Posts by Greg Corke

Dell adds 4K display and Thunderbolt to slimline Precision M3800 mobile workstation

Published 27 January 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: dell, dell precision, mobile workstation, 4k, thunderbolt

The original slimline Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation

Dell has updated its slimline 15.6-inch mobile workstation, the Dell Precision M3800, adding an optional 4K Ultra HD touch display, a Thunderbolt 2 port and additional storage options.

The new 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) 15.6-inch UltraSharp touch display is made with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT and features ten-finger multi-touch.

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SPECapc releases PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark

Published 07 January 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstations, graphics cards, graphics, benchmarks, ptc creo

The SPECapc project group has released a new standard benchmark for evaluating the performance of workstations running PTC Creo 3.0.

The SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark provides eight workflows that exercise all aspects of system performance including graphics, CPU and I/O.

Scores are also generated for specific graphics display modes including shading with reflections, shading with edges, shading, wireframe, hidden-line and no-hidden-line.

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Dell ships curved 34-inch display: a good thing for CAD?

Published 07 January 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: dell, monitor, ultrasharp, display, widescreen, curved

Dell previewed its curved Dell UltraSharp 34 Monitor U3415W last summer and now the 34-inch, WQHD (3,440 x 1,440) resolution display is shipping.

Dell says the curved screen optimises the field of view and minimises eye movement to deliver a more comfortable viewing experience than a flat screen.

While I’ve always considered curved TVs to be a bit of a gimmick, from my limited exposure with curved monitors I actually think manufacturers like Dell could be onto something.

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HP focuses on mobility with new lightweight 14-inch and 15.6-inch Ultrabook mobile workstations

Published 06 January 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, cad, dell, lenovo, mobile workstation, msi, lightweight

The lightweight HP ZBook 15U Ultrabook mobile workstation

HP is going all out on mobility with a new slimline 15.6-inch workstation Ultrabook, the HP ZBook 15U. The company has also updated its Zbook 14 workstation Ultrabook with new CPU, GPU and storage options.

Starting at 1.91kg, the HP ZBook 15U is almost 1kg lighter than HP’s mainstream 15.6-inch mobile workstation, the HP ZBook 15. The tradeoff comes in performance, with a low powered AMD FirePro M4170 (1GB) GPU and dual core Intel CPUs helping give the mobile workstation its Ultrabook status.

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Samsung targets mobile CAD users with Portable SSD T1

Published 06 January 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: mobile workstations, ssd, samsung, cad data

Here’s an interesting new development for CAD on the go - a portable USB 3.0 solid state drive (SSD) from Samsung which is being pitched as a high-speed and durable alternative to external hard disk drives (HDDs).

The Samsung Portable SSD T1, which is smaller than an average business card (71 x 9 x 53mm) and weighs about 30 grams, is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities.

Samsung says write speeds on the Portable SSD T1 are as responsive and fast as an internal SSD and up to 100 times faster than an external HDD. Samsung claims it takes only eight seconds to transfer a 3GB movie file and 27 seconds for a 10GB movie file compared to an external HDD which takes 26 seconds and 85 seconds, respectively.

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HP introduces ultra high-definition and curved displays

Published 05 January 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: monitor, 4k, display, hp z displays, 5k

The HP Z27s features a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, 27-inch diagonal display

HP has added three ultra high-definition models to its family of Z displays - the 4K HP Z27s and HP Z24S and the 5K HP Z27q.

The HP Z27s and HP Z24s 4K displays feature a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution on their respective 27-inch and 23.8-inch diagonal screens. Both displays include DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, Mini-DP, MHL and USB 3.0 connections and are equipped with a four-way ergonomic stand, including pivot to switch quickly between landscape and portrait modes.

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AMD unveils new aggressive pricing for FirePro W-Series GPUs

Published 09 December 2014

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, gpu, amd firepro, gpu compute

The AMD FirePro W8100 offers graphics and compute on a single GPU

AMD has cut the price of its recently released FirePro W-Series GPUs, the most dramatic being the high-end FirePro W8100, which will be available for $1,249, half that of its original MSRP.

The company has also extended its ‘Experience AMD FirePro’ program to December 31 2014, where first time customers can get up to 50% off a single purchase.

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