When trying to decide which workbook is right for you, it is important to consider a broad overview of your options. I found that it is much easier to list pros and cons then make a comparison prior to making a purchase. However we consumers usually are not willing to put the effort or time into researching the different models there are, and how they perform.
There are a ton different vendors out there, but for the sake of simplicity, I will focus on a few of the top, and most well known manufactures. Considering the Dell Precision T3600 which harbors an ideal combination of affordability and performance, this system is designed to provide efficient solution to any companies workbook needs. Featuring the latest generation of Intel Xeon processors, this workstation comes with all the perks of owning a dell, such as the new Intel Turbo Mode which allow you to shift the processor’s performance into a higher speed without causing issue with the system heat. This system tends to run over $6,000, but if you’re running labor intensive software such as the Unigraphics NX CADCAM software, you can’t go worn with this investment. Another system that is comparable to the T3500 would be the HP XW4600 which comes fully loaded with a high end graphics card and a nice selection of processors to choose from. This system is based on the new Intel X38 Express performance chipset and the latest workstation-class Dual and Quad-Core Intel processors. The HP xw4600 delivers up to twice the performance of previous editions this workstation has a ton off options to choose from. Your system could be geared toward graphics, processing, or even designed to be eco-friendly. Priced at around $2000, you can’t beat this package.
Another workstation to consider would be the IBM IntelliStation M Pro – Pentium This unit is geared toward graphics and output is brought to the screen via a 3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm 800 x16 PCI Express graphics card. Storage is a bit lacking (only 72GB), but as configured, the M Pro series are serious 3D workstations. This is due to its top of the line 3dlabs Wildcat graphics subsystem, a company that was a pioneer in workstation technology. However, if your company is into going green, this system requires 150 watts of power to run. Priced at around $700-1000 for just the tower, this system could be the low cost solution you’re after.
When moving into a more high-end workstation solution, you should consider the Dell Precision T7400. This system comes standard with over 25 active certified ISV’s and over 60 application certifications, such as CAD, or GIS; as well as applications including Pro/Engineer, Unigraphics, Softimage, and much more. This system also harbors newest, and most powerful Intel Xeon processors, as well as superior memory, graphics, and RAID options to muscle through the most taxing applications. These systems are also equipped with eco-friendly power options and tend to be priced around $1,800 for just the bare bones tower. Another high-end option would be the HP XW8400. Intel’s latest screaming fast processor announcements included not only the Core2 Extreme and Core2 Duo, but also the new Dual-core Xeon processor, two of which are the masterminds behind one of HP’s newest workstations, the xw8400. This system uses the dual core Intel Xeon 5160 processor and includes a 4MB cache. At a price around $3,600, this system is very fast and known to be very reliable. Finally the IBM IntelliStation Z pro with a Xeon processor. This system is built for multitasking, with multithreaded application power. This system is built as a workhorse, data soars through wider passageways for a vast leap in performance. With a price that runs about $2,100 and is a great buy for any firm.