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    Posted: 27 Jun 2008 at 12:54pm

AVADirect Review System - The Super-Mini Xeon Workstation

When we have a review system for a major technology review place like CNet or Computer Shopper Magazine, we hold nothing back.  These review places like to see the newest technology and the latest gadgets.  AVADirect treats this like a challenge and we rise to overcome this every time.

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When I saw this system and then realized what was in it, I was speechless.  There is more hardware and technology in this system then there is in most other systems we build.  There are two processors, three hard drives, a GTX 280 video card, a Blu-Ray writer drive, and a 1000 watt power supply.  This system is just so amazing at how compact it is with all this hardware.  Normally it takes an EATX case to fit dual processors and all this other hardware. 


Stay tuned for more updates and some performance numbers as soon as the system is tested.


Let me go over the stars of the show in this system.


Silverstone Sugo SG04B-H mATX Mid-Tower Case

Obviously, this case is the star of the show.  If the case was not engineered so perfectly, we would have not been able to put as much hardware in there as we did.  Also, the component location has been very well thought out.  Even though the power supply was huge and powerful, this case was able to put it in such a location so that it did not interfere with any other components.  Same goes for the GTX 280.  The inside fans were moveable, creating just enough space for this to fit exactly.


  • Room for two 120mm cooling fans                         Cooling capable of supporting dual CPU motherboard
  • Support dual 10.5” graphics card                           Amazing expansion capability
  • Support 1000W power supply                                Compatible with all optical drives up to 210mm
  • Top mounted die-cast aluminum handle


SuperMicro mATX X7DCA-L Motherboard

This again is what made this system possible.  This motherboard was able to cram features previously seen only in EATX workstation and server motherboards.  These features include support for two 5400 series Xeon processors, a whopping 48 GB of memory, full size PCI-E x16 video card, dual network ports, high-definition 7.1 surround sound, and 6 SATA ports.  There is just so much avaialble power and performance it blows my mind away.


2x Intel Xeo X5450 Quad-Core Processor

These are near the top of the line in performance in the server and workstation market.  These processors are running at a staggering 3.0 GHz with quad-cores, a FSB of 1333 MHz, and each processor has 12 MB of cache, which hardly any other consumer processor has on the market.  These processors are going to rock this system hard.


XFX GeForce GTX 280 Video Card

At the moment, the Geforce GTX 280 GPU from NVidia is currently the world's most powerful single GPU solution available.  No other single GPU solution comes close to the graphical and processing power behind this amazing card.  It features 256 Stream Processors, 1 GB of GDDR3 memory at 2210 MHz, and a very bandwidth friendly 512-bit wide memory bus.  For a system like this, there is no other card that can match this performance in a single card layout.


Silverstone Strider ST1000 Modular Power Supply

Obviously this system is going to use massive amounts of power to keep this system running at full blast round the clock.  This power supply was up to the challenge with the massive 1000 watt output and high 80% efficiency.  Being a modular system was well is also a major plus due to the restrictive space that the cables have to fit in.  Any other power supply with no modular support would have created a big mess of wires that would have interfered with cooling causing the system to be unstable.  Also the large 135 mm fan help keeps the system cool yet very quiet as well.


Seagate 1TB Barracuda ES.2 SAS Hard Drive

This amazing hard drive packs so much storage into a tiny space it is a miracle of technological innovation.  There are three of these drives in this system in a RAID 5 array.  Although there is only 2 TB of available storage, the system is completely redundant and fail-safe.  If one drive fails, all the user has to do is swap out the failed drive for a fresh one, and the RAID array will automatically rebuild itself.  No data is lost and the system never has to be shut down.  This is great for systems that need days to compute large files and data.  Be certain this system has the storage you need and also the protection you need from data loss.



Here are the complete specs for all of you look over.


SILVERSTONE, Sugo SG04B-H Mid-Tower Case, mATX


INTEL, 2 x Xeon™ X5450 Quad-Core Processor 3.0GHz, LGA771, 1333MHz FSB, 12MB L2 cache


SUPERMICRO, X7DCA-L, LGA771 /2, Intel® 5100, 1333MHz FSB, DDR2-667 ECC 48GB /6, PCIe x16, SATA 3.0 Gbit/s RAID 5 /6, HDA, GbLAN /2, mATX

Video Card:

XFX, GeForce® GTX 280, GTX 280 602MHz, 1GB DDR3 2210MHz


KINGSTON, 16GB (4 x 4GB) ValueRAM™ Dual-Rank PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz CL5 1.8V

Hard Drive:

RAID 5 3x SEAGATE, 1TB Barracuda ES.2, SAS, 7200 RPM, 16MB Cache, 3.5-Inch

HIGHPOINT, RocketRAID 2640x4 SAS/SATA 3 Gb/s RAID Controller, 4-port, Levels 0/1/5/10

Optical Drive:

LG ELECTRONICS, GGW-H20L Black 6x/8x/24x BD/DVD±RW/CD-RW Blu-ray Disc™ Burner w/ Lightscribe


SWIFTECH, 2 x MCX-VPro™ Universal Heatsink w/ 80mm Fan

Power Supply:

SILVERSTONE, Strider ST1000 Modular Power Supply, 1000W, 80 PLUS®

Operating System:

MICROSOFT, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition w/ SP1


Want to config a system just like this?  Click the link below to go to our system page that was used for this build and select the options to match this system.
GAMING PC, Dual Quad-Core Xeon SFF Gaming PC / Workstation:  http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_configurator.asp?PRID=11176
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  Quote M0rph3uS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jul 2008 at 8:03am

Sorry but I can't help it...

Gaming PC w/ Intel XEONS? Why not Itaniums? Or SUN Sparc? ...And a SAS RAID array?

Really, I wouldn't use a XEON platform for a gaming PC - this would rather be a workstation and/or a server, in a smaller shell. It's a great computer - not saying otherwise - but why 8 XEON cores for gaming?

Personally, I would use more inexpensive hardware for non-critical applications. If I would uber-overclock, I wouldn't cry if it burns out smokin'. That's what the Extreme Edition series of Intel CPUs are for (I know, they aren't low-priced, but they're a great choice for OC). But I also know that there is a certain population segment that has the money to buy an TYAN, Transport VX50 8-way Opteron™ SATA Series 5U Rack Server (up to 32 cores and 128GB of RAM) and use it for gaming...

I'm afraid that I'll buy my long-awaited XEON graphics workstation from AVADirect and one would ask "So... what games can you play on it?"

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  Quote MattSlagle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Jul 2008 at 9:32am
Actually it has a SAS RAID array.  Look at the HDDs again.
This system is also available in our workstation systems as well, but we also modded the system somewhat and introduced it into our gaming systems as well.
Now you must know of the skulltrail platform that Intel put out.  It has dual xeons, both SLI and CrossFire, and uses FB-DIMM memory.  This system is just like it, but way more compact compared to the EATX mobo of the skulltrail.  Just think of it as some innovation and engineering we are trying to push by putting it into our gaming systems.
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