Today, we'll be getting our workstation groove on with Appro's Scorpion WH300, a fearsome beast built around AMD's Opteron platform. With 4GB of memory, a striped Serial ATA RAID array, and a Quadro 980 XGL graphics card, the Scorpion is dressed to the nines for workstation loads. The system we'll be looking at is also packed with a couple of Opteron 246 processors running at an even 2.0GHz.
Is Appro's Scorpion WH300 a lust-worthy Opteron workstation? Read on to find out.
Processors and motherboard
First things first, let's check out the Scorpion's spec sheet. Appro offers the workstation in a number of different configurations, but this is how our test box was configured:
|Dimensions||17.78" x 9.28" x 19.1"|
|Processors||2 x AMD Opteron 246 2.0GHz|
|Motherboard||Tyan Thunder K8W|
|Memory||8 x 512MB ATP PC2700 registered ECC DDR SDRAM (4GB total)|
|Storage||2 x 120GB Seagate Barracuda V SATA striped in RAID 1 array via integrated Sil3114 Serial ATA RAID controller|
|Optical||Sony 52x CDROM drive|
2 64-bit 133/100MHz PCI-X slots
2 64-bit 100/66MHz PCI-X slots
1 32-bit 33MHz PCI slot
|AGP slots||1 8X AGP Pro|
|Graphics card||PNY Quadro 980 XGL 128MB|
|Networking||Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio||AC'97 audio with Analog Devices AD1981B codec
Analog front output, and mic and line input channels
Digital S/PDIF output port (RCA)
|Firewire||Texas Instruments IEEE1394a Firewire controller
One rear Firewire port
|USB||Three rear USB 1.1 ports|
|Power supply||NMB 450W power supply|
There's definitely no mistaking this beast for an ordinary desktop PC. Appro will spec the Scorpion with your choice of graphics cards, hard drives, memory configurations, and Opteron 2xx processors.