So what makes this a workstation rather than a fast gaming PC, apart from the hefty price tag? Hmm, good question. Well the thinking behind the Acumen DC10 seems clear enough. Plug in two devilishly fast dual core Opterons with 2GB of memory and an OpenGL graphics card certified for all the major packages and by definition you’ve got a workstation. While there’s no doubt that the Acumen DC10 could perform any task that you throw at it, we have a real issue when it comes to the data storage side of things.
Cards on the table, this is a personal hobby horse of mine as mentioned here and here, but Riyad, too, is paranoid about the consequences of a borked hard drive, so the idea that the Acumen DC10 was supplied with a RAID 0 array filled us both with horror. If either hard drive or the motherboard controller fails then the array will vanish in a puff of smoke, and as you’re presumably using this £3,523 workstation to earn your living you’ll also kiss goodbye to a chunk of work.
Evesham will happily configure the Acumen any way that you like, so you could choose to use the integrated RAID 1 that is supported by both nForce4 and Sil3114R. That way a hard drive failure is likely to become an annoyance, rather than a disaster but Evesham doesn’t offer the option of a dedicated RAID card with support for three hard drives and proper RAID 5. This is an option if you buy an Evesham SilverEDGE pedestal server or, indeed, an Armari Gravistar XR workstation, but when it comes to the Acumen DC10 it is clear that Evesham takes a different view.
This hugely powerful workstation has massive CPU power, loads of memory and decent graphics but it feels more like a beefed-up PC than a true business workhorse.
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