Nvidia Launches GM206 Based NVIDIA Quadro M2000

Even with Pascal just around the corner, Nvidia isn’t letting up with new graphics card launches. After AiB partners launched a series of low power GTX 950s based off of the GM206, Nvidia has launched their own card. Slotting into the professional lineup, the new Quadro M2000 features a full GM206 and is pretty much a 75W GTX 950 rebranded for the professional use.

At 768 CUDA cores and 1.3 TFLOPS of SP performance, the M2000 is the lowest member of the Maxwell Quadro lineup. The card replaces the Kepler-based K2200 which featured 640 CUDA cores. The card features 4GB of GDDR5 over a 128bit, offering 106 GB/s of bandwidth, 26GB/s more than it’s predecessor. Just like the recent slew of 75W GTX 950 cards, the M2000 won’t require a PCIe power connector, coming in with a slim single slot form factor with four DisplayPort 1.2.

With Maxwell just over a month away, it’s a really odd time for Nvidia to be releasing a new card. This leads me to suggest that Nvidia may not have any low-end Pascal cards out for the rest of 2016 except maybe a few mobile chips. From what we’ve heard, only GP104 will be unveiled at Computex so GP106 may not arrive for a while. A single Quadro M2000 will set you back 569 EUR.

Nvidia Unveils a Quadro M6000 with an Insane Amount of VRAM

The Nvidia Quadro M6000 has just received an important upgrade not too long ago, an upgrade that addresses the need for more VRAM. Even though this new version is still based on an unlocked Maxwell GM200 GPU, it actually boasts 24 GB of VRAM thanks to a series of 8 GB GDDR5 chips. Apart from this, the card’s specs have pretty much remained the same, but the substantial increase in VRAM should definitely come in handy for industry professionals who need that memory for heavy animations or renderings. Going into specifics, this card boasts a 28nm GM200 GPU with 3072 CUDA cores, as well as 96 ROPs and 192 TUs.

Its clock speed of 1140 MHz is definitely respectable while its 24 GB of GDDR5 memory benefits from a 384-bit bus. Naturally, even though the Maxwell architecture is incredibly power efficient, the new Quadro M6000 still comes with a TDP of 250W. It’s also worth noting that this new M6000 comes with a new firmware that allows the user to control temperatures and clock speeds more efficiently. Priced at $5,000, this new Nvidia Quadro card is definitely not cheap, but considering the fact that it replaces the previous 12GB model at the same price point, it actually looks like a worthy investment.

More Lenovo Yoga P40 Details Emerge as First Listings Appear

Lenovo first unveiled their Yoga P40 mobile workstation on December first and around two weeks later they revealed the specifications, at least some of them. When a new product like this is being introduced, we usually only get the top end specifications and not all options available. Top of the line is awesome, but it might simply be too much for some users, both performance and price wise.

I’ve long been on the search for a new mobile workstation to suit my needs, plenty of power, mobility, and universal usage, but there wasn’t such a product on the market. The Microsoft Surface Book came close, but I was seriously disappointed in the specifications and low-end hardware they used. Especially considering the premium asking price of the Surface Book. When Lenovo unveiled the P40, I saw my rescue and have since been waiting for it while scouting for more details.

Initially we got a starting price of $1399 USD at the same time as they revealed the specification. It was clear right away that this wasn’t the price for the model with the revealed specifications. Today, or rather yesterday, I finally discovered the first shop listing of the new Yoga P40 that both provide us with an estimate on a European price, some more specification details, as well as a possible release date.

The initial specifications were a QuadroM500M graphics card, 6th-generation Core i7 processor, 512GB SSD, and 16GB RAM as well as an optional LTE version. Thanks to the first product listings we can elaborate a little more on that.

The 14-inch Lenovo P40 2-in-1 mobile workstation will come with either an i7-6500U or i7-6600U processor and either 8 or 16GB RAM. The SSD isn’t 512 GB in all models either and there will be options with a 256GB SSD instead. So far only models with FullHD resolution have been listed, but there should also come a version with a 1440p display instead.

The first listings come from two different shops which both are located in Poland and both revealed the same information. The prices start at about €1817.00 for an i7-6500U with 8GB RAM and 256GB HDD and goes up to about €2380.00 for an i7-6600U with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The product listings aren’t complete, but they do give us some more insight into these pretty cool mobile workstations.

While the release date on the Yoga P40 wasn’t listed for either of the shops, there are hints towards when we can expect to see it. Lenovo only revealed that it would be released in Q1 2016, but not when. The official ThinkPad Pen Pro for the Yoga P40 does however have an estimated delivery time set for 3 weeks. While that doesn’t mean that the Yoga P40 will ship at the same time, it makes little sense to sell a stylus for a product that isn’t on the market yet. So fingers crossed if you’re looking to buy one of these sweet machines. The waiting time should be over soon.

BOXX Introduces the World’s Smallest Overclocked Workstation

When we think small and compact systems, we usually think in the direction of HTPCs or low-powered LAN rigs, but there are a lot more possibilities with today’s hardware and BOXX proves that with their impressive new and very compact workstation dubbed the APEXX 1.

The APEXX 1 is the smallest workstation coming from BOXX and it packs quite an impressive punch for its tiny measurements. It is less than 5 inches wide, 8.5 inches tall, and 9 inches deep, which has been achieved thanks to the in-house developed and built chassis.

There are two new models available in the APEXX series, the first is i7 based and the second is Xeon based. The i7 systems features an 8-core CPU overclocked to 4GHz and up to 32GB DDR4 memory while the Xeon E5 model comes with up to 18 cores and up to 64GB DDR4 memory. Overclocked Skylake models will be available at the end of the month too.

When it comes to the graphics card used, you got the choice between both of the two rivals in the workstation market. Whether you need an NVIDIA Quadro or an AMD FirePro graphics card, you can get both.

The system is using a duality of liquid cooling as well as a blower fan to provide optimal cooling for the entire system. An important aspect in such a tiny system and especially considering the power that these systems pack. The closed-loop AIO cooler is maintenance free as we’re used to and the system doesn’t require any more than a little de-dusting now and then.

Storage wise you can get the best of the best too. You can go with an optional M.2 PCI-Express NVMe drive or use the two dual 2.5-inch bays for more traditional SATA3 drives such as SSDs and HDDs. Although I don’t know who would put a mechanical drive in a beautiful and modern system like this.

There are plenty of USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 ports available so you can attach all the external storage that you want. It also features eSATA, USB 2.0, and a dual PS2 connector. Gigabit Ethernet is also present and so is a 7.1 channel sound card with S/PDIF Out. The PSU is external and is among the reasons why this system can be so tiny despite its power.

If one system shouldn’t be enough for your workplace or you need extra rendering power, then you can easily stack these system thanks to the four bumpers available when placed on its side. The upcoming renderPRO 1 can also be stacked right on top and it fits like a glove.

The system comes with either Windows or Linux and it is backed by a 3-year warranty, one year of 24/7 phone support and next business day onsite service for US and Canadian customers. The price will depend on your configuration and model of the APEXX 1, but I have no doubt that it will be worth it.

Nvidia Announces Quadro M4000 and M5000 Maxwell-Based GPUs

NVIDIA announced the successors to the Quadro K5200 and K4200 graphics cards and the two new cards have been dubbed the Quadro M5000 and the Quadro M4000. These two new cards are based on the Maxwell 2 architecture just as the Quadro M6000 announced back in April was, and these aren’t just some wash up rebrands of previous cards but offer a performance that should be double that of the predecessors.

NVIDIA isn’t always quick to share all the details on these new cards, but we can predict the missing information based on the information we got and the general knowledge of the systems and chips. The first thing we don’t fully know is the actual GPU, but based on the CUDA cores it is safe to assume that it is a fully enabled GM204 with 2048 CUDA cores and the full 256-bit memory bus. The M4000 is using the same GPU, but it only has 1664 active CUDA cores. Both cards are almost equal when it comes to memory as they both feature 8GB GDDR5 memory. The M5000’s memory is clocked slightly higher and it also features a software based ECC support.

A thing that didn’t change much over the predecessor Quadro cards K4200 and K5200 is the power consumption. They all draw power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector and the M5000 comes with a TDP of 150W, same as the K5200. The Quadro M4000 got a slight bump up to a 120W TDP over the previous 105″.

The new generation Maxwell GPU has a lot of benefits over the older Kepler and one of them is being able to native support up to four 4k monitors and both of these cards can do that with four DisplayPort connectors. The Quadro M4000 is a single slot card that doesn’t have room for more connectors, but the Quadro M5000 being a dual-slot card also comes with a DVI connector.

NVIDIA never discloses the prices of these cards, they leave that up to the card partners, but it’s safe to assume that it will be around the same as the predecessor cards, $2000 and $1000 for the Quadro M5000 and Quadro M4000 respectively

Nvidia Reportedly Working on Two New GPUs With HBM2 Memory

We have known for a while now that Nvidia wanted to get onto the HBM wagon too and that is pretty much a given. It’s the next generation video memory and it looks extremely promising so far. The next gen GPU should be the GP100 and it will reportedly rock somewhere between 4500 and 6000 CUDA cores and it will be coupled with HBM2 memory.

The latest news now points towards two new graphics cards: one for the consumer market and one for the server and workstations, again this is almost a logical assumption anyway. The first new GPU will use 4-Hi stacks of HBM2 memory and be aimed at the consumer market while the other business-oriented GPU will feature 8-Hi stacks of HBM2 memory. Effectively that means HBM powered graphics cards from Nvidia with up to 32GB of very fast VRAM.

Whether the new consumer model will be named the GeForce GTX 1080 is currently unknown. It could very well be that Nvidia is working on a new naming too, not only to avoid the thousand digits, but also to underline that is truly is a next generation graphics card; much like AMD has done with their Fury branding.

We’ll make sure to keep you updated as more news and leaks emerge on these new Nvidia 16nm based graphics cards.

Thank You TweakTown for providing us with this information

NVIDIA Preparing Quadro M5000 and Quadro M4000

NVIDIA are planning to release a set of Quadro M Graphics Cards according to the latest driver version. The new driver provides the software package for:

NVIDIA_DEV.13F0.1152.103C = “NVIDIA Quadro M5000“
NVIDIA_DEV.13F1.1153.103C  = “NVIDIA Quadro M4000“

While a release date is currently unknown, one could theorize they will be displayed at SIGGRAPH 2015 which begins on August 9th. The raw compute power, video memory and other technical specifications are still unknown but expect a suitable amount of VRAM to cope with demanding computational workloads.

This latest piece of information illustrates NVIDIA’s plan to update their entire lineup with the Maxwell architecture and these cards utilize the GM204GL GPU. Additionally, the Telsa M60 is being finalized and included in the new driver with the string, “NVIDIA_DEV.13F2= “NVIDIA Tesla M60″

Pricing and availability is subject to change and it’s difficult to gauge if the Quadro M6000 cooler will be used. I would expect as much and hopefully some further information will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

These new cards certainly sound interesting, I can’t wait to see what Nvidia bring to the table. Have you ever used a Quadro card? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you VideoCardz for providing us with this information. 

Boston Venom 3401-7T Workstation Review

Introduction


Although Boston may at first not be familiar to many, rest assured with a presence in America, UK, Germany and India this is a truly global company.  They supply one of the widest variety of business hardware available, from micro servers, blade servers, Quadro workstation and even green and cloud solutions. Today we will be looking at the Boston Venom 3401-7T, which is one of their flagship models of their Venom series, which has been designed for high-performance graphics, parallel processing and high-speed rendering. With this being one of our first enterprise workstation reviews we have a fresh selection of benchmarks which will help us push these high specification systems to their limits. We have a wide range including CPU, GPU, Memory and storage benchmarks which will help us collect some statistics which will help us find the cream of the crop of workstation rigs and at the same time provide our audience with informative concise results.

Although normally in reviews we don’t usually use descriptions that suppliers supply us with, with workstations often being targeted at a particular use or task and I feel that it makes sense for us to include a small description from Boston on what area the Venom is aimed at.

“The Boston Venom 3401-7T is designed to be the ultimate workstation for all design, VFX and digital content professionals.  The Venom 3401-7T is a workstation designed by Boston that brings together the often disjointed design and simulation processes into one package; dramatically increasing productivity and allowing engineers, designers and content creators to do more, faster, and with better results.”

So on that note, we have some high expectations going into this review!

Specifications

  • Name: Boston Venom 3401-7T
  • Case: Silverstone Fortress Series Case FT04 – Black
  • Motherboard: Supermicro X10DAX
  • Processor: Intel Xeon Processor E5-2687WV3 3.1GHz (Haswell) x 2 with 4% Overclock
  • Processor Cooler: Custom Dual Liquid Cooled Solution
  • System Memory: 8GB DDR4-2133 1Rx4 ECC REG DIMM (8x8GB Sticks)
  • Main Boot Drive: Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SATAIII x 2 in RAID 0
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Western Digital SE 2TB SATA III – 6Gb/s Hard Drive 24×7 Enterprise Class x2 in RAID 1
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro K5200 Retail 8GB, 2304 CUDA Cores, PCE-E (x16) 256-bit, GDDR5 256-bit
  • Power Supply: Supermicro PS2 1200W Multi Output High Efficiency Power Supply
  • Optical Drive15X Internal Blu Ray Writer with SATA-OEM
  • Wireless: Not included
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 7 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year return to base warranty with 1 year parts swapout (UK only)
  • Price: £9,118.87 inc VAT as configured Delivered.

We knew we were in for a treat when it came on its own pallet…

This system is extremely heavy, it was a 2 man job just to get it out the box!

The Silverstone Fortress FT04 (as reviewed here).  Don’t let it’s modest looks fool you, there is some of the fastest hardware money can buy tucked away in here!

CPU-Z

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EUROCOM Pushes the Boundaries of Mobile Workstations with P5 pro and P7 Pro

EUROCOM pushes the boundaries of mobile workstations with their P5 Pro and P7 Pro with extreme performance. The workstations are based on Intel’s Z97 chipset and come with either Intel Code i7-4700 or Intel Xeon E3-1200 V3 desktop processors as well as Nvidia’s Quadro graphics cards and packed with 32GB RAM. With that kind of power, you can easily take your work into the field.

The EUROCOM P7 Pro and P5 Pro supports Nvidia Quadro K5100M, K3100M and K1100M for professional grade reliability and compatibility. The Quadro GPUs are designed and built to provide leading performance, reliability, compatibility and stability with applications like Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk Autocad 2011, Autodesk Inventor 2012, Avid Media Composer, Dassault CATIA, Dassault Solidworks, Siemens X, ANSYS, MATLAB, Dassault Simulia, among many others.

The 15.6-inch P5 Pro supports a variety of crystal clear displays from 1920 x 1080 to 3840 x 2160 to allow customers to choose the exact display for their projects. The 17.3-inch P7 Pro supports HD matte and glossy displays so there is no need for an external monitor. All that power is pretty compact all things considered and the resulting systems weigh just 3.4 and 3.9 kg respectively.

There’s plenty of storage capabilities as well with two M.2 SSD slots as well as 2 standard drive bays for a total up to 5TB of RAIDable storage.

The new line of EUROCOM systems has Control Center Software to give professional users the ultimate control over their workstation. Now users can control and customize their backlit keyboard, power settings, quick keys, display switching, audio enhancement and even fan speeds. Both models are equipped with a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM), finger print reader, and Kensington lock port to keep crucial data and intellectual property secure. The P5 Pro is also prewired for 3G/4G module support through a M.2 slot.

EUROCOM P5 Pro Specifications:

  • Chipset: Intel Z97 Express Chipset
  • Processor: Socket based; LGA1150; 4th and 5th generation; up to 90W
  • VGA Technology: Modular; MXM 3.0b; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, GTX 970M or GTX 965M; Quadro: K5100M, K3100M and K1100M
  • Mechanical (Frame): Heavy Duty ABS Plastic
  • Cooling: High-performance, high-quality copper VGA and CPU heatsinks
  • Memory: Four 204-pin SODIMM sockets; DDR3L-1600, 1866 or 2133; 1.35V; up to 32GB
  • Storage: up to 4 physical drives: 2x M.2 2280 PCIe SSD and 2x HDD/SSD (9.5mm) SATA3 6Gb/s and with Intel Rapid Start Technology; Intel Smart Response Technology and RAID 0/1/5/10
  • Card Reader: 6-in-1: MMC/RSMMC/SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC; Push-Push
  • Keyboard and Touchpad: Backlit full-size keyboard with numeric pad; TouchPad with multi-gesture and scrolling; W/A/S/D Gaming key
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.0 (1x powered USB port, AC/DC); 1 x eSATA/USB3.0 Combo port; 2 x Display Port 1.2 (up to 3840×2160 @60Hz); 1 x HDMI output (up to 4096×2304 @24Hz); 1 x Headphone; 1 x Microphone-in; 1 x S/PDIF (digital); 1x Line-in; 1 x RJ-45 LAN; 1 x DC-in
  • Audio: High Definition Audio; S/PDIF Digital Output; Built in array microphone; Built-in two 2W speakers; Sound Blaster X-FI MB3; External 7.1CH output (headphone, mic, line-in and S/PDIF); ANSP 3D Sound Technology (headphone output)
  • Display Support: Supports up to 3 active internal and/or external displays
  • Security: Kensington Lock and Embedded TPM 2.0
  • Battery: 8cells 82Wh Li-Ion; up to 120 minutes
  • Weight: 3.4kg / 7.48lbs w/ battery
  • Dimensions: 386x262x35mm / 15.4×10.48×1.4-inch

EUROCOM P7 Pro Specifications:

  • Display: 17.3-inch FHD 1920-by-1080 with Glossy (Glare) or Matte (Non-Glare); LED Backlit; eDP and/or LVDS
  • Chipset: Intel Z97 Express Chipset
  • Processor: Socket based; LGA1150; up to Intel i7 4790K, up to 90W
  • VGA Technology: Modular; MXM 3.0b; NVIDIA GeForce GTX: 980M (8GB DDR5), GTX 970M (6GB) or GTX 965M (4GB); Quadro: K5100M, K3100M and K1100M
  • Mechanical (Frame): Heavy Duty ABS Plastic
  • Cooling: High-performance, high-quality copper VGA and CPU heatsinks
  • Memory: Four 204-pin SODIMM sockets; DDR3L-1600, 1866 or 2133; 1.35V; up to 32GB
  • Storage: up to 4 physical drives: 2x M.2 2280 PCIe or SATA SSD and 2x HDD/SSD (9.5mm) SATA3 6Gb/s and with Intel Rapid Start Technology; Intel Smart Response Technology and RAID 0/1/5/10
  • Card Reader: 6-in-1: MMC/RSMMC/SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC; Push-Push
  • Keyboard and Touchpad: Backlit full-size keyboard with numeric pad; TouchPad with multi-gesture and scrolling; W/A/S/D Gaming key
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.0 (1x powered USB port, AC/DC); 1 x eSATA/USB3.0 Combo port; 2 x Display Ports 1.2; 1 x HDMI 2.0 output); 1 x Headphone; 1 x Microphone-in; 1 x S/PDIF (digital); 1x Line-in; 1 x RJ-45 LAN; 1 x DC-in
  • Audio: High Definition Audio; S/PDIF Digital Output; Built in array microphone; Built-in two 2W speakers; Sound Blaster X-FI MB3; External 7.1CH output (headphone, mic, line-in and S/PDIF); ANSP 3D Sound Technology (headphone output)
  • Display Support: Supports up to 4 active displays including internal LCD; up to 3840×2160 @ 60Hz
  • Security: Kensington Lock and Embedded TPM 2.0
  • Battery: 8cells 82Wh Li-Ion; up to 120 minutes
  • Weight: 3.9kg / 8.6lbs w/ battery

LEADTEK Releases NVIDIA Quadro M6000 and Quadro K1200 Graphics Card

LEADTEK released their new NVIDIA Quadro M6000 and Quadro K1200 graphics cards aimed at the ultra-high-end users and entry-level users with small form factor workstations separately. The new cards feature a large memory that lets you tackle the most challenging visual computing tasks effortlessly.

The NVIDIA Quadro M6000 is powered by the latest NVIDIA Maxwell GPU, has 3072 CUDA cores, and 12GB VRAM. It allows professionals to take on the most challenging digital prototyping, visual effects, and geophysical or architectural visualization workloads, and it supports four displays natively with true 4K resolutions. NVIDIA’s Iray technology allows users to reach new levels of interactive, physically based rendering for exceptional accuracy and photorealism in the creative workflow.

The Quadro K1200 is aimed at the small form factor workstations that don’t want to miss out. The K1200 only uses a single slot and comes as a low-profile card to fit even the smallest cases. It support multiple 4K displays, has 4GB memory capacity, advanced photorealistic rendering, and flexible multi-GPU configurations to let you tackle the most tasks effortlessly.

No word on pricing or availability yet.

Thanks to Leadtek for providing us with this information

NVIDIA Announce Quadro M6000, Titan X for Pro’s

So it’s not all gaming performance and show-stopping specifications; NVIDIA has announced their newest Quadro professional graphics card, the M6000. This is basically the Titan X, but for professional users; business professionals, not pro gamers.

“It features the newest installment in Maxwell lineup called GM200. Just like TITAN X, it has full chip with 3072 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The boost clock is rated at 1114 MHz with the memory clocked to 6.6 GHz. Quadro M6000 has 12GB GDDR5 memory across 384-bit interface. Unlike TITAN X, Quadro M6000 is equipped with one 8-pin power connector, but TDP is rated at the same Wattage of 250. Quadro M6000 is kept in black colors, but NVIDIA decided to add some green flavor to distinguish workstation from gaming interpretation of Maxwell GM200. It doesn’t seem like NVIDIA is currently planning to replace other Quadro models (like K5200). The GM200 architecture is much slower in double precision computing, so not everyone may appreciate this change coming from Kepler.”

Who else thinks that the black and green case would be better suited to the gaming series? I guess professional users like to showboat their graphics cards more.

Eurocom Launches Neptune 4W 17.3-Inch Mobile Workstation

Eurocom has launched the 17.3-inch Neptune 4W professional grade, fully upgradeable and high performance Mobile Workstation equipped with NVIDIA Quadro graphics and up to Intel Core i7- 4940MX Extreme Processor, 32 GB memory and up to a whopping 6.5 TB of storage. Now that’s what I call a mobile workstation.

“Eurocom developed the Neptune 4W, the fourth generation of workstation hardened Neptune’s, for professionals that desire one system to handle their entire workload. The Neptune 4W is powerful enough and combined with a large 17.3” display can replace your desktop, while mobile enough to take nearly anywhere.” Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

You can even choose what level of graphics power you need, and the power consumption that comes along with that choice. Eurocom offers you the choice between four NVIDIA Quadro cards, the K5100M 8GB with 1536 CUDA and 100W, the K3100M 4GB with 768 CUDA and  75W, the K2100M 2GB with 576 CUDA and 55W, and lastly the smallest K1100M 2GB with 384 CUDA cores and a TDP of 45W.

 

The Neptune 4W has a 17.3-inch matte or glossy display with high Gamut and contrast to provide the best image quality as well as professional display calibration out of the box. To keep all your valuable data you create on this workstation safe, the Neptune 4W comes with a triangle of security measures. The basic Kensington Lock prevents physical theft, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) protects certificate keys while the biometric fingerprint reader can keep unauthorized people out of the system.

Neptune 4W Specifications:

  • Display: 17.3-inch FHD 1920-by-1080 with Glossy (Glare) or Matte (Non-Glare); LED Backlit
  • Chipset: Intel Mobile HM87 Express Chipset (Haswell)
  • Processor: 4th Generation; up to Intel Extreme Edition i7-4940MX
  • VGA Technology: NVIDIA Quadro: K5100M, K3100M, K1100M; MXM 3.0b; up to 100W; Optimus with Turbo Boost 2.0
  • Storage: up to 5 drives; 1st and 2nd HDD/SDD (SATA 6Gb/s; 3rd HDD/SDD via ODD Bay (SATA2); 4th and 5th mSATA (SATA3); RAID 0/1/5/10; support Smart Response Technology (SRT)
  • Optical Drive: DVD-Burner; Blu-Ray Burner, or 3rd HDD
  • Keyboard: Illuminated backlit full-size keyboard with touchpad
  • Audio System: External 7.1CH audio output headphone, microphone, S/PDIF and Line-in port; Sound Blaster X-FI MB3; two built-in Speakers + Subwoofer; ANSP 3D Sound via headphone output
  • Ports: DisplayPort 1.2; HDMI out; Mini Display 1.2; 1x eSATA/USB 3.0; 3x USB 3.0 (1x Powered USB AC/DC); 1x USB 2.0; S/PDIF; Headphone; Mic; Line-in; Firewire-400; RJ45 (LAN)
  • Weight and dimensions: 4.1kg; WxDxH 414x286x25.3-46.1mm

Thanks to Eurocom for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Eurocom

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.9 Released

TechPowerUp has just release the latest version of their GPU-Z, thep popular PC graphics information, monitoring and diagnostics utility that helps you with up to date information on your installed graphics hardware. The new version adds support for several new GPU’s and fixed various bugs.

The list of newly supported GPU’s starts with the new AMD “Tonga”  GPU we showed you images of earlier today in for of the Radeon R9 285. But also the Radeon R9 M275X, FirePro W5100, W9100; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 6 GB, GTX 860M, GT 830M, GTX 780M, GT 740, GT 730, GT 720, Quadro NVS 510, FX 380M, GRID K520 and Tesla K40c are supported in the new version.

Bug fixes include correct release date for Radeon R9 290, more robust NVIDIA PhysX detection, improved fan-speed monitoring on some newer AMD cards, sensor graph overflow/underflow as well as a fixed French translation.

The new version is available free for download now and can be had in the normal plain version or as ASUS ROG themed for the extra bit of spice. Time to upgrade?, just head over to and download the new version.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Nvidia’s Maxwell Spotted In Quadro Drivers: More Maxwell Launches Imminent?

Maxwell, Maxwell, Maxwell…where art thou? Since Nvidia announced its GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 we’ve seen very little about Maxwell for the desktop graphics card space. A few entries for Maxwell-based Nvidia Quadro products have shown up in an Nvidia Quadro driver release which reveals Maxwell is back. Why is this important? Because new GPU architectures from Nvidia often arrive in Quadro series products near the launch of their desktop counter-parts. The entries that showed up were as follows:

Desktop:

  • NVIDIA_DEV.0FF3 = NVIDIA Quadro K420 (GK107)
  • NVIDIA_DEV.13BB = NVIDIA Quadro K620 (GM107)
  • NVIDIA_DEV.13BA = NVIDIA Quadro K2200 (GM107)
  • NVIDIA_DEV.11B4 = NVIDIA Quadro K4200 (GK104)
  • NVIDIA_DEV.103C = NVIDIA Quadro K5200 (GK110)

Mobile:

  • NVIDIA_DEV.13B3 = NVIDIA Quadro K2200M (GM107)

The sad part for the eagle-eyed among you is that these are only GM107 based products. GM107 is of course the Maxwell GPU at the heart of the GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 so it isn’t anything “new”. The move by Nvidia is perhaps a hint that they are looking to bring more of Maxwell to the market in the near future, but realistically we still have no accurate date on when “new” Maxwell GPUs will be released – such as the much discussed GM204.

Source: VideoCardz

Image courtesy of VideoCardz

 

MSI GT60-2OK 3K Mobile Workstation Review

Introduction


When we look across the wide range of groups and user bases that technology is designed for, typically the first class of devices that one would think of is consumer level; in other words what you find on the high street in retail stores or most commonly these days on the internet. This range goes from your typical memory card, right through to televisions, laptops, phones, cameras and so forth. What most people tend to forget though, is that consumer based hardware is not the only major part of the technology world. Whilst we all see what is front of us, you have to take into consideration is that behind the scenes, the type of hardware that is hidden away is of a completely different class and is designed in a totally different manner, after all it has got a completely different job to undertake and without it, your consumer grade technology won’t even function. This grade of technology is what we refer to as the enterprise level.

Whilst I’m talking about the two extremes of the technology world here, there is yet another crucial sector that for many of us is just an everyday thing. This is the business and professional grade sector. Whilst gamers and enthusiasts push for the fastest frame rate that they can or the best level of detail that is possible in a gaming environment, professional users have a totally different set of requirements for their system and this typically includes the likes of video rendering and design work. For this type of work, the specification that a system needs does vary quite considerably and when we look at the major building blocks such as the graphics cards, we see different line of GPUs being used as the type of performance that this type of system needs is in a whole different league.

For namesake, we are taking about the difference (in the case of NVIDIA) between GeForce Cuda based cards which are at the forefront of today’s enthusiast line-up and Quadro which we rarely see on the consumer market. Now when it comes down to the point of saying what makes each card different from the other, taking out all the little fine details and getting down to raw essentials, there is one major fact that sets these apart; this is OpenGL. In the early days of graphics engineering, OpenGL was miles ahead of Direct3D in all of its performance areas, but as time has moved on and technology advanced in leaps and bounds, Direct3D – or as it’s more commonly known, DirectX – has overtaken OpenGL in the gaming sector and consequently games are now built to run more fluidly on this platform. OpenGL however is still the go-to place for operations such as CAD work or image rendering from the ground up. The applications that do this type of workload are heavily optimised for OpenGL and as a result is DirectX is, in most instances, useless.

To make that into a clear statement of which is which, GeForce / DirectX is for the consumer market and gaming, Quadro / OpenGL for design work and professional rendering.

Moving on the system that’s in hand today, workstation laptops are not necessarily new to the market, but up to this point, the performance difference between a mobile workstation and a full fat desktop system up to this point has been quite considerable and thus they have not really been that popular. With technology moving as fast as it is and the amount of computational power that we now get per square inch of PCB massive compared to what was on offer only a few years ago, the ability to pack workstation credentials into a laptop sized frame has now been made possible and the performance that is on offer is just as good, if not better in some cases.

The first thing that a number of readers will note about this system as we head over to the next page is the uncanny resemblance between this and MSI’s latest ultra high-end gaming laptop which we saw last year at Computex 2013 in Taiwan; and when it comes down to the main specifications, it is in fact the very same system. The crucial difference between the two lies in the graphics, which takes this system away from the gaming market and introduces it into the business / pro-sumer user group where the need for high performance systems that can perform OpenCL rendering is in high demand.

With this being an engineering sample system, we won’t find any end-user accessories included, with little more than a power cable and box for us to busk at.

The Nvidia Titan Goes Pro With The Quadro K6000

Nvidia have revealed their most powerful weapon (I mean graphics card). The incredibly powerful Quadro K6000 has been shown to the world and its set to shake up the world of professional graphics in a big way. The card is based around the GK110 architecture, albeit every feature has been turned up to 11 and the card packs a mighty 2880 stream processors, a whopping 12GB of memory and its designed to be the best tool available for high performance graphics and simulation work.

“The Nvidia Quadro K6000 GPU is the highest performance, most capable GPU ever created for the professional graphics market. It will significantly change the game for animators, digital designers and engineers, enabling them to make the impossible possible,” said Ed Ellett, senior vice president of professional solutions group at Nvidia.

Specifications:

  • GK110 graphics processing unit
  • 2880 stream processors
  • 12GB GDDR5 memory
  • 4 x 4K display out-puts

Most consumer solutions struggle to push 4K in a real world environment, yet the K6000 will burn through four displays running 3840 x 2160 resolution, making it an incredible resource for creative works, so long as you can afford the setup. Of course if you have to ask how much something like this will cost, it’s likely because you’re in a job that doesn’t really need it, it will  be incredibly expensive though.

Naturally the most powerful graphics card in the world will be very expensive and rightly so, it’s the best there is! It blows the GTX Titan away with its brute force performance of having over 200 extra stream processors and Nvidia say that the GPU delivers 5x higher compute performance and nearly double the graphics capability of its predecessor the Quadro 6000, partly thanks to the 12GB of GDDR5, the worlds largest and fastest graphics memory.

The card will be available later this year from many major workstation providers and system integrators.

Thank you Xbitlabs for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Xbitlabs.