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HP Z2 Mini shakes up workstation market

HP Z2 Mini shakes up workstation market

Alex Herrera calls this newest small form factor workstation capable and ridiculously small.   Last quarter, HP unveiled the Z2 Mini, a workstation computer that takes the small form factor (SFF) trend to the extreme. Measuring just 2.3″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″, the Z2 Mini is dramatically smaller (an HP-disclosed 90% smaller) than a traditional […]

By March 21, 2017 Read More →
High-end CAD features have migrated to low-price CAD

High-end CAD features have migrated to low-price CAD

TurboCAD and BricsCAD are rewriting the notion that it takes a $5,000 CAD program to do specialized tasks.   By Ralph Grabowski Can we still call CAD “low-end” when it does sheet metal design and direct editing of 3D solids? Programs in the past have been considered low-end CAD when they cost a few hundred […]

By March 14, 2017 Read More →
The magic of design on display at SolidWorks World 2017

The magic of design on display at SolidWorks World 2017

The maker of the most popular 3D mechanical design software believes design automation will move from “design and validate” to “optimize and manufacture.” By Tony Glockler SolidWorks World is where the magic happens. This year, that magic was literal as the conference kicked off in Los Angeles with death-defying illusions. The magic continued throughout the […]

By March 9, 2017 Read More →
Gaming market continues to buoy graphics chips vendors

Gaming market continues to buoy graphics chips vendors

All three leading vendors saw third quarter shipments increase sharply from last quarter. All three major computer graphics chips vendors saw increased sales in the third quarter of 2016 over the previous quarter, as PC and game console manufacturers prepare inventory for the fourth quarter. According to the latest market research report from Jon Peddie […]

By November 18, 2016 Read More →
Workstation vendors set sales record in second quarter

Workstation vendors set sales record in second quarter

Dell and HP continue their battle for market leadership.   The workstation market continues to be the shining start of the computer market, setting a quarterly sales record in the second quarter of 2016. The new market report from Jon Peddie Research says 1.1 million name-brand computer workstations were sold in the quarter, up 21.7% […]

By October 4, 2016 Read More →
Boris FX acquires GenArts for Sapphire video effects

Boris FX acquires GenArts for Sapphire video effects

Boris Yamnitsky is building a VFX plug-in conglomerate using close partnerships and strategic acquisitions. Two leaders in plug-in technology for visual effects software have come together with the news that Boris FX has acquired GenArts. Founded in 1995, Boris FX is best known for Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) and Mocha Pro, used by more than […]

By September 20, 2016 Read More →
Game industry leader Tim Sweeney to receive Jon Peddie Technology Advancement Award at Siggraph 2016

Game industry leader Tim Sweeney to receive Jon Peddie Technology Advancement Award at Siggraph 2016

The founder and current CEO of Epic Games “has led the trajectory of the game industry.” Jon Peddie Research (JPR) announces Tim Sweeney as the latest recipient of the JPR Technology Advancement Award. The founder and current CEO of Epic Games will be presented at JPR’s Annual Siggraph Luncheon for press and analysts on July […]

By July 23, 2016 Read More →
Reviewing the EVGA GTX 1070

Reviewing the EVGA GTX 1070

Nvidia Pascal technology in the (literally) coolest board. By Robert Dow The Performance segment graphics add-in boards featuring Nvidia’s new Pascal processor were released June 10. Nvidia has been promising a 3X performance boost from the GTX 970, a faster clock, and more memory, all while consuming less power. Our friends at EVGA provided us […]

By July 21, 2016 Read More →
Reviewing HP ZBook Studio G3 mobile workstation

Reviewing HP ZBook Studio G3 mobile workstation

An elite 15’-inch model designed to lure MacBook Pro users in media and entertainment. By Alex Herrera 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 […]

By July 19, 2016 Read More →
20 years of Alienware

20 years of Alienware

The edgy boutique builder of high-end gaming PCs still knows how to generate buzz. There was plenty of buzz on the GDC show floor in 2006 when the news spread that Dell—upright, stodgy old Dell—had acquired Alienware. If ever a computer company had beige-box roots, it was Dell. If a computer company could rock and […]

By July 6, 2016 Read More →