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Fujitsu Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation - Fujitsu Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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5

Sound is also worth a quick mention, as unlike many gaming machines Fujitsu hasn't just left audio duties to the motherboard's integrated effort. Instead you get a Creative X-Fi Titanium PCIe sound card. The X-Fi is the most widely-supported sound card in gaming, with many titles programmed specifically to take advantage of its EAX Advanced HD 5 effects. Aside from this it offers full hardware Dolby and DTS decoding, CMSS-3D for virtual headphone surround sound and many other features besides.

Of course the real highlight for any gamer is going to be the Quad-SLI setup offered by the twin nVidia GeForce 295 GTX cards. Until the AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5970 arrived the GeForce 295 GTX was pretty much the fastest card on the planet, and with two of these dual-chip cards on full bandwidth Gen2 PCIe slots we should finally have a PC that can truly shrug its industrial shoulders at Crysis.

However, the potentially awesome performance of these cards does come with a few caveats, namely heat, noise and power (not to mention price). It's a good thing the shroud provides extra cooling as they get seriously hot in this chassis, and though in normal use the Celsius ULTRA stays relatively quiet, under load it becomes a bit of a vacuum cleaner - 80 per cent of which can easily be attributed to the graphics setup. Likewise power use is correspondingly high, with the Gaming Workstation using around 220W at idle (that's as much as most mainstream systems use at load) and up to 650W at load in our testing. Of course, if you can afford this system in the first place you probably won't be worried about the electricity bill.

As far as software goes, you're saddled with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Business. While this goes well with the whole workstation image, it's hardly the ideal OS for a consumer-oriented machine. Having said that, though you lose Media Center functionality you do gain Windows Backup and Restore, and if you ever feel a pressing need you could upgrade the RAM beyond Home Premium's 16GB limit (as one would hope, an upgrade voucher for Windows 7 is included, and we would recommend you upgrade straight away). Aside from Cyberlink's PowerDVD 9, to play Blu-rays, it's a totally clean install, which to our minds is just the way 'real' gamers like it (though 'real' gamers also build or at least spec their own systems).

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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