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Dell announces powerful new workstation notebooks featuring up to 128GB of RAM


dell precision workstation 7670 and 7770 lead image

Dell’s upcoming workstation-level notebooks look to pack a punch. The Dell Precision 7670 and Precision 7770 promise a lot of power without sacrificing mobility. Backed by Intel’s 12th Gen Intel Core i9 CPUs and Intel vPro graphics, the laptops should be well-suited to numerous demanding tasks, including video editing.

The display size is the primary difference between the 7670 and 7770 models. The 7670 is the smaller of the two, with a 16:10 ratio 16-inch display. The 7770 is slightly larger, offering a 16:9 17.3-inch display. They both offer a few different display options, including configurations with FHD (or FHD+ in the case of the 7670, thanks to its taller display) and 4K UHD (or 4K UHD+). The 4K display on the 77700 offers a 120Hz refresh rate and 500 nits of max brightness, whereas the 7670’s 4K UHD+ display tops out at 60Hz. But, the 7670 can display 100% of DCI-P3, whereas the 7770’s display shows ‘only’ 99% of the DCI-P3 color space.

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The smaller 7670 offers an additional low-end GPU option, while the 7770 features a MicroSIM slot and SD card slot, whereas the 7670 lacks those ports. Other ports include a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports, USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2), two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1), HDMI 2.0a and HDMI 2.1 ports, ethernet and a 3.5mm audio jack. Both notebooks include four speakers and dual-array mics. Both models also include Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and 5G wireless connectivity.

Aside from the NVIDIA RTX A2000 option available on the 7670, the two machines offer the same GPU choices up to an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti.

dell precision notebook internal design

Storage options are also identical, with up to 4TB of PCIe 4.0 (Class 40) internal storage. You can fit up to 12TB of storage across three PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, but the notebook will ship with a max of 4TB. Regarding memory, there are some impressive options available. Both notebooks offer up to 64GB DDR5-4800MHz or 128GB DDR5-3600MHz RAM options. The DDR5 memory utilizes a new design for Dell called Compression Attached Memory Module (CAMM). It’s technically a proprietary design, which has some people upset, but Dell promises to not keep its new design to itself. The design allows for a thinner chassis design that doesn’t skimp on performance. Traditional RAM options will be available later.

sodimm vs camm dell precision
Traditional SODIMM memory (left) versus the new CAMM technology Dell is introducing in the new Precision notebooks. Image credit: Dell

The 7670 is 0.98″ thick while the larger 7770 model is 1.13″ thick. There’s a slight caveat here, as the 0.98″ thin model is a ‘thin’ version. There’s also a performance-oriented version that’s 1.09″ thick. Despite the relatively thin designs, the notebooks are moderately heavy. The ‘thin’ 7670 weighs 2.6kg (5.75 lbs.), whereas the ‘performance’ trim weighs 2.67kg (5.9 lbs). The 7770 weighs just over 3kg (6.65 lbs.).

By opting for the thinner version, you are limited to an RTX A1000 with 4GB of VRAM or an RTX A2000 with 8GB of VRAM. In either case, the thermal design remains the same for all chassis options.

Pricing for the new Dell Precision 7670 and 7770 notebooks has not yet been announced. Dell expects the notebooks to begin shipping by the end of July.



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