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Dell Precision T5600 Tower Workstation - System Overview


Workstations are a different breed from a typical desktop PC offering tested and verified compatibility with not only the operating system but also industry leading software such as Adobe, 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, etc. Workstations are also the bread and butter for crunching numbers in financial and scientific analysis, and engineering. In 2012, HP systems were dominating the workstation market. With the arrival of the T3500, T5600, and T7600, all of that changed. With these new Dell workstations, HP had some serious competition on their hands. In fact, for a mid-range model the Dell T5600 was more comparable to HP’s top of the line Z820 workstation and had the performance credentials to prove it.

ISV Certification

The Dell T5600 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 T5610 workstation features Intel’s C600 series chipset to support dual Xeon E5-2600 processors with up to 8 cores each. It also comes with turbo boost in some processors and optional vPro Technology, which is Intel’s umbrella marketing term for a bunch of other things that are included with the processor to augment performance.


Choose from either two 3.5-inch drives or four 2.5-inch SAS, SATA or SSD drives. Storage controller options includes the standard Dell PERC H310, which supports up to 6GB/s transfer speeds and RAID of 0, 1, 5, and 10 or the optional PERCH 710P hardware PCIe RAID card supporting SATA, SAS and RAID 0, 1, 10, and 5.


Quad-channel memory supports up to 128GB with two CPUs. There are eight memory slots total, with four slots allocated to each CPU. Only DDR3 ECC RDIMMs are supported with memory speeds ranging from 1333MHz to 1600MHz. To achieve top memory speeds, the memory modules must be paired with a compatible processor. Speed of processing defaults to the slowest performer between the memory modules and CPUs.


The system features up to six expansion slots, all full-length for adding NICs, additional graphics cards, and optional audio and storage cards. There’s also four USB ports in front and six in back, all are 2.0 except for one USB 3.0 port on both the front and back of the system. Choose from both Nvidia and AMD graphic cards, including the Nvidia Quadro 5000 and 6000 GPUs for high-end 3D work. The system also supports several AMD FirePro professional-grade cards, including the FirePro V7900 and V5900. A maximum of two graphics cards are supported. All of this is powered by a 90% efficient, 80-Plus Gold Certified 820W or 685W PSU with 300W total allocated to graphics card support. If you will be installing two GPUs we recommend installing the 820W power supply.


The system supports Windows operating systems, in addition to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu. The system also supports several security features including lockable hard drives and power supply, an intrusion sensor and data protection, advanced authentication, and malware protection.


As with all Dell workstations, the T5600 is very well designed and features tool-less access and replacement for many of the components. It offers a reasonable amount of expansion with support for up to six hard drives and enough memory to meet the needs of most professional applications.

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Dell Precision T5600 Tower Workstation - Specifications

Processor - 2 Sockets
    Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family
    Maximum number of cores: 8
Operating System
  • Windows® 7 Ultimate (32-Bit)
  • Windows® 7 Ultimate (64-Bit)
  • Windows® 7 Professional (32-Bit)
  • Windows® 7 Professional (64-Bit)
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® WS v.6.2 EM64T (Also certified to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5.8 64-Bit)
  • Ubuntu 11.10 Linux (China only)
    Intel® C600 series
    Quad channel
    Up to 128GB 1600MHz or 1333MHz ECC RDIMM memory
    8 DIMM slots (4 per processor)
Graphics Options
    Support for two PCI Express® x16 Gen 2 or Gen 3 graphics cards up to 300W (total for graphics)

    High end 3D cards:

  • NVIDIA® Quadro® 6000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 5000
  • Mid-range 3D cards:

  • AMD FirePro™ W5000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 2000
  • Entry 3D cards:

  • AMD FirePro V4900
  • NVIDIA Quadro K600
  • NVIDIA Quadro 600
  • Professional 2D cards (not ISV certified):

  • AMD FirePro 2270
  • NVIDIA Quadro NVS™ 510
  • NVIDIA Quadro NVS 310
  • NVIDIA Quadro NVS 300
  • GPU:

  • NVIDIA Tesla® K20C GPGPU - Supports Nvidia Maximus™ technology
  • Up to 2 3.5” internal SATA, SAS or SSD hard drives
  • Up to 4 2.5” internal SATA, SAS or SSD hard drives
  • Note: additional add-in controller required for SAS hard drives and to support 6Gb/s operation for drives that are 6.0Gb/s capable

  • Up to 3.0TB SATA 7200 RPM
  • Up to 500GB SATA 10K RPM
  • Up to 900GB SAS 10K RPM
  • Up to 300GB SAS 15K RPM
  • Up to 512GB SSD
Storage Controller

  • Intel Storage Control Unit (SCU) SATA 3.0Gb/s controller with host based RAID 0, 1, 5, 10.
  • Dual AHCI 6Gb/s SATA port option (no RAID support)
  • Optional:

  • Dell PERC H310 PCIe host-based RAID card with four usable 6Gb/s ports supporting SATA/SAS/SSD drives and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 configurations
  • Dell PERC H710P PCIe hardware RAID card with 1GB non-volatile cache memory and four usable 6Gb/s ports supporting SATA/SAS/SSD drives and RAID 0,1, 5, 10 configurations

  • Intel 82579 Gigabit Ethernet controller with Remote Wake UP, PXE and Jumbo frames support
  • Optional:

  • Intel Ethernet Server Adapter X520-T2 10GbE (PCIe card)
  • Broadcom NetXtreme 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet controller (PCIe card)
Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek ALC269Q High Definition Audio
Storage Devices
    Slimline options:

  • DVD+/-RW
  • Optional 5.25” device:

  • DVD+/-RW
  • 19-in-1 media reader
    Mid-Tower Chassis
    H: 16.30” (41.4cm)
    W: 6.79” (17.26cm)
    D: 18.54” (47.1cm)

  • 3 USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • Microphone
  • Headphone
  • Internal:

  • 3 USB 2.0
  • 2 SATA 6.0Gb/s
  • Rear:

  • 5 USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • 2 PS2
  • Serial
  • RJ45
  • 1394a (Optional via add-in Card)
  • Two PCIe x16 Gen 3
  • One PCIe x16 Gen 3 wired x4 (half length)
  • One PCIe x16 Gen 2 wired x4
  • One PCIe x1 Gen 2
  • One PCI 32bit/33MHz
  • One external slimline optical bay
  • Two internal 3.5” hard drive bays
  • One external 5.25” bay
    Externally accessible, toolless, 80 Plus® Gold Certified, 90% efficient: 825W or 635W
Security Options
  • Trusted Platform Module 1.2 (TPM 1.2)
  • Intrusion switch
  • Setup/ BIOS Password
  • I/O Interface Security
  • Kensington® lockslot
  • Padlock ring
  • Lockable power supply
  • Dell Data Protection (DDP): Encryption

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