Workstation Reviews
by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 17 G6 Workstation Review

The ZBook 17 G6 is the largest model of HP’s new-generation mobile workstations. The 17-inch notebook features some of the same upgraded components as ZBook 15 G6, including the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9 and Xeon Processors (as high as the 2.4 GHz Xeon E 2286M vPro processor with up to 5.0 GHz via Turbo Boost and support for up to eight cores) and up to 128GB of RAM. One of the biggest advantages of the 17-inch model, however, is the GPU, which features up to the powerful NVIDIA Quadro RTX5000 with ray tracing, deep learning, and advanced shading. The new ZBook can also be outfitted with up to three 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe TLC SSDs and features 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB Type-C ports (Thunderbolt 3 + DP 1.4 + USB 3.1 Gen 2) and an HDMI port.

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by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 15 G6 Workstation Review

The ZBook 15 G6 is the newest addition to the company’s power-driven mobile workstation line. The next-gen HP laptop features a range of upgraded hardware over the G5 model, including the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i9 and Xeon Processors (for complex, multithreaded applications), a generous 128GB of RAM, and three GPU options including the new NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000. The new ZBook can also be outfitted with up to three 1TB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe TLC SSDs and features a wide range of connectivity including 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB Type-C ports (Thunderbolt 3  + DP 1.4 + USB 3.1 Gen 2) and an HDMI port.

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by Alex Schuchter

Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 2 Review

Lenovo released the next generation of it’s P Series portfolio, their most powerful line of laptops. We recently reviewed the ThinkPad P53. Today we’re reviewing another laptop in the portfolio, the ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, and looking at what this workstation has to offer. The P1 returns fulfilling the desire for a thin and light design backed by workstation performance. This generation's spec refresh delivers new levels of power with the latest Intel processors (up to eight cores), NVIDIA Turing graphics, new display options including an OLED Touch display, and X-Rite Pantone Factory color calibration. At top configuration, this workstation can be decked out with 9th generation Intel Xeon E or Core H-series processors, up to NVIDIA Quadro T2000 graphics, a 15.6” OLED Touch Display with Dolby Vision HDR, 64 GB DDR4 memory, and 4TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Precision Optimizer Software Overview

The Dell Precision line of workstations has produced several high-performant units over the last few years. All precision workstations come with customizability, some more so than others. This gives the tinkerers a chance to build the system for exactly what they need. As more and more users are moving to workstations, not everyone wants to set up specific hardware to meet their applications. Most would rather take a unit off the shelf and have a way to easily optimize it for their use case. Dell answers this call with its Precision Optimizer software that aims to do just that. 

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by Alex Schuchter

Lenovo ThinkPad P53 Review

Lenovo launched the next generation of its ThinkPad P Series portfolio in June, unveiling, amongst other units, the ThinkPad P53. With the release of the new NVIDIA Quadro GPUs a wave of highly-powerful laptops have been coming out featuring the innovative hardware. The ThinkPad P53 is made for engineers, architects, and designers with ISV certifications and support for work with AR, VR, and AI. In addition to being outfitted with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs up to the Quadro RTX 5000 and 9th Gen Intel Core and Xeon processors with up to 8 cores, the ThinkPad P53 also features up to 6TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage, up to 128 GB DDR4 memory, a 15” OLED Touch Display with Dolby Vision HDR, and dual Intel Thunderbolt 3. 

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by Alex Schuchter

Dell Precision 7740 Mobile Workstation Review

Dell recently released the Precision 7740, the 4th generation of it’s most powerful and scalable mobile workstation. Simple but stylish the 7740 exudes class and claims to be the thinnest and lightest mobile workstation in its class. This generation’s spec refresh offers the latest processors, next-gen graphics, new display options, and longer battery life. Some impressive new components include 9th Generation Intel Core and Xeon 8-core processors and Nvidia Quadro RTX professional GPUs up to the Quadro RTX 5000, adding a new level of power to mobile workstations previously only found in tower workstations. With the budget, the Dell 7740 is a solid competitor against most other high end workstations and supports a wide variety of applications including VR and AI. 

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by Alex Schuchter

HP ZBook 14u G6 Review

HP has released the HP ZBook 14u G6, the 6th generation of their mobile workstation line. It features a thin and light design with beefed up specs and a stunning display. Designed to meet the demands of modern workflows the HP ZBook 14U G6 offers high performance without the weight. It is geared towards power users and designers who need daily dependability running resource intensive applications like Adobe or Solidworks while on the go. A look at the specs show a range of options notably 8th gen Intel Quad-Core i7 processors, up to 64 GB of RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro 3D Graphics (4GB). Multiple on board features aid in collaborative work as well. 

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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 Lyle Smith

HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 Workstation Review

The HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 workstation is a versatile hybrid notebook that is ideal for those working in fields like 3D developing, architecture, and design. All you have to do is glance at the spec sheet to know it is well-suited for resource-intensive workloads, as it can be decked out with options such as a range of next-generation six-core Intel Core i9 or Xeon processors, an ample  amount of RAM, and NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. The new ZBook’s build also makes it easy to use in collaborative environments: the aptly named x360 features a 360-degree hinge for some pretty seamless maneuverability.

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