The 2017 generation of mobile and entry level CELSIUS workstations are receiving a refresh. That refresh includes the latest graphics technology and processor solutions on the market today along with a healthy dose of engineering work to bring you small, powerful, certified mobile and desktop workstations.
With a single blow, the workstation specialists from Augsburg released their new 15” mobile workstation and three entry-level desktop workstations. Specifically, these are:
- CELSIUS H770: a mobile workstation with NVIDIA Quadro graphics for a 4K resolution display along with the latest mobile Intel Xeon processors and Fujitsu’s unique PalmSecure technology.
- CELSIUS J550/2: the smallest ever desktop workstation that can be configured with a full-sized NVIDIA Quadro P2000 and 14TB of storage in a 10-liter housing.
- CELSIUS W570: the newest mini-tower CAD workstation that that is whisper-quiet yet filled with processing muscle.
- CELSIUS W570power+: more than a CAD powerhouse, this model is the smallest VR-Ready desktop workstation on the market and it can be configured with the latest Intel processor technology and with NVIDIA Quadro P4000 graphics in a compact 21-liter design.
POWER IN A SMALL PACKAGE
The common thread in 2017 seems to be “compact power”. After the release of the spare-no-expense 17-inch CELSIUS H970 mobile workstation, the 2.8 kg CELSIUS H770 packs nearly every possible feature into a 15.6” frame. The CELSIUS W550/2 is the smallest workstation in the Fujitsu line, yet it can still hold an NVIDIA Quadro P2000 graphics card. Finally, the “power+” model of the CELSIUS W570 in a 21-liter form-factor is the smallest VR-Ready workstation ever released by Fujitsu. Each of these systems follows the pattern of packing as much performance as possible into a very compact space.
As an example, the CELSIUS W570 is 28% smaller than the previous model offering the same or better levels of performance and configuration. The CELSIUS J550/2 is whopping 52% smaller yet still provides slots for full-length graphics cards like the NVIDIA Quadro P2000.
INTRODUCING THE 2017 RELEASES
Each of these workstations uses GPU technology from NVIDIA & processors from Intel. Each can be configured with 64GB of memory. You can also load-up the workstations with plenty of fast SSD storage. While the new workstations share many characteristics, each brings its own unique value to customers. The benefits of each workstation will be discussed below.
THE MOBILE WORK-HORSE, CELSIUS H770
The CELSIUS H770 is a very nice continuation of last year’s major update in the 15” mobile workstation slot. It sports some of the best physical security measures possible by using Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology to control access to your mobile workstation. The UHD display lets you take high-resolution tasks like video editing, graphic arts, and complex CAD projects on the road. The NVIDIA Quadro graphics delivers great mobile performance as does the 6th generation of Intel Xeon CPUs. You can knock down more barriers to productivity on the road by installing 64GB of DDR4 2400 MHz ECC memory. Last-but-not-least, 1 TB M.2 SSD PCIe storage options are available so that you can have plenty of fast storage available.
While many of the great features of the CELSIUS H760 have carried over to the new CELSIUS H770, new features and specs abound. The mobile workstation is well equipped for CAD, video, and other graphics-intense applications. The CELSIUS H770 sports mobile GPUs up to an NVIDIA Quadro M2200. The system also delivers a boost on the CPU side such that customers can opt for the latest generation of CPUs from Intel. On the memory front, the 64 GB capacity remains the same as last year, but the speed and performance of the memory has received a boost up to 2400 Mhz. On the storage side, new 512 GB and 1 TBSSD storage solutions are offered.
The notebook also offers 2nd generation USB capability and that can connect users to high-resolution displays as also connect users to the simple, single connector, docking station.
The only potential drawback to this mobile workstation is the lack of a VR-Ready certified configuration. If you need the extra power for VR applications, then you will need to look at the 17” Fujitsu CELSIUS H970.
THE CELSIUS H770 COMBINES ELEGANT DESIGN AND PORTABLE POWER
SMALL ON THE OUTSIDE. BIG ON THE INSIDE
The 10-liter CELSIUS J550/2 is the smallest professional workstation on the market which can fit a full-length professional graphics card like the NVIDIA Quadro P2000. When that graphics power is combined with the 6th generation Intel Xeon processor, 64 GB of ECC memory and multiple terabytes of fast, PCIe SSD storage, then your tiny, small form-factor, entry-level workstation no longer feels small nor “entry-level”.
Not only does this little box take a pretty nice Quadro board and the latest generation Intel CPU, it also can be configured with up to 5 bays for your storage and optical device requirements. The maximum storage that is possible in the CELSIUS J550/2 is an impressive 14 TB.
When it comes to add-in boards, the internal configuration has 2 options and one of those allows customers to install legacy PCI boards. Yes, PCI and not PCIe. That won’t come as a surprise to many of our enterprise IT readers. Legacy controllers are important. And if you are looking for a workstation solution that allows you to install your legacy products, then this J550/2 is the machine for you.
Naturally, there are plenty of connectivity options in this workstation as well as functionality for RAID, specialized security, remote access software, and much more. You can get all the details in the CELSIUS J550/2 data sheet.
The smallest workstation in the Fujitsu stable, this CELSIUS J550/2 has impressive specifications
THE VR-READY MINI-TOWER
The W-series went on a diet. Fujitsu reduced the size 28% by going from a 29-liter unit to a 21-liter model in the CELSIUS W570 line. And while the size went down, the power of this little workstation went up – a lot. Fujitsu created three models of the W570 with the “Power” versions being the smallest ever VR-Ready workstations in their line-up.
The slimmed-down mini-tower comes in three versions. The CELSIUS W570 sports a 250W power supply and supports the NVIDIA Quadro P2000. This model is a highly-capable CAD & engineering workstation. The CELSIUS W570power comes with a 400W power supply that allows the workstation to support the NVIDIA Quadro P4000. The CELSIUS W570power+ unit adds front-access, cold-plug capabilities for HDD and SSD storage.
THE CELSIUS W570 WORKSTATION NOW COMES IN THREE FLAVORS
Support for the Quadro P4000 is a key element in this workstation’s VR-Ready certification. Both the Quadro P2000 and the Quadro P4000 provide excellent performance for a wide range of engineering applications. But a VR-Ready workstation must meet special demands. VR applications using modern head-mounted displays must provide two high-fidelity images at high refresh rates.
Support for AMD Radeon Pro GPUs is expected in mid-2017.
While the size went down and the graphics performance went up, that is not all. The new model supports the latest generation of Intel processors. The speed of the 64 GB of memory moved up to 2400 MHz. The SSD storage now supports NvMe and the capacity has moved to 1 TB. And finally, the total storage capacity in the CELSIUS W570power+ is a hefty 28 terabytes.
THE PW PERSPECTIVE
2017 is not a “transformative” year in workstation technology. On the other hand, the team at Fujitsu has delivered important advances in performance and features for their entry-level desktop and 15-inch mobile platform. These systems were hardly bloated and overweight in 2016 yet the Augsburg team released 2017 models that are slimmed-down and beefed-up. If your current workstation seems to be wheezing a bit under your workloads, then you should be happy to have one of these new models in your office.