Refresh centers around touchscreen functionality
Alongside HP's consumer-oriented announcements at CES, the company also unveiled its second-generation Z1 workstation all-in-one. The G2 variant retains the same modular design as its predecessor, unique among all-in-ones, with upgraded specs and touchscreen functionality. The desktop caught our attention at the show, so we stopped by HP's booth to try out the enhancements and take a peek inside the openable housing.
Primate Labs combines Geekbench 3 leak and Windows workstations for Mac Pro prediction
Apple's upcoming Mac Pro is set to be released in December -- and with its launch still a month away, speculations continue regarding how it will perform. Apple has not announced which processors will be used, but according to John Poole of Primate Labs, research suggests Xeon E5 is likely for all upcoming models. Furthermore, the specs of the suggested processors appear to line up with details posted on the official Mac Pro website.
Workstation focuses on design
Dell has introduced a new notebook, the M3800, that aims to pair workstation-level performance with an attractive aesthetic design. The 18mm-thick housing combines a carbon-fiber base with an aluminum frame and aluminum cover for the 15.6-inch touchscreen, which is protected by Gorilla Glass and features options for 1920x1080 or 3200x1800 resolutions.
New offerings include budget models
Lenovo has introduced several new ThinkPad notebooks equipped with Intel's latest Haswell-series processors, adding to the T-, W-, L-, and E-series offerings. The W540 is the company's latest mobile workstation, featuring a 15.5-inch IPS panel with 2880x1620 resolution, Nvidia's discrete Quadro graphics and an integrated color calibrator.
Dell Precision M3800 boasts 3,200x1,800 QHD multitouch display
Dell has revealed the Precision M3800 Workstation, a high-performance notebook that manages to keep its weight down to just 4.5-pounds. Despite packing in a powerful fourth-gen Intel quad-core Core i7 processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics, it also just 0.7-inches thick. Dell claims that it is the ‘world’s thinnest and lightest workstation ever.’
Black cannister shape, 12-core configuration, Thunderbolt 2, more
[Updated with real-world photo of the Mac Pro] Apple on Monday gave developers and the public a "sneak preview" of the next Mac Pro coming later this year -- a radical new "cannister" form factor in black that is 1/8th (by volume) the size of the previous model. It features a 12-core configuration based on all-new (E5) Intel Xeon processors, dual AMD-provided FirePro workstation graphics, new PCIe flash storage, new faster RAM, PCI Express gen 3 support, the ability to use up to three 4K-quality displays, and external outputs dominated by Thunderbolt 2.
Pricing starts at $1899
HP has begun shipping its Z1 all-in-one workstation, which was first unveiled earlier this year. The all-in-one is the company's first 27-inch model to integrate workstation features, including a unique housing that can be quickly opened without tools if internal parts need to be swapped or upgraded.
Supercomputers based on Tegra 3 chips
NVIDIA has introduced a new technology for workstations, known as Maximus, and what it claims to be the first supercomputer with ARM-based CPU/GPU hybrid hardware. Maximus enables computers to simultaneously handle interactive graphics and complex computations required to the resulting renderings.
New HP notebook range features high-end graphics
HP has added two new product ranges to its lineup in new the Elitebook ‘w’ series notebooks and an expanded Z Workstation line, the Z210 series. The new ‘w’ series, which is to signify that they are mobile workstations, includes the HP EliteBook 8760w, 8560w and 8460w. As one might expect of desktop replacement notebooks, the new range is highly specified and incorporate graphics options including a choice of the AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro with up to 4GB of dedicated VRAM available on the 8760w. Intel Sandy Bridge, second-gen Core i7 or Core i5 power the devices.