LENOVO WAS SHOWING off its new workstation line at GDC, the S10 and D10. Since GDC is about game development, not game play, it makes a lot of sense.
The two machines are both Intel based, the S10 is single core, the D10 is dual core. According to Lenovo, and I do agree, what's different from a workstation from a PC is better construction, more expandability, more slots and a bigger PSU. On the less physical side, it also has ISV certifications, something you really need before you try and run a $50K CAD package on one.
To that extent, Lenovo did it right, it hit all those notes, and did a decent job laying out the box. The drives are on the bottom, PSU on top with a fan that vents down to keep things quiet. The five bays are hot plug, and the PSU is up to 1000W for the monster GPU addicts of the CAD world.
Between the two, you have a straight shot for air, it comes in unimpeded, flows across the CPUs, then over the RAM and out. Fairly tidy designs, and well implemented. The S10 is out now, the D10 will be out in March, and prices will of course depend on configuration. µ
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