The latest workstation from AVADirect is packing some serious horsepower.
AVADirect , a boutique system builder based in Ohio, sent word to us today that it's now offering a new workstation build configurable with up to two Xeon E5 eight-core processors and a whopping 512GB of RAM installed into 16 DIMM slots. At the heart of this monster system is the Asus Z9PE-D16/2L motherboard with optional SAS interfaces (using Asus PIKE RAID cards) and fan speed control.
Pricing starts at around $2,220 for a pedestrian version of the workstation, though that still translates into a dual Xeon setup (two Xeon E5 2603 quad-core CPUs cooled by Dynatron R17 air coolers). Other baseline parts include a Lian Li PC-A70F black full-tower chassis, 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, EVGA GeForce GTX 660 graphics card, 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive, 24X DVD burner, Seasonic X-850 power supply, and Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
There are plenty of upgrade options to test the limit of nearly any budget. For example, we jumped past $20,000 by maxing out the RAM to 512GB, equipping two Xeon E5 2690 processors, upgrading the PSU to 1,250W, and swapping the video card for a GeForce GTX 690. We can dream, can't we?
You can also configure a dual Xeon workstation in a rack-mountable chassis starting at around $2,415.