Testing: Workstation-Class Hardware And Software
We’re using a new dual-processor machine for our workstation benchmarks. You'll find the same system being used in our Workstation Graphics 2012 charts, too.
Our impetus for shifting to a new testing system is simple: we're not just about gaming, but also professional computing. We settled on this system because its dual-socket KCMA-D8 motherboard and AMD Opteron 4284 processors make it possible to build a budget-friendly workstation system that still packs a punch.
We're using an open-air test bench from Lian Li for our workstation benchmark system, which, in line with the FirePro cards, is bright red. Hopefully, everything still fits together once we get Kepler-based professional cards to review (Ed.: Christmas theme!).
|CPU||2 x Opteron 4284 (Valencia), 32 nm, 3 GHz Base, 3.7 GHz Turbo Core, Socket C32|
|Cooler||2 x Noctua NH-U12DO A3|
|Mother Board||Asus KCMA-D8|
|Memory||32 GB Kingston DDR3-1333 ECC|
|Hard Disks||Kingston V200 480 GB2 x Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB|
|Power Supply Unit||Seasonic 750 W, 80 PLUS Gold|
|Case||Lian Li PC-T60A ATX Test Bench|
|Operating System||Windows 7 x64 Ultimate|
|Benchmarks||SPECviewperf 11 (Benchmark suite, 1920 x 1200)Rightware Basemark CLAutoCAD Design Suite Premium 2013 Autodesk Maya Entertainment Creation Suite Premium 2013Luxmark 2.5GPU Caps Viewer|
|Graphics Cards and Drivers||FirePro 8.982.3 Quadro/Tesla 297.03 WHQL|