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The HP XW8600 workstation is a powerful, versatile workstation that’s perfect for engineers, developers and anybody needing support for graphically intensive applications. The XW8600 is a dual socket workstation equipped with two 64-bit Intel Xeon 5400 sequence quad core processors, up to 128GB DDR2 667MHz fully buffered memory , up to four internal SATA, SSD or SAS hard drives, up to three optical drives, and a wide array of high performance video cards for CAD, 3D rendering, modeling and other demanding applications. With 8 total USB ports (one internal), 5 PCIe slots and a PCI-X slot, the XW8600 has loads of expandability. Support for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux shows flexibility and versatility to run just about any ISV application necessary.
Granted, it’s only been six months or so since my last review of the xw8600, but if you didn’t upgrade then, you may want to take the plunge now. It’s a fast and extremely expandable system with options to preload Linux, Windows XP or Windows Vista in both 32- and 64-bit configurations. So no matter what your workflow is, you’ll be able to switch to a newer, more powerful system without missing a beat.
Like the previous xw8600 I reviewed, HP has applied a case skin from HP’s skinit site, as shown in Figure 4. If you can’t get a redesigned case, skins are the next best thing.