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Precision 7530

by Dell Inc.

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Dell's Precision 7530 PC Is a Whole Package with Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3, Intel 8th Generation Quad Core and Plenty of Interfaces

Dell has a broad range of laptop PC's to cater for both casual and professional use similar to other major brands such as Lenovo and HP. The Dell Precision series which includes the more recent Dell Precision 7530 can serve as business laptops with its practical approach and multiple connectivity options. The Precision 7530 is a more premium offering from Dell with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and supports the latest Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 chipset. Even though DisplayPort 1.4 technology is enabled through the Titan Ridge chipset, the Precision 7530 still keeps to DisplayPort 1.2 for video output as also supported by the previous Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt 3 chipset. The same thing happens with another Dell's 2018 release, the Dell XPS 15 9575 (2-in-1) as well as the Apple 13" MacBook Pro (2018). Somehow its other competitors such as the HP ZBook 15 G5 Mobile Workstation appears to take better advantage of Titan Ridge to offer DisplayPort 1.3 and above. Still, the Dell Precision 7530 having dual Thunderbolt 3 precedes the previous Dell Precision 7520 that has only one Alpine Ridge based Thunderbolt 3.

While originally came with a Intel Coffee Lake H quad core i5-8300H processor, the Dell Precision 7530 can also benefit from the latest Intel six core Xeon version but comes with additional price. Other of its main features include Windows 10 Pro, Intel HD GFX GPU, 15.6 in FHD 1920x1080 display, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 500GB HDD, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.

Style-wise the Dell Precision 7530 still offers much of the legacy Precision look and feel with a solid build and choke full of interfaces. Besides the additional Thunderbolt 3 connector, the interface ports more or less reflect the ones on the previous Dell Precision 7520.  

One side of the Dell Precision 7530 has two adjacent Thunderbolt 3 ports, one SD card slot and one Smart Card reader slot which you can use with a external smart card to secure the PC. These Thunderbolt 3 based USB Type-C ports support Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s), DisplayPort 1.2 to connect with 4K@60hz displays, and uses USB Power Delivery 2.0 technology for up to 130W rapid charging.

The other side includes two USB Type-A ports supporting USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s), one 3.5 mm audio port and a Kensington lock slot (hidden from view). For the Type-A ports, Dell has labeled them as PowerShare capable meaning that they can charge supported downstream devices even if the PC is turned off or in hibernate mode. Note the PC needs to have the ac adapter plugged in and PowerShare needs to be enabled in the PC's BIOS settings.

The back of the PC has even more interfaces with one Gigabit Ethernet port, one mini DisplayPort 1.4 connector, and one HDMI port. The PC still keeps a dedicated dc input port to plug in with the supplied ac power adapter accessory.

The Dell Precision 7530 still uses a traditional ac power brick rather than a USB Type-C charger like the one that ships with the Dell XPS 15 9575 (2-in-1)  which enables USB Power Delivery fast charging up to 130W through the PC's Thunderbolt 3 or Type-C port. The conventional ac adapter supports 180 watts for charging the Dell Precision 7530 when attached with the supplied power cord and connected to ac power. 

The Dell Precision 7530 still retains the same legacy Precision features on its non backlit keyboard and touchpad themselves.

The Dell Precision 7530 is suitable for those needing a more traditional heavy duty laptop that offers the latest technology as well as adequate interfaces on hand. Instead those looking for a more modern notebook may consider the Dell XPS 15 9575 (2-in-1) which can be carried and used just about anywhere easily.   

Using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to run just a subset of the full USB Power Delivery compliance test suite, we can see that the Dell Precision 7530 supports fixed PDO's of 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps) and 4.5 watts (5 volts @ .9 amps) as well as programmable power from 19 watts to 20 watts @ 1 amps for charging.

GRL

DUT Information

Serial Number

-1_CE

Test Information

Test Lab

GRL SH

Date and Time:

20181113_135123

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

078.023.078.067.121.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.8.0

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.8.0.0

GRL USB-PD Eload Firmware Version

9.4/9.4

Board Calibration

Calibration Success.

App Mode

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS

Tx Mask

true

Rx Mask

false

RX mask Power selection

Neutral Power

Device Type

DRP

Cable IR drop Imp(R)

0

Cable Type.

GRL-Spl-Cable

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS CTS Version

1.09

Noise Pattern Generation:

Two-Tone Noise

VIF info

*Since VIF was not loaded below test results are information Only.

Test cases Execution Time:

0h:0m:38s

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

VENDOR_NAME

Dell Inc.

TID

0

STRUCTURED_VDM_VERSION

Version 1.0

PORT_BATTERY_POWERED

NO

PD_SPECIFICATION_REVISION

2

SOP_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_P_CAPABLE

YES

SOP_PP_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_P_DEBUG_CAPABLE

NO

SOP_PP_DEBUG_CAPABLE

NO

SECURITY_MSGS_SUPPORTED

NO

MANUFACTURER_INFO_SUPPORTED

YES

MANUFACTURER_INFO_VID

0x4B4

MANUFACTURER_INFO_PID

0xF6E0

NUM_FIXED_BATTERIES

0

NUM_SWAPPABLE_BATTERY_SLOTS

0

USB_COMMS_CAPABLE

YES

DR_SWAP_TO_DFP_SUPPORTED

YES

UNCONSTRAINED_POWER

NO

UNCHUNKED_EXTENDED_MESSAGES_SUPPORTED

YES

MODAL_OPERATION_SUPPORTED

YES

USB_VID

0x413C

PID

0xF6E0

BCDDEVICE

0x0

XID

0

DATA_CAPABLE_AS_USB_HOST

YES

DATA_CAPABLE_AS_USB_DEVICE

NO

ACCEPTS_PR_SWAP_AS_SNK

YES

AMA_VBUS_REQD

YES

AMA_VCONN_REQD

NO

NUM_SVIDS_MIN

1

NUM_SVIDS_MAX

1

SVID1SOP

8087

SVID1Modes Min

1

SVID1Modes Max

1

SVID1Modes Fixed

NONE

SVID1Mode1 Enter Mode

NO

Power Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

PD_POWER_AS_SOURCE

15000

USB_SUSPEND_MAY_BE_CLEARED

YES

SENDS_PINGS

NO

NUM_SRC_PDOS

1

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Peak Current #1

0x0(A)

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

Max Current #1

0x12C(3A)

PD_POWER_AS_SINK

 

NO_USB_SUSPEND_MAY_BE_SET

NO

GIVEBACK_MAY_BE_SET

NO

HIGHER_CAPABILITY_SET

YES

FR_SWAP_REQD_TYPE_C_CURRENT

3

NUM_SNK_PDOS

2

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0x5A(.9A)

Supply Type #2

Variable

Min Voltage #2

0x17C(19V)

Max Voltage #2

0x190(20V)

Op Current #2

0x64(1A)

USB-IF High Level Mapping Summary

Sl No

Test Category

Test Group Description

Test Result

1

PHY_PRIMARY_TX

BMC Physical Layer Transmitter

PASS

2

PHY_PRIMARY_RX

BMC Physical Layer Receiver

PASS

3

PHY_PRIMARY_MISC

BMC Phyiscal Layer Miscellaneous

PASS

4

PROT_PRIMARY

 Protocol Specific Primary

PASS

5

POWER_PRIMARY

 Power Source/Sink Primary

PASS

Result Summary

Sl No

Test ID

Test Name

Test Result

1

TDA.2.1.1.1

TDA.2.1.1.1 BMC PHY TX EYE

PASS

2

TDA.2.1.1.2

TDA.2.1.1.2 BMC PHY TX BIT

PASS

3

TDA.2.1.2.2

TDA.2.1.2.2 BMC PHY RX INT REJ

PASS

4

TDA.2.1.2.1

TDA.2.1.2.1 BMC PHY RX BUSIDL

PASS

5

TDA.2.1.3.1

TDA.2.1.3.1 BMC PHY TERM

PASS

7

TDA.2.2.1

TDA.2.2.1 BMC PROT SEQ GETCAPS

PASS

12

TDA.2.2.7

TDA.2.2.7 BMC PROT BIST NOT 5V SRC

PASS

14

TDA.2.2.9

TDA.2.2.9 BMC PROT GSC REC

PASS

15

TDA.2.2.10

TDA.2.2.10 BMC PROT IGN PPS

PASS

16

TDA.2.3.1.1

TDA.2.3.1.1 POW SRC LOAD P PC

PASS

17

TDA.2.3.1.2

TDA.2.3.1.2 POW SRC LOAD CP ACC

PASS

20

TDA.2.3.3.1

TDA.2.3.3.1 POW SNK TRANS C CP

PASS

21

TDA.2.3.3.2

TDA.2.3.3.2 POW SNK TRANS PC

PASS

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