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Fujitsu's massive CELSIUS H910, delivers Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA Quadro power in a mobile workstation

When this system arrived, the first impression was its size and weight. How much performance was packed into this system with an Intel Core i7 CPU and an NVIDIA Quadro 5010M GPU?

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NEW : Report on the Celsius H920

 

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Celsius H910 Mobile Workstation

The Celsius H910 has the right specs for a mobile professional workstation

The power of this graphics workstation starts with the NVIDA Quadro 5010M. Added to that the Intel i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, an HD 1920x1080 display, a fast hard-drive, and Windows 7 64 bit operating system, and this portable workstation meets the major requirements for mobile professionals.

 

The basics : good graphics performance was proven as CADplace reproduced Viewperf 11 results similar to those published by Fujitsu and we did so without any special tuning – just open the system, load the benchmark and run. Processor performance from Intel was a given with the 2.5GHz i7 2920XM processor with four cores and a Turbo-Boost frequency maximum of 3.5 GHz. The system we received came with 16GB of RAM which will handle most professionals' needs and the maximum supported is 32GB of RAM.

Celsius H910 NumPad

The workstation sports a number pad to enter numbers more easily

The Celsius workstation team assures the necessary certifications for professional applications. These certifications take a significant effort and are essential for professional customers. This assures the reliability of the system while running your applications and can impact the technical support availability if you should encounter a problem. Beyond that, Fujitsu has added several features which clearly mark this machine as a professional system. One is an integrated smart card reader and fingerprint sensor to protect your data from unauthorized access. Another is a RAID option with dual integrated hard drives. Then there are smaller touches such as the keyboard including a number pad as well.

 

This notebook comes with a docking-station that let's you just unplug and go but also use an external high-resolution monitor at your desk – up to 2560 by 1600 pixels. It is loadedwith connections as well.

 

Viewperf 11

Viewperf gives the Celsius H910 good marks

The performance – or better perhaps – the feel of the workstation's performance was fine : just as expected given the technology on the inside. The Viewperf benchmark, which is specifically designed to inform customers about the expected graphics performance, gave us fine results for this mobile workstation.

 

With regards to configurations, the system CADplace reviewed was reasonably well equipped. I prefer to specify the system components for the needs I anticipate having in 3 years and for that I would have taken the maximum memory configuration of 32GB and I would have taken the maximum hard drive capacity as well. The processor and the GPU were already the top-of-the-line. So, no complaints on the technical specifications.

 

As for the feeling of using the system – not its performance but rather how it feels while working with it – this is the weak point of the Celsius H910. The first impression is just how very heavy this machine is. Now the unit weighs in at 4.25 Kg depending on the configuration, and that is hefty. The same generation of the MacBook Pro weighs less than half that. But in addition, the power supply, 19V / 210 W, is a brick all alone. There is no doubt that you will either have a roll-bag (one of the recommended accessories) to drag this machine around or you'll quickly have back problems.

 

Fujitsu Celsius H91

The Celsius H910 weighs in at 4.25 kg depending on the configuration

The second impression was even less kind – the housing, all of it, had a feel of cheap plastic. On one hand, that is not such a functional criteria, but on the other, it is a reflection of the feeling of quality and that is important. When it feels like some of the plastic parts will easily break, then they probably will.

 

The keyboard was quite nice and for those who are fans of number pads, they will like the full-size number pad on this unit. For me, and important with regards to a mobile workstation, is the layout, size, sensitivity and feeling of the touch-pad. I recognize that this often boils down to personal preference. In the case of the H910, the touch-pad has 2 sets of buttons – perhaps practical for some, but it made the touch-pad feel small and cramped relative to working on an HD resolution display. I understand that this seems like a good idea by providing a solution that matches every possible preference, but I find that my hands adapt to the computer within a week anyway, and I would have preferred the extra space for moving around the touch-pad. So Fujitsu should have just made a configuration choice for the touch-pad and gone with a single set of buttons.

 

Fujitsu back no dock 1280

The cooling system for the H910 is loud

The final point where the H910 falls short is the noise. Sure, I'm used to a much more silent portable workstation. I expected a system with this level of power to generate more noise. And I wouldn't normally complain about a little bit of system noise - but truly, this machine is loud. While it isn't a performance or reliability issue, reducing the noise does go on the list of “wants” for the next round.

 

When you need to connect devices to your mobile workstation, the Fujitsu Celsius H910 makes that simple. Here is the list of different connectors.

 

Celsius H910

The connectors on the left side

Interfaces

  • DC-in 1
  • Audio: in 1
  • Audio: out 1
  • Internal microphones 1 digital array microphone
  • USB 2.0 total 3
  • USB 3.0 total 1
  • Fujitsu right profile

    Celsius H910 right side

    VGA 1
  • DisplayPort 1
  • Ethernet (RJ-45) 1
  • Kensington Lock support 1
  • Memory card slots 1 (SD/MS/MSPro)
  • Express card slots 1
  • SmartCard slot 1
  • SIM card slot 1
  • eSATA 1
Fujitsu display 1920x1080

The HD resolution of 1920x1080 provides plenty of room for designing on the go

The GPU in this workstation will be one of the NVIDIA Quadro GPUs – our system came with the NVIDIA Quadro 5010M sporting 384 cores.

Graphics card options :

  • NVIDIA® Quadro® 3000M: 240 cores
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® 4000M: 336 cores
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® 5010M: 384 cores

The CPU choices are even more extensive, here are the options :

Processor

  • Intel® Core™ i7-2920XM processor (4 Cores / 8 Threads, 2.50 GHz, 8 MB)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-2960XM processor (2.7 GHz, 8 MB)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-2860QM processor (2.5 GHz, 8 MB)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-2820QM processor (4 Cores / 8 Threads, 2.30 GHz, 8 MB)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-2760QM processor (2.4 GHz, 6 MB)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM processor (4 Cores / 8 Threads, 2.20 GHz, 6 MB)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-2640M processor (2.8 GHz, 4 MB)
  • Intel® Core™ i5-2540M processor (2.60 GHz, 3 MB)
  • Intel® Core™ i5-2520M processor (2.50 GHz, 3 MB)

 

 

And for a preview of the latest system, the Celsius H920

 

 

 

The updated Fujitsu workstation is available – the Celsius H920. Among the updates : a new Intel platform and CPU as well as the next generation of NVIDIA Quadro graphics. While the RAM in the H920 is faster, the maximum capacity remains the same at 32GB. Other features of the H920 are shared with the H910 such as the anti-glare display at 1920x1080 resolution as well as many of the security features such as the SmartCard reader and the fingerprint sensor.

At CADplace, we are looking forward to testing the H920 and other new generation mobile workstations soon.

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