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Review: Digging into the Dell Precision M2800 mobile workstation

Review: Digging into the Dell Precision M2800 mobile workstation

Dell now has three 15-inch mobile workstations. Tom Lansford takes a close look at the newest in the line, the Precision M2800. Today, Dell offers three models of 15-inch mobile workstations. At first glance, more than one 15-inch mobile workstation seems like two too many. In this review I’ll take a look at the newest [...]

By October 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Review: Nvidia’s GTX 980 Maxwell monster graphics board

Review: Nvidia’s GTX 980 Maxwell monster graphics board

If you’re a gaming enthusiast, this is the AIB you’ve been waiting for.  By C. Robert Dow When Nvidia introduced Maxwell GPUs in their midrange add-in boards (AIBs) in February, we thought how they did it was odd. Usually AMD and Nvidia bring out top-of-the-line products first and then dribble out the remaining products over [...]

By October 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
And then there were two

And then there were two

How the HP split will benefit shareholders HP will do what Meg Whitman said shouldn’t be done when she took over—spin off the PC group. Evidently the purchasing power Whitman referred to in her reasons for not selling off the PC group haven’t produced the ROI shareholders want, and it’s time for Plan B. HP [...]

By October 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Virtualization for the rest of us

Virtualization for the rest of us

The results of a recent Jon Peddie Research survey on remote graphics and virtualization for design and engineering turned up surprising results. By Jon Peddie A few months ago we conducted a worldwide survey of engineers and managers in the design and engineering field. Our goal was to find out what the level of awareness [...]

By October 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Eight terabytes of storage in a mobile workstation

Eight terabytes of storage in a mobile workstation

The Eurocom Panther 5 puts the capabilities of a data center server in a portable form factor. Boutique computer manufacturer Eurocom has released a monster mobile workstation, designed to put the capabilities of a data center server into a portable computer. The key is its support for up to four 2TB RAID drives. Eurocom expects [...]

By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
AMD targets the mother of all niche markets

AMD targets the mother of all niche markets

Commercial PC sales are staging a comeback in 2014; AMD wants to make sure they get in on the action. By Randall S. Newton Until the rise of smartphones and tablets, the commercial PC business drove the computer industry. Innovations such as solid-state storage and CPUs that are more powerful were introduced into PCs for [...]

By September 23, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Even cheaper Windows devices are on the way

Microsoft has tweaked the cost of Windows, making it possible for vendors to ship new entry-level devices priced below $200. At IFA a bunch of Microsoft partners showed off super-low-cost Windows 8.1 devices to compete with Chromebooks. Acer, Asus, and Toshiba have announced sub-$200 Windows tablets or laptops at the show, and other vendors are [...]

By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The new Alienware Area-51

The new Alienware Area-51

Alienware still has its mojo with radical new design. Alienware announced the return of the Area-51 performance gaming desktop, featuring a radical new design engineered to provide thermal efficiency and ease of use, while housing the newest line of Intel Core i7 six- and eight-core Haswell-E processors. The Area-51 offers single-, double-, triple-, and quad-AIB [...]

By September 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future

How to test virtual workstation performance is one of the key issues facing this industry non-profit. At Siggraph SPEC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group has released a new benchmark Autodesk 3ds Max 2015, and discussed with press and analysts the challenges it sees ahead. SPECapc for 3ds Max 2015 contains 48 tests for comprehensive measurement [...]

By September 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Matrox chooses AMD for next-generation multi-display graphics cards

Matrox chooses AMD for next-generation multi-display graphics cards

Matrox makes display boards capable of supporting eight or more monitors, but hasn’t been a player in consumer or general-purpose enterprise computing for years. Working with AMD could turn that around.  Matrox Graphics today announced its next generation of multi-display graphics cards will be based on AMD GPUs and display drivers. The shift from internally developed [...]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →