System Performance

For performance testing with the Dell Precision T3600, we've elected not to include results from any systems not explicitly marketed as workstations (outside of the desktop i7-990X/GTX 580 system used solely as a reference point). Gaming results also aren't included; this isn't a gaming desktop and its strengths just aren't going to be exposed in games.

Futuremark PCMark 7

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R11.5

Video Encoding - x264

Video Encoding - x264

While the PCMarks favor HP's Z210 for its solid state drive, almost everything else has the Dell Precision T3600's hex-core processor screaming past the competition. Only the single-threaded performance in Cinebench R10 is a sore spot, but that's understandable; the E5-2667 can only hit 3.5GHz on a single core, less than even the i5-2500S which has a top speed of 3.7GHz. Anything that leverages multiple cores shows a major lead for the T3600.

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark06

Our 3DMark tests also demonstrate that the NVIDIA Quadro 4000 in the T3600 is the fastest desktop workstation card we've yet had the opportunity to test. Note the distinction made, though: fastest desktop workstation card. You'll see on the following page there's still one faster GPU we've tested.

Peeking Inside the New Precision Line Workstation Performance
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  • eanazag - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    I'd like to see how their new cards compete in this all nVidia review. The only problem I see is I can't make sense of how many different series AMD has.
  • thetuna - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    One of us doesn't know what a page fault is...
  • YaBaBom - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    I like the Dell workstations, and administer a few of them. But I have to agree with cjcoats--the limited options for disk expansion--especially in the 7x00 series--are inexcusable.

    I wish they would take a queue from something like the Fractal Design Arc Midi that has 8 internal 3.5" bays.
  • bobj3832 - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    The machine itself is nice but it is the custom power supply, custom drive brackets, etc. that I hate.

    We have a ton of Dell computers at work. The ability to change out the PSU quickly is great for an IT department IF they buy some extra power supplies and have them sitting in a closet. Unfortunately our IT dept doesn't. PSU blows and it will either be 2 days to get a new one FedEx'd or Dell is out of stock for the 3 year old computer PSU model. With regular ATX PSUs I can buy a new one at a local store and put it in in less than 5 minutes.

    I also couldn't put a full length graphics card or double slot graphics card in some Dells at work.

    A CPU fan died and I can't just replace it with an off the shelf model because it's enclosed in this giant custom Dell air vent.

    Rant over.
  • killazys - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    Hi, could someone elaborate exactly what testing is being dome with x264? What's the source clip, encoding settings, whether or not avisynth is being used, etc? Its interesting that the gpu is listed, because x264 encoding is purely software based unless you're using something like DGSource in Avisynth.
  • killazys - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    Done*. Please excuse me as I am posting from my phone.
  • Rocket321 - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    I've long been jealous of the enterprise/workstation Cases from both HP and Dell. They are designed for such ease of service and have good attention to airflow and ascetics. My HP z600 at work is great with the handle/latch side door, steel panels, etc. I wish an aftermarket case maker would copy some of this stuff!
  • otherwise - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    Agreed. I've been building computers for almost 20 years now, and the Z600 has to be the best designed case I've ever worked in.
  • randinspace - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    Is Dell hoping to bring up fond memories of the Playstation 2 or something?
  • cjb110 - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    The model name orientation suggests they designed it to be horizontal, but the logo on the mesh suggests vertical?

    Unless they have a rotatable logo like the PS3? :)

    Interestingly at work we've just switched outsourcing from HP to IBM, and as part of that any new desktops and laptops are now all Dell. Not this class though, just the i3/i5 models. They definitely look nicer and don't scrimp on memory like the 1/2gb HP ones did.

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