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Fujitsu Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation - Fujitsu Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

5

Anyway, with all the details out of the way, let's see how close the Celsius ULTRA comes to substantiating its claims. Starting off with Call of Duty 4 (COD4), we saw a performance lead of more than 50 per cent over the DinoPC i7-Osaurus, which sports the brand-new, DirectX11 ATI Radeon HD 5870. At 1,920 x 1,080 and maximum detail, Fujitsu's monster returned an average of over 250fps with a maximum of 500fps!

So far so brilliant, but as any avid gamer will know the title that can still bring many gaming machines to their knees is Crysis. Unfortunately, for some reason the game failed to scale as well as one would expect in our benchmarking, no matter what drivers or patches we threw at it. As such, at the highest detail settings on 1,920 x 1,200 it returned an average score of 33fps, which is more in line with an SLI (i.e. single 295 GTX) than a Quad-SLI setup.

When comparing this monster to the competition, we therefore urge you to pay more attention to the COD4 figures as these are more representative of the performance you should expect (Crysis should work an a quad SLI system but we just couldn't get to the bottom of our problem).

Unfortunately there is simply no way that this is the fastest air-cooled system around regardless, as you can specify a similar configuration from a range of system assemblers and get custom overclocking done to bring the Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition up to above 4GHz with a top-class air cooler. Also, now that the AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5970 is out, two of these puppies will beat any nVidia Quad-SLI setup to a pulp (though to be fair none of the new Radeon 5800-series cards were out when this PC was announced).

What the Fujitsu Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation does win is the recognition of being the fastest gaming rig we've ever reviewed by a country mile. We've been getting quite a few fast gaming systems in recently, but the Celsius ULTRA comfortably stomps all over them and then devours their remains. So whether this is our new performance champion and one of the fastest PCs around is not in question, but would we recommend buying it? Nope.

Frankly, anyone who buys a Quad-SLI or Quad-CrossFire setup for anything less than a 30in monitor either has too much money or too little sense, especially since with a single Radeon 5870 there's no game that won't play comfortably at above Full HD resolutions. This goes double for an Intel Extreme Edition Core i7 processor: invest the money in a 'lesser' CPU and water-cooling instead, and you're practically guaranteed comparable performance with a decent overclock for far less.

Quite aside from this the Celsius ULTRA is ugly, noisy, offers an outdated port selection, not enough expandability and for now still ships with an outdated OS (though a Windows 7 voucher is included). Do yourself a favour and get something like the Wired2Fire HellSpawn ALC instead, which features a water-cooled, overclocked Core i7 920, and configure it with Windows 7; the Antec Nine Hundred Two case; a 120GB SSD as the main drive and a 2TB disk as secondary storage; 6GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM and twin Radeon 5870s; plus of course a Creative X-Fi Titanium, all for around £2,300 - and you should get better gaming performance with more future proofing (i.e. DirectX 11) to boot.

Verdict

There's no denying that in terms of components Fujitsu has assembled the best of everything available when the Fujitsu Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation was launched, but unfortunately its graphics are now outclassed, and there's little point in using an Intel Extreme Edition CPU if you aren't going to give it a decent overclock. To top it all the company has chosen to stick the whole lot in an ugly and frankly inadequate case, and thus this debut representative of the 'Gaming Workstation' simply fails to hold much appeal.

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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