DigitalStorm Slade Pro Workstation PC Reviewby Dustin Sklavos on April 23, 2014 12:00 AM EST
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While the DigitalStorm Slade Pro is solid if unexceptional in more garden variety consumer level tasks, it fares much better when tested in workstation applications. SPECviewperf11 is a reliable suite that should give us a pretty good idea of how an 80W Kepler GPU can stack up against some of the older Fermi architecture cards.
The march of progress continues unabated. In most tests, the Slade Pro is at or near the top. At least where workstation benchmark performance is concerned, this is a well rounded, solid machine.
Lightwave 3D 9.6 is traditionally CPU bound and fairly well threaded; the only system to consistently best the Slade Pro's powerful octalcore Xeon is the Lenovo D30, which features two octalcore Xeons (albeit from the previous generation.) As workstation CPUs go, the Xeon E5-2687W v2 is actually very close to as good as it gets for a single socket system.
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wwwcd - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkHmm I see specs of configuration with components with max $3300 price, not for $5,869.
processor dealer price ~$1000-1100 depending on the volume of transaction; graphic card ~$400-450, all other hardware and software components ~$1400-$1800 depending on the volume of transactions.
ddriver - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkIronically, you can get a 8core 32gb ram mac pro for 5899$. There is no mechanical storage, but it does come with a PCI-E SSD and a very convenient form factor.
DigitalStorm apparently expects profit margins comparable to those of apple without going through the effort to engineer an actual product.
ddriver - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkAlso, 1 year parts warranty? When there is hardly a part of this system that comes with at least 2 or more years of warranty? Those guys suck... so greedy and lazy...
ddriver - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkLet me guess what is going to happen if god forbid a part fails after that year... they will ask the consumer pay for a new one, but get a replacement from the part manufacturer for free - and cash in everything...
Thanks but no thanks, considering there is nothing custom about this system, you are far better ordering the parts and building it yourself, you will save yourself half the money AND build a better system with more warranty... And even if you are clueless enough to not be able to build it yourself, there are plenty of people who can do it for substantially less than 3500$ LOL...
homer_pickett - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - linkI agree... and either way it stand no chance to other desktops such as CybertronPC Borg-Q GM4213C. /Homer from http://www.consumertop.com/best-desktop-guide/
WinterCharm - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - linkFunny enough, the mac pro is a better deal than this pc. Hahahaha you know your pc prices are out of proportion when.... ;)
RhinosRule - Thursday, April 24, 2014 - linkMac Pro advocates should check this out:
ddriver - Friday, April 25, 2014 - linkI did not put it because I advocate mac pro or apple, but as example of something shamelessly and ridiculously overpriced. And as much as I despise apple as a company, that video was lame. Who expect upgradeability from a system that is a:) small enough to hold in one hand and b:) powerful enough so you don't have to upgrade it? Only a complete idiot.
theduckofdeath - Friday, April 25, 2014 - linkFor someone not advocating it, you sure are surprisingly defensive about it... :)
akdj - Friday, April 25, 2014 - linkInteresting you comprehended his statement that way when he specifically states, "I did not put it because I advocate MP or Apple, but as an example of something (reviewed rig) shamelessly and 'ridiculously' overpriced....and as much as I despise Apple as a company..."
How is that defending Apple? ANY TECH GEEK reading this board that isn't giving Apple credit .(love em, hate em, doesn't matter) for the nMP design is an ignorant, uninformed doorknob. Period. It's an amazing change in workstation performance and as an owner of both Windows 7 workstations, older Mac Pros...and current, extremely happy new MP owner, I can honestly say with the rMBP, rMini, Air and new Mac Pro...as well as Apple's INCREASE in quarterly 'computer' earnings 'went up' while the entire industry is in decline. Again...love em, hate em, doesn't matter, they're innovation and clear vision of future computing, GPU instructions and PCIe storage with thunderbolt is a mind blowing achievement. While AMD FirePro cards aren't nVidia Quadro, they're outstandingly FAST for out workstation tasks...coloring, finalizing ans rendering of 4/5k RED RAW files, rendering, transcoding, editing and finalizing ...even in Premier/AE, it's a mind blowing experience...if you're an FCPx user, it's a night and day difference. Editing 4k/1080p feels like editing ProRes 480 files. Simply. Outstanding. Expect Dell/HP to transition form factors late 14, mid '15. My humble opinion. I use both Win 7 and OSx. Have for almost 30 years (starting on Apple IIe/c pre MS OS. How times have changed). My HP workstation from last year's batch of Xeon, ECC RAM, SSD storage, excellent warranty, etc...just over $9,200 when purchased. My $6,800 nMP runs circles around it (Bootcamp Win 7 or same tasks in OSx). Non 'believers' need do nothing but swing through an Apple store. Look at the form factor. Pick it up...then 'use' it for a half hour. Prepare to be blown away. With the progression of TB, won't be long before we can tie these guys together, utilize powerful, external GPUs....the next progressing is 40Gb/s, bi directional and HDMI 2.0 compliant. Couple of 4k displays simultaneously, editing and transcoding simultaneously, batch processing a couple hundred Nikon D800 RAW files, pick your poison. It's a MONSTER, the size of a kitten;)