HP’s Z2 Mini is a tiny power house of a workstation

Posted by Alex Herrera on March 20th 2017 | Permalink
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With its capable, ridiculously small workstation, HP looks to cast a wider net on visual computing professionals Describing an industry as mature tends to connote visions of conservative businesses that follow established design formulas and serve equally established markets, with adequate but uninspired products. Though it would qualify as mature

Nvidia overhauls Quadro product line with Pascal GPUs

Posted by Alex Herrera on February 24th 2017 | Permalink
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At the Solidworks World conference in February, Nvidia released its second round of Pascal-generation Quadro add-in card GPUs for professional-caliber workstation applications, adding to the first round of late 2016. Often, a second round is followed by a third and fourth, before the entire portfolio has been upgraded to the latest

Can a Virtual Workstation truly provide an experience comparable to a traditional deskside machine?

Posted by Alex Herrera on February 7th 2017 | Permalink
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Giving Boxx’s Pro VDI a test drive Business executives and IT administrators alike have long been enamored with platform virtualization technology, and rightfully so. the advantages of hosting virtual desktops remotely in the data center are well-known and precisely the reason VDI — Virtual Deskstop Infrastructure (VDI),

AMD’s Polaris generation comes to Radeon Pro

Posted by Alex Herrera on December 1st 2016 | Permalink
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The progression of GPU products for workstations has for years followed a fairly predictable pattern. A new architectural generation appears every 18 months or so, coinciding with the launch of a family of chips targeting gaming markets (Radeon for AMD and GeForce for Nvidia). Sometime later, anywhere from one to three

HP’s ZBook Studio G3

Posted by Alex Herrera on June 13th 2016 | Permalink
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As 2015 came to a close, HP Inc. was busy following on the heels of Intel’s Skylake launch with a broad product refresh of its own, both upgrading and expanding on its line of ZBook mobile workstations. When it did, the company made it clear where it was focusing

Lenovo 17-inch mobile workstation

Posted by Alex Herrera on March 16th 2016 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review,
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Lenovo’s 17-inch ThinkPad mobile workstation is back, and it will have a bigger impact on the number-three workstation suppliers’ business than you might think. A few years back, Lenovo discontinued marketing a 17-inch model, and on the surface, the reason would seem perfectly sensible. Its 17-inch models

Reviewing two new Boxx workstations

Posted by Alex Herrera on March 8th 2016 | Permalink
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One that bends the traditional design mold ... and another that shatters it  We’re not going to lie. Reviewing one workstation after another can get a bit tiresome. Machines can start looking an awful lot alike, but that’s rarely the case when we review a Boxx

HP’s new entry-class Z240 workstation

Posted by Alex Herrera on February 8th 2016 | Permalink
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Skylake gives a lot of bang for the buck The big news in the workstation market in the fourth quarter of 2015 was the arrival of Skylake. Workstation vendors had been champing at the bit, waiting on the first release of Intel’s 14-nm processor generation and eager to refresh

Reviewing Nvidia’s Quadro K1200

Posted by Alex Herrera on July 15th 2015 | Permalink
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Typically, the first to showcase each generation’s leap in performance and new features, the big, powerful GPUs from AMD and Nvidia tend to capture the lion’s portion of the limelight, but the showcase AIBs are not the high-volume AIBs. Although AIBs like Nvidia’s recent,

Boxx Apexx 4 Performance Edition workstation

Posted by Alex Herrera on June 8th 2015 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review,
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Journeyman powerhouse workstation Boxx may not be a Tier 1 workstation supplier by a measure of unit volume, but Boxx certainly qualifies as top-tier when it comes to the performance and quality of its workstation products. Boxx is a supplier of workstation-class products to professional markets. It's developed a loyal

Nvidia’s new GPU monster, the Quadro M6000

Posted by Alex Herrera on June 8th 2015 | Permalink
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The typical product refresh progres¬sion for GPU vendors like Nvidia is fairly predictable. Typically, the newest generation enters at the high end first, then trickles down over time through the rest of the product line. Earlier this year, the mobile side of the company’s GeForce corporate

Lenovo’s ThinkStation P900 - The most powerful deskside machine we’ve ever tested

Posted by Alex Herrera on March 10th 2015 | Permalink
Categories: Hardware Review,
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Let’s make this clear right off the bat. This workstation, especially the way it’s configured, is not for everyone. That’s not to say the majority of professionals wouldn’t want one, it’s just that it’s price tag would scare

Benchmarking the Quadro K5200 and K2200

Posted by Alex Herrera on November 19th 2014 | Permalink
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Nvidia kindly offered us two of the new Quadro cards to test performance, the high end Quadro K5200 and the mid-range K2200. Our benchmarking tool of choice was the same we've used extensively in the past: Viewperf 12. This latest version of SPEC's venerable Viewperf benchmark is designed to

Benchmarking the AMD FirePro W9100

Posted by Alex Herrera on April 16th 2014 | Permalink
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Our choice to benchmark the FirePro W9100 is the same tool we used previously on its W9000 predecessor: Viewperf 12. This latest version of SPEC’s venerable Viewperf benchmark is designed to isolate the stress on the graphics card specifically, rather than the system as a whole. As a result,

Lenovo C30 workstation with Nvidia’s Quadro K5000

Posted by Alex Herrera on February 13th 2013 | Permalink
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In our nearly two decades tracking the market and researching technology, we’ve reviewed plenty of workstations. Comparing and contrasting models from competing vendors hasn’t always been an easy or particularly revealing exercise, because the plain truth is the silicon guts of today’s workstation models

Benchmarking the FirePro W9000

Posted by Alex Herrera on November 7th 2012 | Permalink
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{image_8}AMD’s FirePro W9000, one of the first members of a full family of new professional-caliber graphics cards from AMD, is out in the market. JPR got its hands on one and ran it through our standard battery of workstation-relevant tests. We’ve got numbers to review,

Reviewing the HP Z210 Small Form Factor (SFF) workstation

Posted by Alex Herrera on December 11th 2011 | Permalink
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HP’s first foray into integrated-graphics for workstations was over a year ago, when the company launched the Z200 workstation with Intel’s 32 nm Westmere parts. That archicture coupled the GPU and CPU with two die in a package. Now, we think HP offered integrated graphics on the

Benchmarking the FirePro V7900, V5900 and V4900 / The V4900 shined on SPECapc Lightwave

Posted by Alex Herrera on December 11th 2011 | Permalink
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The FirePro V7900 and V5900 boards, based on AMD’s Caymen GPUs, now occupy the mid-range and high-end positions in AMD’s workstation graphics portfolio. The V4900 workstation AIB is the latest addition to the line. It’s built with the Turks Northern Island’s GPU,

Nvidia Quadro 5000 review

Posted by Alex Herrera on October 13th 2010 | Permalink
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Benchmarking the Quadro FX 5000 with (for the first time) Viewperf 11 The Quadro 5000 is based on Fermi, Nvidia’s ambitious new architecture covered in detail in the pages of JPR’s Tech Watch and Workstation Report. But the 5000 doesn’t include the maximum number of processing cores the architecture touts. Where

Lenovo’s heavy-duty W701 mobile workstation Review

Posted by Alex Herrera on September 13th 2010 | Permalink
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A first-hand look at Lenovo's heavy-duty W701 mobile workstation Ever since the release of the Calpella-based mobile workstations, we wanted to get our hands on one, and when Lenovo loaned us its latest, top-end W701, we got our wish. Lenovo introduced its latest ThinkPad W510 (January, 2010) and ThinkPad W701 (February)

Reviewing the HP Z400 workstation and Fermi-generation Nvidia Quadro 5000

Posted by Alex Herrera on August 4th 2010 | Permalink
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Our first look at 6-core Westmere (Gulftown) and professional-grade Fermi Two major advancements in workstation platform technology have appeared over recent months, and JPR has had the good fortune to review both, and at the same time no less. Intel’s 32 nm Westmere processor generation made its first splash in

Reviewing the Boxx 4850 Extreme workstation

Posted by Alex Herrera on April 2nd 2010 | Permalink
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... and another look at the AMD FirePro 8750 At JPR, we get several opportunities over the course of a year to check out OEMs’ new workstation models. And while we always see or learn one or two new things, by and large, the differences are usually relatively minor. After all, they’

Reviewing the Lenovo D20, Quadro FX 4800 and AMD FirePro 7850

Posted by Alex Herrera on November 9th 2009 | Permalink
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Lenovo loaned us a new workstation to take a look at, the company’s recent top-end Nehalem-class, dual-socket ThinkStation D20. The D20 came equipped with both sockets filled, as well as 12 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory. Two of the machine’s five 3.5-inch drive bays were filled, each with one 500

Graphics performance is a matter of definition

Posted by Alex Herrera on June 12th 2009 | Permalink
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Tags: amd gpu ati gaming firepro graphics chip

FirePro 2450. (Source: AMD) To each his own. The fastest rendering 3D cards tend to grab most of the attention in the hardware graphics business, but just because they hog the spotlight doesn’t mean they’re the ideal solution for everyone. A lot of us don’t need to render

Taking a new workstation and two professional graphics cards out for a test-drive

Posted by Alex Herrera on June 2nd 2008 | Permalink
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Lenovo’s new ThinkStation S10 workstation.(Source: Jon Peddie Research) Table 1: ThinkStation D10 specification.(Source: Jon Peddie Research) A look: inside the S10’s tool-less chassis.(Source: Jon Peddie Research) The S10’s: front panel.(Source: Jon Peddie Research) The S10’s: rear panel.(Source: Jon

Lenovo’s Thinkpad”-P” Mobile Workstration testing Labs

Posted by Alex Herrera on October 25th 2007 | Permalink
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When you think work-stations, the name Lenovo probably isn't the first to jump to mind. But thanks to Lenovo's purchase of IBM's PC line back in '05, Lenovo has by intention or not become the number three provider of workstations worldwide, with sales today dwarfing industry pioneers such as Sun,