Company: Workstation Specialists
Pros: Massively overclocked processor. Some great components.
Cons: Graphics card lets it down.
Didn’t we review this in September? We definitely looked at a WSX-6+ back then – but this is a different beast. Where the former was designed to show off the multi-display output of AMD’s latest line of boards, this new model features Nvidia’s new Quadro 4000.
The Quadro 4000 is a powerful board, boasting 2GB of DDR5 memory and Nvidia’s brand new Fermi graphics chip. It has full support for OpenGL 4.0 and DirectX 11, and can output 30-bit colour to two screens.
Comparing it to the FirePro V7800 in the older WSX-6+ though, the Quadro 4000 looks less shiny. It provided lower framerates in Maya and Cinebench. In the latter, which is based on Cinema 4D, the 4000 chugged through the test scene at 38.29fps – but the V7800 blasted out a 83.37fps framerate.
This new WSX-6+has a slightly more cranked-up six-core processor than the one we looked at before – 4.2GHz rather than 4GHz. Again, this has been achieved by some hardcore overclocking – but there’s a three-year warranty that should salve any worries about reliability.
Other specs include 12GB of DD3 RAM, a 128GB solid-state system drive and a 1TB media drive. This translated into some fast scores in our After Effects and Cinebench rendering tests – though it still pales next to the 12-core Mac Pro we looked at last month (though that did cost over £5,000).
There’s much to like about the WSX-6+, but the Quadro 4000 offers lower power for your money than we’d have hoped for.