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Splitting the difference. Satisfying the niche. Exploiting an opportunity. All of those phrases could be used to accurately describe what HP has done here with the new EliteBook 8440w. It's one of the smaller options in the expanding EliteBook family, yet also one of the most powerful. That's not a combination you hear of very often. In most circumstances, you'll need a larger machine in order to accommodate more powerful components within, mostly because the more powerful components emit more heat than the lower-end components. Hewlett-Packard, however, has managed to get a Core i7 Mobile processor within the frame of a 14" notebook and still keep the heat under control. What we're left with... Read more...
Splitting the difference. Satisfying the niche. Exploiting an opportunity. All of those phrases could be used to accurately describe what HP has done here with the new EliteBook 8440w. It's one of the smaller options in the expanding EliteBook family, yet also one of the most powerful. That's not a combination you hear of very often. In most circumstances, you'll need a larger machine in order to accommodate more powerful components within, mostly because the more powerful components emit more heat than the lower-end components. Hewlett-Packard, however, has managed to get a Core i7 Mobile processor within the frame of a 14" notebook and still keep the heat under control. What we're left... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we're looking at three of the latest additions to the ATI FirePro workstation graphcis card lineup, the V7800, V4800, and V3800. Without a doubt, the price and performance variance between the products will be considerable. The V7800 is a powerful, high end part that should be closer in performance to the V8800. The V4800 and V3800 are entry level cards that offer similar features to one another, but target consumers on a more limited budget... AMD ATI FirePro Round-up: V7800, V4800, V3800... Read more...
Two short months ago, we evaluated the FirePro V8800 the current king of ATI's workstation graphics card line-up, which replaced the V8750 as the flagship FirePro model. Unfortunately, we were unable to test it alongside any NVIDIA workstation cards for comparison purposes. At the time, we were handcuffed by two unfortunate circumstances. One was the fact that we no longer had Quadro FX cards available for re-testing, and our newly upgraded test bed prohibited us from using previous data for comparison. But also because there wasn't a current generation Quadro FX model available to compete against the V8800. And as of the release of this article, there still isn't.... Read more...
IDC's latest report on CPU revenue and market share for Q1 2010 confirms results we saw when Intel reported its record first quarter earnings. According to the research firm, the CPU market fell just 5.6 percent from Q4 2009 to Q1 2010. Historically, CPU sales fall 8-10 percent over the same period; IDC's figures lend credence to the idea that the IT recession is beginning to break. "PC processor shipments typically decline around 7 to 8 percent going from fourth quarter to first quarter," said Shane Rau director of Semiconductors: Personal Computing research at IDC. "A decline of 5.6% is modest and wouldn't mean much by itself. However, after the huge rise in shipments we saw in the fourth quarter,... Read more...
Maingear already made a name for themselves in the gaming PC market with the SHIFT. The company calls that company the world's first "personal supercomputer," and though we doubt it'd be good for solving NASA problems or the like, it really is quite powerful. In an effort to cater to the creative professionals who also want that kind of power, but need GPUs that are better suited to computational programs rather than sheer gameplay, the company has introduced the Quantum SHIFT Workstation PC. It's billed as the ultimate PC for Adobe's Creative Suite 5 (which just launched today, actually), and who are we to argue? When a machine comes with up to three NVIDIA Quadro FX CPUs, a selection of Intel... Read more...
During the summer of 2009, we reviewed ATI's flagship workstation graphics card, the FirePro V8750. At the time, we revealed that it was basically a V8700 with improved memory capabilities. With the launch of the new FirePro V8800 and its new GPU architecture, we expect to see a lot more improvement than just a memory upgrade. As you may have guessed, the V8800 is the workstation equivalent to the Radeon HD 5870. It sports the RV870 GPU with 1600 shader processors, but also offers 2GB GDDR5 memory checking in at 1150MHz. This is the card 3D pros have been anxiously waiting for and its finally ready for prime time. Read on as we take the brand new FirePro V8800 for a spin to see just how fast... Read more...
ATI has come on very strong in the consumer graphics space over the last few months. Besides being first to market with DirectX 11 compatible video cards, unleashing Eyefinity technology on to the masses, and expanding their product line up at every meaningful price point, the Red Team also lays claim to the fastest desktop graphics cards in the world, the Radeon HD 5970. With all of the excitement surrounding these new cards for the consumer market, we wondered when professional graphics models would arrive. For the uninitiated, here's a quick summary. Workstation graphics cards are used by a wide assortment of professionals, such as 3D professionals working in CAD, DCC, broadcast,... Read more...
Dell's Precision line has always been associated with professionals; they don't exactly cater to gamers and bargain hunters, but they've always been well equipped for CAD users and other hard-working pros. The Precision M4500 is the company's newest mobile workstation, following up on the Precision M6500 that was launched late last year.It's equipped with Intel's latest Core i7 processor, NVIDIA's Quadro FX 3800M graphics, an optional SSD MiniCard, a 15.6" LCD panel, an optional 3MP camera and Gobi 2.0 mobile broadband connectivity. There's also a wild battery in there that offers nearly 8 hours of life, and the optional 12-cell battery can go even longer. Other specs include as much DDR3 RAM... Read more...
Digital Storm is completely and fully on the Core i7 bandwagon. Just a day after the custom PC builder announced that Intel's benchmark warrior (that would be the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition) would be present in their consumer desktops, now the company is bringing the same chip to their most powerful workstation.Engineered to suit the needs of creative professionals who need serious horsepower to churn through audio and video editing, the DAVINCI is one of the most wildly powerful workstations on the market today. Digital Storm’s DAVINCI workstations harness the power of Intel’s new i7 980X processor, NVIDIA’s Quadro graphics card and are designed to fully utilize NVIDIA’s CUDA technology. DAVINCI... Read more...
There is just never a break any more, is there? You know we're talking about a break in the flow of notebooks; if it's not HP or Lenovo or MSI, it's Dell or Asus or Acer. Almost every single day a new laptop is emerging, and today Dell is taking it to the business world with the introduction of the "world's most powerful 15.6" mobile workstation." Of course, we hear this "world's most powerful" line every single time a new machine (with cutting-edge internals) is introduced. But taken solo, this really is a pretty amazing machine. Currently, the Precision M4500 is the only mobile workstation equipped with Intel's Core i7-920XM Extreme Edition CPU and NVIDIA's Quadro FX 1800M GPU; it's also the... Read more...
The business analysis firm IDC has released data on the shape of the PC industry through the fourth quarter of 2009 and the results point towards a general recovery in all segments. Sales rose moderately in Q4 as compared to Q3, partly thanks to seasonal trends, but were up a full 31.3 percent over Q4 2009. The first half of 2009 was a downright rotten period for virtually every company in the hardware business, but a strong second half boosted total PC sales for the year up 2.5 percent from 2008. Even that small increase, however, came at a price—total PC revenue declined 7.1 percent, to stand at $28.6 billion."Compared to 3Q09, the modest rise in shipments in 4Q09 indicates that the market... Read more...
It seems that a new "most powerful notebook" pops up every six months or so, but it's not that often that we hear about the "world's most powerful mobile workstation." Of course, workstations aren't nearly as sexy as general machines, but we have to say, Dell's latest really is a powerhouse worth drooling on. Or beside. Just have a look at some of these firsts: A New Class Of Mobile Workstation For 3D Design and Animation, Engineering, Oil and Gas Exploration, Scientific Visualization and Defense Professionals First Mobile Workstation To Offer The Next Generation Intel Core I7 First Mobile Workstation To Offer The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M Graphics Solution Option Hardware Certification On... Read more...
Today we have a new Intel Xeon W3540-based Lenovo workstation – the ThinkStation S20 - on our bench for some testing. Some of you may be wondering what a “workstation” really is. Well, it’s a term more commonly used in a business environment, especially one in which CAD/CAM design, 3D rendering or high performance computing occurs, and it basically just refers to a higher-end desktop or laptop. In the environments we’ve worked in, we’ve heard workstations referred as high-end desktops or laptops, tech PCs, and technical workstations. In this context, workstations (at least the desktop variety) are frequently comprised of components you typically see in servers. In particular, the motherboards,... Read more...
IBM has been a name synonymous with computers and technology for nearly 30 years. That point alone leaves little doubt as to why Lenovo moved to acquire IBM’s Personal Computing Division in 2004. When the acquisition was finalized in 2005, Lenovo instantly became a global PC leader. Over the past four years, Lenovo has worked hard to become a household name. With slick product lines, like the IdeaPad, ThinkPad and the IdeaCentre, that goal is gradually becoming a reality. One place where Lenovo probably hasn’t had to work quite as hard at making inroads, is the corporate environment. As IBM began phasing out its products, its business customers found a natural replacement in Lenovo, especially... Read more...
Super Talent is at it again on the SSD front, this time trotting out a new heavy-duty workstation with up to 6TB (yes, terabytes!) of speedy solid state storage. The newly announced PCIe RAIDDrive Workstation taps into the company's RAIDSSD technology and is based on Intel's quad-core Core i7 CPUs and Super Talent's 1333MHz DDR3 DIMMs. The PCIe RAIDDrive Workstations scale up 6TB in a Workstation Tower form factor, and the company claims that it can hit sustained sequential read rates of over 1.5GB/sec and sequential write rates of nearly 1.35GB/sec. Further testing showed a random read speed of 725MB/sec and random write speed of 515MB/sec. Of course, these systems certainly aren't for "normal"... Read more...
Adobe, the software development powerhouse behind Photoshop, Premiere, and dozens of other content creation suites, has finally embraced the power of the GPU. Amazingly, until Adobe's CS4 suite of graphics software came out this year, the company which has nearly built their empire on graphics related software, relied entirely on the system's CPU for processing. Despite major advances in the performance and infrastructure which surrounds the GPU market, Adobe's software was never written to take advantage of the newer programmable hardware. No matter how fast of a graphics card you had, nothing would make Adobe software run faster than higher clocked processors, more... Read more...
Maingear caught our attention last year when it unveiled the F131 gaming PCs and a few delightful media center rigs, and now it's looking to catch the eyes of creative professionals with its latest offering. The Remix Creative Workstation PC makes quite clear that it's not a gaming machine, although some of the hardware would be coveted by even the most hardcore gamers around.Designed specifically to cater to those looking to produce audio / visual content and handle graphic design, the Remix is said to be built in such a way as to "provide professionals with the tools, performance and reliability needed to maximize creativity." The internals enable it to offer "real-time image rotation, zooming,... Read more...
ATI has spent much of the last decade producing the FireGL line of high-end workstation graphics cards, regularly challenging and often times besting competing products from Nvidia's Quadro lineup. ATI's last generation of FireGL products, which we covered heavily, were excellent all around performers. It certainly wasn't perfect (a bit too loud, a bit too expensive), but was definitely solid improvements over the generation of FireGL cards which preceded it. Now in late 2008, we're seeing ATI / AMD's first moves to eventually kill off the long-known FireGL brand. Its replacement? The ATI FirePro.ATI has yet to introduce top to bottom FirePro-class products to replace the... Read more...
NVIDIA TRANSFORMS HIGH-END VISUALIZATION WITH NEW QUADRO FX 4800 GRAPHICS CARD Added Graphics Memory, High Color Fidelity and Next-generation GPU Architecture Enables Ultra-fast Application Performance for MCAD, DCC and Broadcast Professionals SANTA CLARA, CA - December 2, 2008 - Today, mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD), digital content creation (DCC) and broadcast applications received a major performance boost with the introduction of the NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 4800 ultra-high-end professional graphics card. With advances in GPU architecture, added graphics memory and 30-bit color, the Quadro FX 4800 gives professionals the right toolset to dramatically push the boundaries of realism,... Read more...
When you think of a high-powered graphics workstation, the first thing which typically comes to mind is a huge, bulky tower chassis, packed to the brim with multiple processors, high-end graphics cards, and multiple hard disks. For the most part, this assumption is still fairly accurate, as these are the components which designers and artists usually require, and they aren't available anywhere else. Thus, artists have more or less been chained to their desks and their big, perfectly calibrated monitors. This isn't to say that there aren't options for the mobile workstation user, however, they have never really been up to par with what you could accomplish with a full tower. Almost every... Read more...
How fitting and appropriate for today, Father's Day 2008.  Looking for that special gift, for a gadget-loving Dad that has everything and then some?  Dubbed "a unique combination of art and technology", this product offers a "technological and ergonomical solution that enhances comfort, productivity and gaming experience".  And you know we're all about the comfort and productivity around these parts at HH.  All we can say is it better have enough horsepower under the hood because if it's all show and no go, you know someone with a big checkbook will be shelling out far too much money for a stylized geek Lazy-Boy.You've just got to see this... Read more...
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