I recently covered Entroware’s launch of the Ares All-in-One Ubuntu PC, but here’s something on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Meet the Hades Workstation, a beast of a Linux machine packing up to 64 threads of processing power courtesy of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, up to four Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards, alongside a potential 128GB of ECC memory and 68TB of total storage.
Deep Learning or animation projects, anyone?
The Entroware Hades also has the distinction of being the company’s first AMD system, and includes 5 different Ryzen Threadripper options for those who don’t want any compromises when it comes to ripping threads: Ryzen TR 1900X (8 cores, 16 threads) all the way up to the Ryzen TR 2990WX (32 cores, 64 threads).
I don’t immediately see any weaknesses here, beyond the sticker shock when scaling up the hardware loadouts. The Hades begins with the Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-R6C-BK case. Connectivity on the front ports is ample, with 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 and 1 USB 3.0 Type-C port, as well as standard headphone and mic inputs. Moving to the back, you’ve got a total of eight USB SuperSpeed 3.1 ports (plus two additional ones at 10Gbps), 5x audio jacks, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and a dual-antenna Intel Wireless-AC connection.
The minimum Hades loadout is perhaps too anemic for a workstation with this much capability, and it’s admittedly a system you could assemble yourself for less. For the baseline price tag of about 1770 Euros (including tax) you’ll get a 3-year warranty, a Ryzen Threadripper 1900X, 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 2933MHz, a 120GB SSD, a GeForce GT 1030 and Ubuntu or Ubuntu MATE 18.04/18.10.
That being said, I’ve argued before that paying extra for custom systems is often worth it; peace of mind, zero headaches and a single contact point for support are valuable things.
The Entroware Hades is meant to shine when it’s decked out in all its drool-worthy, ridiculously powerful glory. You can outfit it with the insanely fast Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX (a processor that truly screams on Linux compared to Windows) and up to four of Nvidia’s latest RTX-series graphics cards. And there’s definitely no excuse to feel the storage pinch with up to 64TB of available storage options.
I can’t imagine the thrill of benchmarking this beast, and though I don’t personally pursue anything that requires a workstation like this, well, maybe it’s time to learn something just to get my hands on this kind of power. . .
The Entroware Hades is available now at Entroware.com.
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