DigitalStorm Slade Pro Workstation PC Reviewby Dustin Sklavos on April 23, 2014 12:00 AM EST
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The DigitalStorm Slade Pro possesses an extremely powerful processor, a healthy amount of memory, and a solid workstation graphics card. In standard testing it's not going to really go the distance, but when we get to workstation tests it should prove its worth.
Note that some of these benchmarks have been updated and as a result, no comparison results are available.
|PCMark 8 (Home, OpenCL)||4879|
|PCMark 8 (Creative, OpenCL)||4094|
|PCMark 8 (Work, OpenCL)||4591|
|Cinebench R15 (OpenGL)||102.85|
|Cinebench R15 (Single-Threaded)||123|
|Cinebench R15 (Multi-Threaded)||1218|
|x264 5.0 (Pass 1)||95.53|
|x264 5.0 (Pass 2)||25.43|
PCMark 8 is predominately a consumer performance metric and not really designed for systems like this one; AVADirect's recent Silent PC review consistently outscored the Slade Pro, owing largely to the overclocked Intel Core i7-4770K and beefy NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780.
Note that there are no 3DMark results; 3DMark results have virtually no bearing on the performance of a system like this. A cut down GK106 isn't a compelling GPU for gaming (especially not with Maxwell running around), but the Quadro K4000 isn't a gaming card either.
DigitalStorm's system is faster across the board than every system we've tested up to this point in PCMark 7, owing to both its high IPC and high core clocks; the Sandy Bridge-EP generation E5-2687W is ~300MHz slower than the newer E5-2687W v2.
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Antronman - Monday, April 28, 2014 - linkUmm, I could build a notably better system with that kind of money.
Most of the Firepros actually outperform the Quadro cards (W9100 vs K6000, W7000 vs K5000).
MP doesn't have a front io, you don't have any PCIe storage, thunderbolt 2 is available on consumer mobos, etc.
Apple is pretending to innovate.
Antronman - Monday, April 28, 2014 - linkActually it is not powerful enough to not need to upgrade it.
The best model available via their website is a 6-core Xeon, with dual CF-Pro 2GB cards.
Looks to me like an upgrade is in order.
KAlmquist - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkI doubt that the processor is available for $1100. Still, online retail prices are processor $2200, GPU $800, motherboard $320, memory $330, power supply $122, case $140, MS Windows $132, giving a total of $4055. Figure less than $200 for liquid cooling, optical drive, card reader, and cables, and you are talking over $1600 markup. This certainly isn't justified by the warranty, since the expensive parts aren't covered after the first year. AVA Direct will sell a similar system for about $5000, with a 3 year parts, lifetime labor warranty.
wwwcd - Thursday, April 24, 2014 - linkYes this is a consumer prices for one piece in shops. DigitalStorm do not buy components on retail prices.
blackmagnum - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkFor this price... I expect real wood paneling and genuine leather seats! And does it come in white?
etamin - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkA bottom of the barrel PSU for a $5K+ system, and it's a workstation no less. What a joke.
piroroadkill - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkThat was the first massive gaffe that caught my eye.
CX series for anything you spent real money on is a totally incorrect choice.
etamin - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linknot just CX series...CX series with M suffix :)
Antronman - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkYeah.
I'm RMDing over here.
80+ Bronze, not even modular, with no professional standards at all.
I mean, WTF.
zero2dash - Thursday, April 24, 2014 - linkPSU is arguably the most offensive oversight on this build, but the lack of ECC is nearly as bad.
This looks like something someone who lives near a Microcenter would sell on Craigslist (for probably the same egregious amount of money).