The Dell Precision 3280 Compact Form Factor (CFF) is a compact desktop computer that Dell says “is the world’s smallest workstation that supports Tensor Core GPUs,” with support for up to NVIDIA RTX 4000 Ada graphics. It’s also designed to support 65W, 14th-gen Intel Core processors that have been adjusted to run at up to 80 watts.

First unveiled during Mobile World Congress in February, Dell recently revealed detailed specs for the little workstation, which is expected to hit the streets March 26, 2024.

The computer measures 206 x 178 x 79mm (8.1″ x 7″ x 3.1″) and weighs 2.54 kg (5.6 pounds) or less. While there are certainly smaller mini PCs on the market, it’s still compact enough to attach to the back of a display, and Dell says the Precision 3280 CFF can also be rack-mounted: the company offers an optional “Hypershelf for Precision 3280” accessory that allows you to fit up to 7 of the computers lined up in a server rack.

The Precision 3280 CFF supports up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR5-5600 ECC memory and dual M.2 2280 slots with support for up to two PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs (although you need a separate heat sink if you plan to use more than one SSD.

Dell also equips the system with two PCIe x8 slots that support GPU options including:

  • Intel UHD
  • NVIDIA T400 (4 GB GDDR6)
  • NVIDIA T1000 (8 GB GDDR6)
  • NVIDIA RTX 2000 (16GB GDDR6)
  • NVIDIA RTX 4000 (20 GB GDDR6)

Dell offers a choice of Qualcomm or Intel wireless cards, both with support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, and the computer comes with a 180W or 280W power supply, depending on the GPU.

Ports include:

  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gbps)
  • 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (10 Gbps)
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (5 Gbps)
  • 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio

There’s also optional support for an additional HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a, VGA, or USB Type-C port.

Note that since official specs haven’t been revealed yet, I’m gleaning all of the port information from the pictures Dell has provided, which is why I cannot tell you more about the DisplayPort or Ethernet capabilities.

More information should be unveiled closer to launch.

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This article was first published February 26, 2024 and most recently updated March 8, 2024. 

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  1. so, um, are they suggesting that you can put the RTX 4000 card in this monitor-mounted case? I wonder how loud it gets under load.

  2. For me, 4×4 and mATX are my two favorite sizes. I’m not really interested in something in-between those.