Posted by Marc Greenberg on November 5, 2014
A good friend of mine alerted me that Dell’s latest product lines featuring DDR4 memory are scheduled to ship as early as next week. A quick summary:
The “Entry-Advanced” Dell Precision Tower 5810 workstation (starting at $1209). Entry level gets an Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1603 v3 and 8GB of DDR4-2133 expandable to faster CPUs and 16GB of DRAM. Estimated ship date Nov 14th.
The Premium Dell Precision Tower 7810 and 7910 Workstations (starting at $1539 and $2059 respectively). Entry level for the 7810 gets an Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2603 v3 and 8GB of DDR4-2133 expandable to faster CPUs, dual 12-core CPUs and 64GB of DRAM. Estimated ship date Nov 14th.
The Dell Precision Rack 7910 (starting at $2129) is a server that can hold up to 16 DDR4 DIMMs (512GByte), estimated ship date November 26th. To make the 512GByte configuration, it’s 16x32GB DDR4 ECC LRDIMMs for $11,277.50 and according to the website it “May delay your Dell Precision Rack 7910 ship date” although it appears that more normal memory configurations would be available sooner.
The Dell “13th Generation” PowerEdge rack servers R430, R530, R630, R730 and R730xd (starting at $1929 for the R630) and T630 tower (starting at $1609) are servers that can hold up to 24 DDR4 DIMMS (768GByte when using 32GB LRDIMMs), various estimated ship dates including Nov 14th and Nov 26th. Like the Rack 7910 they take up to 32GB DDR4 ECC LRDIMMs; additionally the PowerEdge may offer memory RAS features like Memory Sparing, Advanced ECC (Single Device Data Correction), and Memory Mirroring features depending on the model.
As for the Hexagonal styling of the Alienware “Area 51” A51, entry level on that is $1699 for a 4th generation Intel Core(tm) i7-5820K CPU and 2 channels of DDR4-2133 (shipping December 1st), ranging up to $4549 for the Intel Core(TM) i7-5930K CPU and 4 channels of DDR4-2133 (plus a whole lot more in the graphics, storage, power supply, and other areas), estimated ship date December 18th. Don’t forget to add the 4K 32″ monitor (not included)!
Pricing and shipping dates reported were as viewed on Dell.com on November 5, 2014.
Graham Allan is the Sr. Product Marketing Manager for DDR PHYs at Synopsys. Graham graduated from Carleton University's Electrical Engineering program with a passion for electronics that landed him in the field of DRAM design at Mosaid in Ottawa, Canada. Beginning at the 64Kb capacity, Graham worked on DRAM designs through to the 256Mb generation. Starting in 1992, Graham was a key contributor to the JEDEC standards for SDRAM, DDR SDRAM and DDR3 SDRAM. Graham holds over 20 patents in the field of DRAM and memory design.