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Workstation Specialists WS-X1100 (with 2x NVIDIA Quadro GP100) Review

Rating: 9.0.

AMD has been using High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) since the Fiji GPU in 2014. But NVIDIA has stuck with GDDR5 for everything but its General Purpose GPU-oriented Tesla P100. With the launch of the monstrous Quadro GP100, HBM has arrived in the graphics-oriented Quadro range as well. Our first taste of this humongous £7K card comes inside a suitably powerful system from Workstation Specialists, the WS-X1100. And this boasts not one GP100, but two.

In fact, this system has another graphics card – a Quadro P2000. This is included so you can use the two GP100s purely as GPU-based rendering co-processors, leaving the P2000 for mere graphics acceleration. Essentially, this is a system aimed at General Purpose GPU (GPGPU), where CUDA- or OpenCL-enabled software takes advantage of the huge parallel-processing power of modern graphics cards for highly multi-threaded tasks like film 3D rendering or cryptocurrency mining.

The WS-X1100 workstation is no slouch in its own right either. It’s based around an Intel Core i7 6800K processor, with 64GB of DDR4 SDRAM. However, the two GP100s push the overall cost of this system up considerably, to a whopping near-£18K inc VAT price, around that of a new VW Golf (we checked). Obviously, this isn’t going to be your next top-end gaming rig. So let’s find out what you get for the price of a brand new premium hatchback.

Workstation Specialists WS-X1100 Specifications:

  • Intel Core i7 6800K @4.2GHz
  • Corsair Hydro Series H100 Water Cooling
  • 64GB DDR4 SDRAM @ 3,000MHz
  • ASUS X99-E WS Motherboard
  • 250GB Samsung EVO M.2 NVMe PCI Express SSD
  • 2 x 16GB GDDR5 NVIDIA Quadro GP100 Graphics
  • 5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Graphics
  • 1200W Platinum Efficiency PSU
  • Corsair Carbide 400Q Chassis
  • Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
  • 3 Years Warranty Parts and Labour NBD

Price: £17,976.78 inc VAT (Buy from Workstation Specialists HERE)

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  • josh5710

    But can it run minecraft

  • Dr James Morris



    This is such a stupid choice of parts. #1 The X99 platform, there is both the x299, and the Xeon platform which would be more suitable. #2 The Corsair H100i, which should be at least the H115i or preferably an NZXT or EVGA CLC 280 cooler, both of which are significantly better and quieter. #3 the RAM should be ECC in a workstation build, further pointing towards Xeon/Epyc as a platform base rather than x99. #4 The PSU in a £17k build should be as good as possible, ie a titanium rated one such as the Corsair AXi 1500 or Silverstone Prime Titanium 1000, as saving £50 on installing a platinum PSU doesn’t make sense at this budget. #5 I really think that while the 960 evo is great, in a *17k* build, the pro is a much more sensible option, also 250gb is pathetic.

    I see so much of these high end builds, which aren’t really thought through, when they really should be, if made by a professional company. Of course this PC is still *good*, as the components are excellent, but it is not *great* because the components are not appropriate for the budget and use scenario.


    Edit, it’s a flipping 18k build and they’re using an out of date platform as a base and sub ideal components… wow.

  • josh5710

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Dr James Morris

    Check these systems out instead: https://www.kitguru.net/desktop-pc/james-morris/armari-amd-ryzen-threadripper-1950x-versus-intel-core-i9-7980xe-shootout/


    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/davengerdann/saved/ I know how to build systems, thanks anyway.

  • Dr James Morris

    Never said you didn’t… I was merely (and brazenly) directing you towards another article I wrote! 😀

  • dusty

    Dainel. Fuck if ever there was an elitist you made the dictionary definition. Kick the hell back dude. You’re in the Metaverse.