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Centerprise International signs exclusive UK agreement with BOXX Technologies

Published 12 August 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: workstation, boxx, overclocking

The BOXX APEXX2, an overclocked CAD-focused desktop workstation

Centerprise has signed an agreement with high performance workstation manufacturer BOXX Technologies to become its exclusive manufacturing and distribution partner in the UK.

Centerprise will use its purpose built production and logistics centre in Caerphilly, South Wales to build the complete portfolio of BOXX workstations and rendering devices. These include desktop, mobile and remote/virtual workstations, as well as dedicated render farms / clusters for rendering and simulation.

BOXX and Centerprise have launched a dedicated UK website

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Intel to bring Xeon to mobile workstations

Published 11 August 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: intel, cae, fea, xeon, mobile workstation

Historically, if you wanted an Intel Xeon in your mobile workstation you needed to buy a specialist machine from the likes of Eurocom.

Now Intel has announced that it will soon be launching the Intel Xeon E3-1500M v5, a dedicated Xeon chip family for mobile workstations and laptops.

Intel is currently keeping its cards very close to its chest in terms of specifications, so we have no indication as to the number of cores or GHz. However, as the chip is based on the Xeon E3 family rather than the Xeon E5 it is unlikely that we will see 12 core compute beasts like the Eurocom Panther 5.

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Nvidia launches two new 8GB professional GPUs - the Quadro M4000 and Quadro M5000

Published 11 August 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: gpu, nvidia quadro, maxwell, graphic cards

The new Quadro M5000 features 8GB of GDDR5 memory

Nvidia has unveiled two new professional Quadro graphics cards to flesh out its Maxwell family of GPUs. The Quadro M4000 and Quadro M5000 join the Quadro M6000, which was launched in March. Nvidia also has the Quadro K620 and Quadro K2200 which are actually based on the ‘Maxwell’ architecture despite their ‘K’ prefix.

Both of the new cards feature 8GB of GDDR5 memory but on paper the Quadro M5000 appears to be significantly more powerful with more CUDA cores (2,048 compared to 1,664) and more single precision performance (4.3 TFLOPS compared to 2.6 TFLOPS).

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New Lenovo ThinkPad P50 and P70 mobile workstations include first ever mobile Intel Xeon CPU

Published 11 August 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, nvidia quadro, intel xeon, mobile workstation, lenovo thinkpad

The 15.6-inch Lenovo ThinkPad P50

Lenovo has introduced two new mobile workstations – the 15.6-inch ThinkPad P50 and the 17-inch ThinkPad P70.

There’s a whole host on new technologies packed inside the purpose-built mobile workstations, the most notable being the inclusion of the first ever mobile Intel Xeon CPU, the Intel Xeon E3-1500M v5.

Other mobile workstation firsts include up to 64GB of ECC memory, new Nvidia Quadro GPUs and Thunderbolt 3. Lenovo has also introduced PCIe storage and 4K displays to its ThinkPad mobile workstations for the first time.

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Nvidia targets CAD and visualisation software developers with new design viz toolkits

Published 11 August 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: rendering, nvidia, gpu, vr, iray, vray

2015 Harley-Davidson Street Glide rendered in Iray for Rhino. Production data courtesy of Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Nvidia is ramping up its efforts in the design viz sector with the launch of DesignWorks - a new suite of tools and technologies designed to help CAD software developers integrate a variety of physically-based rendering (PBR) and visualisation technologies.

DesignWorks includes more than 20 viz-focused tools that cover rendering, materials, displays and VR but the key focus is on three components - the Nvidia Iray software development kit (SDK), Nvidia Material Definition Language (MDL) and Nvidia vMaterials.

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Intel launches 6th gen Core (Skylake) CPUs

Published 05 August 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: intel, cpu, workstation, scan, processor, overclocking

Intel has officially launched Skylake, its 6th generation Core CPU and successor to Broadwell. The chip giant kicked things off today with two ‘enthusiast’ desktop CPUs – the Core i5 6600K and Core i7 6700K - targeted at gamers, but also good for CAD. We expect more Skylake chips later this year.

Skylake is a ‘tock’ in Intel’s well-tuned ‘tick tock’ CPU delivery model where a ‘tock’ denotes a new microarchitecture and a ‘tick’ a manufacturing advance – i.e. a die shrink.

On paper, this means Skylake should be big news, although with chip advancements slowing down in recent years, new microarchitectures don’t tend to deliver as much of a boost as they used to do.

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How fast is your SolidWorks 2015 workstation?

Published 29 July 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: solidworks, rendering, cpu, workstation, graphics cards, graphics, benchmark

This Menjac gearbox is one of three new SolidWorks models to be added to the benchmark.

If you are a SolidWorks user and want to find out which graphics card, CPU or workstation will give you the best performance, check out the new SPECapc for SolidWorks 2015 benchmark, released today.

The benchmark is heavily focused on 3D graphics, consisting of nine graphics and two CPU tests.

The graphics tests use three popular SolidWorks view settings - RealView, ambient occlusion and shadows - in combination with shaded and shaded-with-edges display styles.

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