Posts by Greg Corke

Lenovo unveils Xeon W Series desktop workstations and new ultra-slim mobile workstation

Published 14 November 2017

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Article tagged with: quadro, workstations, workstation, lenovo, vr, thinkstation, thinkpad

Lenovo ThinkStation P520 can host up to two Quadro P6000 GPUs for high-end Viz and VR

Lenovo has announced two new single CPU desktop workstations as well as an ultra-portable mobile workstation to rival the HP ZBook Studio and Dell Precision 5520.

The ThinkStation P520 and compact P520c tower workstations are both built around the new Intel Xeon W processors, with speeds up to 4.5GHz (which is great for CAD) and up to 18 cores (for simulation or rendering).

The main difference between the two machines is in terms of graphics capabilities, with the P520 able to take up to two Quadro P6000 GPUs for ultra high-end viz and VR, while the P520c can host up to a single Quadro P5000 for more mainstream viz workflows.

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AMD boosts performance in free SolidWorks renderer

Published 20 October 2017

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Article tagged with: rendering, gpu, radeon prorender, radeon pro, physically based rendering

AMD has boosted the performance in Radeon ProRender, the company’s no cost physically-based rendering engine. The updated Radeon ProRender plug-in for SolidWorks is said to provide up to 14 percent than the previous version, while the Blender version is up to 29 percent faster, the 3ds Max version up to 35 percent faster and the Maya version up to 28 percent faster.

AMD has also added some new features to the OpenCL rendering engine that is optimised for GPUs, but also runs on CPUs. The Radeon ProRender add-in for SolidWorks, for example, now includes physically accurate sun and sky simulation and also works with SolidWorks 2018.

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HP takes on Microsoft Surface Pro with detachable PC workstation with Nvidia Quadro pro graphics

Published 18 October 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, hp, wacom, mobile workstation, sketch

HP is taking on Microsoft in the detachable PC sector with the HP ZBook x2, a new CAD-optimised mobile workstation that it claims offers up to 73% more 3D performance than the Microsoft Surface Pro thanks to an integrated Nvidia Quadro GPU.

The HP ZBook x2 features a 14-inch 4K multi-touch display, a detachable Bluetooth keyboard and a pressure sensitive pen, based on Wacom EMR technology.

The machine can be used in two main modes – tablet mode (with keyboard completely removed) or in laptop mode, where the screen rests upright on a built-in stand.

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HP Z Workstations redesigned for Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs

Published 13 September 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: hp, workstation, xeon, hp z workstation, xeon scalable

The new look HP Z Workstation - the Z4, Z6 and Z8

HP has completely redesigned its desktop HP Z Workstation family, introducing three new machines that build on the look and feel of the HP Z2 Mini. The HP Z8, Z6 and Z4 workstations also boast brand new technology, including Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs and a six channel memory architecture on the Z6 and Z8, as well as enhanced security and expandability.

All three machines are derived from the same industrial design, which marks a change from the standard angular chassis of older generation HP Z Workstations. HP describes its new towers as having ‘flowing chiseled geometry’ and featuring ‘advanced manufacturing techniques and materials’. The new chassis are not simply designed to look good: cast aluminium handles aid mobility, while redesigned thermal intakes are said to improve air flow.

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Lenovo unveils new Xeon Scalable-based ThinkStation workstations

Published 12 September 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: quadro, workstation, lenovo, xeon, thinkstation, nvme

ThinkStation P920

Lenovo has released details of two new high-end workstations that are due to ship in late October. The ThinkStation P920 and ThinkStation P720 feature two Intel Xeon Scalable processors, on-board M.2 NVMe SSDs and the latest Nvidia Quadro GPUs.

The driving force behind these new machines is the new Intel Xeon Scalable processor family, which boasts up to 28 cores per CPU and is available in speeds up to 3.6GHz. It spells an end of the long-standing Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series of CPUs, which were at the heart of the ThinkStation P710 and ThinkStation P910.

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Samsung boosts performance of external SSD

Published 15 August 2017

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Article tagged with: workstation, ssd, samsung, storage

The blue model comes in 250GB and 500GB capacities while the deep black comes in 1TB and 2TB capacities

Samsung has squeezed another 100MB/sec out of its external USB Solid State Drive (SSD) technology with a new T5 model announced today.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 delivers up to 540MB/sec data transfer speeds (540MB/sec read, 515MB/sec write) through a USB 3.1 Gen.2 (10Gbps) connection. However, our experience shows that these are idealised figure for large continuous datasets, like point clouds or video, so don’t expect to get these kinds of speeds when copying 1,000s of CAD parts and assemblies.

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AMD set to change the rendering game with $999 16-core Ryzen Threadripper CPU

Published 10 August 2017

Posted by Greg Corke

Article tagged with: amd, rendering, cpu, viz, threadripper, ryzen

AMD has launched Ryzen Threadripper, a new family of high-end desktop CPUs which feature up to 16 cores and cost under $1,000.

This is massive news for users of rendering software, such as Chaos Group V-Ray, Luxion KeyShot or any of the CAD-based CPU renderers - all of which can take advantage of multiple CPU cores to cut render times.

Previously, in order to get hold of a desktop CPU with such a high core count, users have had to invest in one or two Intel Xeon E5 Series CPUs, which are significantly more expensive.

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