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Apple's much-lauded 2013 Mac Pro redesign will celebrate its first year of shipping just after Christmas, but that anniversary might bring with it an upgraded version. Intel has announced that its successor processor to the "Romley" series used in the latest Mac Pro will arrive in quantity in September. Furthering the speculation, AMD has begun outing its successors to the W7000/W8000/W9000 FirePro graphics cards, which are roughly equivalent to the custom-made D-series used in the current Mac Pro.
AMD has taken to Siggraph 2014 to launch new cards in its FirePro graphics card collection for professional use. A total of four graphics cards have joined the range, going from more basic offerings to high-performance variants, with the FirePro W2100, W4100, W5100, and W7100 all supporting 4K displays, with the group also using AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
One of the many exciting new features of the Mac Pro (late 2013) is Apple's choice to opt for dual AMD FirePro workstation GPUs as standard fitment, which certainly caught the eye of many observers. The previous generation Mac Pros included the option to fit dual CPUs, but as you can tell from the radical external redesign of the Mac Pro that Apple has fundamentally rethought its approach to the Mac workstation. Apple has chosen to adopt a dual-GPU configuration as standard fitment to leverage the massive processing power in GPU architecture. The biggest performance gains in certain professional applications come through harnessing the processing power in GPUs, rather than the CPU. To this extent, Apple has worked closely with AMD to develop three custom GPU solutions for the Mac Pro, to help Mac users tap into the power of AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) microarchitecture for parallel processing using the OpenCL framework.
A lengthy analysis of the new Mac Pro by hardware enthusiast site Anandtech has found that Apple's latest desktop not only offers a design that is unmatched in the industry, but that its mix of custom features (like Thunderbolt 2 support on the motherboard and special dual FirePro graphics cards) and low price (for a workstation of this caliber) make it a compelling option for creative professionals, and cheaper than other manufacturers' options.
HP has unwrapped a super-sized interactive display wall. The VantagePoint combines six high-resolution displays to create a seamless 11-foot by 4-foot (132-inch diagonal) screen. HP sees multiple applications for the wall including executive briefing centers, showrooms, retail, financial services, automotive, airline, home goods, and government.
The Dell Precision M6600 desktop PC that's due to ship on May 10 is now available for purchase in the UK. The 17.3-inch notebook has some high-end options, including a quad-core 2.5GHz Core i7, as much as 16GB of RAM, 512GB of solid state storage space and a 2GB NVIDIA Quadro 4000M graphics processor. A 1080p display with multi-touch support is another high-priced option.
The Dell Precision M4600 and M6600 mobile workstations first seen in February have now received more tech specs thanks to an online manual, though it's since been removed. The 15.6-inch M4600 and 17-inch M6600 can be optioned up to Intel's Quad Extreme 2920XM Core i7, rated at 2.5GHz, and as much as 32GB of RAM. The smaller, 6.3lb notebook gets a 1GB AMD FirePro M5950 GPU that can be upgraded to a 2GB NVIDIA Quadro 2000M.
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.
AMD on Monday introduced the FirePro 2270 and FirePro V5800 DVI graphics cards meant for professionals, specifically those in the medical, financial, design and engineering fields. Both have low power consumption and deliver multi-display capabilities. The 2270 is AMD's only low-profile, passively-cooled graphics card that can support dual displays and triple set support.
Dell is planning to upgrade many of its pro notebooks to take advantage of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors and other breakthroughs, according to multiple leaks. The Latitude E6420 and E6520 would be direct replacements for the existing, respective 14- and 15.6-inch model that would both use faster processors. The Dell Lab insider doesn't list specs for the E6420 but said the E6520 would have chips ranging from a dual 2.1GHz Core i3 through to dual 2.7GHz and quad 2.3GHz Core i7 options.