In 2009, computer technology company Dell Inc. unveiled an entry in its Precision brand of PC tower workstations named the T3500, after the Xeon processor series from semiconductor company Intel Corp. that it uses. This processor is fitted on the heart of the computer system: a motherboard called the Dell K095G. Like other motherboards, the K095G provides many of the computer system's crucial functions and connectors.
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The Dell T3500 motherboard comes with a central processing unit (CPU) socket called the Land Grid Array 1366, named so because it contains 1,366 pins, arranged in a grid-like fashion. This particular workstation's LGA 1366 is primarily designed for supporting five members of Intel's Xeon 3500 series, which have a processing speed range of 2.4 GHz to 3.2 GHz, data transfer speed choices of 4.8 or 6.4 gigatransfers per second, and a peak power consumption rating of 130 watts. The motherboard's CPU socket, however, also supports six members of the Xeon 5500 series, which have a lower 2.19-to-2.93 GHz processing speed range but are more energy efficient, at 80W.
Memory and Audio/Video
The T3500 motherboard has six 240-pin memory module slots, which adheres to the third-generation Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory architecture (DDR SDRAM) at speeds of 1,066MHz or 1,333MHz. Each slot can support up to 4 GB for a total maximum system memory capacity of 24 GB. Video/graphics cards are usually provided from Advanced Micro Devices' ATI subsidiary or Nvidia, with video memory capacity of up to 1.5 GB and a Digital Visual Interface. The card is attached to the motherboard's Peripheral Component Interconnect Express 2.0 x16 slot. An integrated ADI1984A driver from Analog Devices Inc. provides the audio.
One of the T3500 motherboard's 164-pin two PCI Express x16 is left unoccupied, with the other taken by the video/graphics card. The motherboard also has two 124-pin PCI 2.3 slots and two 98-pin PCI Express x8 slots. Also included are Serial Advanced Technology Attachment interfaces. Accommodating data transfer speeds of 1.5 gigabits and 3 gigabits per second, they provide the connection for hard disk and optical drives.
In addition to the three USB 2.0 ports built on it, each Dell T3500 motherboard supports two more ports in the workstation's front and six more on the rear. Other connectors include an RJ-45 jack for Ethernet, or wired networking; four audio jacks for headphones and microphones; serial and parallel connectors; PS/2 ports for the computer keyboard and mouse; and DisplayPort, which accompanies the DVI port for digital visual display.
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