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HP sees GPUs taking more computing load

Agam Shah | April 12, 2011
Graphics processors have always been popular in workstations, but are increasingly handling a larger computational load and bringing supercomputer-like capabilities to complex scientific and math applications, according to a Hewlett-Packard executive.

"The good news is that for that class of user -- the engineer, the scientist, the mathematician, the video editor -- they can all benefit tremendously from these GPU accelerated applications," Brookwood said.

"The bad news is that when you look at the universe of PC users, they form a relatively small percentage of users," he added.

HP's latest entry-level desktop workstation Z210, which started shipping worldwide on Tuesday and is priced starting at $659, is offered with the latest graphics processors from AMD and Nvidia. The CPU options include Intel's Core and Xeon E3 processors.

HP also shipped the EliteBook 9760W and 8560W mobile workstations, which come with 17.3 and 15.6 screens, respectively. The laptops run on Intel's Core i7 or i5 chips, and optional graphics cards include AMD's FirePro and Nvidia's Quadro. The laptops come with USB 3.0 ports and features to attach multiple monitors. The 8760W and 8560W are priced starting at $1,899 and $1,349, respectively.


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