Posts by Greg Corke

How fast is your Siemens NX workstation?

Published 13 July 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstation, graphics cards, benchmarking, siemens nx

Gas Turbine, one of seven models used in the new SPECapc for NX 9.10 benchmark.

SPECapc has completely redesigned its performance evaluation software for Siemens NX. The SPECapc for NX 9/10 benchmark is designed to give NX users an easy way to compare the relative performance of desktop and mobile workstations and professional graphics cards based on real world user interaction. 

The benchmark features new models, new graphics display modes and a fresh GUI. It is designed for Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit platforms and can be run with Siemens NX 9.0 or NX 10.0, although results from the two different NX versions are not comparable.

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HP offers CAD workstations on subscription

Published 01 July 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, cad, workstation, subscription

HP Z240 SFF - now available to rent.

HP is giving small to medium design and engineering firms the chance to rent their workstations through its new HP Subscription program.

Rather than having to pay for workstation hardware upfront customers pay a low monthly fee for the duration of the subscription period.

Contracts range from 12 to 60 months and include helpdesk services, support and optional next business day onsite repair.

So who is likely to be most interested renting their workstation?

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Fujitsu Celsius H760 mobile workstation big on security

Published 17 June 2016

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Article tagged with: cad, quadro, mobile workstation, fujitsu celsius, 4k, nvme, celsius

The Celsius H760 supports new standards such as USB-C as well as legacy technologies like VGA

Fujitsu has introduced the Celsius H760, a new CAD focused 15.6-inch mobile workstation built around the quad core Intel ‘Skylake’ Core i7 and Xeon CPU.

Other features include a FHD or 4K display, Nvidia Quadro GPU (up to the M2000M), up to 64GB DDR4 memory, M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD up to 512GB and USB Type-C, all standard features of a modern mobile CAD workstation.

With Dell, HP and Lenovo all launching ‘Skylake’ mobile workstations late last year Fujitsu is relatively late to market with its own Skylake offering.

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Lenovo delivers mainstream workstation performance in a low cost chassis

Published 14 June 2016

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Article tagged with: cad, cpu, workstation, xeon, lenovo thinkstation

The ThinkStation P410 boasts mainstream workstation performance in an entry-level chassis

Lenovo has introduced the ThinkStation P410, a new class of desktop workstation which boasts mainstream workstation performance in an entry-level chassis to bring down cost. Lenovo said the price of the machine will be mid-way between the true entry-level ThinkStation P310 and mainstream ThinkStation P510, also announced today.

The Lenovo ThinkStation P410 has similar specs to the mainstream ThinkStation P510, but has a smaller and less expandable chassis (175mm x 426mm x 376mm versus 175mm x 470mm x 440mm)

Both machines feature the new Broadwell-EP Intel Xeon E5-1600 v4 series CPUs with Intel Turbo Max 3,0 technology. Models range from 3.20GHz to 3.70GHz with 4, 6 and 8 cores.

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Intel Xeon E5-1600 v4 boosts performance of single CPU workstations

Published 08 June 2016

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, simulation, cad, workstation, intel xeon, hp z workstation

The new Intel Xeon E5-1600 v4 series CPUs will be available in single CPU workstations, such as the HP Z440

The Intel Xeon E5-1600 v4 series is a new family of Broadwell-EP CPUs primarily designed for single CPU workstations, such as the HP Z440.

The CPUs should be of particular interest to CAD users because of a new Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 which is designed to boost performance of frequency bound applications like CAD by increasing the performance of one or two of the CPU’s cores.

With this feature enabled, Intel says the foreground application (or any application the user chooses) gets an extra boost of performance – up to 200 MHz – by getting up to two cores running in Turbo Boost dedicated to it. For example, if you have an 8-core processor, two of the 8 cores will run at up to 4.0 GHz and be dedicated to that application.

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Workstation Specialists unveils powerful compact workstation with 10 core CPU

Published 03 June 2016

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Article tagged with: keyshot, quadro, firepro, workstation, sff, design viz

Workstation Specialists has launched a new family of small form factor (SFF) workstations with specifications to rival most high-end single socket tower workstations.

The 250 x 160 x 338mm (H x W x D) machine can take a choice of CPUs, up to the new 10 core Intel Extreme Edition 6950X (overclocked to 4.2GHz), and can also be kitted out with pretty much any Nvidia or AMD GPU, up to the 250W Nvidia Quadro M6000 24GB GPU.

Memory is limited to 32GB of DDR4 but the SFF workstation can hold up to three storage devices, including one M.2 NVMe SSD, one 2.5-inch SATA SSD and one 3.5-inch HDD.

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Intel targets design viz with new high GHz, 10 core CPU

Published 31 May 2016

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Article tagged with: keyshot, cad, intel, cpu, workstation, v-ray, design viz

The new Extreme Edition CPUs are likely to appeal to users of CAD-integrated renderers, plus standalone tools like Luxion KeyShot (pictured), Modo and V-Ray.

CAD users who are also serious about physically-based rendering should take note of Intel’s new Extreme Edition processor family.

The new ‘Broadwell-E’-based Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition family delivers up to 10 cores and 20 threads at speeds up to 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo). It’s this combination of high GHZ (which is great for CAD) coupled with high core count (which is great for ray trace rendering) that makes these new chips stand out from most desktop Core i7 processors, which have 4 cores. The previous generation Haswell-based Core-i7 Extreme Edition CPUs peaked at 8 cores.

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