When most people think virtual reality, they tend to think of entertainment and video games. Virtual reality, or VR, has plenty of other applications, and Dell has announced new VR-ready solutions for consuming or creating VR content for professional users with HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR devices.
Dell’s VR-ready solutions are defined by three criteria:
- Minimum CPU, memory, and graphics requirements to support optimal VR viewing experiences;
- Graphics drivers that are qualified to work reliably with these solutions; and,
- Passing performance tests conducted by Dell using test criteria based on HMD (head-mounted display) suppliers, ISVs or 3rd party benchmarks where available.
In addition to the new VR-ready configurations, Dell has also announced upgrades to its Dell Precision Tower Workstations with new increased performance, graphics, and memory for VR content creation. The newly refreshed Dell Precision Tower 5810, 7810, and 7910 Workstations and Rack 7910 have been upgraded with new Intel Broadwell EP Processors that have more cores and performance for multi-threaded applications that are ideal for professional modeling, analysis, and calculations.
“Dell Precision has been delivering immersive computing experiences for many years including 3D immersive caves, simulation and military applications. This next generation of VR brings immersive visualization to the masses by democratizing the technology,” said Rahul Tikoo, executive director and general manager, Dell Precision workstations. “The implementations are endless, and Precision aims to address the need for more rigor when professional creators demand the utmost in performance and reliability while building incredible VR content.”
Additional upgrades include the latest graphics technology from NVIDIA and AMD, Dell Precision Ultra-Speed PCIe drives, up to 1TB of DDR4 memory, and enhancements which include Dell’s Reliable Memory Technology, Intel CAS-W cache acceleration, and an upgraded Dell Precision Optimizer.
“The HTC Vive was designed and built with a vision of users at the centre of their virtual space, with content all around them and natural interaction with it,” said Dan O’Brien, vice president of virtual reality, HTC. “This solution applies to gaming and non-game verticals such as education, engineering, medical, design and commerce; we’re thrilled to have a partner like Dell that is committed to solutions and innovation that will help grow the many uses and applications in VR.”
The Dell Precision Tower 5810, 7810, and 7910 Workstations and Rack 7910 can be purchased directly on Dell’s website with these new upgrades being available starting April 5, 2016.Source: Dell