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Dell Precision 7710 Workstation Review

Tobias Winkler (translated by Martina Osztovits), 01/28/2016

High performer. Dell has recently completely revised its big mobile 17-inch workstation, which brings many innovations in the new model year. Apart from a new chassis, especially new interfaces, processors, graphics chips, and displays offer a significantly added value. We have tested in detail how the Dell Precision 7710 actually performs.

For the original German review, see here.

If you consider buying a mobile workstation, Dell certainly belongs to the first sites to look for a suitable product. You'll get almost every possible workstation variant from cheaper entry-level models like the Dell Precision 3510, to the especially slim and stylish Precision 5510 up to the powerful Precision 7510 and 7710 there.

While the still available predecessor models increase the number of options, they can hardly be recommended in view of the plethora of innovations. In particular, the Dell Precision M6800's case has grown old, since it is still based on the Dell Precision M6500 from 2009.

The successor of the big 17-inch workstation got a completely new case and certainly comes with up-to-date interfaces and the latest processors, displays and graphics chips. Traditionally, the mobile 17-inch workstations can be very freely configured with very powerful components. Our test model is a cheaper variant with mobile Intel Xeon E3-1535M-CPU, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, an HDD SSD combination, AMD's professional FirePro W7170M graphics and Full HD IPS display.

When configured in Dell's online configurator our test model's net price is just under 3100 Euros (~$3381). This gives a gross retail price of about 3730 Euros (~$4068), including VAT in Germany. However, the top variant with Nvidia Quadro M5000M, three 1 TB SSDs, UHD IGZO display and 64 GB of RAM for just under 7400 Euros (~$8072, gross price) proves that Precision models can be much more expensive. Various service and accessory options are not yet considered here and can boost the price even further.

Dell Precision 7710 (Precision 7000 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD FirePro W7170M - 4096 MB, Core: 720 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, 15.201.1101.1003 WHQL Win7/ 64, AMD Switchable Graphics mit Intel P530
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8192 MB DDR4-2133 Hynix, 2 slots free, no ECC
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, SDC8151, VHN17_173HL, IPS LED, 97 % sRGB, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-H
Storage
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e, 256 GB 
, in addition a HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, 1 TB, 7200 RPM
Soundcard
HD Audio
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: Realtek PCIe Cardreader UHS-II, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 35 x 417 x 281 ( = 1.38 x 16.42 x 11.06 in)
Battery
72 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD web cam, 1280 x 720 pixels
Additional features
Speakers: 2 stereo speakers at the bottom of the front side, Keyboard: Chiclet with dedicated number block, Keyboard Light: yes, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
3.58 kg ( = 126.28 oz / 7.89 pounds), Power Supply: 990 g ( = 34.92 oz / 2.18 pounds)
Price
3730 Euro

 

Case

Dell Precision M6800: solid, yet no longer up-to-date case.
Dell Precision M6800: solid, yet no longer up-to-date case.
The core characteristics are still better than those of many current competitors.
The core characteristics are still better than those of many current competitors.
The 7710 is significantly bulkier than the Dell Precision 5510.
The 7710 is significantly bulkier than the Dell Precision 5510.

The Dell Precision M6800 predecessor's case featured many good properties. Of course, we expect to see these in the successor, too. Apart from high stability, especially the good upgrade and maintenance options were convincing here. However, ill-fitting components and a significantly too small touchpad were not perfect. Moreover, the slightly unusual metallic brown of the case might not have met everybody's taste.

The new case of the Precision 7710 appears slimmer and its gray aluminum combination might be appealing to the masses. Moreover, it features the same positive traits as its predecessor. The palm rests are stiff, the keyboard bed does not yield anywhere, and the hinges keep the display firmly in position. The base unit is very torsionally stiff and does not creak at all. Even the lid is very rigid overall and we could not find sharp edges. However, we found two spots where the finish is chipped off in our test model. Such flaws should not exist in retail-ready models; we put this down to the model being a test sample. Although the Dell Precision 7710 is not lightweight with a weight of 3580 g, it is in line with its category. Our Lenovo ThinkPad P70 test model weighed in at 3600 g and Schenker's W706 weighed in at 3810 g.

Connectivity

While the Dell Precision 7710's connectivity covers the most important fields of application, it could still be better for a 17-inch workstation. While older interfaces like ExpressCard slots, VGA, eSATA, or Firewire have no longer been provided by new models for a while now, you also have to do without an optical drive. On the other hand, Dell neither incorporates a Thunderbolt 3.0 port nor USB 3.1 Gen. 2 in Precision 7710 models by default. At least, Thunderbolt 3.0 is supposed to be optionally configurable from this month onwards (January 2016), which makes the device much more future-proof. Otherwise, there are an HDMI port, a mini DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5 mm combo-audio jack. We could not find further details about the HDMI port in the included information, but it appears to be HDMI 1.4, since our Viewsonic VP2780-4k cannot be driven at 60 Hz via HDMI 2.0 in its native resolution (3840x2160 pixels). However, the display works flawlessly when connected via DisplayPort.

The interface layout is quite convenient overall. The USB ports on the right side are not too close to each other, the card reader is easily reachable and the rear-faced Ethernet port is convenient for stationary use. Some users might also wish for display ports or at least a USB port on the rear side in order to connect peripherals in an undisturbed way without requiring a docking station. On the other hand, those who often connect their laptop to different displays might find it convenient that the display ports are easily reachable on the left side.

Right: card reader, combined audio in/out, 3x USB 3.0, Kensington lock slot
Right: card reader, combined audio in/out, 3x USB 3.0, Kensington lock slot
Rear: Gigabit LAN, fan grilles, power-in
Rear: Gigabit LAN, fan grilles, power-in
Left: HDMI, mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0
Left: HDMI, mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0
Front: no interfaces
Front: no interfaces
Image from Dell: The E-Port-II replicators from the predecessor can be used...
Image from Dell: The E-Port-II replicators from the predecessor can be used...
...in addition to Dell's new Thunderbolt 3.0 dock, which will gradually replace the old replicators. (Image from Dell.)
...in addition to Dell's new Thunderbolt 3.0 dock, which will gradually replace the old replicators. (Image from Dell.)

Communication

Intel's Dual Band Wireless 8260 AC-WLAN, Gigabit-LAN, and an HD webcam cover the usual communication features. The WLAN signal is 2-3 bars with a distance of about 15 meters from a FritzBox 7490 and through several walls. In practice, the connection quality was always good without noticeable interruptions or disconnections.

In addition, it is possible to add a mobile broadband module for fast network connections on the move. The necessary cables are available. At the time of testing, the Dell Wireless DW5811e card for mobile broadband, LTE/HSPA+ (gross price of about 110 Euros, ~$120) is available in the online shop. However, the SIM slot is unfavorably placed immediately beside the WWAN slot. Those who often swap cards will have to remove the screwed part of the underside all the time.

The web cam features a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and is a standard model, which delivers a passable video quality for chats and conferences in well-lit places. In poor light, artifacts, noise, and color shifts build up and the quality diminishes notably.

Security

In general, there are many security features available for the Precision 7710. However, our test model does not come with the optional smartcard reader or fingerprint reader. Thus, apart from the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2, users have only basic security features available with a Kensington lock slot and the usual password options on BIOS or system level. As usual, Computrace service or self-encrypting drives have to be bought separately.

Accessories

According to Dell, the current business series will be the last ones with a proprietary docking port. Dell will gradually switch to the universal Thunderbolt 3.0 port in their complete line-up. Dell's Advanced and Simple E-Port-II replicators (about 300 and 270 Euros, ~$327 and ~$294) can still be used here, but future series will no longer support them. Those who already own a docking station or other devices of the older series can continue to use them with the current Precisions. However, we recommend waiting for a Thunderbolt model if you are planning a completely new environment, in order to avoid the need for a new docking station with the next model change.

Otherwise, Dell does not offer any model specific accessories apart from a 91 Wh battery. The Precision cannot use removable tray modules and an external graphics solution via Thunderbolt is also not in sight.

Maintenance

As the front part of the underside is fixed without screws, you can quickly reach the battery and the 2.5-inch drive. However, you have to loosen two screws and remove the back part of the underside to get to the M.2 slots or two RAM slots. In general, Dell's Owner's Manual describes in detail how to get to each component. Thus, it is not a problem to reach the RAM slots beneath the keyboard or clean the fans.

Warranty

Dell includes a manufacturer's warranty of 36 months including ProSupport with on-site service on the next workday. You can either reduce it to basic support on the next work day (minus 180 Euros, ~$196) or expand it in many ways. For example, the gross price for five years ProSupport with on-site service on the next workday is currently about 370 Euros (~$404).

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Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Precision 7710 features big keys in a 19 mm grid and a separate number block. As a result, the touchpad had to be, as usual, moved to the left, which might not be convenient for all users. In return, number crunchers will be happy about an easy way to input numbers. The key labels are contrast-rich and our test model features a US / international QWERTY layout. In Germany, the usual QWERTZ layout is pre-selected. The keyboard light features two levels and makes for comfortable working in poor light. Shortcuts via FN combination are highlighted in a light blue font. Thanks to medium key travel, good pressure point and relatively quiet noise, the keyboard is a very good and should also satisfy most prolific writers.

Touchpad

The touchpad features good gliding properties and reacts fast and precisely to inputs. The separate touchpad buttons work smoothly and very well. If needed, the functionality can be changed and / or combined with the trackpad's buttons. The TrackPoint is not only a comfortable alternative to a touchpad when space is tight, it also allows precise control and ensures a good workflow after some time of getting used to it. In principle, the models from Lenovo, HP, and Dell can only be distinguished by shape and color of the rubber knob. Depending on your taste, it is also possible to pull it off and slip another one on.

Display

Dell Precision 7710 with Full HD IPS display
Dell Precision 7710 with Full HD IPS display

At the time of testing, Dell offers the Full HD IPS display of our test model and a UHD IGZO panel (3840x2160 pixels) as an alternative in the online configurator. The gross surcharge for the high-res variant is about 250 Euros (~$273). Your choice not only depends on your individual preferences but also on the used operating system and the planned fields of applications. For example, high-res displays still suffer from notable scaling problems under Windows 7 depending on the applications. You can still encounter too small fonts, ill-displayed symbols or overlapping windows. Moreover, the IGZO displays we have reviewed so far were very power-hungry, which has a considerable impact on the achievable battery runtimes. If long battery life is important for you, the Full HD display might be the better alternative. However, we cannot confirm this before we have actually tested the UHD display.

277
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
307
cd/m²
295
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 332 cd/m² Average: 307.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 335 cd/m²
Contrast: 1006:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 4 | - Ø
97% sRGB (Argyll) 62% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710 (17, 33)
50 ms * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 (17.2, 26.8)
44 ms * ∼88% +12%
Schenker W706 (17.2, 26.8)
44 ms * ∼88% +12%
MSI WT72-6QM (13, 29)
42 ms * ∼84% +16%
Response Time Black / White (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710 (11, 25)
36 ms * ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 (4.8, 22.8)
27.6 ms * ∼77% +23%
Schenker W706 (8.4, 20.8)
29.2 ms * ∼81% +19%
MSI WT72-6QM (7, 19)
26 ms * ∼72% +28%
PWM Frequency (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710 (25)
198 Hz ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 (95)
228 Hz ∼100% +15%
Schenker W706
0 Hz ∼0% -100%
MSI WT72-6QM (10, 15)
86 Hz ∼38% -57%
Screen
Brightness (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
307 cd/m² ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
341 cd/m² ∼100%
Schenker W706
331 cd/m² ∼97%
MSI WT72-6QM
298 cd/m² ∼87%
Brightness Distribution (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
83 % ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
85 % ∼90%
Schenker W706
86 % ∼91%
MSI WT72-6QM
94 % ∼100%
Black Level (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
0.33 % * ∼69%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
0.4 % * ∼83%
Schenker W706
0.48 % * ∼100%
MSI WT72-6QM
0.46 % * ∼96%
Contrast (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
1006 :1 ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
913 :1 ∼91%
Schenker W706
742 :1 ∼74%
MSI WT72-6QM
659 :1 ∼66%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
3 * ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
3.8 * ∼66%
Schenker W706
4.64 * ∼80%
MSI WT72-6QM
5.77 * ∼100%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
4 * ∼66%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
6.09 * ∼100%
Schenker W706
3.65 * ∼60%
MSI WT72-6QM
4.87 * ∼80%
Gamma (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
2 ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
2.3 ∼100%
Schenker W706
2.02 ∼88%
MSI WT72-6QM
1.99 ∼87%
CCT (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
7089 ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
6332 ∼86%
Schenker W706
6393 ∼87%
MSI WT72-6QM
7363 ∼100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
62 % ∼82%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
76.01 % ∼100%
Schenker W706
55 % ∼72%
MSI WT72-6QM
56.04 % ∼74%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
97 % ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
99.97 % ∼100%
Schenker W706
84 % ∼84%
MSI WT72-6QM
85.27 % ∼85%

Legend

 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Schenker W706 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
MSI WT72-6QM Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7

* ... smaller is better

Pixel grid
Pixel grid
Bleeding
Bleeding
vs. AdobeRGB (t)
vs. AdobeRGB (t)
vs. sRGB (t)
vs. sRGB (t)

In our brightness measurements, the Full HD display achieves an average brightness of 307 cd/m². The brightness in the segments range from 277 cd/m² up to 332 cd/m². The brightness distribution is 83% and clouding is visible in uni-colored images. In addition, screen bleeding is especially visible towards the bottom display edge in black pictures.

The black value is 0.33 cd/m² at maximum display brightness which makes for a high contrast of 1006:1. Especially images, videos, and 3D objects profit from it. The color space is also good. The panel achieves 96.9% of sRGB, which should be sufficient for many professional tasks.

This might only be too low for especially demanding photographers and film-makers, since absolute precise colors are only possible with 100% coverage. The results measured with our spectrophotometer show that this display comes close to the optimum. Alike most other displays, this one is also not calibrated out-of-the-box. While the average DeltaE2000 shift of 3.38 for mixed colors (Colorchecker) is already very passable, maximum deviations of up to 6.9 do not allow working with precise colors.

After calibration, which is obligatory for professional work, the display's potential and class shows off to an advantage. The results are almost perfect in all subtests and we can no longer detect weaknesses in color fidelity. The maximum DeltaE2000 is 1.18, the gray balance is very uniform, and the gamma curve only slightly deviates from the ideal.


Grayscales
Grayscales
Primary colors
Primary colors
Saturation
Saturation
Mixed colors
Mixed colors
Gray levels calibrated
Gray levels calibrated
Primary colors calibrated
Primary colors calibrated
Saturation calibrated
Saturation calibrated
Mixed colors calibrated
Mixed colors calibrated

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 25 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 90 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
50 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 33 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 198 Hz25 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 198 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 25 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 198 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8568 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The viewing-angle stability is very good. You can only notice contrast and brightness differences at very shallow angles from diagonally above or below. We could not detect striking color shifts, inversions or bleaching.

Viewing angles of the Dell Precision 7710 with Full HD IPS display
Viewing angles of the Dell Precision 7710 with Full HD IPS display

Performance

Dell Precision 7710 with powerful components
Dell Precision 7710 with powerful components

Dell's Precision 7710 can be very freely configured according to your individual needs. Currently, you can select from three different processors, five professional graphics chips, two displays, and many RAM options. If you choose Intel's Xeon E3-1535Mv5, it is also possible to order ECC RAM.

This is especially useful if the RAM and processor are stressed and high error prevention is crucial. Incorrect data and calculations can also lead to crashes and affect the workflow considerably. Apart from servers, ECC RAM makes sense especially in workstations for e.g. construction, design, science and finance analysis.

Although our test model features the Xeon processor, it uses 16 GB of standard DDR4 RAM without ECC. Otherwise, the test model comes with AMD's professional FirePro W7170M, a 256 GB NVMe SSD, a 1 TB hard drive and the already mentioned Full HD IPS display. At the time of testing, the device's gross price was about 3730 Euros (~$4068). The extra cost for ECC RAM would have been 90 Euros (~$98) for our configuration.

 

Processor

Dell Precision 7710
Dell Precision 7710
The Precision permanently clocks at 3.4 GHz during the stress test, but it restricts the graphics card's clock.
The Precision permanently clocks at 3.4 GHz during the stress test, but it restricts the graphics card's clock.

Since the new processor generation, Intel has also introduced two mobile Xeon CPUs into their portfolio. These mobile processors have been designed for permanent use and especially differ from comparable standard CPUs of the Skylake generation by ECC support. The Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5 used in our test model is the top model of the series and comparable to Intel's Core i7-6920HQ. Both feature 8 MB of L3 cache and a base clock of 2900 MHz. Thanks to Turbo Boost, the clock rate can increase to up to 3800 MHz in single-thread applications and thanks to Hyper-Threading up to 8 threads can run simultaneously. Thus, the CPU's performance should optimally adapt to the demands on paper.

It is not surprising that the powerful quad-core CPU belongs to the Top 20 in our extensive CPU benchmark list. Among others, this is due to the very good results in Cinebench R15 with 746 points in the multi-core test and 162 points in the single-core test. The wPrime 1024m and the SuperPi 32m calculations also finish very quickly with 214 seconds and 511 seconds, respectively. The difference to Intel's Core i7-6820HQ is only small. You can choose it as alternative for the Dell Precision 7710 and save about 220 Euros (~$240). We only measured a performance difference of 6%, which should not have a big impact in practice. However, the performance difference to the base CPU configuration, Intel's Core i5-6300HQ, which is available for about 370 Euros (~$404) less, is significantly higher. The difference of up to 68% cannot be downplayed that easily. This is especially notable in software, which splits tasks into many simultaneous threads.

Unlike many competitors, the Precision also delivers its maximum CPU performance under full load. After multiple hours with Furmark and Prime95, the HWinfo tool shows a constant CPU clock of 3.4 GHz. However, the graphics performance throttles in this scenario, as we will see in the graphics performance section.

On battery, the CPU performance is also high and the test results are almost identical to mains operation. For example, the system achieves 8.16 points vs. 8.24 points (in mains operation) in Cinebench R11.5 (64-bit, multi-core).

All things considered, a configuration with Xeon CPU without ECC RAM, alike our test model's, does not make much sense. If you do not require error-correcting code RAM, you can select Intel's Core i7-6820HQ without hesitation. However, you should be careful considering selecting Intel's Core i5-6300HQ for this workstation since the performance difference of up to 68% is partly substantial. Further comparisons are available in our extensive CPU benchmark list.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
162 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
153 Points ∼94% -6%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
136 Points ∼84% -16%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
746 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
699 Points ∼94% -6%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
465 Points ∼62% -38%

Legend

 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC Intel Core i5-6300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - --- (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
511 Seconds * ∼83%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
561 Seconds * ∼91% -10%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
617.799 Seconds * ∼100% -21%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
214.5 s * ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
230.77 s * ∼64% -8%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC
361.097 s * ∼100% -68%

Legend

 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Acer Aspire V5-591G-50NC Intel Core i5-6300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
9551
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
22496
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5837
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
9829 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
29375 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7608 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.24 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
86.52 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.84 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
746 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
162 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98.01 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
102.81 fps
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System Performance

The system performance is top-notch and bottlenecks cannot be found. Certainly, even more powerful CPUs and GPUs, a higher RAM capacity or an SSD RAID could bring further advantages, but the combination is powerful enough for delivering very good results. For example, it achieves 4770 points (Home), 5668 points (Creative), and 5417 points (Work) in PC Mark 8. Compared to the mobile workstation Schenker W706, which is more powerfully equipped with 32 GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7-6700 desktop CPU, and an Nvidia Quadro M5000M, the results are slightly worse depending on the subtest. However, our test model still performs significantly better than Lenovo's ThinkPad P70, which costs about 300 Euros (~$327) less.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
5417 Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
4411 Points ∼78% -19%
Schenker W706
5151 Points ∼91% -5%
MSI WT72-6QM
5655 Points ∼100% +4%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
5668 Points ∼84%
Schenker W706
6772 Points ∼100% +19%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
4770 Points ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
3345 Points ∼68% -30%
Schenker W706
4914 Points ∼100% +3%
MSI WT72-6QM
4731 Points ∼96% -1%

Legend

 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Schenker W706 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
MSI WT72-6QM Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
PCMark 7 Score
5072 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4770 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5668 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5417 points
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Storage Devices

Our test model comes with a combination of a fast Samsung M.2 NVMe SSD with a capacity of 256 GB and a conventional 1 TB hard drive, which works at a revolution speed of 7200 RPM. This makes for fast booting, fast opening of programs and files and high data transfer rates. We measured sequential read rates of up to 1886 MB/s. The write rate is significantly worse with a maximum of 626 MB/s, but in practice this is hardly a bottleneck.

On top of that, the big hard drive delivers a lot of space for documents, images, projects, and other files. In total, Dell's Precision 7710 can house up to two M.2 drives and a 2.5-inch drive. Depending on the components, Dell also offers optional RAID 0 or RAID 1 configurations. In contrast to Schenker's W706 or even Lenovo's ThinkPad P70, you have to do with one 2.5-inch drive less.

Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Sequential Read: 1886 MB/s
Sequential Write: 626 MB/s
4K Read: 51 MB/s
4K Write: 179 MB/s
4K-64 Read: 1064 MB/s
4K-64 Write: 275 MB/s
Access Time Read: 0.069 ms
Access Time Write: 0.022 ms
Copy ISO: 823 MB/s
Copy Program: 196 MB/s
Copy Game: 974 MB/s
Score Read: 1304 Points
Score Write: 517 Points
Score Total: 2435 Points

Graphics Card

The AMD FirePro W7170M based on the Tonga chip reached a core clock of up to 720 MHz during the test. With 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 1250 MHz and connected via a 256-bit bus, this model belongs to the most powerful professional graphic chips. The hardware is, for example, comparable to the AMD Radeon R9 M390X consumer chip.

Thanks to AMD's switchable graphics, the integrated Intel HD P530 can be used for less demanding office tasks. Apart from lower power consumption, it offers Intel's Quick Sync Video technology, which is a welcome supplement to AMD's APP or OpenCL especially for conversions. AMD's Catalyst tool allows assigning the two graphics chips directly to programs or energy profiles if desired. If you do not want to deal with this, you can also leave the selection of the graphics card to the usually well working automatic selector.

The FirePro series targeted at professionals differs from the familiar consumer graphics chips of the Radeon series especially by a modified BIOS, special drivers, and a configuration tuned for stability. Comprehensive software certifications, which ensure trouble-free interaction of hardware and software, are also important in the enterprise segment. Performance-wise, especially OpenGL-optimized software benefits from the special drivers. Calculation methods which do not yet belong to the official OpenGL standard can already be used and make for a remarkable performance gain.

We have tested the professional field with the SPECviewperf.12 benchmarks, which basically cover CAD, CAM, geology and medical MRT. The results of these tests show the performance gain compared to the FirePro predecessors and the similarly priced Nvidia Quadro M3000M. The competitors can be significantly outperformed in many subtests. However, the FirePro W7170M does not stand a chance against Nvidia's Quadro M5000M top model in any of the SPECviewperf.12 tests. But, a surcharge of about 1100 Euros (~$1201) is due for the latter in the Dell Precision 7710.

We also want to mention the price question in view of the fact that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 dominates in many subtests. Medical, Showcase (DirectX 11), Maya, and energy test appear to profit significantly less from driver optimizations, but much more from pure hardware performance and standard functionality. Thus, you could also consider a powerful consumer graphics card from a performance point of view. However, you have to do without other not unimportant properties like comprehensive support, software certifications, enhanced stability, extensive multi-monitor configurations or permanent load use.

SPECviewperf 11
1920x1080 Siemens NX (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
49 fps ∼73%
Dell Precision 5510
41 fps ∼61% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
67.36 fps ∼100% +37%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
47.84 fps ∼71% -2%
MSI WT72-6QM
61.76 fps ∼92% +26%
1920x1080 Tcvis (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
36 fps ∼64%
Dell Precision 5510
40 fps ∼72% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
41.16 fps ∼74% +14%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
28.37 fps ∼51% -21%
MSI WT72-6QM
55.94 fps ∼100% +55%
1920x1080 SolidWorks (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
74 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
51 fps ∼69% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
35.28 fps ∼48% -52%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
68.72 fps ∼93% -7%
MSI WT72-6QM
49.26 fps ∼67% -33%
1920x1080 Pro/ENGINEER (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
11.7 fps ∼56%
Dell Precision 5510
21 fps ∼100% +79%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
16.08 fps ∼77% +37%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
10.66 fps ∼51% -9%
MSI WT72-6QM
17.87 fps ∼85% +53%
1920x1080 Maya (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
106 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
56 fps ∼53% -47%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
85.96 fps ∼81% -19%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
99.72 fps ∼94% -6%
MSI WT72-6QM
71.59 fps ∼68% -32%
1920x1080 Lightwave (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
84 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
54 fps ∼64% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
35.34 fps ∼42% -58%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
77.78 fps ∼93% -7%
MSI WT72-6QM
59.58 fps ∼71% -29%
1920x1080 Ensight (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
70 fps ∼95%
Dell Precision 5510
39 fps ∼53% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
59.49 fps ∼80% -15%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
55.74 fps ∼75% -20%
MSI WT72-6QM
73.98 fps ∼100% +6%
1920x1080 Catia (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
61 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
54 fps ∼89% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
43.12 fps ∼71% -29%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
49.28 fps ∼81% -19%
MSI WT72-6QM
55.25 fps ∼91% -9%

Legend

 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Dell Precision 5510 Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET Intel Core i7-4710MQ, AMD FirePro M6100, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721075A9E630
 
MSI WT72-6QM Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
73 fps ∼70%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
66.53 fps ∼63% -9%
Dell Precision 5510
62 fps ∼59% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
52.35 fps ∼50% -28%
Schenker W706
105 fps ∼100% +44%
Schenker XMG U716
49.23 fps ∼47% -33%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
63 fps ∼72%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
50.73 fps ∼58% -19%
Dell Precision 5510
31 fps ∼35% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
39.84 fps ∼45% -37%
Schenker W706
88 fps ∼100% +40%
Schenker XMG U716
6.11 fps ∼7% -90%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
37 fps ∼62%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
26.31 fps ∼44% -29%
Dell Precision 5510
20 fps ∼34% -46%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
39.81 fps ∼67% +8%
Schenker W706
44 fps ∼74% +19%
Schenker XMG U716
59.31 fps ∼100% +60%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
27 fps ∼82%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
16.27 fps ∼49% -40%
Dell Precision 5510
12 fps ∼36% -56%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
17.46 fps ∼53% -35%
Schenker W706
33 fps ∼100% +22%
Schenker XMG U716
30.94 fps ∼94% +15%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
46 fps ∼43%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
39.17 fps ∼37% -15%
Dell Precision 5510
30 fps ∼28% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
23.08 fps ∼22% -50%
Schenker W706
73 fps ∼68% +59%
Schenker XMG U716
107.02 fps ∼100% +133%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
3.17 fps ∼43%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
0.59 fps ∼8% -81%
Dell Precision 5510
0.69 fps ∼9% -78%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
4.68 fps ∼63% +48%
Schenker W706
7.4 fps ∼100% +133%
Schenker XMG U716
7.17 fps ∼97% +126%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
50 fps ∼61%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
42.61 fps ∼52% -15%
Dell Precision 5510
34 fps ∼41% -32%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
42.17 fps ∼51% -16%
Schenker W706
82 fps ∼100% +64%
Schenker XMG U716
34.82 fps ∼42% -30%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
58 fps ∼59%
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET
44.02 fps ∼44% -24%
Dell Precision 5510
37 fps ∼37% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
45.24 fps ∼46% -22%
Schenker W706
99 fps ∼100% +71%
Schenker XMG U716
53.61 fps ∼54% -8%

Legend

 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
HP ZBook 17 G2 J8Z55ET Intel Core i7-4710MQ, AMD FirePro M6100, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721075A9E630
 
Dell Precision 5510 Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Schenker W706 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA Quadro M5000M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Schenker XMG U716 Intel Core i7-6700, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e

Thanks to the free programming interface OpenCL, demanding calculations can be moved from the CPU to the GPU. This decreases the total system load and usually leads to faster results. In practice, OpenCL is primarily used in tasks like encryption, conversion, image and video editing or finance analysis. We have tested with Luxmark 2.0 (ray tracing) and SiSoft Sandra 16 (GPGPU). Especially in ray tracing, the performance falls significantly behind the Nvidia Quadro M3000M's, but it is better in cryptography, finance analysis and image editing.

LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
782 Samples/s ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
1258 Samples/s ∼100% +61%
Dell Precision 5510
534 Samples/s ∼42% -32%
Sala GPUs-only (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
1412 Samples/s ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
2234 Samples/s ∼100% +58%
Dell Precision 5510
889 Samples/s ∼40% -37%
SiSoft Sandra 2016
Image Processing (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
527.4 MPix/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
367.1 MPix/s ∼70% -30%
Dell Precision 5510
127.5 MPix/s ∼24% -76%
GP Cryptography (Higher Security AES256+SHA2-512) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
12.47 GB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
11.12 GB/s ∼89% -11%
Dell Precision 5510
7.38 GB/s ∼59% -41%
GP Financial Analysis (FP High/Double Precision) (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
66.36 KOPT/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
32.97 KOPT/s ∼50% -50%
Dell Precision 5510
17 KOPT/s ∼26% -74%

Legend

 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Dell Precision 5510 Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M, SK hynix SC920 512 GB

In contrast to OpenGL-optimized software, hardware performance is primarily important for DirectX. Thus, the results are on par with comparable consumer graphics chips of the GeForce and Radeon series. For example, our test model achieves a very good 6935 points in the GPU rating of the Fire Strike tests and 43124 points in Cloud Gate in the familiar 3DMark benchmarks. This is about the performance level of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M. The graphics chip achieves 76.9 fps in the Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11 benchmark and 30.7 fps in the Valley 1.0 test. Compared to the OpenGL runs (no optimizations), which were run under the same conditions otherwise, it can achieve a few frames more. You can compare graphics chips extensively by means of our GPU benchmark list.

Unigine Heaven 3.0
1920x1080 OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
59.3 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
43.4 fps ∼73% -27%
Dell Precision 5510
43.4 fps ∼73% -27%
1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
76.9 fps ∼97%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
79.3 fps ∼100% +3%
Dell Precision 5510
44.9 fps ∼57% -42%
Unigine Valley 1.0
1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8 (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
30.7 fps ∼81%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
37.8 fps ∼100% +23%
Dell Precision 5510
18.7 fps ∼49% -39%
1920x1080 Extreme HD Preset OpenGL AA:x8 (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7710
26.6 fps ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad P70
22 fps ∼83% -17%
Dell Precision 5510
16.2 fps ∼61% -39%

Legend

 
Dell Precision 7710 Intel Xeon E3-1535M v5, AMD FirePro W7170M, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
 
Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Intel Core i7-6820HQ, NVIDIA Quadro M3000M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN512HCJH
 
Dell Precision 5510 Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5, NVIDIA Quadro M1000M, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
3DMark 06 Standard
28430 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
26345 points
3DMark 11 Performance
9580 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
95675 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
21612 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6180 points
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As already indicated in the processor section, the GPU throttles when the CPU and GPU are simultaneously used to capacity in our stress test. Dell's policy is so extreme that the maximum power consumption falls from 189 Watt to 125 Watt. While the CPU continues to constantly work at 3.4 GHz with 8 threads, the graphics clock falls and fluctuates between 378 to 527 MHz. When the CPU load is restricted to 6 simultaneous threads, the graphics card can use its maximum speed again and clocks constantly at 720 MHz. Currently, it is not possible to change this behavior via BIOS or energy settings.

On battery, the graphics card clocks at 300 MHz in general and the system only achieves 37.2 fps instead of 86.5 fps in Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL shading.

stress test: 10 minutes
stress test: 10 minutes
stress test: 48 minutes
stress test: 48 minutes
stress test: 62 minutes
stress test: 62 minutes

Gaming Performance

Basically, the mobile workstation Dell Precision 7710 has not been designed for gaming. Nevertheless, the powerful graphics chip also allows intensive gaming. The titles we have tested always ran sufficiently smooth with high presets. However, maximum quality settings are too high in titles like The Witcher 3, Anno 2205, or Ryse: Son of Rome. Please check our extensive gaming benchmark list for further comparisons.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 37522416751fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 22017815866fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 1201129444fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 57565528fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 18516215336fps
Thief (2014) 62575740fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 2321169967fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 1771267052fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 101934315fps
F1 2014 (2014) 1321119574fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 2781878963fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 97723123fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 146934320fps

Emissions

System Noise

System noise in various load scenarios
System noise in various load scenarios

In low load scenarios, the Dell Precision 7710 is often silent and the fan only runs quietly (31.1 dB(A)) for short periods of time. Under medium load, the fan noise first increases to 37.4 dB(A) step by step and finally reaches 43.2 dB(A) when the load persists for a longer time. Under full load, the system noise starts at this level and reaches the maximum of 47.13 dB(A) after a few minutes with Furmark and Prime95, which persists during the whole full load period. Overall the system noise is quite restrained without unpleasant or high-frequency noises. However, permanent maximum load can still get annoying due to the noise level of 47.13 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 30 / 30 dB(A)
HDD
33.2 dB(A)
Load
43.2 / 47.13 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)

Temperature

Apart from one exception, the measured surface temperatures hover significantly below 50 °C even in computationally intensive scenarios. With 55 °C, only the docking port exceeds the 32 °C average over the other segments by far. It appears that the interface itself emits a lot of heat, since this segment only includes these interfaces.

Please note that our measurements are the maximums to be expected in practice. The temperature only gets that high when Prime95 and Furmark run simultaneously and the maximum thread count of the processor is restricted to 6. If you do not restrict the system (8 threads), the clock rate of the AMD FirePro W7170M falls significantly (see graphics performance), resulting in lower power consumption and waste heat.

Max. Load
 32.4 °C33.1 °C32.7 °C 
 29.5 °C35.6 °C32.2 °C 
 27 °C25.9 °C25.4 °C 
Maximum: 35.6 °C
Average: 30.4 °C
37.1 °C55 °C38.5 °C
28.3 °C38.2 °C33.2 °C
26 °C27.6 °C29.2 °C
Maximum: 55 °C
Average: 34.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.8 °C | Room Temperature 20 °C | Fennel FIRT 550-Pocket

Speakers

Undistorted sound up to maximum volume of 81 dB(A).
Undistorted sound up to maximum volume of 81 dB(A).

The integrated stereo sound system is sufficient for simple tasks like some background music, video chats or short Internet videos. The sound characteristic is quite high-tone heavy with little mid tones or basses. The maximum volume is good at 81 dB(A) and the sound is not distorted, but it suffers from the unbalanced reproduction quality. Thus, it is recommended to use external speakers when the system is used for presentations, videos in a small group, or as a jukebox. These can be connected via USB, 3.5 mm jack, Bluetooth, HDMI, or DisplayPort. The 3.5 mm jack combines headphones and microphone and some headsets (with two cables) will require an adapter.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The measured minimum power consumption with minimum display brightness, disabled radio modules, and Intel HD Graphics is very low at 6.04 Watt. If you turn the display off, it is even only 3.7 Watt. However, if you increase the display brightness to the maximum, the energy demand quickly jumps to 15.2 Watt. In view of the used components and the display size, this is still a good value. In the same scenario, the current MSI WT72-6QME requires just under 30 Watt and the Lenovo ThinkPad P70 needs just under 20 Watt in the same scenario.

Under medium load, graphics and CPU are notably more used and require 112.8 Watt. Under full load, it only increases marginally to 125 Watt with our usual stress test condition, since the graphics card throttles. The maximum of 182.2 Watt was reached when we restricted the maximum CPU threads to 6, which prevented GPU throttling. The power adapter is rated at 240 Watt, so it has sufficient reserve capacities.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.04 / 15.2 / 42.3 Watt
Load midlight 112.8 / 182.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

The Dell Precision 7710 can be ordered with a smaller 72 Wh battery as used in our test model or a 91 Wh battery with higher capacity. Both are completely integrated into the case beneath the front maintenance hatch.

The battery runtimes range from a quite unrealistic 13 hours in the Battery Eater Reader's test (minimum display brightness, radio modules off, energy-saving profile with Intel graphics) to a realistic 6 hours during WLAN surfing (profile "balanced", brightness level 9 with 154 cd/m², Wi-Fi on) to up to 68 minutes during the SPECviewperf.12 test (maximum brightness, high-performance profile, FirePro graphics, Wi-Fi on), which we we ran in a loop. The system load is a bit lower in the Battery Eater Classic test, which lasts 85 minutes.

The full load result is only possible because the graphics performance is significantly restricted on battery with 300 MHz. If the power consumption were as high on battery as our measurement of 190 Watt in mains operation, the system would only last about 20 minutes according to mathematics. This in turn would cause overheating of the battery, an increased risk of fire and certainly a significantly shorter lifespan of the battery.

Battery Eater Reader's test
Battery Eater Reader's test
WLAN test
WLAN test
Video test
Video test
Battery Eater Classic test
Battery Eater Classic test
SPECViewperf.12 test
SPECViewperf.12 test
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 55min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
6h 05min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 25min

Pros

+ very good case
+ very good display
+ high system performance
+ very good upgrade options
+ many configuration options
+ system noise during low load
+ heat development
+ battery life
+ input devices

Cons

- notable bleeding and relatively uneven brightness distribution
- flickering at low brightness to level 4
- reduced graphics performance when CPU under full load
- "only" three storage drives can be integrated
- modest connectivity

Verdict

Dell Precision 7710
Dell Precision 7710
A very good mobile workstation...
A very good mobile workstation...
...with small weaknesses in detail.
...with small weaknesses in detail.

Dell's Precision 7710 was fundamentally revised and made up-to-date in many important aspects.

The user gets a mobile workstation with very good performance, easy maintenance, suitable input devices, and a high-end Full HD display suitable for professional use in the new model year.

As we are used to, Dell offers many configuration options and optional warranty and service extensions.

However, we are not completely satisfied with the connectivity, which could have been better in a completely revised 17-inch workstation. Older interfaces have been removed, but cutting-edge ports like USB 3.1 Gen.2, Thunderbolt 3.0 (only optionally available) or HDMI 2.0 are still missing. On top of that, you have to do without an optical drive or a second 2.5-inch drive slot. Moreover, it is not adequate for the test model that its graphics performance throttles heavily during the stress test and on battery. As mobile workstations are bought especially for computationally intensive use, this measure is actually contrary to the planned field of application.

Dell makes up for this with a low system noise at low load and an overall low heating. The battery runtimes are outstanding despite being equipped with the smaller 72 Wh battery and ensure use away from an outlet for an adequately long time.

All things considered, you will get a solid mobile workstation for a gross price of about 3730 Euros (~$4068), including 36 months ProSupport with on-site-service in our test model. However, it requires the user to accept some austerities.

Dell Precision 7710 - 03/17/2016 v5
Tobias Winkler

Chassis
87 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
92%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
68 / 81 → 84%
Weight
53 / 66 → 77%
Battery
83%
Display
88%
Games Performance
97%
Application Performance
98%
Temperature
90 / 95 → 94%
Noise
83 / 90 → 92%
Audio
55%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
78%
86%
Workstation - Weighted Average

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Tobias Winkler, 2016-01-28 (Update: 2016-01-28)