Posts by Greg Corke

NextComputing offers Intel Xeon E5 v3 in luggable workstations

Published 10 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: xeon, mobile workstation, haswell xeon

Want 36 CPU cores in a ‘mobile’ workstation? You got it!

If you need to take your high-end CAD/CAM/CAE workstation on the road but are fed up with Styrofoam packaging and annoying carry cases, NextComputing might have something for you.

The company has just updated its luggable ‘Radius’ portable workstation family, which now offers up to 36 CPU cores thanks to support for the new ‘Haswell’ Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product family.

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Lenovo ThinkStation P Series application performance figures with new Haswell Xeon E5 v3 CPUs

Published 09 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, nvidia quadro, 3ds max, maya, ptc creo, lenovo thinkstation, intel xeon e5 v3, haswell xeon

One of the questions we get asked most often at DEVELOP3D is how does my three year-old workstation compare to the latest and greatest?

And with the release of Intel’s new Haswell Xeon E5 v3 CPUs yesterday it’s a great time to be asking this question.

The good news is the tech guys over at Lenovo have done all the hard work for us, releasing a series of benchmarks that show how the new generation Lenovo ThinkStation P series stacks up against an almost three year old Sandy Bridge Xeon workstation and a one year old Ivy Bridge Xeon. All three machines also feature different generations of Nvidia Quadro GPUs. It’s quite a complex matrix.

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NaviSite introduces Desktop-as-a-Service solution for 3D CAD

Published 09 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cloud, virtualisation, nvidia grid, remote cad

NaviSite’s Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution is optimised for 3D graphical workloads by using Nvidia GRID technology.

NaviSite is hoping to entice design and engineering firms into the world of desktop virtualisation with a new Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution.

The cloud-based service is tuned for graphics intensive workflows, using Nvidia GRID technology to deliver the virtual desktops. Users can run CAD and other 3D applications using a standard Internet-connected PC or thin client.

The service is designed to be flexible, allowing workstation-class virtual desktops to be scaled on-demand. It also means businesses do not need to purchase, update or maintain workstation hardware.

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Intel’s new Haswell-based Xeon E5 v3 processor boasts up to 18 cores in a single CPU

Published 08 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, cpu, xeon, haswell

Dual CPU workstations can now have a whopping 36 cores and 72 threads

Intel has launched its next generation Xeon chip, the Haswell-based Xeon E5 v3 series.

Dell, HP, Lenovo and a number of specialist workstation manufacturers have all announced machines based on the new Intel chip architecture, which promises a jump in performance, support for DDR4 memory, and up to 18 cores in a single CPU - 50 per cent more cores than you got with the Ivy Bridge Xeon E5 v2 Series.

Dual CPU workstations can now have a whopping 36 cores and 72 threads, an attractive proposition for users of multi-threaded ray trace renderers like Luxion KeyShot, V-Ray and mental ray in apps such as 3ds Max.

Having this many cores in a single CPU does reduce clock speed though with the 18 core Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 only running at 2.3 GHz.

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HP unveils new Haswell Xeon E5 v3 workstations - the Z440, Z640, Z840

Published 08 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, hardware, workstations, workstation, xeon, haswell, z workstation

HP has refreshed its desktop Z Workstation line up with three new machines built around Intel’s brand new Haswell-EP Xeon E5 v3 series CPUs and new professional GPUs from AMD and Nvidia.

It’s not often both sets of processors get updated at the same time so HP is calling this a step change in terms of performance. We tend to agree.

The HP Z440, HP Z640 and HP Z840 workstations also feature new DDR4 memory, which runs 14 percent faster than DDR3 memory, HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe storage, which boasts twice the sequential read/write speeds of SATA 6Gb/sec SSDs and Thunderbolt 2, which is said to be four times as fast as USB 3.0.

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HP delivers Gen2 ZBook 15 and ZBook 17 mobile workstations with new CPUs and Z Turbo PCIe SSD

Published 08 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, amd firepro, nvidia quadro, ssd, mobile workstation, pcie, zbook

In addition to new desktop workstation, HP has also introduced Gen2 versions of its ZBook 15 and ZBook 17 mobile workstations. There’s no change to the industrial design or form factor, but there are some small but significant changes inside.

The big news is the introduction of PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) storage, thanks to an M.2 version of the Z Turbo Drive, which was a recent addition to its desktop workstations.

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Nvidia Quadro professional 3D graphics review extended with hands on testing of K4200 and K5200

Published 01 September 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, gpu, creo, graphics cards, nvidia quadro, gpu compute, nvidia kepler, nvidia grid, nvidia maxwell

The double height Nvidia Quadro K5200 nestled inside our Scan 3XS GW-HT10 test machine

Last month we put the Nvidia Quadro K2200 (4GB) through its paces, one of five new professional GPUs launched by Nvidia at Siggraph in August. But this was only the first part of the story and we’ve now emerged from our labs to share results for the high-end Quadro K4200 (4GB) and Quadro K5200 (8GB).

While performance of the Quadro K2200 in DS SolidWorks and PTC Creo was promising, if you render your model with real time visual effects such as RealView and Ambient Occlusion then the Quadro K4200 and K5200 should take things up to a whole new level. And, of course, these cards should be ideal for dedicated 3D viz apps like Showcase, 3ds Max, and Maya.

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