Just to get it out of the way, the workstation, dubbed by Dell the ‘Precision Tower,’ boasts a 6GB RAM, 2.3GHz processor, and an NvidiaQuadro 2000. It all looks good on paper, but what it makes up for in numbers and names it lacks in major workload performance.
What does this mean? It means you can open lots of programs with little to no lagging. As I write this, I’m streaming a YouTube video, not much compared to other programs that eat lots of memory. But for someone who likes to listen to music while writing, this is a big deal.
I have about nine tabs open, one game running, and I’m not experiencing any lag. However, we tried using Adobe InDesign on it and it doesn’t meet the 6GB RAM expectations. Our graphic artist refused to do the work on the Dell Precision Tower since it performs just the same as his old PC. The Dell Precision Tower was made specifically for office programs, not for gaming. Otherwise, they would have named it the Dell Gaming Tower. But this doesn’t mean that the Dell Precision T5600 workstation isn’t great for work. It just depends on what kind of work you’re doing.
If your work requires just an average consumption of RAM, then this is more than enough for average office tasks. You can work without snags, and annoying things like slow loading of programs, become nothing more than a bad memory.
Casual users like the average office worker will be satisfied with the performance of the Dell Precision Tower. But heavy users of programs like Adobe Photoshop or InDesign to invest in a more powerful processor.
Here’s what happened when I updated and installed programs in the barren land of a freshly bought Dell Precision Tower.
The machine comes ready with the world’s most popular operating system, Windows 7. The first thing I did was to install basic programs (and several non-basic games and software for entertainment). The default browser is Internet Explorer. I quickly replaced it with Google Chrome.
Then I headed to ninite.com, a website that compiles installers into one file. It installed five programs with just a few clicks. All fine and smooth until I had to go home and shut down the computer.
In my haste, I clicked on the shutdown option that will install updates.
The problem with a brand new computer is that it lacks many updates, so I was forced to wait for the 65 updates it needed to install before I left. A minor inconvenience and one that I couldn’t blame the computer for. I also installed Google Earth, a program that allows the office worker to leave the office for a bit and explore the world, albeit through a tiny pixelated window.
The existential escape is thwarted by the lagging images. One cannot feel like superman flying through the sky when the computer lags.
For the most part, the Dell Precision Tower performs well. Users will want to customize some programs but this will be easy thanks to its future-proofing. Highly recommended for offices that are looking to upgrade computers. It’s not, however, ready to use for heavy- duty use.
For that, custom parts will have to be installed to meet acceptable performance.
I’m done writing the review, but I don’t want to go back to my old and slower workstation. Spare me, please.
Print ed: 11/12