Dell Inc. has announced the Precision M6300 notebook, the company’s new 17-inch mobile workstation. The Precision M6300, which is a successor of the M90, is based on the Intel “Santa Rosa” mobile platform and features the Core 2 Extreme X7900 processor option, the NVIDIA’s Quadro graphics, and a variety of storage and connectivity features.
Designed for demanding professional applications such as digital content creation and CAD design and modeling, this 8.5-pound laptop provides a choice of the Intel Core 2 Duo T7300, T7500 and the T7700 CPUs, as well as the overclockable Core 2 Extreme X7900 at 2.8GHz, which is the chip maker’s fastest mobile CPU. These processors are paired with Intel PM965 chipset and operate at an 800MHz front side bus, which is an increase from a 667MHz FSB found in the Precision M90.
The NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M dedicated video card empowers the M6300′s 17″ widescreen display with 1440×900 or 1920×1200 screen resolution, depending on purchaser’s choice. In addition, Dell has announced that the LED backlight display option could be available later.
Athough the M6300 was expected to support up to 8GB of system memory, the M6300 officially supports up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM. The utilization of 4GB requires a 64-bit operating system. Data storage options include standard SATA hard drives with up to 200GB of capacity, a 32GB solid-state drive, and a hybrid hard drive with 1GB of cache memory. The new mobile workstation is also configurable with the Intel’s Turbo Memory for better system responsiveness. However, the hybrid HDD and the Turbo Memory are compatible only with the Windows Vista operating system. Regarding optical drives, there are DVD burner, Combo drive and Blu-ray Disc options.
The Precision M6300 features a support for 802.11 a/g and draft-n wireless LAN technology, and can be ordered with Bluetooth module and the Dell Wireless 5510 HSDPA (AT&T) card. It has six USB ports, an ExpressCard slot, a 5-in-1 media card reader, and both a DVI and a VGA port, allowing the laptop to support up to two 27-inch displays. There are also a S-Video output, a FireWire port, and an optional fingerprint reader.
The Dell Precision M6300 weighs 8.5 pounds.
The computer maker delivers this notebook with 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista or with Windows XP. Dell is expected to offer the 5.1 version of Red Hat Linux in the M6300 in November.
The Precision M6300 should become available today for a starting price of $2,069, while the similar 15.4-inch M4300 model is already available from $1,678.
Note: This article was published on 08/12/2007 and updated on 09/04/2007.