Dell’s Most Expensive Laptop

by birtanpublished on October 28, 2020

– Have you ever gone to a computer website, cranked every dial of the configurator until you've got the most over the top, expensive machine possible? And then, imagined what it'd be like to actually have it. Well today, we don't have to imagine. Whoa, she's a heavy boy. Coming in at just under $13,000, oh, this absolute mother of a machine has enough compute to make you go, whoa! Enough GPU to make you go, damn! And enough RAM to make you go, why would anybody need that much RAM in a laptop? Introducing the Dell Precision 7750. It's the most expensive laptop in their entire lineup, and dropping it would make this

The most expensive segue to our sponsor ever. "World of Warships". Thanks for sponsoring this video. It's the free to play online strategy game that features millions of players, battling to upgrade their armory of ships, weapons and armor. Learn more at the end of this video, or click the link down below. (upbeat music) At roughly double the thickness of the XPS 15, and nearly three and a half kilograms. Well, there's no way to sugarcoat it, she's a chunker. Compared to the XPS, we do get way more ports, including ethernet, a total of four display outputs,

And a smart card reader for verifying user credentials. But to put it lightly, this is not the kind of machine that you wanna carry around in your backpack all day, unless this is your backpack. Now Dell has more reasonable machines in the Precision lineup that are basically the XPS 15 or 17, but with a Xeon and a Quadro. As for the 7750 here, it's a completely different beast. If the 240 watt power (indistinct), didn't tip you off, we have got some serious processing on the inside. For CPU, our unit is equipped with a Xeon W-10885M, an eight core processor that can turbo up to 5.3 gigahertz, but, has difficulty actually sustaining speeds like that on mortal laptops. Hopefully, with the 7750's large and heavy cooler,

We'll be seeing it get or at least close. Graphics are handled by an Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000, which has the same TU104 chip as the RTX 2080 gaming graphics card, except with 128 more shaders enabled, and a cool 16 gigs of video memory, which means, this is not only a beast workstation, it could actually be faster in games than the fastest gaming laptop that we have in the studio. So then how does it game? I mean, I guess, we better play some games. – Yeah. – Yeah, all right, let's fire out "Shadow of the Tomb Raider", one of our favorite benchmarks.

We're gonna run it on basically all maxed, 4K. except motion blur, 'cause motion blur is bad. And if you use it, you should feel bad. Well, that's not a smooth 60 FPS. We're actually running around 40, but I am screen recording at the moment, and remember that this is running at 4K, absolutely cranked, absolutely maxed. Screen space, contact shadows do not go to high, even in the most extreme preset. It doesn't even hurt performance that much, interesting. Don't hit a rock. She hit a rock. As good an experience as that was though, when we tested it against the Alienware Area-51M,

The fastest gaming laptop we have here, well, the Alienware Area 51M and did win, which isn't really surprising given that it's got a desktop processor game optimized drivers, and also happens to be water cooled now, but I was still hoping for the Precision to somehow eek out a win, and maybe it would have, if Dell had pulled the same stunt as Asus with their StudioBook One, the only laptop with a Quadro RTX 6,000 inside it, although they did have to pull off some pretty funky ventilation tricks in order to make that work. All right so it's not quite the fastest, but just because you're not the fastest,

It doesn't mean you're terrible. Second fastest, ain't half bad. And having that kind of grunt makes a huge difference in applications that are able to take advantage of it. So let's give it a go in Mark Bench, a video encoding benchmark that was created by one of our video editors, Mark, that's basically an identical timeline in both Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro. The goal here is twofold, to show how much GPU can help with video encoding and to tease the Apple fan boys about how badly their precious Final Cut gets destroyed. I hope. While these are running, I wanna talk about some of the comments you guys left on our review of

The Dell XPS 15. Some of you said that we went pretty light on Dell compared to Apple for the mediocre thermals, and power delivery in the XPS 15. And there is a reason for this. Dell is not marketing the XPS 15, as the be all and end all for professionals. I mean, sure, with the machine like this, you can edit videos or work on CAD models, but if you're doing it professionally, Dell is going to advise you to go with their business focused and more expensive Precision lineup. So we're definitely going to hold it to a different standard,

Which means hopefully you're keeping your thermals under control here, buddy. There it is boys. And what are we out on the MacBook? So it is twice as fast as our kid out MacBook Pro, which I guess is sort of an indication. You don't really need a computer like this to edit videos, maybe a lower spec version with less RAM. Because the thing that makes this machine particularly special compared to other laptops is the crazy 128 gigabytes of DDR for memory. So to answer our earlier question, why would anybody need that much RAM in a laptop? Simon, he's an engineering student who reached out to us the other day because his flow simulation,

Gosh, darn it just wouldn't run on his personal machine due to you guessed it, a lack of system memory. Let's see how it does on this. We'll let the Mac keep, (indistinct) – This is showing just how much you can get done on this computer. The peasants keep on exporting. – Oh, ouch. – So on Simon's computer, he without like the big honeycomb thing on the front, it took him an hour. And with the honeycomb thing, it just crashed. While on this computer right here, how long do you think it took with the honeycomb?

– I don't know, I'm gonna say 20, I don't even know what kind of computer he has. Like 20 minutes,. – Half a second. – Half a second? – Half a second. – What kind of machine is he running? E- machines like? – I dunno. He does only have four gigs of RAM, so that's definitely a problem. – Ouch. – This used like over 100 when creating the mesh. – Can we like see anything? – Just a second here.

– I wanna see the simulation. – I'm turning it on right now. – We are living in the simulation, the matrix. – There, that's what we did. – Oh, that's pretty cool. – We can cut it right here. Boom. – How long did it take to run the whole thing the mesh? – With the mesh, it took about 50 minutes. – And how long did his machine take to run it with the mesh? – It didn't it, it just couldn't even mesh it. – So this shows like meters per second, like air velocity through a, through a thing. What's the purpose of the honeycomb mesh. – There's probably a fan rate here,

And when you have the fan, it would create a whole bunch of turbulence. Like everything will be all flippity-flopping So we'll go through this mesh. So it's all kinda like going through. – The funny thing though, is that while during our gaming testing, our CPU got as high as 100 degrees, and actually thermal throttled. While running a simulation like this and using all 128 gigs of our memory, it turned out that CPU thermals weren't a problem at all. Our CPU was able to maintain 4.3 gigahertz across all eight cores while running at about 75 degrees Celsius and consuming a consistent 60 Watts of power

With spikes up to a 100 Watts. And it didn't just find in a laptop. Now, we're still a little disappointed that a combined load that actually hits both CPU and GPU completely, can overwhelm the cooling solution. But, at least in situations like this one, it holds its own nicely. As for the screen well, it's fine. It's 16 by nine, when the rest of the Precision lineup has switched over to 16 by 10 there's no touch option even. And, it lacks the suck you in visuals of the XPS lineup. But, it isn't all bad. I mean, Dell could have made the panel more vivid, but the anti-reflective coating is awesome if you're working under fluorescent lights,

And the 4K 17 inch panel is big enough to make this really feel like a workstation replacement. For inputs, oh, this is a bit of a contentious area. The new Dell precision lineup is the first that they've done to drop the pointing stick, aka the nipple mouse, and then increase the track pad size. And I'd wait, sorry this is contentious? In my opinion, the only thing that should be contentious about this is that they didn't go far enough. I mean, this is a usable size track pad, but yeah, I might actually be upset that they took away my nipple mouse and didn't give me the track pad off the XPS 50, look at the size of this by comparison. They should have just taken that, it's contentious,

But not for the reasons that I think you probably meant in the script. As with the keyboard, it is unsurprisingly excellent. It's not quite as snappy as the one on the XPS 15, but it's the kind of keyboard that you could easily sit down at all day and write up reports on how the radiographic testing shows the contractors that they need to redo all the welding for free or whatever reports someone who uses this needs to write up like, like how they should be allowed to expense a new water bottle from lttstore.com. So they can stay hydrated at work or whatever. Oh, hey, MacBook finished. It's good, good for you. (indistinct)

Real men rip laptops apart with their bare hands. Oh yeah, well that explains why it's so heavy. Is this a single CNC piece bottom? – Man did they XPS it? Damn they did. – They did. – Look at that. – It's beautiful huh? Like sometimes they try to get it really smooth even on the inside and just, oh, just leave the milling marks on. I love it. Oh my God, this thing has four M. 2 slots? That is so cool. – There's I think one, one terabyte and two, two terabytes.

– This is a two terabyte unit. This is a really weird M. 2 hold down mechanism. Well, I think I get it. There. Oh shoot. Oh shoot. Oh, wow. That magnet is so strong, it grabs the screw from there. Oh, did they chip out on us? You hold them out on this Dell? You holding out? There's an empty one, send it back. I'm done, I'm out, no, forget it, I'm out. (lou beep)

No, I still wanna play with it, I'm back. So the battery, which is pretty close to the maximum allowed on a commercial flight 95 watt hours is expected to give you about eight hours of screen time. But if you do any real work, that's gonna quickly drop down to more like an hour. Now I've got a note in here to mention why vapor chambers kick butt. We have a video coming up about that. You wanna make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss it, but basically what makes the cooling possible on this puppy is these right here. So it uses a combination of vapor chambers,

And these large heat exchangers back here to get rid of all that flipping heat from the GPU, as well as the CPU. What is this? Does it have a cellular card in it. – Oh it does yeah. – Oh, nice. Wow, it's got all the trends, for the low, low price of what? 13, 13 grand. Now, there are people that require this kind of power, but the thing is, most of them will either use massive servers that are onsite at their work or compute clusters to actually crunch the crazy numbers. That doesn't mean though,

That this is completely without a use case. The main one I can think of is offshore oil and gas, for example. So in a scenario like that, the engineer might be flown in. So carrying their server in their backpack, is a pretty nice quality of life improvement. And while they're on site, they might be required to run complex flow simulations, and of course, an oil and gas firm, well under normal conditions anyway, won't blink an eye at a $13,000 laptop, if it's gonna help them pump $55 million of oil a day, out of the ground or the sea or wherever it is they get oil from. Another feasible use case is of course,

The usual suspects for desktop replacements or as we like to call them, semi-mobile workstations. A work from home architectural engineer, civil engineer, researcher, et cetera. If you're one of those and trying to figure out what to spend the rest of your 2020 budget on, so that it doesn't get cut next year, maybe consider this, instead of the MacBook Pro because, it's actually for pros, well, pros with like jacked arms anyway. I'll give the MacBook that, it's a lot lighter. You know what else is lighter? The tone of this segue, to our sponsor "World of Warships". "World of Warships" is a free to play strategy game

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