Workstation Specialists WS-M1760
This 17-inch monster from Derby-based Workstation Specialists is by far the most expensive mobile workstation on test this month, but in terms of its spec it’s in a completely different class.
The high-end 8GB Quadro K5100M GPU makes light work of throwing texture-heavy design viz datasets around the HD display. And, with 1,536 CUDA cores, it can also double up as a powerful general-purpose processor. This will be of interest to users of CUDA-compatible ray trace renderers, where the GPU can be used to augment the Intel Core i7-4800MQ CPU. And with 32GB RAM there’s plenty of memory to support such complex datasets.
To serve up the OS and apps there’s a 240GB Intel mSATA SSD with a 750GB HDD for data. For a more powerful storage system, you can double up on both mSATA and 2.5-inch drives.
The WS-M1760 uses the same Clevo P170SM chassis as the Scan 3XS MGW-10 so there’s no docking port or SmartCard reader, but you do get a fingerprint reader, powered by Truesuite keepsafe.
The HD display is a bit lacklustre. Lines are sharp, but fire up a CAD render and the colours appear a little dull. The good news is there are plenty of digital outputs to get the best out of the high-end GPU.