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Visualisation workstation for graphic-intensive applications

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HEWLETT Packard Australia has released the xw9300 visualisation workstation, with AMD Opteron processors and support for NVIDIA Quadro SLI dual PCI Express graphics. It has two full performance x16 slots that will accommodate future upgrades to the latest I/O components.

The system is designed for users in graphic-intensive environments such as oil and gas exploration, manufacturing, finance and digital content creation (DCC). The processing power of two AMD Opteron processors and the 3D graphics capabilities of dual PCI Express allow customers to visualise large data sets with greater accuracy, helping reduce risk of error and potentially limiting increased costs due to inaccuracies.

The graphics performance of the workstation is made possible by the NVIDIA nForce Professional chipset enabling dual PCI Express x16 graphic slots. With dual PCI Express graphics, customers can run large models and display complex graphics with realism and speed. The HP xw9300 is the first workstation to be certified by NVIDIA to support SLI for NVIDIA Quadro.

HP workstation users who plan to migrate to a 64-bit environment will appreciate the AMD Opteron processor, with its ability to simultaneously run 32 and 64-bit applications. The AMD Opteron processor helps produce performance gains with its direct connect architecture that reduces memory and other system bottlenecks. It provides increased performance and efficiency by reducing latency and memory consumption while increasing bandwidth.

The HP xw9300 workstation is housed in the same chassis as the HP xw8200. The chassis allows tool-less access for upgrading and maintenance. The HP xw9300 has quiet circuitry, allowing the fans to run quieter at lower speeds when the system is idle or running low-power applications. Acoustic dampening hard drive rails minimise the transmission of vibration from the hard drives to the chassis. The vibration isolation reduces system acoustics while protecting the hard drives from vibrations outside the system.

The HP xw9300 Workstation supports two AMD Opteron 200 series processors with the Model 246 (2GHz), Model 248 (2.2GHz), Model 250 (2.4GHz), dual NVIDIA Quadro PCI Express x16 graphic solutions and the NVIDIA nForce Professional MCP. It also supports up to 16 gigabytes of memory, IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 ports in the front and back, five internal hard drives for up to 1.5 terabytes of storage, and support for Windows XP Professional, and Red Hat Linux WS3.0 (64-bit) operating systems.

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