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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  • ggathagan - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    I realize this is a preview, but was RMT demonstrated to you, or did Dell simply describe its operation to you?

    If you are able to do a full review in the future, that would be one of the 1st things I would want to see tested.
  • Doberman777 - Friday, April 27, 2012 - link

    Hmm, I'm reading that the new Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe CS6 apps dumps the use of CUDA in favor of OpenGL/OpenCL, whereas the NVIDIA website is claiming that their Quadro cards with CUDA further enhance performance. Which is correct, and in view of this, I'm really confused about choosing a new graphics adapter for CS6 apps.
  • Hansz - Friday, July 6, 2012 - link

    Our t3600 appears to have only 2 working SATA ports onboard (SATA0+SATA1). There are 4 more Sata ports which are labeled HDD0 - HDD3 but they dont appear to work. Those HHD ports cannot be seen or activated in BIOS. Some PCI-E controller has been added by Dell which allows more than 2 drives. However it would be nice to be able to use more than 2 onboard SATA ports.

    So what's up, did Dell decide to disable the additional ports because of some problems?
    Also the BIOS info about 3x HDD Fans is a bit confusing as there do not seem to be any HDD fans.. there are 3x system fans..
  • Mafeer - Thursday, February 7, 2013 - link


    how is this system for working auto desk 2013 products like auto cad, 3ds max and maya rendering. our main purpose is rendering 3ds max and maya.

    below the specs which i received from one of my vendor, could any evaluate this,

    Model – Del™ Precision™ T3600
    Base – Standard 635W Base
    Processor – Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1620 (Quad Core, 3.60GHz Turbo, 10MB)
    Memory – 16 GB
    HDD – 1 TB
    Graphics – 2 GB NVIDIA Quadro 4000 (2DP & 1DVI-I) (1DP-DVI & 1DVI-VGA adapter)
    Operating system – Windows 7 Professional (64Bit) English

  • Caryn - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    Curious if this would be a good computer for me to do my Photoshop (PSE9) and my husband to do his gaming (WOW, etc) ?? I have an older Dell and its been a great computer but having a hard time handling what we are making it do these days. Looking for a new yet not so expensive system and trying to compare. Advice appreciated :) Thanks!!
  • Chris Rodinis - Thursday, June 27, 2013 - link

    Here is an overview of the T3600:

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