This portable server packs up to a six-core Intel Core i7 or Xeon CPU, and dual GeForce GPUs in SLI mode.
One of the many products shown by Illinois-based Ace Computers during CES 2013 last week was the Ace Raptor 7, a portable workstation / server packed with a next-generation Intel Core i7 or Xeon E5 Series processor.
Also on display were a number of Media Center platforms, tablets, Ultrabook and notebooks, including a gaming notebook dubbed as the Firestorm X79S featuring dual GPUs, USB 3.0 and HDMI in/out connectivity.
According to Ace Computers, the new Ace Raptor 7 features a 17.3-inch WUXGA HD screen (1920 x 1080) and enough room on the inside to play host to four (presumably 2.5-inch) hard drives managed by an on-board RAID controller. It can even handle up to a six-core Intel Core i7 or Xeon processor, and up to dual Nvidia GTX 580M GPUs in SLI mode with 2 x 2 GB GDDR3 video memory.
Also included in this portable server is support for up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless connectivity, Bluetooth, eSATA, and an 8-in-1 card reader. The rig also provides three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard 34 slot, and a 2MP webcam (which can be removed for secure locations). An optional TV tuner is also available.
A full list of specs can be accessed from this PDF file here. The list states that this portable server features either the Core i7, i7 Extreme or Xeon E5 Series, up to 6.4 GT/s QPI, depending on your budget. It also shows that the server is MXM 3.0 Type B, meaning users can easily upgrade the graphics as GPU tech improves.
"You'll call Ace the perfect fit. For 30 years, our customers have considered Ace the only place to get real computer solutions, in any server, storage or computer configuration," the company states. "And a perfect fit defines what it's all about."
As you may have guessed, this portable server doesn't come cheap, starting at $2,689 USD. To customize your own, head here, and have fun.
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