Lenovo have announced a pair of new workstations, the Lenovo ThinkStation D20 and S20, intended for CAD and digital content creation. The blocky towers are fitted with Intel Xeon 5500 and W3500 series processors with optional Turbo Boost, together with NVIDIA Quadro or ATI FirePro graphics. Buyers can also specify the NVIDIA Tesla C1060 GPU platform.
The custom PC maker known to built powerful gaming gig for PC enthusiasts, has announced a new breed of next generation workstations for professional graphic and image designers, or the likes of advanced audio and video specialists in needs of a durable and high performance tool.
Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds may have been around for a few weeks, but CES has been the first opportunity we at SlashGear have had to play with the dual-display behemoth. Based on Lenovo's original W700, complete with a Wacom graphics digitizer integrated into the palm rest, the W700ds adds a pull-out 10.6-inch LCD display that slides from the main 17-inch panel. It's an interesting concept, but our hands-on impressions leave us wondering if the compromises are worth it.
Buried in eWeek's article about the Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds there's a photo gallery of live shots of the dual-display mobile workstation. You've seen the screen in pop-out action; now ignore the glossy press shots and check out a whole 10.6-inch sub-screen packed full of Photoshop tools.
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While I know Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds dual-screen workstation would likely break my weak blogger's back should I actually try to lift it, that still doesn't end its appeal. A video of one of Lenovo's prototypes has shown up, showing the mechanism by which the second, 10.6-inch LCD display slides out and then back into the W700ds' lid, behind the primary 17-inch display.
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CyberPower has announced that they are launching their new Power Video series of PCs that will include the XE, XT and XL models. These PCs are eared towards editors, students and professionals who work with HD vide. These powerful PCs offer either a NVIDIA or AMD graphics card and ram capabilities of 4GB, 8GB or 16GB.
When news of Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds dual-display workstation broke last week we did wonder if the small photo was a fan mockup - the side display looked very much "tagged on". Now new, larger official images have appeared, and it looks like that original picture was accurate. Happily we also have a new price range, which is much less than what early tips suggested: Lenovo will be selling the W700ds from around $3,600.
Not the best looking workstation out there but beneath the plain HP enclosure hides the new AMD Opteron’s ‘Shanghai’ Quad-core processors with HP first’s liquid cooling technology- a feature that needs no further introduction for PC enthusiast. Now you can get the high performance and well engineered HP professional workstation, water-cooled for much quieter without the heat performance.
AMD's new Opteron 'Shanghai' workstation processors are already being picked up by manufacturers, and there are plenty of boasts littering the spec sheets. The Tech Report has had several Shanghai systems on their test bench, together with a few Intel Xeon rivals, to put the claims to the test; turns out, the 45nm chips are a significant improvement on the older, 65nm Opterons, but still lag behind Intel's processors in real-world performance.
As little as five years ago, workstations were beyond the reach of general consumers. Now, not only is hardware more affordable but workstations have applications not just for work but for play. To stand a chance of winning an HP xw4600 Workstation with Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor, NVIDIA Quadro FX1700 512MB PCIe Graphics, 2GB DDR2 ECC RAM and Genuine Windows® Vista™ Business (64-bit), worth over $2,000, we want you to impress us with how you would creatively use the workstation.
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Lately the SlashGear test bench has been playing home to a number of midrange workstations from HP. The 4600 and 6600 ranges from low end to mid-level quad processor workstations; while the purpose is serious, HP are trying to broaden the appeal with colorful custom graphics skins courtesy of skinit.com. But are these just My First Workstation or have HP got some potential hits on their hands?