What specs should I get on Dell Precision 7000 17in

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Designer2001, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Notebook makers typically don't advertise the real throughput of the Thunderbolt 3 ports. You might ask here in our Dell Precision 7540/7740 Owner's Lounge, someone may be willing to run a test for you. Also see the HP ZBook 17 G5 Owner's Lounge. There are a few threads in our Lenovo forum about the ThinkPad P73, but I don't think we have an owner's lounge for that model yet. (That said, it's doubtful whether you could charge that notebook via Thunderbolt 3.)

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  2. Proto6

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    just to follow up, spoke to Lenovo:

    all USB ports, incl USB-C / TB 3 ports are shared lanes on the same bus.

    The Thinkpad P73 (same as Dell Precision and HP ZBook) can be powered via USB-C, for the P73 u simply need a power bank w/ at least 48 Wh / 14,000 mAh - Lenovo offers their own power bank delivering that, but u can get 3rd party bricks that deliver even more juice...

    heads up:
    Thinkpad P73 has the battery integrated (--> sealed-in), which is a deal breaker for me as the first thing that will go south over time is the battery - u will get maybe 2 years out of that... then u have to send your notebook in, for a nice, fat fee and you lose at least 10-12 days of not being able to work w/ your business notebook... makes no sense. Dell Precision has replaceable batteries.
     
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    rlk Notebook Evangelist

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    There are much better SSDs than the Intel 660p (like the Inland Premium) that are very little pricier. If you're going to be moving a good bit of data around, the Inland is considerably faster and doesn't completely fall apart after 50-100GB (the 660p will recover as it moves data out of the pseudo-SLC cache, but if the cache is full, write speed falls to something like 50 MB/sec -- slower than rotating storage).

    Interesting about the battery not being customer-replaceable on the P73, but that turns out to be true -- see https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/...-type-20qr-20qs/20qr/parts/display/compatible (listed as FRU Only). When it comes time to replace my current P70, looks like I know where I won't be looking. It _looks_ like it's just remove the back plate (which is a customer operation for things like DIMMs and storage), 4 screws, and a push connector, but maybe it's not that simple.
     
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    @Designer2001, a quick way to save ~$200+ is to get the notebook with Ubuntu instead, and install Windows yourself. Depending on how expensive your time is (if you're paid something like $50 an hour, nah, don't waste time, it takes about 4 hours to get Windows to a useable out-of-box state). If you're an undergraduate like I am, then maybe your time is a little less worth.

    Note that there are a few options that will lock things in: if you want a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU or better, then you're forced to take a 97 Wh battery, and an SSD. Another way to save money might be to purchase the graphics card, battery and heatsink aftermarket, and install them yourself.
     
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    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    I've used Dell Precisions (Still using a M4800) and Lenovo W series workstations (Last one was W540).

    Both were great workstations. Overall I prefer Dell and the business support is quite good as well. I haven't tried their newest systems, but I would hope they have kept their workstation lineup good still.

    Here's what I would configure (everything listed is what I changed from the link provided):
    Intel® Core™ Processor i9-9980HK, 8 Core, 16MB Cache, 2.40GHz up to 5.00GHz Turbo, 45W
    No Productivity Software
    Radeon Pro WX 7130 w/8GB GDDR5
    17.3"UltraSharp™ UHD 3840x2160 AG,NT, w/Prem Panel Guar 100% Adobe Aluminum,IGZO,IR Cam/Mic No WWAN
    M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
    Internal US English Backlit Keyboard
    7740 Smart Card, Fingerprint reader, & NFC
    6 Cell 97 Whr Long Life Cycle Lithium Ion Polymer Battery(3 Years Warranty)
    No Out-of-Band Systems Management
    Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2x2 .11ax 160MHz + Bluetooth 5.0
    None (PDF Solution)
    No Security Software

    $5,472.50

    If budget is a bit tighter this one saves a lot without sacrificing too much performance

    Intel® Core™ Processor i7-9750H, 6 Core, 12M Cache, 2.60GHz up to 4.5GHz Turbo, 45W
    No Productivity Software
    Radeon Pro WX 3200 w/4GB GDDR5
    17.3"UltraSharp™ FHD 1920x1080 AG,NT,w/Prem Panel Guar 100% sRGB Carbon Fiber,IPS,IR Cam/Mic No WWAN
    Internal US English Backlit Keyboard
    7740 Smart Card, Fingerprint reader, & NFC
    No Out-of-Band Systems Management
    Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 2x2 .11ax 160MHz + Bluetooth 5.0
    None (PDF Solution)
    No Security Software

    $3,252.50

    An 8-core can be taken advantage of in many of your situations especially video editing. However, the 6-core is also a very good performer. 8-cores will allow enough multi-tasking (assuming you have enough ram)

    Speaking of RAM...both of my configs are 8gb base. I highly suggest going 16gb minimum, 32gb recommended, but aftermarket is recommended. You can get it much cheaper.

    SSD, get a 1tb M.2

    I prefer nVidia Quadro over AMD Radeon Pro but the price increase is no worth it. Either AMD card should be able to handle workloads.

    The 4K display is a must. If not at least the 1080p 100% sRGB display. Definitely get a colorimeter and calibrate them.



    As a summary..

    i9-9980HK (or i7-9750H will be fine)
    16GB minimum (32GB recommended , get these aftermarket)
    1TB M.2 SSD (aftermarket) + storage drive
    4K Display (or 1080p 100% sRGB minimum)
    Backlit Keyboard
    Wi-Fi 6 card + Bluetooth 5.0
    Fingerprint reader/NFC
    Radeon Pro WX 7130 (WX 3200 will also work fine to save some $$$)
     
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