Firing Squad Builds a High-end Workstation
Posted on: 02/04/2003 04:14 AM

I've always liked Thresh and rest of the Firing Squad gang, and they have come through for me again. This time, they take a look at what it takes to build a high-end graphics workstation.
However, what happens when someone asks you to advise them on building a high-performance PC where the focus is not gaming or even office applications, but honest-to-goodness computation? In these cases, you need to throw out everything you know about gaming PCs. Building a workstation PC takes a different mindset. Recently, I had an opportunity to do just that for a medical lab that relies heavily on finite element analysis. The details are unimportant, just think of it as being similar to the crash-test studies a car manufacturer will do, only on a smaller scale.
So... What components did they choose? You might be surprised.

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