Powering Advanced Creative Workloads with Entry-Level Workstations

Whether they’re developing ground-breaking Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) training tools for surgeons, editing the next cinematic masterpiece, or diving into 3D modeling to recreate the costumes of their favorite superheroes, I love to hear how our Precision workstation users are driving innovation at all levels.

Workstations are built to handle even the most performance-intensive tasks which require significant processing power and rely on professional grade processors, storage and graphics – think editing, designing and CAD workflows. We also work with software partners like Adobe ®, Autodesk ® and others to make sure their applications and our hardware are tested and optimized to deliver the best experience for users.

So, when it comes to workstations, don’t be fooled by terms like “entry-level” – our Precision 3000 Series systems offer workstation reliability, pack a punch, and can be configured for almost any task. Here are some examples of the creative workflows they’ve powered:

Theory Studios is a group of graphics pioneers and experts who have worked on videos and animations for well-known children’s TV shows and theme parks around the world. Founder David Andrade credits the Dell Precision 3630 Tower workstation with AMD Radeon™ PRO W5700 graphics for recently improving on the experience of GPU-intensive rendering and special effects processing using Adobe® After Effects and Blender. “All of a sudden a six-hour file export on another PC turned into a three-hour export on the Precision 3630 Workstation,” David said.

David Andrade, founder of Theory Studios in his editing studio.

AniMill is 3D animation and motion graphics artists that specialize in storytelling for companies of all sizes. Founder Curtis Sponsler used the Dell Precision 3630 Tower workstation and DaVinci Resolve software to edit 6K footage for a local performance arts group recently, and praised the power, design and configurability of the machine. “Since the Dell system could handle the large files directly, we were able to work faster,” said Curtis. “That’s a big time- saver on smaller projects because it means we can spend more time on creative work instead of waiting while the files are converted to a proxy format. We had the edit done in just two days.”

Fiveten Giant specializes in cutting edge animations, virtual reality models, and interactive simulations, using applications like Adobe® Creative Cloud®, HDR Light Studio™, Maxon Cinema 4D™ and X-Particles to create photorealistic images of products not yet built. Owner Chris Priddy has been using a Dell Precision 3630 Tower workstation to tackle math-intensive workloads such as CAD conversions and 3D animations. Chris recently worked on a complex smoke and particle simulation for a customer, and found his system sped up the processing time significantly. “Most artists don’t want to think about technology, they just want to create art,” Chris commented. “The [Dell Precision] workstation cached the same simulations faster than my other machine, providing me the ability to complete twice the work in the same amount of time.”

Chris Priddy of Fiveten Giant

As these #DellInsideCircle members mentioned, technology should help you push the boundaries of your creativity, not slow you down. And the key to creativity is to not limit yourself. To help our customers bring more of their big ideas and projects to life, we have launched the brand-new Precision 3450 Small Form Factor and Precision 3650 Tower workstations. 

With the latest 11th Generation Intel® Core® or Xeon® W-1300 processors and faster memory speeds of up to 3200MHz, these systems will power through intensive tasks easily. Ideal for those working with large data sets, or 2D and 3D CAD, they feature PCI Express® Gen 4 graphics and storage capabilities configured with the latest NVIDIA and AMD professional graphics options. They also offer scalable, RAID capable storage to deliver plenty of room for every project.

Dell Precision 3000 series workstation portfolio.For creators and data scientists interested in exploring AR/VR or Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects, the Dell Precision 3650 workstation is a great option. It features Intel® Deep Learning Boost technology that’s capable of quickly running inferencing algorithms on large data sets and features Ready for VR options to allow immersive workflows and maximize time in the creative ‘zone’. New features like the highest speed (20Gb/sec) USB 3.2 ports and optional Thunderbolt 4 ports will help speed up data transfer to and from external devices and drives. This system will also support next-generation NVIDIA Ampere  architecture-based GPUs, featuring NVIDIA RTX technology, in the coming months.

However, we recognize it’s not just about getting the job done faster for many of our specialized customers. Time isn’t just an enabler to do more of the same; it’s an opportunity to try new things and push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. So, whether you are designing infographics, creating 3D simulations and animations, or just crunching through large data sets, we have you covered with the expandable and affordable Precision 3000 Series workstations.

The Precision 3450 Small Form Factor and Precision 3650 Tower workstations are available now, globally, and ready to help power your next big project! Prices start at $1109 and $1219 respectively. To learn more about Dell’s solutions for creators, visit www.dell.com/creators.

Tom Tobul

About the Author: Tom Tobul

Tom Tobul is the Vice President for Commercial Specialty Computing, Client Solutions, Dell Technologies. The portfolio spans Precision Workstations and Rugged Notebooks and Tablets. In this role, Tom is responsible for all aspects of ensuring the health of this line of business including brand and portfolio strategy, business performance, product planning and product management. Prior to joining Dell in 2015, Tom held executive positions in the IT industry with a focus on Product Management across hardware, software and service offerings at EDS, IBM and Lenovo. Tom holds a B. S. degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and earned his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.