Hardware

Intel XeonSo what happened in workstation technology for CAD in 2005? Rob Jamieson reviews what changed our industry this year and how it affected CAD or, in reality, the software vendors who have to write for this new technology.

NetworkFor this month’s hardware tips, Rob Jamieson takes a look at CAD in a networked environment, how to avoid network collisions, and the importance of virus protection and verified backup.

SLIWhen 3D graphics specialist Nvidia announced Quadro SLI last year it promised ‘never-before-seen performance’. Twelve months down the line the majority of CAD users are still waiting says Greg Corke.

Dual CoreOver the past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about dual core CPUs, which contain two processor cores on a single piece of silicon. Both AMD and Intel have recently launched dual core chips, but what exactly do they mean for the CAD market?

Hardware technology: Inkjet printersRobert Jamieson this month takes a break from workstation technology for a closer look at the humble desktop inkjet printer, the technologies behind it and the financial and practical implications of consumables.

ATIIn the latest instalment of his series of articles on workstation components, Robert Jamieson looks at how to best make use of your CDs/DVDs, what to look for in the latest monitor technology, and gives the low down on PCI Express.

Dual processorsDual processor workstations have been around for a number of years, but what do they offer the average CAD user? Greg Corke takes a closer look at multithreaded applications and multi-tasking on Intel's Xeon and AMD's Opteron processors.