Is anyone using a Dell Precision 690 for Inventor and/or AutoCAD (Vanilla/Mech/Elec/ABS)?
A while back we bought five Precision 670's for this purpose and I must say I have been well less than impressed!
During the two years we have had them they have all shown inconsistent performance across the five units (when performing the same tasks), two out of the five have had motherboard failures (and one of those has been replaced twice), in fact one of the two mentioned above has literally had everything other than the case and the RAM replaced at some point in its life.
Completely aside from the hardware reliability issues, they have all performed well below expectations (especially for an $8000.00 system) right from the start. Though I must admit that at least a part of this seems to be due to 'corporate bloatware' (network /system monitoring etc).
The main reason I ask is because we have a need to purchase another workstation, and the corporate (read 'set in concrete') standard is to buy Dell, and therefore we are stuck with the Dell Precision 690. As such, I am hoping that there were some significant design improvements made to the 690. I'm not holding my breath though.
I may sound like I'm having a go at Dell here, I'm not. I still think they make some good laptops, and as a generic, cheap, basic office PC they seem to do OK. I'm just jaded from my expeerience with their supposed 'performance' workstation models.
I their favour, their warranty support is very good (apart from the use of 'remanufactured' parts). When my motherboard failed at about 3:00pm on Thursday a couple of weeks back, I had a new one installed and the system back up and running by about 11:00am on Friday.