HP Workstation xw500028 Feb, 2003 By: Ron LaFon
4.5 stars out of 5
The HP Workstation xw5000 shows remarkable attention to detail.
When you buy a Hewlett-Packard system, youre not just buying a machine, youre buying into a company that offers many benefits. Many Hewlett-Packard systems are sold into corporate situations where support, reliability, and certification are important considerations when purchasing a new computer system. Hewlett-Packard offers a broad range of support options, and frequently it sends personnel to major software vendors such as Autodesk to ensure that its systems are certified for the major applications.
The HP Workstation xw5000 arrived for testing with Windows 2000 Professional Workstation, Service Pack 3. We noted a mix of manuals for the various system components as evidence of the recent merger between Hewlett-Packard and Compaq.
The HP Workstation xw5000 includes the popular and speedy NVIDIA Quadro4 980XGL graphics card, a standard Hewlett-Packard keyboard, a three-button Logitech mouse rebranded by Hewlett-Packard, and a broad range of options.
The relatively low SPEC ViewPerf score was most likely a driver issue (OpenGL v1.2 support, rather than v1.4).
For the price, this is a rugged and well-made system that should provide years of use.