CES 2012: SuperMicro Airs "SuperWorkstations" Line, Targets Render Farms
January 12, 2012 11:00 AM
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Some of low-end models could see pickup as specialized gamer rigs
We caught up at SuperMicro Computer, Inc. (
) at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. SuperMicro (the common shortening) has always thrived on a bread-and-butter of highly reliable servers.
At CES 2012 the manufacturer announced a series of barebones all-in-one workstations, which include the power supply, motherboard, and case. All of the line carries a 3-year warranty.
The lineup primarily targets render farms, allowing editing and rendering to occur consecutively, in the highest end models. Particularly beastly is a 4 GPU-long case, which SuperMicro believes differentiates its lineup from the competitors. The model is target towards $16k-$18k rendering rig solutions, which incorporate an arbitrary mix of up to four of NVIDIA Corp.'s (
) Quadro/Tesla graphics cards.
The full lineup includes 5 members -- "Entry Level", "Mainstream", "Compact Dual Skt.", "Full Size Dual Skt.", and 4 GPU. The Entry Levels has 1 PCIe x16 slot, the rest of the line has 2, except for the 4 GPU, which has 4. Entry and Mainstream have 4 HDD bays, while the rest have 8 HDD bays. The power supply is 500 W in Entry and Mainstream, 865W in Compact Dual Skt., and 1400W (redundant) for the Full Size Dual Skt. and 4 GPU. A 2800 W non-redundant power supply is also available for the top models. A number of energy efficiency grades are available.
The Entry Level system accommodates
Core i3, i5, and i7 chips
from Intel Corp. (
), while the rest of the line relies on
Xeon (server) chips
While SuperMicro is exclusively selling the models through resale channels (no direct sale), it expects the Entry Level to possibly be sold by vendors as a high end gaming rig-cum-video streaming suite. Specifically, professional gamers often like to rebroadcast their games online (as in the cult phenomenon of StarCraft as a spectator sport).
To prove its point, SuperMicro had two of the world's top professional
League of Legends
players (one was named Ocelot for any
League of Legends
gamers out there).
+Clarified Quadro cards are used in the workstations, not GeForce GPUs.
+Added info on non-redundant power supply.
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1/12/2012 4:09:21 PM
I don't think 1400 would be enough if they put 4 high end cards, and 8 hard drives.
1/12/2012 4:57:03 PM
Allow us to assume supermicro with is no small company
knows how to properly spec power supplies
1/15/2012 4:23:10 AM
Their servers have 94% or more efficiency (Platinum?). 1400w is probably more than enough to run at full load with a comfortable margin.
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