Workstation Reviews
by Tom Fenton

Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYS Review

The system in this review is an Intel NUC7CJYS which is a low-priced, small form factor kit computer.  It is considered a kit as it only comes with a limited amount of storage and RAM. We used the 7CJYS in an article that we wrote about building your own VDI client but thought it would be interesting to do a more in-depth review of the capabilities of this system.

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by Tom Fenton

Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit (NUC8i7BEH) Review

We recently had the opportunity to review an Intel NUC7CJYS; a low priced NUC. We were impressed with the value that it delivered and thought it would be interesting to see how much power Intel packs into a mid-tier NUC systems, in this case the NUC8i7BEH (Bean Canyon). Intel NUC systems are used by enthusiast that want to build a home lab that take up a minimal amount of space, custom builders that configure them for a specific purpose such as entertainment systems, home users that are looking for a quiet, small computer, and others that want a system that take up a minimal amount of space. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo ThinkStation P920 Tower Workstation Review

The Lenovo ThinkStation P920 is a tower workstation with the potential for tons of power. The workstation can be equipped with dual Intel Xeon processors for up to 28 cores. Along with that, at the top end it can be fitted with up to 2TB of DDR4, 2666MHz of RAM, and up to three NVIDIA Quadro P6000’s, an exclusive to this workstation. Lenovo offers off the shelf and build your own models.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo ThinkPad P52 Mobile Workstation Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad P52 is a performance-driven mobile workstation that features NVIDIA Quadro graphics and is ideal for engineers, designers, and prosumers looking for a powerful, yet compact, laptop. Lenovo also indicates that it is a VR-ready device. It also features a ton of connectivity including three USB 3.1 gen 1 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, Intel Thunderbolt 3 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort, Data Transfer), and an HDMI 2.0 port. For those on-the-go professionals who find themselves in areas without Wi-Fi, the P52 comes with the option of having 4G-LTE, which can sync with mobile provider plans.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Lenovo ThinkPad P72 Mobile Workstation Review

When in the market for a business-class workstation notebook, not much can compare to Lenovo’s ThinkPad. Historically, the ThinkPad has provided all one would need in a mobile workstation – durability, security, an easy management system, outstanding battery life, and extreme performance. One of the newer editions the ThinkPad line is the P72.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Dell Precision 3930 Rack Workstation Review

Dell’s Precision 3930 Rack is a powerful, unintrusive 1U workstation that provides extreme performance with an affordable pricing model. The unit’s short and narrow design allows users to maximize their workspace by tucking the Precision 3930 away in a server room, keeping the work area quiet and uncluttered. It is also an integrable device into data centers and complex OEM medical imaging and industrial automation solutions with its extended operating temperatures, dust filters, legacy PCI slots, and its remote power switch.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 5530 Review

The Precision 5530 is the successor to Dell's sleek, stylish and powerful Precision 5520 mobile workstation, claiming an even lighter and thinner design. The new Dell workstation has also been upgraded with impressive component options, including support for both Intel Core and the Xeon 6-core processors, the latter which will certainly add a ton of potential in the performance category. The 5530 also offers Thunderbolt type-C and HDMI 2.0 connectivity, Quadro professional graphics, and memory and storage options, making it a viable mobile workstation for a range of different applications. If you have the budget, the Precision 5530 can be outfitted to compete against most mid-to-high-end workstations on the market.

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by Michael Rink

HP Z2 Tower G4 Workstation Review

The HP Z2 Tower G4 workstation is the next generation up from the Z240. HP is targeting the Z2 at entry and mid-range creators needs in AEC/Product Dev (e.g., CAD), Higher Education (e.g., Engineering labs), as well as Media and Entertainment (e.g., Maya). It is 13% smaller but with options for graphics packages providing 60% more power than the Z240.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7530 Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 7530 is a high-end mobile workstation designed to excel during graphic or data-heavy applications. To emphasize its capabilities, Dell boldly claims that it is the world’s most powerful and first "Ready for VR" 15-inch mobile workstation to hit the market. That said, users can certainly outfit the 7530 with some pretty impressive builds, which is highlighted by 8th Gen Intel Core and Xeon 6-core processor options and Radeon Pro and NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs. The mobile workstation also supports up to a whopping 128GB of 3200MHz SuperSpeed memory with a maximum storage capacity of an impressive 6TB via up to three 2TB PCIe Solid SSDs or 2x and 1x 2.5” HDDs.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 15u G5 Review

HP has released the ZBook 15u G5, the 5th generation of their popular mobile workstation line. Announced back in April of this year, HP describes the 15u G5 as an entry-level, performance-driven workstation that is ideal for professionals on the go, which is pretty much in line with other 15u models we looked at over the past few years (we found that they are generally solid mobile rigs that offer a good bang for their lower price tag). The new 15u is highlighted by an optional 4K, touch display, quad core Intel Core processors and 3D professional graphics, all packed inside a thin mobile workstation.

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