New Intel Xeon chips add power to small, cheap workstations

The first workstations using the chips are due in August from Dell and Lenovo.

Neil Bennett Jul 17th 2018
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Intel has announced the Xeon E-2100 processor, which is designed for use in small desktop PCs. While most of these are aimed at users outside of what we cover here on Digital Arts - including manufacturing and medical imaging - these could be of interest if you're in an environment that's short on space or you need an easily portable desktop for projects such as VR or projection-mapping.

The chips have up to 6-cores and run at up to 4.7GHz (using Intel's Turbo Boost tech to speed up some cores when others are turned off). The support up to 64GB DDR4 ECC 2666MHz RAM, and have Intel UHD Graphics 630 built-in - though you'll probably add a discrete AMD or Nvidia graphics card.

Lenovo and Dell will be first out with new models with the Xeon E-2100 chips, both of which will also offer Core processors rather than Xeons if you prefer.

The Lenovo ThinkStation P330 is available in three versions - Tiny, SFF (Small Form Factor) and Tower. The Tiny version is about the size of hardback art book, but maxes out at Nvidia Quadro P620 graphics card (with support for the P1000 coming soon). The medium-sized SFF and larger Tower have beefier Nvidia Quadro graphics options, with the Tower being able to fit and power the Quadro P4000.

Dell has two new workstations - the Precision 3630  and the smaller 3430.  

Pricing for both Dell and Lenovo's new workstations will start well below £1,000 - with full pricing announced nearer to launch. 

Updated to correct that the ThinkStation P330 does support discrete graphics cards.