Workstation

Over the last decade or so, advancements in CPU and GPU architectures have combined extremely well with the relentless march of Moore's Law on the silicon front. Together, these have resulted in hand-held devices that have more computing power than huge and power-hungry machines from the turn of the century. On the desktop front, small form-factor (SFF) machines are now becoming a viable option for demanding professional use-cases. CAD, modeling, and simulation capabilities that required big iron servers or massive tower workstations just a few years back are now capable of being served by compact systems. Workstation notebooks integrating top-end mobile CPUs and professional graphics solutions from AMD (FirePro) or NVIDIA (Quadro Mobile / RTX Professional) have been around since the early 2000s. The advent...

The Intel W680 Chipset Overview: Alder Lake Workstations Get ECC Memory and Overclocking Support

Earlier this month Intel quietly launched its W680 chipset, the company's workstation-focused chipset for its 12th Gen Core (Alder Lake) processors. Unlike the current generation of consumer desktop chipsets...

75 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/9/2022

AMD Announces Ryzen Threadripper Pro 5000 WX-Series: Zen 3 For OEM Workstations

In 2020, AMD released a new series of workstation-focused processors under its Threadripper umbrella, aptly named the Threadripper Pro series. These chips were essentially true workstation versions of AMD's...

34 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/8/2022

ASRock Unveils C621A WS Motherboard, Designed for Xeon W-3300 Workstations

On the back of Intel's recent Ice Lake Xeon W-3300 announcement, ASRock has announced one of the first motherboards to support the new processors, the ASRock C621A WS. Some...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/30/2021

Intel Launches Xeon W-3300: Ice Lake for Workstations, up to 38 Cores

With the launch earlier this year of Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon Scalable platform, the first Intel enterprise platform based on 10nm, we were always wondering to what extent this...

52 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/29/2021

Best CPUs for Workstations: June 2021

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data...

55 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/10/2021

Computex 2021: GIGABYTE Server Updates MZ72-HB0 For Dual Socket 3rd Gen EPYC

During Computex 2021 in Taipei, although the event is all-digital due to the Coronavirus pandemic, GIGABYTE Server has showcased its newly revised MZ72-HBO dual-socket motherboard with support for AMD's...

13 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/4/2021

The ASRock Rack B550D4-4L, a B550 Motherboard with BMC

ASRock Rack, the professional arm of ASRock, has launched an interesting B550 model which is aimed at the server and workstation market, but uses the mid-range chipset. The ASRock...

10 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/4/2021

Supermicro X12SAE W480 Motherboard Review: For Xeon W-1200 Workstations

We have seen numerous Intel Z490 motherboards over the months since Intel's platform for Comet Lake was announced back in April. While the Z490 is designed for regular consumers...

57 by Gavin Bonshor on 12/11/2020

AMD EPYC Rome in (Deep) Mini-ITX? ASRock Rack's New ROMED4ID-2T

ASRock Rack has unveiled its latest small form factor motherboard designed for AMD's EYPC processors, the ROMED4ID-2T. It is based on a new proprietary form factor similar to Mini-ITX...

25 by Gavin Bonshor on 11/26/2020

Avantek's Arm Workstation: Ampere eMAG 8180 32-core Arm64 Review

Arm desktop systems are quite a rarity. In fact, it’s quite an issue for the general Arm software ecosystem in terms of having appropriate hardware for developers to actually...

38 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/22/2020

Intel Announces 10th Gen Comet Lake vPro: All 400-Series Chipsets Supported

With every launch of desktop processors, Intel typically follows it up with a series of vPro enabled parts in order for the company to provide solutions through its partners...

14 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/13/2020

The ASRock Rack EPYCD8-2T Motherboard Review: From Naples to Rome

It's no secret that AMD is looking to carve out a bigger share in the server market with their enterprise EPYC processors, and much fanfare has been made about...

35 by Gavin Bonshor on 4/20/2020

The GIGABYTE MZ31-AR0 Motherboard Review: EPYC with Dual 10G

The workstation and server markets are big business for not only chip manufacturers such as Intel and AMD, but for motherboard vendors too. Since AMD's introduction of its Zen-based...

37 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/25/2020

The Supermicro X11SPA-T Review: An Impressive Cascade Lake Workstation Motherboard

Not all motherboards are created equal. Compared to consumer hardware, prosumer level options with workstations opt for different peripheral features, but ultimately it comes down to support. The Supermicro...

32 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/24/2020

Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro Tower Now Available: From $5,999 to $53,000

Apple on Tuesday started sales of its revamped Mac Pro workstation. The new Mac Pro brings Apple back to the forefront of expensive, high-performance workstations for the first time...

81 by Anton Shilov on 12/10/2019

Arm Server CPUs: You Can Now Buy Ampere’s eMAG in a Workstation

One of the critical elements to all these new server-class Arm processors is availability. We are not yet at the point where these chips are freely sold on the...

19 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/6/2019

ASUS Unveils The ProArt StudioBook Pro 17: A Cheaper Mobile Workstation

In addition to launching its top of the line ProArt StudioBook Pro X mobile workstation that is priced at a whopping $4,999.99, ASUS also introduced its less expensive workstations...

9 by Anton Shilov on 11/20/2019

ASUS Releases ProArt StudioBook Pro X: 17-Inch Workstation With Xeon & Quadro

ASUS has started sales of its top of the range mobile workstation, the ProArt StudioBook Pro X. The heavily-packed machine packs in Intel’s Xeon processor, an NVIDIA Quadro RTX...

35 by Anton Shilov on 11/19/2019

The ASUS Pro WS X570-Ace Review: x8x8x8 with No RGB

Not all motherboards are created equal, and some come with different distinguishing features which amplify them above the others. Whether that be gaming or professional use, the ASUS Pro...

115 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/12/2019

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