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Nvidia brings pro VR and GPU rendering to standard notebooks

Published 31 July 2017

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Article tagged with: nvidia, gpu, quadro, vr, mobile workstation, gpu rendering

Nvidia’s eGPU solution can house any one of four powerful Quadro GPUs

Nvidia has launched a new solution that allows users to plug in a powerful professional desktop Quadro GPU to a slimline notebook via Thunderbolt 3. The company’s new external GPU (eGPU) solution gives designers, engineers and architects on-demand access to high-end 3D graphics, VR, physically-based rendering or GPU compute.

Nvidia’s eGPU solution can house one of four high-end Nvidia Quadro GPUs, including the P4000, P5000, P6000 and GP100. A soon to be released R384 driver will allow the system to override the native GPU (integrated or discrete) and make the external Quadro GPU the primary GPU for the laptop. Importantly, the laptop does not need to be a mobile workstation with an internal Quadro GPU.

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PNY introduces VR Ready 15.6-inch mobile workstation

Published 31 July 2017

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Article tagged with: gpu, quadro, vr, pny, mobile workstation

PNY Technologies, the firm that manufactures Nvidia graphics cards among other products, has entered the mobile workstation market with the launch of two machines powered by the latest Nvidia Quadro GPUs.

The PNY PREVAILPRO P3000 and P4000 mobile workstations take their names from the Quadro P3000 (6GB) GDDR5) and P4000 (8GB GDDR5) GPUs.

Apart from the GPUs, both machines are identical and feature a 15.6-inch FHD or 4K display, a slimline 2.18kg (4.8lb) chassis, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU and up to 32GB DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM memory. A primary M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD can be supplemented with a 2.5mm Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Other features include multiple Type-C USB 3.1 ports, as well as USB 3.0, HDMi and MiniDisplayPort.

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AMD unveils Radeon Pro WX 9100 and SSG ‘Vega’ GPUs for professional users

Published 31 July 2017

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Article tagged with: amd, rendering, visualisation, gpu, cae, vr, radeon prorender, radeon pro, gpu rendering, radeon pro ssg

The Radeon Pro SSG features 2TB of total on-board memory, made up of 16GB of HBM2 memory and an on-board 2TB NVMe SSD

AMD has launched two ultra-high-end professional GPUs based on its much-anticipated ‘Vega’ GPU architecture - the Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Pro SSG.

For design, engineering and architecture the new GPUs will mainly benefit those involved in design visualisation, GPU rendering or Virtual Reality (VR). Both GPUs offer a huge leap up from their predecessor, the AMD FirePro W9100.

AMD states that models run more than twice as fast, delivering over 2.6x the peak throughput-per-clock. With up to 12.3 TFLOPs of peak single-precision performance (compared to the FirePro W9100’s 5.24 TFLOPs) both GPUs should also dramatically cut render times in physically-based renderers like Radeon ProRender.

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WorldViz set to launch VR communication tool Vizible

Published 26 July 2017

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Article tagged with: vr, collaboration, design review, oculus rift, htc vive

Presenter Using Pointer

“Project Skofield”, the VR communication technology that was first previewed by WorldViz in 2016, has now been branded Vizible and is due to launch in October 2017.

Interestingly, the technology is primarily being targeted at sales professionals, rather than designers and engineers – the pitch being that it offers an immersive way of communicating complex ideas to prospects and clients. However, it can also be used for remote collaboration, design review with distributed teams, and product training.

According to WorldViz, the software operates much like a GoToMeeting for VR and takes advantage of VR’s ability to make someone feel “present” in a virtual location, reducing the need for teams to travel.

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Chaos Group introduces GPU + CPU hybrid rendering

Published 07 July 2017

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Article tagged with: hardware, rendering, nvidia, gpu, vr, cuda, v-ray, gpu rendering, chaos group

Chaos Group has added a new hybrid rendering technology to V-Ray for 3ds Max that adds CPU support to its Nvidia CUDA-powered GPU renderer.

With version 3.6 artists can render a scene using GPUs, CPUs or a combination of both and produce the exact same results.

“GPU rendering is on the rise, and V-Ray Hybrid solves two important issues that could make it even more popular,” said Vlado Koylazov, Chaos Group co-founder. “It lets artists use all of their existing hardware, and it gives them a fallback solution if they run into GPU RAM limitations.

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AMD targets entry-level 3D CAD users with new low-profile GPUs

Published 07 July 2017

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Article tagged with: solidworks, amd, ptc, hp, nvidia, gpu, dell, quadro, workstations, workstation

AMD has added two entry-level models to its Radeon Pro WX Series of professional GPUs: The Radeon Pro WX 2100 and WX 3100 are designed for entry-level 3D CAD and are certified for a number of applications including SolidWorks, Creo and Revit.

The pair join AMD’s other ‘Polaris-based’ professional GPUs, the Radeon Pro WX 4100, WX 5100 and WX 7100, which were launched in 2016.

In terms of performance, AMD reckons the Radeon Pro WX 2100 and WX 3100 boasts up to 95 per cent and 2.3x improvements over its previous generation (FirePro W2100 and FirePro W4100).

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Lenovo unveils ThinkStation P320 Tiny - a micro workstation for 3D CAD

Published 20 June 2017

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Article tagged with: cad, rendering, hp, nvidia, gpu, quadro, workstations, workstation, lenovo, thinkstation

The ThinkStation P320 is designed specifically for space constrained offices.

Lenovo has introduced a micro desktop workstation that is even smaller than the HP Z2 Mini, as reviewed here.

The Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tiny is only 35mm x 179mm x 183mm in size and 1 litre in volume, which we believe makes it the world’s smallest workstation.

Overall it looks like an attractive proposition for those with space constrained workplaces or those who need a very portable desktop machine that is ISV tested and certified for 2D and 3D CAD.

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