Eurocom Debuts the Tornado F7W Workstation
Eurocom's workstations are said to focus on GPU, CPU and user upgradability, along with scalability and long lifespan.
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December 18, 2018
Eurocom launches its Tornado F7W mobile workstation and describes it as configurable and scalable. Eurocom's workstations are said to focus on GPU, CPU and user upgradability, along with the capabilities of scalability and long lifespan. Also, Eurocom aims to provide power users the ability to reconfigure a laptop form factor that offers workstation-level performance in an all-in-one, single-computer platform.
In addition, Eurocom not only allows users to fully customize and configure their systems when initially ordering their laptops, but also designs their laptops to be user-reconfigurable even after years of use. Doing this can greatly extend the lifespan of a laptop because the CPU, GPU, memory and storage space do not need to be replaced all at once and can be upgraded and/or replaced for higher performance, more efficient parts over time.
The user is able to continue this cycle of replacing and reconfiguring critical key components piece by piece over many years of heavy usage. This adds new capabilities and improves a system’s overall performance to easily meet specific user and application-based requirements. In turn, users can individually extend lifespan of their equipment resulting in increased productivity and reduced cost of purchasing new replacement equipment.
Tornado F7 features modular MXM 3.1 slot based GPU allowing easy reconfiguration of GPU capabilities. The GPU’s offered are ISV-certified, workstation-class Quadro P5200, P4200 and P3200 cards, which are desined for CAD/CAE/CAM/GIS Mapping software such as Adobe, Agisoft Photoscan, Artec 3D, AutoCAD, CATIA and SOLIDWORKS. Over time, a user can choose to swap out the Quadro-based GPU and reconfigure the system to run a different MXM 3.1-compatible GPU (GTX-based cards, for example). Eurocom tends to support multiple generations of CPUs and GPUs in the same system as they become available.
Modular and Upgradeable Memory
Eurocom systems are also reconfigurable in their memory (RAM). For example, the Tornado F7W has up to 4 x SODIMM sockets and can be reconfigured in many combinations to support as much as 128GB of DDR4 RAM (4 x 32GB RAM). Reconfiguring and increasing a laptop’s RAM is one of the fastest ways to improve a computer’s performance. In turn, this increases the laptop’s life span as it allows the system to perform at a high level for years into the future. The Tornado F7W is capable of supporting both ECC and non-ECC memory in the same physical model.
Additional storage can be added at any time. Tornado F7W comes with five physical drives bays (3 x M.2 NVMe and 2 x 2.5-in. SATA3) capable of supporting up to 22TB of storage. It also supports multiple RAID options including RAID 0/1/5/10. Each 2.5-in. bay is capable of handling up to 8TB of SSD per bay and each M.2 slot supports up to 2TB SSD.
Display Customization / Reconfiguration
Eurocom offers multiple choices of internal LCD displays and provides LCD upgrade kits to these looking at reconfiguring their initial LCD panels. Tornado F7W provides users the ability to customize and reconfigure their LCD panels as they require. For example, if a user has a system with a 17.3-in., 120Hz FHD, 1920x1080 LCD panel, the user actually has the ability to swap in a 60Hz UHD (4K) 3840 x 2160 pixels LCD panel at any point.
Scalable Socket-based CPU Technology
Eurocom offers LGA 1151 socket-based processors, which includes 8th and 9th generation processors including the Intel i9 9900K (8 cores/ 16 threads) and the Intel Xeon E-2816G CPU’s (6 cores/12 threads). Tornado F7W users can easily swap out different processors to better suit their operational needs. As companies’ workloads increase or decrease, Eurocom systems like the Tornado F7W can be reconfigured and modified to go along with these requirements.
There are various components in a Eurocom laptop system that can be reconfigured when a user desires. This includes the ability to change the laptop’s CPU, GPU, memory and storage space.
It can extend to reconfiguration of core applications being run in the system, which can include applications such as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and many other types of CAD/CAE/CAM software such as Agisoft Photoscan, AutoCAD, Adobe, CATIA and SOLIDWORKS.
Sources: Press materials received from the company.
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