Precision 7530 & 7730: A redesign, 128 GB RAM and Coffee Lake for Dell's mobile workstations
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Ultrabooks are dominating most of the laptop market these days, but there are still some niches dominated by more traditional laptop form-factors. One such niche is the gaming-segment, another are the mobile workstations, which are made for the most demanding tasks. Even though there are Ultrabook-like mobile workstations, the traditional workstations are still more important.
Dell for example has an "Ultrabook workstation" in form of the Precision 5530, which is based on the consumer-oriented Dell XPS 15 9570. The "true" Precision workstations are the models of the 7000-series, which have a distinct design from the Dell XPS line.
The newly released Dell Precision 7530 and Precision 7730 are more than simple CPU updates. Though of course, the new CPU generation (codenamed Coffee Lake) that powers these beasts is a significant upgrade as well, as the new CPUs like the Intel Core i9-8950HK bring six CPU-cores into the Dell Precision series for the very first time. But the new CPUs were an expected update.
Not an expected update: A redesign of the chassis. The new Precision laptops have a more squared-off look, smaller hinges and a slightly reworked keyboard-layout, which now includes dedicated Home and End keys again – on the previous models like the Precision 7520 and Precision 7720, these keys could only be accessed by pressing FN.
A very important advantage of mobile workstations is the amount of RAM they can take: With four SO-DIMM slots, the Precision workstations of the 7000-series can take up to 64 GB DDR4-2666-memory – and soon, they will be able to take up to 128 GB, asDell has announced that there will be 32 GB SO-DIMM modules coming soon.
Aside from the new CPUs, the GPUs also get an update. While its a smaller update for the 17-inch model Precision 7730, the smaller Precision 7530 receives a huge upgrade. For the first time, the Nvidia Quadro GPUs in this size are based on Nvidia Pascal. Also a first: The 15-inch model now offers the Quadro P3200. With past generations, the Quadro 3000 class was only available on the 17-inch model.
The remaining specifications are typical for a workstation with plenty of ports (including HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4) and security-features, multiple SSD and HDD options as well as high-quality display-options. The most expensive display-option is an Ultra-HD IPS display (3,840 x 2,160), which is an IGZO-panel that is supposed to cover 100 % of the AdobeRGB-colorspace. The biggest battery for both the Precision 7530 and Precision 7730 has a capacity of 97 Wh.
The US release for the new Precision 7000 series is May 22 2018. The base-price for the Precision 7530: 1,189 US-Dollars. The bigger Precision 7730 starts at 1,509 Dollars.