioned above but that does require dual processors. The system also comes with an integrated Network Daughter card. Clearly there are options for additional performance and connectivity, including PCIe remote access host cards, optional network daughter cards, and graphics cards. High-end graphics cards including the Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro are supported. There’s also an optional Nvidia Grid K2a for one to many shared graphics, virtualized workstations. Powering all of this hardware is one, or two redundant hot-pluggable 1100W 90% efficient 80PLUS PSUs.

Management

The system supports Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, in addition to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu. For workstation virtualization, users can install VMware ESXi or Citrix XenServer. Also supported, is Dell’s outstanding iDRAC with Lifecycle controller. An optional WiFi Link WLAN enables advanced remote management features. Dell’s Precision Optimizer takes the guesswork out of customizing the settings for specific supported programs and helps autotune application setting to maximize performance by up to 121%—free with the system. Patented Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) also helps manage your system by working in conjunction with ECC memory to detect and correct errors in real time. The system also supports several security features including an intrusion sensor and data protection, advanced authentication, and malware protection.

Summary

There are advantages to purchasing a rack workstation over a tower workstation and it really depends on your work style and needs. In many ways the rack system offers more flexibility with the ability to create VMs, and much greater security. Like the tower version, users can start out with just one processor and scale to two processors as work needs change, or to support additional VMs. Offering Dell’s tool-less access to components also makes switching out or upgrading components a breeze.

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Dell Precision Rack 7910 Workstation - Specifications

Processor - 2 Sockets
    Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family
    Maximum number of cores: 36
Operating System
  • Windows® 8.1 Professional (64-Bit)
  • Windows® 7 Professional (64-Bit)
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® WS 7.0
Chipset
    Intel® C612
Memory
    Quad channel
    Up to 1TB 2133 MHz DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory
    24 DIMM slots (12 DIMMs per CPU)
Graphics Options
    Support for up to two double wide PCI Express® x16 Gen 2 or Gen 3 cards up to 675W (some restrictions apply)

    High end 3D cards:

  • NVIDIA® Quadro® M6000
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® K6000
  • NVIDIA GRID K2(A)
  • Mid-range 3D cards:

  • AMD FirePro™ W5100
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4200
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2200
  • Entry 3D cards:

  • NVIDIA Quadro K620
  • Professional 2D cards (not ISV certified):

  • NVIDIA Quadro NVS 310
  • GPU:

  • One or two NVIDIA Tesla® K20C Computing Processors (GPGPU)
Storage
    Up to eight 2.5” SATA or 2.5” SAS drives:

  • Up to 1.0TB SATA 7200RPM
  • Up to 1.2TB SAS 10K RPM
  • Up to 600GB SAS 15K RPM
  • Up to 512GB SATA SSD
  • Up to 400GB SAS SSD
  • Up to 1.4TB PCIe SSD
Storage Controller
    Integrated:

  • 2 X Intel AHCI 6Gb/s SATA controllers with 4 ports each. (Supports software RAID 0, 1,5,10 across 4 ports on 1st controller only at launch)
  • Optional:

  • PERC 9 H330 12Gb/s SATA/SAS controller supports software RAID 0,1,5,10 (uses Mini-PERC slot on MB)
  • PERC 9 H730P 12Gb/s SATA/SAS controller supports hardware RAID 0,1,5,10 with 1GB cache (Mini-PERC card)
Add-in cards
  • Serial port PCIe card, 1 port
  • 1394a/b PCIe card, 3 ports - 1x 1394a, 2x 1394b
Communications
    Integrated:

  • Intel I350 QP, 4 port Intel 1Gb/s NIC (network daughter card) with Intel Remote Wake UP, PXE and Jumbo frames support
  • Optional:

  • Intel X540 QP 2 port Intel 10GbE & 2 port 1Gb/s NIC (network daughter card) with Intel Remote Wake UP, PXE and Jumbo frames support
Remote Access Options
  • Tera2 dual & quad display PCoIP™ PCIe Remote access host cards for Wyse P25/P45 zero client & soft clients
  • Teradici PCoIP® Workstation Access Software
Chassis
    Rack
    H: 3.41” (8.68cm)
    W: 17” (43.4cm)
    D: 28.37” (72.08cm)
    D with bezel: 29.78” (75.65cm)
Bays
  • 8 external 2.5” bays
  • 1 external 5.25” slimline optical drive bay
Slots
    Up to seven PCIe full-length Gen 3 slots with two CPUs in 3 riser cards, max 2 double width x16 cards

  • One CPU – 3 X x16 (wired as x8) slots (default) or alternative - 1 X x16 & 1 X x16 (wired as x8) slots
  • Two CPUs - 1 X x16, 3 X x16 (wired as x8), 3 low profile x8 (default) or alternative - 2 x16, 3 low profile x8
Ports
    Front:

  • 2 USB 2.0
  • 1 system ID button/LED
  • Internal:

  • 1 USB 2.0
  • Rear:

  • 2 USB 3.0
  • 1 serial
  • 4 RJ45 with either NIC option
  • 1 system ID button/LED
Optical Drive
    Slim-line tray load options: `

  • DVD-ROM
  • DVD+/-RW
Power
    One or two, redundant, hot-pluggable, 90% efficient, power supplies: 1100W
Security Options
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2)
  • Setup/ BIOS Password
  • I/O Interface Security
  • Dell Data Protection (DDP):
    • Security Tools for authentication
    • Protected Workspace for malware
    • Encryption for data protection

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