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IMAGINE DQX-SE
Super Workstation Group test
3D World

By James Morris
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3D World Verdict
Excerpt From 3D World Group test
The CAD2 DQX-SE is based around a pair of Intel Xeon X5460 3.16GHz Quad-Core CPU's with top notch graphic power provided by AMD/ATI's FireGL V8600 with 1GB Frame Buffer.


" CAD2's entry in this test is a monster "

"With both the fastest processors and the most powerful graphics, the DQX-SE stormed our benchmarks."

"Choosing a winner was tough as the performance and specification differences between the top end systems was slight, but there had to be a winner and the DQX-SE edges it."


James Morris, 3D World Magazine


IMAGINE 'Go' - FX1600M
Mobile Workstation
Review3D World

By James Morris
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3D World Verdict
Excerpt From 3D World Workstation Review
The CAD2 has industrial-strength workstation graphics on offer with the NVIDIA Quadro FX1600M - 512MB.

The screen has an X-Glass glossy coating, designed to enhance colour & contrast. The result is vibrant, and should suit visualisation work, particularly with 3D animation.

With its high-end processor and graphics, we’d expect the Go to storm through our performance benchmarks, and we’re not disappointed. We’ve compared the Go Workstation to a Dell Precision M6300 equipped with the same NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics.... The CAD2 beats or equals the M6300 in every test.

The Go Workstation acquits itself well, showing that, for many 3D visualisation tasks, it won’t feel noticeably sluggish next to a full desktop graphics workstation. If you need that kind of performance on the move, the Go is a definite mobile power option.


James Morris, 3D World Magazine


VISION DQX64-SE - V8600
Workstation
ReviewDigital Arts

By Neil Bennett
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Digital Arts - Best Buy Award
Excerpt From Digital Arts Review

"The DQX-SE is built around two quad-core Xeon X5460 processors, which run at 3.16GHz. In our CPU based Cinebench R10 rendering test, the scores were the best we've seen"

"Where the DQX-SE wins overall is with the inclusion of AMD's ATI FireGL V8600 Graphics Card"

In our Adobe After Effects and Photoshop tests, again the performance was the best we've seen with performance in creative applications that everyone would love to have.

In summary, if your 3D or VFX demands spending up to £4,000 on a workstation, then the CAD2 DQX-SE is an excellent choice.

Neil Bennett, Digital Arts Magazine


IMAGINE DQX - V8600
'Budget' Workstation
ReviewMCAD

By Greg Corke
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Excerpt From MCAD Workstation Review
"COLOSSAL AND POWERFUL are probably the best adjectives to describe CAD2’s new VISION DQX workstation"

"What this latest technology means CAD2’s VISION has eight of the fastest CPU cores currently available, making it an absolute dream machine for users of multithreaded applications.

The VISION DQX ripped through our 3ds Max rendering tests and should offer similar benefits for CFD and FEA studies, particularly when analysing multiple design iterations concurrently.

All of this cutting edge processing technology is backed up with one of the most powerful professional graphics cards currently on the market. ATI’s FireGL V8600 is an ultra high-end card featuring 1GB of on-board GDDR4 memory.

In summary, the Vision DQX is a beast of a machine, both in terms of size and performance. The raw computational power on tap for multithreaded applications is astounding and the ultra high-end graphics card provides plenty of power with which to manipulate enormous data sets fluidly.


Greg Corke, MCAD Magazine


IMAGINE X64 - FX1700
Independent Workstation
Round-upDigital Arts

By Neil Bennett
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Excerpt From DIGITAL ARTS, 'Graphics Workstation Round-up' by Neil Bennett
The IMAGINE X64 is a compact, quiet workstation with a clean and simple design. It’s surprisingly capacious for such a small case, with three optical drive bays and four hard drive bays

This unit performed admirably in our Photoshop and After Effects CS3 tests, slightly faster than we’d expect considering the spec/price. It has a 20x DVD±RW drive and the included Logitech S510 keyboard/mouse combo is a great choice.

Using a complex scene in Maya, the FX 1700 took just 77 seconds to fly a camera through it. This is a lot better than you’d expect from a mid-range system; when compared to a high-end model.

The IMAGINE X64 is an Excellent Model!

4 out of 5


Neil Bennett, Digital Arts


IMAGINE DQX64 - FX4600
3D VFX Workstation Group test
3D World

By Alan Dexter
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This Issues Winner
Excerpt From 3D World Workstation Group test
CAD2 has years of experience catering specifically to the creative industry, and clearly the company knows a thing or two about how to actually build machines for this market. Before we get to the specification, which is striking, or the performance, which is spectacular, it's worth considering the build quality on offer here. The cables have been routed sensibly through the tower case to make for a machine that is a joy to open.

This is a whisper-quiet system using high-quality parts. The decision to opt for the highest-quality gear is also evident in the performance of the workstation in daily use.

"A powerful machine in every respect, but so quiet that you'd
barely know it's on – and it won't even cost you the earth"

The performance is impressive, but ultimately it's the added care and attention that elevates this machine onto the winner's podium. The quietness of the system in everyday use will make it a joy to be around, and the smart design means it won't be problematic to upgrade. Oh, and it has more than enough power.

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Alan Dexter, 3D World Magazine (Future Publishing)


IMAGINE Q64 - FX1500
'Budget' Workstation
ReviewMCAD

By Greg Corke
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CAD 2 has packed an incredible amount of technology inside its sub £1,000 workstation - so much that we had to double check the price!

It’s the only machine on test this month to offer a Quad Core processor and it does this without scrimping on clock speed either. The 2.4GHz delivered by its Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 stands shoulder to shoulder with the dual core chips inside the HP and Scan machines, but you get an additional two cores to play with as you will.

“With CAD 2’s Imagine Q64, you’ll not only be buying a machine that can satisfy your requirements today, but well into the future as your needs grow”

Four cores will be music to the ears of rendering and CAE users with multithreaded tasks to solve. It breezed through the 3ds Max rendering test we threw at it and concurrent CPU intensive tasks were dealt with little drop in individual application performance.
Greg Corke, EDA Publications


IMAGINE DQX - FX4600
Graphics Workstation
Round-upDigital Arts

By Neil Bennett
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Excerpt From DIGITAL ARTS, 'Graphics Workstation Round-up' by Neil Bennett


" Inside the DQX is a top notch set of components, including two of the best quad core processors, 4GB of RAM and an NVIDIA Quadro FX4600 Graphics Card""

Benchmark Results to Follow Shortly

" You get an extraordinarily powerful workstation, fastest in 4 out of our 5 tests "

4 out of 5


Neil Bennett, Digital Arts


IMAGINE QX64 - FX4600
High Spec Graphics Workstation
ReviewDigital Arts

By Neil Bennett
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Excerpt From DIGITAL ARTS, 'High Spec Workstation Review' by Neil Bennett


" We were very happy with the IMAGINE QX64’s performance. It’s much faster in our Nucleo-powered Adobe After Effects test than other workstations we've seen with Intel’s QX6700 processor "

Benchmark Results

" The QX64’s power is bolstered by a well thought-out system of hard drives "

" This IMAGINE QX64 is an excellent workstation " 4 out of 5


Neil Bennett, Digital Arts


IMAGINE QX64 - FX1500
Desktop Workstation Review

MCAD

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This is a small price to pay for cutting edge performance which the Imagine QX64 has in abundance, making incredibly light work of scan line rendering in 3ds Max 9 and hardly raising an eyebrow when setting to work on concurrent cutting path calculations in Delcam’s PowerMill.

" The IMAGINE QX64 is certainly an attractive proposition for those already working with multithreaded FEA, CFD or rendering applications and provides an excellent platform on which to build concurrent engineering work flows. "


MCAD Magazine


IMAGINE QX64 - FX1500
Desktop Workstation Review, By Greg Corke

AEC Magazine
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Excerpt From AEC, 'Workstation Review' by Greg Corke


This is a small price to pay for cutting edge performance which the Imagine QX64 has in abundance, making incredibly light work of scan line rendering in 3ds Max 9 and hardly raising an eyebrow when setting to work on concurrent cutting path calculations in Delcam’s PowerMill.

" The IMAGINE QX64 is certainly an attractive proposition for those already working with multithreaded FEA, CFD or rendering applications and also provides an excellent platform on which to build concurrent engineering work flows. "


Greg Corke, AEC Magazine


IMAGINE Go Duo
Mobile Workstation Review
MCAD
By Greg Corke
MCAD
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Excerpt From MCAD, 'Mobile Workstation Review' by Greg Corke


" it certainly doesn't disappoint when it comes to raw processing power. It’s up there with most desktop workstations and for the first time gives mobile users access to the full extended memory benefits of 64-bit environments, and with growing model complexity high-end CAD users who spend time away from the office are sure to take notice"


Greg Corke, MCAD


VISION A185GT
Specialist Workstation
Review
By Greg Corke
MCAD
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"The workstation provides an excellent platform for CAD users and this is reflected in the benchmark results where the machine delivered solid results across all applications"

" As always, CAD2’s attention to detail is exemplary - the chosen Silverstone chassis is classic in design and solid in construction and the system is put together with evident love, without a stray cable in sight. CAD2 have produced yet another excellent workstation"


Greg Corke, MCAD


VISION A280-GT3D World
High-End VFX Workstation
3D World
By James Morris
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Excerpt From 3DWorld, 'High-end VFX Workstation Review' by James Morris.


"Stylish and well-specified, the CAD2’s beauty is much more than skin deep"

" CAD2’s Vision A280GT-64 is certainly one of the most striking systems we looked at. With an attractive, grilled chassis & yes even wheels, it’s stylish and easy to roll into position. But there’s a lot more to the Vision than just its looks. This is a carefully constructed system. Open up the side panel and a plethora of cowlings are revealed over the main components. As well as a pair of dual-core Opteron 280s running at 2.4GHz apiece, ATI’s latest FireGL is provided, although it’s the more modest V7300 with 512MB of memory. The CAD2 VISION has a well thought-out storage system, too. A pair of 150GB Raptor 150 hard disks are striped together in a RAID 0 array. With their 10,000rpm rotational speed, the Raptors are the quickest SATA disks available."

James Morris - 3D World


IMAGINE FX840-64DC
Digital Content Workstation ReviewDIGIT Magazine
By Neil Bennett
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Excerpt From DIGIT, 'Digital Content Workstation Review' by Neil Bennett


" It’s a powerful beast too. Based around a dual core Pentium D processor, it’s the first workstation we’ve seen with NVidia’s Quadro FX3450 graphics card"
" The FX3450 proved its mettle by delivering an acceleration ratio of 10.03x, which compares the 3D power of the workstation using the graphics chips against running the same test using the host processor alone. This score is the highest we’ve seen, proving the worth of the FX3450" " The case internals are immaculately laid out and we were impressed by the inclusion of three hard drives, FireWire 800 ports, and the near-silence of this system"

For the full review please visit
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Neil Bennett, DIGIT


CAD2 IMAGINE FX3200
AEC Magazine, By Greg Corke

AEC Magazine
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Excerpt From MCAD Hardware Review, ' IMAGINE THIS' by Greg Corke


" When Budgeting for a New Workstation, Processing Speed, Memory and Graphics, typically take precedence over Hard Drive Performance. But a New Workstation from CAD2, which features a much more Cost Effective and Fast Hard Drive Sub-System could make you think again."



Greg Corke - AEC


CAD2 VISION GoCAD User
Mobile CAD Workstation
By David Chadwick
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Excerpt From CADUSER, 'MOBILE CAD SOLUTIONS' by David Chadwick.


" Image rich applications like CAD require powerful graphics handling applications and this is provided in the ATI graphics sub-system that has 128Mb of dedicated memory, which should be ample for the most demanding CAD applications. "



David Chadwick - CAD User


CAD2 INSIGHT 3D-5110DIGIT Magazine
Graphics Hardware Review
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Excerpt From DIGIT Graphics Hardware Review, by Mike Williams.


"Graphics cards are an important part of any computer system, and for 3D graphics they are even more so. The 3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110 is, without question, the top high-end card designed for professional 3D graphics and other intensive applications - The 3Dlabs Wildcat 5110 is the fastest card we’ve come across."



4.5 StarsDIGIT Best BuyMike Williams, DIGIT


CAD2 VISION ProC3 Magazine
C3, Workstation Review.
By Charles Clarke
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Excerpt From C3 Product Review, ' VISION ON ' by Charles Clarke.


" CAD2's Vision Pro is a bespoke Pentium 4 equipped workstation featuring excellent build quality and the latest high end Wildcat™ Graphics Card from 3D Labs. Created specifically for the 3D CAD and DDC markets, the C3 review team had a hard time letting go of one of the highest specification and best value workstations we've seen. "



Charles Clarke, C3


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