Help Me Choose: Intel® Processors

The processor or CPU processes the critical information and instructions that make your computer perform. Think of it as the system’s brains, enabling it to run the applications and other operations.

The speed at which your system runs programs, loads images and downloads files depends in part on the processor. Bandwidth, clock speed and the number of cores in the processor all help determine processor performance. As a general rule, a higher number indicates higher performance.

Upgrading a processor after you purchase your computer can be costly and difficult. Because of this, Dell recommends that you choose a processor with enough performance to meet your needs well into the future.
Processor models vary both in terms of clock speed and number of cores. With so many options it can be challenging to know which model to choose; whether to choose more cores or higher clock speed. Our recommendation depends on the primary use of your workstation. If you primarily run applications that are heavily multithreaded, we recommend selecting a higher number of cores over raw clock speed. If, however, you primarily run applications that are single threaded, we recommend choosing processors with high clock speed over number of cores. Choosing a processor that is based on your workload will provide the best performance for your specific workload.

Below is the list of processors families that are available on the Dell Precision™ T7600, T5600, T3600 and R7610:

Processor Xeon® E5-2600 Series Xeon® E5-1600 Series
DescriptionHigh core count, dual socket-capable processors that are great for multithreaded applications used in analysis, rendering and computation.Higher frequency single-socket processors that are great for single-threaded applications in CAD, CAM and DCC verticals.
CoresUp to 8Up to 6
HyperthreadingYesYes
TurboYes Yes*
CacheUp to 20MB Up to 15MB
PowerUp to 150WUp to 130W
ECC SupportYesYes
Supported PlatformsT5600, T7600, R7610T3600



*Available on select processors