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07-13-2018 10:42 AM
Well after all of this, I am now being asked to look at the Dell Precision 7530 workstation laptop. It's too bad as i have had the zbook 15 gen 1 as a daily driver for years now and it has been a workhorse, aside from a few quality issues to deal with.
- Intel Core i9-8950HK, Six Core 2.90GHz, 4.80GHz Turbo, 12MB 45W
- NVIDIA Quadro P3200 w/6GB GDDR5
- 32GB, 2x16GB, DDR4-2666MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS, Non-ECC
I will confirm final outcome.
07-13-2018 03:30 PM
That sounds like a killer setup. I love the i9 and think it is a great processor. For doing lots of CAD the Xeon with ECC memory is probably a bit better but for just raw power the i9 rules. One suggestion (in case you aren't already into it), Intel's XTU (extreme tuning utility) is an app for undervolting which can reduce the temp of the cpu quite a bit (like about 15 degrees C). There are several YouTube's and articles explaining but it isn't very difficult. Might look at the video made by Wester Gents United in May demonstrated on the Dell XPS with that same processor.
07-14-2018 07:43 AM
I've been working with HP the last few days to reduce the price. We believe this is a temporary strategy to deter customers from customizing since they don't have the ability to fulfill orders on a mass scale yet.
This is the current difference in price between two identically configured mobile workstations we are interested in: the Dell Precision 7730 vs the HP ZBook 17 G5
Processor: From Core i5 8300H to Xeon E-2186M - Dell: +$611.08 | HP: +$1340.00 [+$728.92 difference]
GPU: From intergrated graphics to Quadro P5200 - Dell: +$1,886.72 | HP: +$2,901.00 [+$1,014.28 difference]
RAM: From 8GB DDR4 to 32GB DDR4 - Dell: +$447.40 | HP: +$733.00 [+$285.60 difference]
Display: From 17.3" HD+ TN 1600x900 to 17.3" UHD 3840x2160 100% color gamut - Dell: +$177.08 | HP: +$669.00 [+$491.92 difference]
Storage: From 500GB SATA 5400RPM HDD to 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD - Dell: +$1,447.95 | HP: +$1,681.00 [+$233.05 difference]
Warranty: From std. warranty (Dell 3-year; HP 1-year) to 5-year with onsite service & accidental damage protection - Dell: +$571.50 | HP: +$669.00 [+$127.50 difference]
The difference in identical component prices adds up to $2,881.27. That is quite the mark-up! However, the configurator gives a price for the Dell at $6,989.85 and the HP at $11,139.00. That is a final purchase price difference of $4,149.15, a 59% difference! The HP is almost 1.6x the price of the Dell. What gives?