First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
New Digital Alpha workstations and graphics card
- — 31 March, 1998 21:49
Digital Equipment Corporation's new Ultimate Workstations are suitable for high-end applications, such as design analysis, scientific visualisation and simulation. They sport dual Alpha 21164 533MHz processors, up to 2GB SDRAM memory and 63GB internal storage. The workstations are avilable for Unix or Windows NT.
Digital claims the 533au2 model outperformed Sun, HP, IBM and SGI in the HKSI ABAQUS/Explicit benchmark. The Ultimate Workstation dual Alpha processor 533a2 with 512MB RAM, 4.3GB disk and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 starts at $40,307. The 533au2 with 512MB RAM, 4.3GB disk and Digital Unix 4.0B starts at $42,117.
Also released by Digital is the PowerStorm graphics card 4D5IT for Digital personal workstations. The single-slot card accelerates all OpenGL applications, including MCAD, 3D GIS, animation, low-end simulation and scientific visualisation. Hardware-accelerated features include texture mapping, stencil and fog, double buffering, 24-bit Z-buffering and True Colour 3D resolutions. The RRP for the PowerStorm with 16MB texture memory is $6335.