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"Dual Processor, 45nm Quad-Core Rendering Power"

The CAD2 WS208 Series Workstation (previously named DQX-SE) has been specially developed to harness the power of the very latest 45nm, 1600MHz FSB, Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors, combined with DUAL PCI-Express x16 Graphics (NVIDIA Quadro® SLI). Whether it is complex 3D Mechanical Design, Digital Content Modeling, Animation Rendering or Block Buster Film - The WS208 has been designed as the ultimate all-in-one 3D Graphics Workstation!

Utilizing the worlds fastest, most powerful 64bit Quad-Core processors (Intel® Xeon® 5400 Series with 1600MHz FSB & 12MB Level 2 Cache) the WS208 is build to handle the most complex of digital content and VFX tasks with ease and combines the latest power efficient system architecture to reduce both power consumption and overall heat output.

"Our WS208 series is over 50% more power efficient than previous generation Dual Processor workstations, allowing for a significantly reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)"

Intel XeonAs leading creative & 3D professionals produce more realistic animations and data sets, the need for increased levels of graphics & rendering power are fast becoming the key component for any productive environment. The WS208 not only meets, but exceeds these performance requirements and provides a total of eight execution cores for unmatched levels of workstation performance (over 25GHz of rendering power per system). Unleash the power of any multithreaded 3D visual application (3ds max, Maya, Cinema4D, Lightwave, XSI, Rhino 3D and many more...) and take your intensive 3D projects to whole new levels of realism with awesome levels of processing power & never before seen rendering efficiency.

NVIDIA Quadro CAD2 DQX64-SE Workstation
2D / 3D Design
CAD/CAM Analysis Supported
Graphics & Compositing
VFX Modeling
VFX Rendering
Digital Audio / Video Supported
Oil / Gas/ GIS Simulation Supported
Scientific / Medical Supported

Featuring DUAL 'Next Generation' x16 PCI-Express 2.0 Ports, Support for up to 32GB of High Performance Memory (using 4GB Modules), Dual Gigabit Networking Ports, Integrated Workstation Class Audio, and up to Six SATA 3GB/s Hard Disk Drives (Optional Serial Attached SCSI - SAS).

" The CAD2 WS208 Delivers Awesome Levels of Rendering Performance "

Users of High-End 3D CAD Software such as Autodesk Inventor, Catia, Solidworks, PTC Pro Engineer and UGS NX & I-DEAS can dramatically improve their design productivity by embracing the processor & graphics technologies available in the entire WS208 range.

Design: Engineers can work on extremely large complex assemblies, incorporating a large number of intricate parts and/or sub-assemblies; in real time. With support for up to 64GB of system RAM and DUAL NVIDIA Quadro® FX4800/5800 Graphics Cards, 3D Models can be easily updated & manipulated on screen without the normal delays associated with inferior workstation platforms. Complex calculations can be processed in record time, whilst loading complex data sets can takes just a few seconds. Photo realistic graphics options can also be used to enhance design & engineering workflow.

Rendering/Analysis: Photo realistic image can be rendered in the quickest possible time (up to 8-10x faster than conventional 3D design workstations). Designers can also export to specialist VFX software (like Autodesk 3ds max or Maxon Cinema4D etc) to apply complex lighting effects or ray trace rendering techniques. These can be done effortlessly with the DQX64-SE series of professional workstations. Computer Aided Engineering, CFD & FEA calculations can also be processed quickly and efficiently within standard project time frames at up to 4x the performance of our standard X64 series of workstation.

VFXLeading 3D Modeling and VFX specialists that use Autodesk 3ds Max (3D Studio Max), Maya, Studio Tools, Studio Viz, Maxon Cinema4D, Softimage XSI, Newtek Lightwave 3D or Rhino 3D etc can dramatically reduce their project overheads by streamlining the speed at which they work. Projects can now be completed on time with a greater level of realism.

Modeling: Larger, more complex 3D scenes can be modeled in full detail without the memory limitations normally associated with standard single CPU based workstations. Complex modeling techniques and lighting effects can be applied faster and with the added enhancements available in professional graphics technologies you can apply real-time image rendering directly in the viewport window (3ds max & maya), transforming life like creative projects in 'real-time' throughout the entire 3D modeling process. Complex shaders and light effects can also combined with different camera angles So be easily implemented without the time consuming drawbacks usually associated with inferior workstation platforms.

Rendering: Sample preview images can be rendered practically instantaneously with the help of Intel's latest quad-core Xeon workstation processors. Combined with improved memory I/O speeds and up to 32GB of system RAM; 3D VFX Artists can now pre-render their largest, most complex 3D Projects (Individual Frames or Animation Sequences) locally, without the delay associated with waiting for your turn in the render queue (on the render farm). Add in support for up to 6TB of local storage and for BluRay Optical R/W drives and you have a fully functional 3D VFX Studio, housed in a single Workstation.

"Independently custom built to order to exact customer requirements our WS208 Series feature some of the worlds fastest, most powerful computer workstation technologies. Offering a superb return of investment (ROI), drastically reducing project rendering times and providing professional designers and VFX specialists with both the power and precision to drive productivity like never before"

To design your own WS208 workstation or to speak with one of our Workstation System Specialists, call us on +44 (0) 800 180 4801, e-mail sales@cad2.com or configure below.


" Quad Core Processing BHP, in a Single Workstation "

The CAD2 WS208 Series Workstation is developed using the latest computer workstation technologies. This includes Quad-Core 45nm Intel® Xeon® Processors, Certified Professional Graphics Cards (ATI FireGL or NVIDIA Quadro FX), High Performance Dual Channel DDR2 Memory, Enterprise Class SATA Hard Disk Storage, Optical DVD/RW, Blue Ray Drives and much more....

CAD2 WS208 Workstation Specification

Microprocessors: Intel® Xeon® 5200/5400 Series 45nm Quad Core 64Bit Processor

  • Intel® Xeon® 5200/5400 Series Dual/Quad Core Processor Support
  • TWO Processor Sockets Available (4 & 8x Core Configurations)
  • 2.80GHz up to 3.40GHz Clock Speeds Available (Per Core)
  • 1600MHz Front Side Bus Support
  • Low Power (LP) Processor Options Available (Quad Core)

Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft® Windows™ XP Professional
  • Microsoft® Windows™ XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft® Windows™ Vista™ Business
  • Microsoft® Windows™ Vista™ Business x64 Edition
  • Microsoft® Windows™ Vista™ Ultimate
  • Microsoft® Windows™ Vista™ Ultimate x64 Edition


  • Intel® 5400X Workstation


  • From 1GB to 32GB of Fully Buffered DDR-2 800MHz ECC Registered Memory
  • EIGHT DIMM Slots Available

Workstation Graphics:

  • ATI™ FireGL™ V Series - V3600 256MB - Entry Level (2x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • ATI™ FirePro™ V Series - V3700 256MB - Entry level (1x DVI, 2x Display Port)
  • ATI™ FireGL™ V Series - V5600 512MB - Mid Level (2x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • ATI™ FirePro™ V Series - V5700 512MB - Mid level (1x DVI, 2x Display Port)
  • ATI™ FireGL™ V Series - V7600 512MB - High Level (2x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • ATI™ FireGL™ V Series - V7700 512MB - High Level (1x DVI Dual-Link + 1x Display Port)
  • ATI™ FireGL™ V Series - V8600 1GB - Ultra High (2x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • ATI™ FirePro™ V Series - V8700 1GB - Ultra High (1x DVI, 2x Display Port)
  • ATI™ FireGL™ V Series - V8650 2GB - Ultra High (2x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • ATI™ FireGL™ Multi-Card Configurations Available
  • NVIDIA Quadro® FX Series - FX370 256MB - Base Level (2x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • NVIDIA Quadro® FX Series - FX570 256MB - Entry Level (2x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • NVIDIA Quadro® FX Series - FX1700 512MB - Mid Level (2x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • NVIDIA Quadro® FX Series - FX3700 512MB - High Level (2x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • NVIDIA Quadro® FX Series - FX4800 1.5GB - Ultra High (2x DVI, 1x Display Port)
  • NVIDIA Quadro® CX Adobe CS4 1.5GB - Specialist (2x DVI, 1x Display Port)
  • NVIDIA Quadro® FX Series - FX4700 X2 2GB (2x 1GB) - Ultra High (4x DVI, Dual-Link)
  • NVIDIA Quadro® FX Series - FX5800 1.5GB - Ultra High (1x DVI, 2x Display Port)
  • NVIDIA Quadro® SLI & GenLock/FrameLock Configurations Available

Hard Disk Drive(s)/Local Storage:

  • Up to 6x SATA 3GB/s Data Hard Drive Ports
  • Optional SAS 3GB/s Data Hard Drive Ports (Ultra High Performance)
  • Optional Hot Swappable Drive Bays SAS/SATA
  • Support for 7,200rpm, 10,000rpm & 15,000rpm Hard Disk Drives
  • 80GB to 1,000GB (1.0TB) 7,200rpm
  • 73GB to 300GB 10,000rpm
  • 73GB to 300GB 15,000rpm Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)

Ports & Connectivity:

  • Front: 2x USB2.0 + 1x IEEE1394 Firewire Ports
  • Rear: 4x USB2.0, 1x IEEE1394 Firewire, Audio In, 1x Audio Out, 1x Mic In + 2x RJ45 Gigabit LAN
  • Optional IEEE1394b FireWire 800, eSATA & Extra USB2.0 Ports (via PCI, PCI-X & PCIe)

Removable Devices/Media:

  • Dual Layer +/- DVD/RW Drive (Optional Lightscribe Technology)
  • Optional Blue Ray ReWritable Drive
  • Optional USB Floppy Disk Drive
  • Optional Multi-Format Digital Memory Card Reader

Peripheral Devices:

  • Display: Configurable with up to 4x Dual-Link DVI Displays (up to 3840 x 2400 resolution)
  • Keyboard: Standard Microsoft Multi-Media USB Keyboard (Wireless Options Available)
  • Mouse: Standard Microsoft Optical USB Scroll Mouse (Wireless Options Available)
  • Audio: High Definition Integrated Audio (Alternative Options Available)


  • High Quality Black Extended ATX Workstation Chassis
  • Up to 5x 5.25" Expansion Bays
  • 1x 3.25" Expansion Bays
  • Up to 6x 3.25" Expansion Bays (Internal)
  • High Quality 650W + 550W DUAL Workstation Power Supply Units with Active PFC

To design your own WS208 workstation or to speak with one of our Workstation System Specialists, call us on +44 (0) 800 180 4801, e-mail sales@cad2.com or configure below.






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Alternative/Custom Chassis Designs Also Available. To design your own bespoke workstation or to speak with one of workstation system specialists, please call +44 (0) 800 180 4801 or e-mail sales@cad2.com

Digital ArtsDigital Arts - Best Buy Award

Excerpt From Digital Arts Review
"The DQX-SE is built around two quad-core Xeon X5460 processors, which run at 3.16GHz. In our CPU based Cinebench R10 rendering test, the scores were the best we've seen"

"Where the DQX-SE wins overall is with the inclusion of AMD's ATI FireGL V8600 Graphics Card"

In our Adobe After Effects and Photoshop tests, again the performance was the best we've seen with performance in creative applications that everyone would love to have.

In summary, if your 3D or VFX demands spending up to £4,000 on a workstation, then the CAD2 DQX-SE is an excellent choice


Excerpt From MCAD Workstation Review
"COLOSSAL AND POWERFUL are probably the best adjectives to describe CAD2’s new VISION DQX workstation"

"What this latest technology means CAD2’s VISION has eight of the fastest CPU cores currently available, making it an absolute dream machine for users of multithreaded applications.

The VISION DQX ripped through our 3ds Max rendering tests and should offer similar benefits for CFD and FEA studies, particularly when analysing multiple design iterations concurrently.

All of this cutting edge processing technology is backed up with one of the most powerful professional graphics cards currently on the market. ATI’s FireGL V8600 is an ultra high-end card featuring 1GB of on-board GDDR4 memory.

In summary, the Vision DQX is a beast of a machine, both in terms of size and performance. The raw computational power on tap for multithreaded applications is astounding and the ultra high-end graphics card provides plenty of power with which to manipulate enormous data sets fluidly.

3D WorldThis Issues Winner

CAD2 has years of experience catering specifically to the creative industry, and clearly the company knows a thing or two about how to actually build machines for this market. Before we get to the specification, which is striking, or the performance, which is spectacular, it's worth considering the build quality on offer here. The cables have been routed sensibly through the tower case to make for a machine that is a joy to open.This is a whisper-quiet system using high-quality parts. The decision to opt for the highest-quality gear is also evident in the performance of the workstation in daily use."A powerful machine in every respect, but so quiet that you'd barely know it's on – and it won't even cost you the earth" The performance is impressive, but ultimately it's the added care and attention that elevates this machine onto the winner's podium. The quietness of the system in everyday use will make it a joy to be around, and the smart design means it won't be problematic to upgrade.

Digital Arts

The IMAGINE X64 is a compact, quiet workstation with a clean and simple design. It’s surprisingly capacious for such a small case, with three optical drive bays and four hard drive bays

This unit performed admirably in our Photoshop and After Effects CS3 tests, slightly faster than we’d expect considering the spec/price. It has a 20x DVD±RW drive and the included Logitech S510 keyboard/mouse combo is a great choice.

Using a complex scene in Maya, the FX 1700 took just 77 seconds to fly a camera through it. This is a lot better than you’d expect from a mid-range system; when compared to a high-end model.

The IMAGINE X64 is an Excellent Model!

4 out of 5

AEC Magazine

The IMAGINE X64 is certainly an attractive proposition for those already working with multithreaded FEA, CFD or rendering applications and also provides an excellent platform on which to build concurrent engineering work flows. When Budgeting for a New Workstation, Processing Speed, Memory and Graphics, typically take precedence over Hard Drive Performance. But a New Workstation from CAD2, which features a much more Cost Effective and Fast Hard Drive Sub-System could make you think again.

CAD User

Image rich applications like CAD require powerful graphics handling applications and this is provided in the ATI FireGL graphics sub-system that has offers lightning fast dedicated memory, which is ample for the most demanding CAD applications. "

C3 Magazine

CAD2's X64 Vision Pro is a bespoke Pentium 4 equipped workstation featuring excellent build quality and the latest high end Workstation Graphics Card. Created specifically for the 3D CAD and DDC markets, the C3 review team had a hard time letting go of one of the highest specification and best value workstations we've seen.

Digital Arts

The QX64’s power is bolstered by a well thought-out system of hard drives

This IMAGINE QX64 is an excellent workstation 4.5 Stars

Inside the DQX is a top notch set of components, including two of the best quad core processors in the worlds, 4GB of RAM and an NVIDIA Quadro FX4600 Graphics Card.

DIGIT Magazine4.5 StarsDIGIT Best Buy

Graphics cards are an important part of any computer system, and for 3D graphics they are even more so. The graphics card featured in this CAD2 Workstation is, without question, the fastest card we’ve come across.


The workstation provides an excellent platform for CAD users and this is reflected in the benchmark results where the machine delivered solid results across all applications

With CAD2’s Imagine Q64, you’ll not only be buying a machine that can satisfy your requirements today, but well into the future as your needs grow

This is a small price to pay for cutting edge performance which the Imagine QX64 has in abundance, making incredibly light work of scan line rendering in 3ds Max 9 and hardly raising an eyebrow when setting to work on concurrent cutting path calculations in Delcam’s PowerMill.

As always, CAD2’s attention to detail is exemplary - the chosen Silverstone chassis is classic in design and solid in construction and the system is put together with evident love, without a stray cable in sight. CAD2 have produced yet another excellent workstation.

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