The fastest desktop PC ever tested - but is it any good?

Armari showcases the latest Intel Xeons, making this the most powerful rendering workstation we’ve ever seen, says James Morris.

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Just a decade ago, fast desktop computing was all about high clock speeds. But since then the number of cores in processors has risen on an annual basis. This issue, we get our first experience of the latest chip iteration: the new Intel Xeon E5, sporting a whopping 12 cores. We take a look at the new CPU in Armari’s flagship dual-socket workstation, the Magnetar M32-SW1200.

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