Dell intros Core i7 Extreme Precision M6500 mobile workstation

By Matthew
Dec 1, 2009
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  1. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TechSpot Guru Posts: 583   +45

    Mmmm, beefy! Although I would never spend this kind of money on a workstation laptop. A gaming one perhaps... if I have money to throw away, but not many people need this kind of processing ability on-the-go.
  2. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 893   +98

    Something like this would be great for working on AutoCAD or any other 3D rendering/design program, and you can take it with you where ever you go. A perfect gift for the workaholic in everyones families! Just maybe opt for at least 4GB of RAM, design programs can eat up a lot of RAM when things get complicated.
  3. ununpentium

    ununpentium Newcomer, in training

    About time too! A new dual-drive core i7 mobile workstation (and RAID-able too) !!
  4. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,283   +229

    Oh, I don't doubt you could. So could I. But, again, missing the point of what market sector this product is aimed at. You (or I) could PERSONALLY build such a killer machine, but not come close to the workstation efficiency and optimization unless we could get our hands on those workstation quality mobile GPUs, which are expensive as hell. But, even with that in mind, consider this... Yes, you can build a nice notebook. But that's yours. Now, are you going to build 100 of them? A thousand of them? And ship them all over the country (or world) to your engineers who need them? And then drop everything and fly to each and every one of those engineers when they have an issue, within 24 hours? Still think you can do it cheaper?

    Yah, some of the price is brand, but Dell is usually pretty competitive compared to many other common brands. What you are really paying for is reliability and the support structure behind the product. These workstation laptops will be in situations where they are the bread and butter for the person using them, their entire job will be done on them every day. If it breaks, they can't just send it off to some service center and wait for a week or two to get it back. It has to be fixed NOW, or they are often completely and utterly screwed. Which is why the companies in these situations will pay big money to know that they are covered in such events. Pay up front and have some peace of mind, or save some initial build costs and end up costing you much MUCH more at the back end when things go wrong. I've seen it happen many, many times in my experiences with big IT departments where accounting got their noses into the process and decided to go the cheap route, and it ended up costing them far more in the long run than it would have if they had bought the premium stuff up front. And, ironically enough, the IT department usually got the blame for the whole fiasco, even though they were overridden on their preferences.
  5. Yes.. Most people don't realize that the software meant to run on these machines run about $5000 per seat and will cost you $1500 per year to keep license current. An small company will usually have 2-6 seats and will average about $10,000.00 a year to maintain them. On top of that, the average salary of someone using a machine like this is between 45 - 70K. So the cost of a machine like this gets justified pretty easily. This not intended for gaming or personal use. It's made to work!
  6. SWUser

    SWUser Newcomer, in training

    Built to Work

    I agree with guest and vrmithrax.. this is a workstation.. not a pc or gaming machine. Meant for 3D design software. Solidworks, Solidedge, Maya, 3d studio max .. etc.. Very expensive software packages. Can't run the cart without the horse. These computers are work horses.
  7. Just bought this is the uk . Very hi end use CAD engineering work bought though a sales rep with 30% off list price, 16gb of ram 128 ssd 500gb harddrive i7 core processor
  8. 9000k? I maxed the options for mine up on Dell.au and was around $8000 off call my Australian Dell account manager and got it $5700...

    Setup a business account with Dell and deal with a local account manager, not only do you get a better deal, but you can spec things that arn't shown on the web lists.

    I use mine for solidedge ST2
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