SPEC announces wide slate of new benchmarks

This tanker doesn’t turn fast, but when it does you know it.   The last version of SPECviewperf 11, the popular benchmark from SPEC’s Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG), was released in June 2010—a mere three years and a bit ago. You can’t rush into these, especially when you use volunteers who don’t re­spond … Read more

Review: Fujitsu Celsius H920

The latest in Intel and Nvidia processors make this 17-inch mobile workstation a reliable workhorse. By Tom Lansford The German/Japanese workstation specialist Fujitsu has refreshed its 17-inch Celsius line with Nvidia Quadro Kepler GPUs and the Intel Ivy Bridge mobile platform to provide a more powerful generation of professional mobile computing in a quieter workstation. … Read more

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W530 makes “mobile workstation” so not an oxymoron

Powerful performance options in a stylish package, plus tools for digital content creation make this a great computer. By Tom Lansford With additional comments by Randall S. Newton [Editor’s Note: Contributing Writer Tom Lansford, Editor of CADplace.uk and CADplace.fr, and Managing Editor Randall Newton have both been working with a Lenovo ThinkPad W530 mobile workstation … Read more

Graphics board tests are not created equal

Most industry benchmarks can be slanted to prefer or avoid performance characteristics. Jon Peddie explains the Pmark, used by Jon Peddie Research to provide a common standard for mearsuring graphics board performance. Graphics add-in boards (AIBs) get measured differently depending upon their segmentation. A workstation board generally gets measured using SPECviewperf, or various SPECapc for … Read more