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Friday, April 20, 2007

Apple and Dell Workstations

There is one area where Dell is particularly weak against Apple: business workstations. Let's take a look at the Precision 490, their less expensive, Quad-Core Xeon workstation. Configured to match Apple Mac Pro's specs, it costs $5,168 Canadian.

The Mac Pro goes for $4,391. Here are the specs:
  1. Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Xeon processors
  2. 4GB 667MHz DDR2 memory
  3. 500GB 7200rpm hard drive
  4. 16X DVD burner
  5. 3 Year warranty
  6. 512MB ATI Radeon X1900 XT graphics
The Dell box has NVIDIA graphics (256MB Quadro FX 3450). Arguably, it's roughly equivalent to the Radeon.

Note the price difference in Apple's favour: $777. These two machines aren't even in the same ballpark! Dell is terribly overpriced in this instance. The Mac Pro turns out to be a genuine bargain!

And let's not overlook Mac Pro's gorgeous industrial design.


Blogger Darkest Knight said...

You can also choose NVIDIA Quadro graphics for the Mac Pro. If you do this, adding the 512MB Quadro FX 4500, the Mac Pro costs $6,071 Canadian.

The best Quadro card available for the Precision 490 is the 256MB Quadro FX 3500. Clearly, this is not as good a card as the Mac Pro's. Adding it to the Dell brings the price up to $5,558.

Here, the Mac Pro is $500 more than the Dell, but given the superior Mac graphics, the comparison is a wash! I give the nod to the Mac Pro because of its industrial design.

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