HP has released details about the xw9300, the company’s new top-of-the-line workstation, featuring Nvidia nForce Professional 2200 and 2050 graphics chip.

The new PCI Express-based workstation also features the new 852 and 252 Opteron processors in single or dual-processor configurations. The 852 and 252 Opterons include support for SSE3 software instructions as well as an increase in bus frequency to 1GHz.

Unveiled at LinuxWorld 2005 in Boston, US, the workstations will ship with either Windows or Linux operating systems and include full support for both 32- and 64-bit applications.

HP claims that the Nvidia nFforce Professional card and Opteron's integrated memory controller offers a 10 to 30 per cent performance increase over Intel models, especially memory-intensive applications like 3D animation.

Introduced with the nForce Professional 2200 and 2050 chips is NVidia’s scalable link interface technology, which Nvidia claims allows the combined power of two Nvidia Quadro FX graphics boards to be included in one system.

Other technologies supported by Nvidia’s nForce Professional chips include the latest RAID storage technology and native Gigabit Ethernet.

A single-processor xw9300 starts at $1,900 (around £1,050) in the US.