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AMD FirePro W8100 Review: The Professional Radeon R9 290
Jul 30, 2014 - in Reviews
After introducing the flagship FirePro W9100, AMD now has a FirePro W8100 in its portfolio. Somewhat lower specs (like 8 GB of memory, a slower GPU, and fewer shader units) should position it in the workstation world where the Radeon R9 290 is in gaming.
AMD FirePro W9100 Review: Hawaii Puts On Its Suit And Tie
May 19, 2014 - in Reviews
AMD's Hawaii GPU makes its appearance in the workstation space as FirePro W9100. Does this $4000 card have what it takes to displace Nvidia's Quadro K6000, or is it a more conservative performer? We throw an exhaustive benchmark suite at it to find out.
HP Z1 Workstation: High-End Hardware In An All-In-One
May 16, 2014 - in Reviews
A while back, HP sent over its first-gen Z1 all-in-one workstation. We've been told it's no longer available, replaced by a second-gen Z1. However, this is still the model that started it all for HP, built around a high-end 2560x1440 DreamColor display.
Workstation Graphics: 19 Cards Tested In SPECviewperf 12
Apr 14, 2014 - in Reviews
SPECviewperf 12 sets out to be the standard for evaluating workstation graphics cards by including the latest professional applications, more complex models, and synthetic workloads pulled from important market segments. We test 19 cards in the new suite.
Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2: More Cores, Cache, And Better Efficiency
Jan 7, 2014 - in Reviews
Intel recently launched its Xeon E5-2600 v2 CPU, based on the Ivy Bridge-EP architecture. We got a couple of workstation-specific -2687W v2 processors with eight cores and 25 MB of L3 cache each, and are comparing them to previous-generation -2687Ws.
Eurocom Panther 5D Notebook Review: Faster Than Your Desktop
Dec 4, 2013 - in Reviews
There's a good chance that Eurocom's Panther 5D notebook is faster than your desktop. The sample we're reviewing sports a six-core Core i7-3970X, two GeForce GTX 680M modules in SLI, 32 GB of DDR3-1600, and three 256 GB SSDs. Talk about a beast!
Dell Precision T5600: Two Eight-Core CPUs In A Workstation
Oct 21, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel recently launched its Ivy Bridge-EP-based Xeon E5-2600 v2 CPUs. However, the beefy eight-core Xeon E5-2687Ws still sit atop Dell's workstation hierarchy. We got our hands on the handsome Precision T5600 and ran it through our benchmark battery.
Haswell-Based Xeon E3-1200: Three Generations, Benchmarked
Sep 19, 2013 - in Reviews
We got our hands on three generation of Intel's Xeon E3-1275 CPU, spanning Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, and Haswell. How have the company's architectural enhancements affected performance over the years, and is the on-die graphics finally "good enough"?
In Pictures: Puget Systems' 16-Core Genesis II Quiet Edition
Aug 22, 2013 - in Picture Story
While many of us construct our own PCs, we still get a kick out of hearing what boutique builders are doing in their own labs. Today, Puget Systems introduces Tom's Hardware to a 16-core Xeon workstation that the company says is almost too quiet to hear.
Workstation Graphics: 14 FirePro And Quadro Cards
Jul 7, 2013 - in Reviews
We put 14 professional and seven gaming graphics cards from two generations through a number of workstation, general-purpose computing, and synthetic applications. By the end of our nearly 70 charts, you should know which board is right for your workload.
OpenCL And CUDA Are Go: GeForce GTX Titan, Tested In Pro Apps
Apr 16, 2013 - in Reviews
We initially had trouble getting the GeForce GTX Titan to work with OpenCL and CUDA. Finally, though, there are drivers available that fix all of that. Now we can figure out if the Titan makes a good workstation-oriented alternative to Nvidia's Quadros.
iBuyPower P500X And P900DX Workstations, Reviewed
Dec 2, 2012 - in Reviews
Armed with updated workstation benchmarks, we have two systems from iBuyPower in the lab today: a $2,000 quad-core entry-level rig, and an $8,000 sixteen-core behemoth. With $6,000 separating the two, is the performance spread really what you'd expect?
Intel Xeon E3-1280 v2 Review: Ivy Bridge Goes Professional
Aug 14, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel recently introduced its Xeon E3-1200 v2 CPUs, based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Though they're very similar to the third-generation desktop Core chips, ECC memory support, four extra PCIe 3.0 lanes, and attractive pricing grab our attention.
AMD FirePro W8000 And W9000 Review: GCN Goes Pro
Aug 12, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD’s GCN architecture, known for its strong compute and 3D performance, is finally being made available in the company's FirePro workstation graphics card family. Can AMD catch Nvidia? We test the two fastest FirePro cards to answer that question.
Act Of Valor: Bandito Brothers' Jacob Rosenberg, Interviewed
May 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Worldwide editor-in-chief Chris Angelini interviews Jacob Rosenberg, CTO of Bandito Brothers, the media company responsible for "Act of Valor." They talk about the marriage of technology and film-making, overcoming bottlenecks, and the future of Bandito.
FirePro V3900: Entry-Level Workstation Graphics
Mar 15, 2012 - in Reviews
AMD's new FirePro V3900 is the company's low-profile, entry-level workstation graphics card. It's priced to compete against Nvidia’s Quadro 400. Today we're putting it up against Nvidia’s Quadro 400 and five other professional and desktop graphics cards.
Intel Xeon E5-2600: Doing Damage With Two Eight-Core CPUs
Mar 6, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel's vaunted Sandy Bridge architecture has finally made its way to the company's dual- and quad-socket-capable Xeon processors. We got our hands on a pair of eight-core Xeon E5-2687W CPUs to compare against the older Xeon 5600- and 5500-series chips.
Power Supply 101: A Reference Of Specifications
Dec 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Today's article contains everything you've ever wanted to know about PC power supply specifications. Form factor dimensions, cable end pinouts, voltage/amp/watt specifications, and even compatibility issues are covered in this comprehensive reference!
LAN 102: Network Hardware And Assembly
Nov 1, 2011 - in Reviews
In today's follow-up to LAN 101: Networking Basics, we discuss network topology, the hardware required for setting up wired and wireless networks, and even show you how to crimp your own 8P8C modular connector!
LAN 101: Networking Basics
Sep 14, 2011 - in Reviews
Learn about the glue that holds our networks together in this LAN primer. We cover network types, wired, Wi-Fi, protocols, and alternate networking solutions to deliver a complete picture of traditional and modern local area networks.
Computer History 101: The Development Of The PC
Aug 23, 2011 - in Reviews
From the humble beginnings of mechanical adding machines to today's multi-core processors, we recount the early developments that took us to where we are today. We also include a convenient timetable showing the complete history of the PC!
SPONSORED BY Intel - Intel Inside, Including the Motherboard?
Jun 13, 2011 - in Reviews
The market is brimming with motherboard options, and businesses of all sizes face the unenviable task of trying to decide which vendor to place at the heart of their productivity desktops.
Boxx Technologies 3DBOXX 4860 Workstation
Mar 2, 2011 - in Reviews
Boxx Technologies recently submitted an overclocked workstation to prove that tweaked hardware can drive business-class money-making software. Does this nearly-$8000 beast offer enough performance in our suite to warrant its crazy price tag?
AMD FirePro V9800 4 GB: Eyefinity Meets Professional Graphics
Nov 16, 2010 - in Reviews
What's red, black, sports 4 GB of GDDR5, and has DisplayPort outputs all over? AMD's FirePro V9800, the company's ultra-high-end workstation card. We run it through a battery of SPECapc and real-world performance tests, then compare it to Quadro 5000.
HP's Z400 Workstation Runs The Tom's Hardware Gauntlet
Sep 23, 2010 - in Reviews
We've recently put a lot of effort into designing a custom benchmark suite for testing workstation-class hardware. It's a work in progress, first used to test Intel's Xeon 5600-series CPUs. Today we have some results gleaned from HP's Z400 workstation.
Workstation Shootout: Nvidia Quadro 5000 Vs. ATI FirePro V8800
Sep 1, 2010 - in Reviews
Nvidia sure didn't waste any time introducing its Fermi architecture to the workstation space. Its Quadro 5000 is one of the first models to use the company's GF100 graphics processor. How does this card stack up against ATI’s flagship FirePro V8800?
HP Launch Event: From Workstations To IndyCar And DreamWorks
Apr 1, 2010 - in Picture Story
HP invited us to the launch of its latest desktop and mobile workstations, showing off Xeon 5600-based machines and notebooks with AMD's brand-new Eyefinity-equipped FirePro M7820 GPU. We also heard racing legend Gil de Ferran speak and toured DreamWorks!
How To: Building Your Own Render Farm
Mar 19, 2010 - in Reviews
You already know that it can take thousands of processing cores hours to render a single frame of film animation, but did you know it's possible for freelance artists and small studios to benefit from the same sort of parallelism? We show you how!
Setting Up Your First 64-Bit Digital Audio Workstation
Jul 3, 2009 - in Reviews
You already know how to build a PC. But do you know how to take desktop hardware components and turn them into a digital audio workstation? John Brandon discusses how he pieced together his latest musical creation, along with the accompanying software.
Supermicro 5046A-XB: X58 Workstation Barebones
Mar 5, 2009 - in Reviews
We’ve already established that Intel’s Core i7 is the way to go for enthusiasts looking for lots of A/V encoding muscle. Supermicro takes advantage of that commanding position to build its own X58-based workstation barebones.