Posts by Greg Corke

Fujitsu Celsius J550 looks to take 3D performance lead in Small Form Factor (SFF) workstations

Published 19 November 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, amd firepro, workstation, fujitsu, fujitsu celsius, sff

Fujitsu has unveiled its first ever Small Form Factor (SFF) workstation, the Fujitsu Celsius J550. Unlike similar-class machines from Dell, HP and Lenovo, Fujitsu’s slimline workstation can host a full height graphics card, up to the mid-range Nvidia Quadro K2200 (4GB) or AMD FirePro W5100 (4GB).

This is big news for 3D CAD users as they can now have access to levels of 3D performance that were previously only available in mini tower desktop workstations, such as the Fujitsu Celsius W550, also released this month.

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SPECwpc releases new workstation benchmark

Published 18 November 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cpu, workstation, creo, ssd, benchmark

SPECwpc 2.0, a major new release of the multi discipline workstation benchmark, includes a number of new features designed to help better test CPU and Solid State Drive (SSD) performance.

For CPUs, the test features improved scalability measurement for workstations with large numbers of processing cores as well as the ability to request a specific number of threads or processes for multi-threaded workloads.

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HP launches HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro - a high-performance PCIe SSD

Published 14 November 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: simulation, hp, ssd, storage, pcie, nvme

HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro

HP has launched a high-performance Solid State Drive (SSD) PCIe x 16 add-in board that can be used with its HP Z440, Z640 and Z840 workstations.

The HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro boasts read speeds of up to 9.0GB/s, 16x faster than standard SATA-based SSDs.

Such high-end storage is likely to bring most benefit to I/O bottlenecked workflows where large datasets are prevalent, such as in point cloud processing, engineering simulation and video editing.

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HP launches powerful, slender ZBook Studio mobile workstation + updates entire ZBook family

Published 12 November 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cpu, nvidia quadro, ssd, mobile workstation, 4k, zbook

HP is going head to head with the Dell Precision 5510 and Apple MacBook Pro with its brand HP ZBook Studio mobile workstation, unveiled today in New York.

The compact 15-inch machine is being pitched as the world’s first quad core Ultrabook. It is all about cramming high performance workstation-class components into a slender chassis. In terms of performance it sits between the HP ZBook 15U and HP ZBook 15.

At 18mm thick and weighing 2kg (4.4lbs) it has the accolade of being the most svelte of all HP ZBooks, even thinner than the ZBook 15U, which was HP’s original 15-inch Ultrabook workstation. A sleek 150W Power Adapter, which is 37% smaller and 50% lighter than the previous generation, also helps cut down on bulk when travelling.

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Intel unveils Skylake Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs for entry-level CAD workstations

Published 20 October 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, cad, dell, gpu, workstation, xeon, skylake

Intel has released details of its new ‘Skylake’ Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors that will soon appear in entry-level workstations such as the recently announced HP Z240 and Dell Precision Tower 3620.

There are eight workstation-class models in total. All are quad core processors and three include integrated graphics. The standout feature is support for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory (ECC or non-ECC), a step up from previous generation Xeon E3-1200 series CPUs which peaked at 32GB.

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MSI launches 17-inch ‘Skylake’ mobile workstation with RAID 0 NVMe PCIe SSDs

Published 05 October 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: cad, core i7, xeon, mobile workstation, msi, ssds

MSI is the latest manufacturer to unveil a mobile workstation based on Intel’s 6th Generation (Skylake) Core-i7 and Xeon processors.

The 17.3-inch MSI WT72 mobile workstation features a choice of three processors: the Intel Xeon E3-1505M (2.8GHz up to 3.70GHz Turbo), the Intel Core i7-6920HQ (2.9GHz up to 3.80GHz Turbo) and the Intel Core i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz up to 3.50GHz Turbo).

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Dell slims down Precision mobile workstations for Intel Skylake

Published 01 October 2015

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: dell, quadro, firepro, xeon, precision, mobile workstation, skylake, nvme

The new slimline Dell Precision 15 5510, a replacement for the Precision M3800

Dell has completely re-designed its entire family of mobile workstations, featuring a thinner and lighter design and new generation Intel Skylake processors, including the forthcoming Intel Xeon mobile CPU.

There are three 15-inch models and one 17-inch model, to suit all different types of users.

The Dell Precision 15 3510 is a budget 15-inch mobile workstation, taking over from the Dell Precision M2800.

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