HP is the largest computer manufacturer in the world. They also supply businesses around the world with workstations, which are desktops intended to be used in high performance situations such as 3D rendering, heavy graphic design and more. The HP xw Workstation is just such a beast. Read on for our full review.
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HP recently refreshed its entire line of workstations. As part of that refresh, the company announced its new xw workstation, the successor to the xw that DE reviewed last year. So we were very curious to see what HP had to offer in its replacement. This chipset includes a number of new features, including support for PCI Express 2. HP offers the xw with CPU options ranging from a 2. No tools are required to open or upgrade the workstation. But the system we received was a bit of a departure from past HP workstations.
Instead of the typical black and gray minitower case, the computer we received came wrapped in a colorful graphic skin, courtesy of Skinit, Inc. A third front panel USB jack came courtesy of the HP in-1 card reader mounted in one of the three 5. Like other HP workstations, the sound system supports jack retasking, which allows t he computer to sense devices that are plugged into an audio jack.
Our evaluation unit came with 2GB installed as two 1GB modules. This mid-range 3D board is based on the same unified architecture previously found on the Quadro FX and FX and is compatible with the new second-generation PCI-Express specification, which doubles the data transfer rate for an aggregate bandwidth of 16GBps bidirectional. The system can accommodate up to four drives using an optional expander kit. And in spite of fans on the CPU heat sink, rear panel, power supply, and graphics card, the xw is nearly silent.
It was only on our AutoCAD rendering test, which clearly shows the benefits of multiple CPU cores, that we saw the dual-core xw lag behind other systems, taking more than four minutes to complete our test rendering compared to one minute for the recently reviewed Appro Xtreme with the equivalent of 16 CPUs.
As usual, HP rounds out the xw with its excellent key keyboard and a 2-button optical scroll mouse. Windows XP Professional bit came preinstalled. Our Windows-based system also included the HP Performance Tuning Framework and is backed by a three-year warranty that includes parts, labor, and on-site service. David Cohn has been using AutoCAD for more than 25 years and is the author of more than a dozen books on the subject.
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HP xw4600 Review
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HP xw4600 Workstation Product Specifications
HP Workstation xw4600 (Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Vista Business) Specs
HP recently refreshed its entire line of workstations. As part of that refresh, the company announced its new xw workstation, the successor to the xw that DE reviewed last year. So we were very curious to see what HP had to offer in its replacement. This chipset includes a number of new features, including support for PCI Express 2.
HP XW4600, Intel (441449-001) Motherboard