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Fujitsu Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation - Fujitsu Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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5

Unfortunately, the lack of eSATA at the front is not alleviated at the machine's rear either. Indeed the connectivity found here more resembles that of… well, an older workstation rather than a modern consumer PC. For one thing, there's an actual serial port - yep, in a cutting-edge gaming PC at the brink of 2010. This is followed by dated PS2 connections for mouse and keyboard (though the latter can come in handy for adjusting BIOS settings), six USB ports, another FireWire port and a Gigabit LAN connection.

There are also analogue and digital audio outputs from the motherboard, though these are made irrelevant by the dedicated Creative X-Fi Titanium sound card offering optical digital input and output as well as five 3.5mm jacks for up to 9.1 surround sound. The twin 295 GTXs, meanwhile, offer four dual-link DVI connections though no HDMI or DIN outputs.

As for the included peripherals, the Fujitsu keyboard is a gunmetal grey affair with black, shallow-profile keys. It looks pretty slick and feedback is actually quite good. However, it's as basic as it gets in that it doesn't have any extra controls (not even volume) and worst of all it's PS2 rather than USB!

The Fujitsu GL5600 WildRay gaming mouse is a far more attractive proposition, however. It's a 10-button peripheral dressed in surprisingly fingerprint-resistant glossy red and black, and connects through USB. It has all the features you'd expect from a decent gaming mouse, including a 2,000dpi laser sensor with dedicated sensitivity switches above and below the scroll wheel (for 400, 800, 1,600, 2,000), three thumb buttons, a four-way rubberized scroll wheel offering notched feedback and a three-increment 30g weights system with accompanying padded case for storing them.

Opening the Celsius ULTRA up is achieved simply by pulling a handle in the centre of the left panel. This reveals a unique interior that strongly enforces Fujitsu's claim of a ground-up custom design. The huge Fujitsu 1,000W power supply is mounted at the top, and ejects air only out the back. The motherboard is positioned below this, with a large plastic shroud system covering most of it and cooling the CPU, RAM and twin-GPU setup. In particular, an 80mm fan cools the RAM, while CPU's cooler directs air to a 120mm fan at the case's back, and a further 120mm fan cools the dual graphics cards. The shroud is held in place by a metal rail but this, along with the shroud, is removable to make upgrading easier.

Despite some attempts at cable management this PC looks very messy on the inside, largely thanks to the non-modular PSU. This is not as big an issue as it would be in most cases, though, thanks to the aforementioned shroud.

Chocoa

November 26, 2009, 6:21 am

Wow, that sure is an ugly 3 grand's worth Fujitsu! Looks like something out of the 80's when Pet Commodores were king.





Good luck trying to tempt cash out of wallets.

Xiphias

November 26, 2009, 7:15 am

It's a nice looking system and I'm glad to see someone realises that gaming wasn't started with USB and older high-end peripherals should be catered for on a system this price - especially as high end stuff can last forever.





I doubt the noise will make it very appealing though, and the lack of blu-ray writer and eSATA is a strange omission on a high-end system. The Peripherals are just odd, if this is a Fujitsu system then why isn't the keyboard an HHKB?

smc8788

November 26, 2009, 2:41 pm

No, those I could do without. The strangest omission from a near £3,000 PC is the lack of an SSD (and Windows 7). Those 10,000RPM 'Raptors are looking increasingly redundant these days, when their price rivals that of an SSD yet delivers considerably inferior performance.

Jmac

November 26, 2009, 3:29 pm

It's a long time since I saw a product that misses the mark on quite so many levels - the core spec is undeniably tasty, but the case (though solid looking) is horrific, the lack of an SSD bizarre, no RAID, last gen graphics tech (the 295 is no slouch, but why have they ignored the 5xxx series?), and Vista?! Seriously?





The inclusion of a top spec Extreme Edition processor is all well and good, but the compromises that have to be made in other areas where budget is even a vague concern are, in my view, inexcusable. On anything other than a total no-holds-barred, money-no-expense monster, you'd be far better off dropping a much cheaper Core i7 920 into the mix and spending the difference on an exotic cooling solution (a 920 under water will in general clock at least as well as, if not better than, a 975 under air), an SSD, top of the range GPUs, a current OS (I'll reiterate - Vista? Seriously!?) better peripherals, and a case that doesn't look like it was designed by a blind man.

J4cK1505

November 26, 2009, 5:12 pm

what on earth was Fujitsu thinking

Rickysio

November 26, 2009, 6:03 pm

Did you guys just look at the spec list and started whining? The 5XXX series weren't even on the horizon when Fujitsu started planning these machines.





And Vista isn't that bad - why all the hate? If you can't use Vista, you lack skill in computer-fu. Blame yourself, not the tool.





Admittedly the casing looks dated, but whoever buys these probably doesn't care about appearances.





PS2 ports do offer something over USB for keyboards - N key roll-over works only for PS2 ports, not USB.

ilovethemonkeyhead

November 26, 2009, 7:24 pm

waiting for lenovo to build a think... gamer, or something. one that's bomb proof, too. in case die hard 4 happens to you.

ffrankmccaffery

November 26, 2009, 8:16 pm

kind of reminds me of that ibm server that i bought for some unfathomable reason other than perhaps for the rather acquired and raw industrial design


and ps2 keyboard ports are a godsend for when your pc just aint having it and refusing to boot up

Caleb9ce

November 26, 2009, 9:02 pm

Overpriced and underspeced. Do they actually believe they will sell these things? All I can say is: FAIL

Peter

November 27, 2009, 1:27 am

Sorry to nitpick but I highly doubt this machine has a FW800 port. From your pictures they look more like FW400 ports to me.

Guye0a

November 27, 2009, 2:26 pm

Designed by managers who most likely ignored the technical staff :(

Kelvin Ang

December 7, 2009, 4:12 am

No eSATA, probably disgusting PCIe bandwidth for the Quad-SLI GTX295, little expansivity. FAIL.





I could assemble a CUDA-rig myself with for the same price and get even more performance out of it. Shame on Fujitsu!

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