Workstation Specialists WS-M1760

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  • Intel Core i7-4800MQ (2.70GHz up to 3.7GHz) (4 cores, 8 threads)
  • 32GB (4 x 8GB) PC3-1600MHz High Speed DDR-3
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5100M (8GB GDDR5)
  • 17.3” HD 1,920 x 1,080 backlit LED display
  • 240GB Intel 525 Series mSATA SSD + 750GB 7,200RPM high-performance SATA drive + 8x DVD-RW Drive
  • Full size keyboard with numeric keypadTouch pad with multi-gesture and scrolling
  • 8-cell 77Wh Lithium Ion battery
  • Intel 300MB/Sec ‘N’ Wireless Network Card + Integrated Bluetooth 3.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 1 x eSATA / USB 3.0. RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet.Mini Firewire
  • 9-in-1 memory card reader
  • DisplayPort, Mini DP, HDMi
  • 412 x 276 x 45-42mm
  • Starting at 3.9kg + 1.1kg
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • 36 Months Standard Hardware Warranty with NBD Response
  • workstationspecialists.com
  • £2,835

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.

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