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SPECapc releases SolidWorks 2015 benchmark

SPECapc releases SolidWorks 2015 benchmark

Three new models are included in this year’s benchmark, along with new procedures to test workstation performance. The leader in benchmark software for application performance has released new benchmark software for evaluating workstations for use with Dassault Systemes SolidWorks 2015. SPECapc for SolidWorks 2015 consists of nine graphics and two CPU tests. The graphics tests […]

Review: Nvidia Quadro K1200

Review: Nvidia Quadro K1200

  Nvidia responds to the growing market for small form factor workstations with a compact entry-level upsell GPU. By Alex Herrera It is typically the big, powerful GPUs from AMD and Nvidia that showcase the next generation of new performance. But the top-end add-in boards (AIBs) are not the high-volume sales leaders. Although AIBs like […]

Building a better mouse for creatives

Building a better mouse for creatives

Designer rethinks the human-computer interface with a two-handed approach Ming Kong, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, presented his design for a new type of input device at the College’s Graduate Show. The new design will form the basis of a new business for Kong and his partners. The device might look like a […]

Review: Eurocom P5 mobile workstation

Review: Eurocom P5 mobile workstation

This all-in-one device could even be used for gaming, let alone professional graphics work and server duty.   By C. Robert Dow Earlier this year Eurocom launched the P5 Pro line. This 15.3-inch desktop replacement is quite a versatile platform. Eurocom offers this mobile workstation in multiple forms: A gaming laptop equipped with a Core […]

Review: Boxx Apexx 4 Performance Edition workstation

Review: Boxx Apexx 4 Performance Edition workstation

Powerhouse workstation gives excellent, balanced, top-end performance.   By Alex Herrera 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 […]

SPEC extends workstation benchmark to virtualization

SPEC extends workstation benchmark to virtualization

More than 30 potential workload scenarios are tested, including CPU, graphics, and memory bandwidth. The SPEC Workstation Performance Characterization Group (SPECwpc) has released an updated benchmark that extends performance measurement from physical to virtualized workstation configurations. The new SPECwpc V1.2 benchmark measures all key aspects of workstation performance based on diverse professional applications. The ability […]

AMD GPU powers new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro

AMD GPU powers new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro

Apple Watch haptic feedback, big fast SSD, and a real GPU. If you do video editing in Final Cut Pro X, or rendering of 3D images in pro graphics apps, Apple feels your pain and has updated the popular 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new MacBook comes with a new Force Touch trackpad, faster […]

Virtualization leader joins SPEC workstation graphics group

Virtualization leader joins SPEC workstation graphics group

VMware brings more cachet to existing virtualization standards support. Virtualization specialist VMware has joined the SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG) as a new member. The company is also a member of the SPEC Open Systems Group and the SPEC Research Group. The SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group is a leader in standardized […]

AMD certifies Avid Media Composer for FirePro

AMD certifies Avid Media Composer for FirePro

Both Windows and Mac Pro workstations are covered by the new support certification. AMD has announced certification for Avid Media Composer 8.4 on its FirePro workstation-class GPUs. The new support for Avid Media Composer offers FirePro users a 4K environment for media management and editing tasks throughout the video production process. The new certification covers both […]

The personal robot is coming for you and your job

The personal robot is coming for you and your job

Robots are coming to takes up the slack in human endeavor. What are some of the projects going on that promise to change everything about the way we live and work today.