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Stratosphere Evolution X3
Pro Graphics Workstation for Design, Simulation and Visualization

High-performance, massively expandable Intel Xeon pro workstation
for design, engineering, simulation, visualization and content creation

NVIDIA RTX pro graphics cards with ISV-certified drivers for top performance and stability

  • Intel Xeon W-3400 / W-2400 CPU models with 16 - 56 CPU cores!
    • Xeon w5-2465X: 16 CPU cores, 32 threads, 64 PCIe expansion lanes (standard)
    • Xeon w7-3445: 20 CPU cores, 40 threads, 112 PCIe expansion lanes
    • Xeon w7-3455: 24 CPU cores, 48 threads, 112 PCIe expansion lanes
    • Xeon w7-3465X: 28 CPU cores, 56 threads, 112 PCIe expansion lanes
    • Xeon w9-3495X: 56 CPU cores, 112 threads, 112 PCIe expansion lanes
    • CEB motherboard, 5 PCIe 5.0 x16 expansion slots · optional EEB motherboard with 7 PCIe 5.0 x16 slots
  • Configure a CPU upgrade to take CPU performance well beyond any consumer desktop CPU
  • Upgrade GPU for pro visualization, GPU compute, gaming or more than 4 displays
    • Up to 3 dual-slot GPUs (PCIe 4.0 x16 speed), for accelerated computing or driving up to 12 displays
    • Up to 4 dual-slot GPUs with motherboard upgrade, for even higher AI and GPU compute power
    • Standard Graphics: 1× NVIDIA RTX 2000 Ada Generation 16GB (4 ports), upgradable in configurator
  • Upgrade RAM to 2TB (vs typical 128GB limit) · Upgrade storage to 600TB NVMe SSD
    • 64GB standard RAM (UDIMMs) · expandable to 2TB (ECC RDIMMs) · 1TB NVMe SSD standard
    • Up to 120TB fast NVMe SSD storage (4 x 30TB) · Optional self-encrypting drives (SED); Opal 2.0
    • Up to 480TB additional NVMe SSD storage (16 x 30TB), if PCIe expansion slots slots are available
  • Fast networking: 10G + 2.5G dual wired Ethernet ports · Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2 (add-in card)
  • Silence-optimized mid-tower or full-tower case · Optional: 4U rackmount
  • Price: $6,17500 USD   ·  Configure / quote / buy now

Combine Ubuntu Linux and Windows 11 with WSL2

Now you don't have to choose between Linux and Windows or put up with awkward hybrid options such as dual-boot or putting one OS in a VM.

Many of the best tools for GPU-accelerated computing are Linux-based. For users interested in exploring GPU computing while still also running Windows apps, our recommended OS choice is Windows 11 Pro with WSL2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux) and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. WSL2 lets Linux apps (including Linux GUI apps) run alongside Windows apps on the same desktop, with virtually the same performance as running natively. Now you can combine your favorite Linux scientific tools or NVIDIA CUDA app development with the huge library of Windows software, such as Adobe Creative Cloud. Of course, we also offer Ubuntu and Windows installations without the integration.


New! High-performance, massively expandable Intel Xeon W workstation, for NVIDIA RTX pro graphics applications
New Intel Xeon W-2400 and W-3400 processors with up to 56 CPU cores  ·  Up to 512GB DDR5 ECC RAM

Highly expandable with 5x PCIe 4.0 x16 slots (7 slots with upgrade)  ·  Configurable with up to triple NVIDIA RTX pro GPUs for design, simulation and visualization
Up to 112 PCIe 4.0 expansion lanes for GPUs, storage and more  ·  Up to 860TB ultra-fast internal NVMe SSD storage  ·  Optional self-encrypting drives (SED) for top security
Intel Xeon W-2400 and W-3400 Workstation Processors

All-new Intel Xeon W-3400 and W-2400 workstation processors!

New Intel "Sapphire Rapids-WS" workstation platform: Intel's biggest leap forward for workstations since 2017!

8 June 2023

Our new Stratosphere Evolution X3 for Pro Visualization and Design is powered by Intel's new Xeon W-3400 and W-2400 workstation CPUs. In tandem with Intel's new W790 chipset and associated motherboards, these CPUs form a completely new and formidable high-end workstation platform, known by the Intel codename "Sapphire Rapids-WS."

Workstations go well beyond consumer PCs by supporting much greater expansion (more PCI Express slots with more PCI Express lanes), much more RAM as well as much faster memory bandwidth, and faster CPUs with many more CPU cores. This combination of features enables advanced configurations that are literally impossible to build with a consumer PC platform, such as our Stratosphere Pro with Z790 chipset and Core i9-13900K CPU. That's a superb system and a super-fast CPU, but neither is designed to handle the advanced challenges met by a modern workstation-class platform.

You may configure your new Stratosphere Evolution workstation with any of the following new Intel Xeon CPUs, which you can choose in our configurator:

  • Xeon w5-2465X: 16 CPU cores, 32 threads, 64 PCIe expansion lanes (standard)
  • Xeon w7-3445: 20 CPU cores, 40 threads, 112 PCIe expansion lanes
  • Xeon w7-3455: 24 CPU cores, 48 threads, 112 PCIe expansion lanes
  • Xeon w7-3465X: 28 CPU cores, 56 threads, 112 PCIe expansion lanes
  • Xeon w9-3495X: 56 CPU cores, 112 threads, 112 PCIe expansion lanes
A big Intel comeback; now at parity with AMD Threadripper workstations

The new Intel Xeon "Sapphire Rapids-WS" platform is by far Intel's most important and complete platform for high-end workstations since 2017, when it introduced the Core X series CPUs and the X299 workstation platform. Intel followed with only minor CPU updates in 2018 and 2019.

In the intervening time and starting in late 2019, AMD has captured a lead in workstation sales with two generations of its powerful Threadripper workstation platform. The latest AMD Threadripper series is the very successful AMD Threadripper PRO 5000 WX, introduced in 2022. Our AMD Threadripper workstations are Stratosphere Evolution T-series, with new models T1 through T5 announced also today.

AMD certainly upped the ante with its latest Threadripper PRO 5000 WX platform. Intel's new Sapphire Rapids-WS workstation platform manages to square the ledger with AMD, with both platforms offering broadly similar performance and similar advantages over both consumer PCs and servers configured to serve as workstations.

Directly comparing the top CPUs for each workstation platform, we find that the AMD Threadripper PRO 5995WX with its 64 CPU cores delivers faster multi-core performance than the Intel Xeon w9-3495X with its 56 cores, an edge that is revealed most clearly with 3D rendering tasks as tested by Cinebench R23. Meanwhile, the Intel CPU with its faster DDR5 RAM and 8 memory channels delivers markedly faster memory bandwidth than the top AMD CPU with its slower DDR4 RAM. In addition, the Cinebench R23 single-threaded test demonstrated 22% faster performance for the top Intel CPU compared to the top AMD CPU.

It's been a long wait for Intel since 2017, but this new generation is fabulous. The new Intel platform enables us to introduce the all-new Stratosphere Evolution X-series workstations based on Intel Xeon W-3400 and W-2400 CPUs. The new models are now shipping and are ready for your order!

Big benefits from the new generation

So, what does the new generation bring? Two big benefits, which amplify each other:

  • Vastly faster CPUs, with up to 3.5X the number of performance CPU cores of Intel's best consumer CPU, Core i9-13900K. The growth in core count will speed up any multi-threaded software, which is most modern software.
  • Massively greater expansion, from RAM, to storage, to graphics cards to GPU-accelerated computing. All of this is possible due to the Intel W-3400 CPUs supplying 112 PCI Express 5.0 lanes, up from 48 lanes in the prior X299 generation and only 20 lanes for Intel's best current consumer CPUs. PCIe lanes connect other devices to the CPU and to each other. Now suddenly this is a platform that smashes the barriers of the past.

Consider GPU-accelerated computing, where a graphics card is repurposed to become a coprocessor in the system, able to marshal its thousands of cores for computing work instead of creating a 3D virtual world (typically for gaming). Led by NVIDIA, GPU computing is driving AI neural networks and machine learning in general. GPUs are so successful at high-performance computing tasks that NVIDIA now makes 61% of its revenue from data centers. However, a GPU still needs a CPU. Ideally a GPU-accelerated workstation would connect many powerful GPUs to a single CPU, as it is more efficient to have fewer captains and more workers. However, the limiting factor turns out to be the number of available PCIe lanes. A GPU operating at full speed will consume 16 PCIe lanes. Thus a consumer desktop CPU (such as Intel Core i9 with 20 PCIe lanes) doesn't even have enough PCIe lanes to connect two GPUs at full speed.

Now consider these new Intel Xeon W-3400 CPUs with their 112 PCIe lanes: more than five times the number supported by consumer CPUs! Now we are cooking with gas, because there are now enough lanes for six GPUs to connect to the CPU at full speed!

These new CPUs and their massive connectivity make possible a personal supercomputer. Beyond connecting more GPUs, the CPUs can also access up to 16 times more RAM (4TB for Xeon W-3400 CPUs, up from 128GB for consumer PCs) as well as massive NVMe SSD storage. A consumer desktop PC normally can connect to only two or three NVMe SSDs, due again to a shortage of PCIe lanes. Each SSD consumes four PCIe lanes. While three SSDs is plenty of storage for most people, others have much more aggressive storage requirements. A pro photographer can fill up a 1TB NVMe SSD with only 20,000 images. That may sound like a lot, but some photographers take thousands of pictures per day. In only three months, they can fill three 4TB SSDs and be out of space on a typical high-end consumer desktop PC.

Now with Stratosphere Evolution X-series, that same photographer can store 860TB of images on fast NVMe storage, enough for about 2.4 years usage instead of 3 months. The same massive storage capacity can be put to work handling image and video databases, helping international security with applications like facial recognition. With the storage locally connected, it's much faster to access and search than cloud databases, while also saving large carrying costs for massive online storage.

Benefits for regular people

What about regular people? What if GPU-accelerated computing doesn't seem to offer you tangible benefits yet, and your photo library fits comfortably on an iPhone?

First, it's worth pointing out that popular apps such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop already make use of GPU acceleration for faster performance: not just for display, but for rending images that incorporate complex effects and filters. You may be benefiting from GPU-accelerated computing today, and the trend will only grow stronger as new apps and particularly AI-based apps debut specifically to take advantage of GPU-accelerated computing.

Beyond these trends, if you just want the fastest computer as your daily driver for day trading or number crunching, Stratosphere Evolution X-series is up for the task. Benchmark tests show that the top-of-line new Intel Xeon w9-3495X CPU is decisively faster than Intel's fastest consumer CPU, Core i9-13900K, for tasks that can take advantage of multiple CPU cores. Initial tests with Cinebench R23 and PassMark CPU Mark have the Xeon w9-3495X performing about 75% faster in the main multi-core tests, which measure performance using all available CPU cores. In benchmark comparisons that are usually won by less than 20% difference between CPUs of the same generation, 75% faster is a massive edge in favor of the new Xeon flagship.

Whether getting 75% faster performance is worth the significantly higher cost for the Xeon CPU and platform is more of a question for your budget and pride. If you want Intel's very fastest CPU, click here and configure your system today!

The new Xeon W CPUs: technical highlights

If you like charts, specs and numbers, the next three charts are for you. They contain many of the speeds and feeds of the new Intel Xeon CPUs, prepared lovingly by Intel. Click each chart to enlarge.

Intel Xeon W-3400 Giant Leap in Performance
Intel Xeon W-3400 Giant Leap in Performance
Intel Xeon W-3400 Infographic Click to enlarge

Pricing & ecommerce options

All new!  $6,17500 USD

  • Qty 2: $5,92800 USD each
  • Qty 3+: $5,80400 USD each
  • Quick Build & Ship: Yes! 
    Order today, ships ~ August 1!
e-commerce price: Prefer U.S. dollars? 6,175.00
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The Digital Tigers Advantage
  • Intel Gold Partner: Digital Tigers has Intel's gold partner designation based on sales volume and ongoing technical training.
  • Expert Support: Support includes direct troubleshooting, where our technicians log into customer systems, and resolve issues while on the phone with customers.
  • Beyond Rocket Science™ Service Commitment
  • Junk-Free Guarantee: We install neither adware nor promotional software on any workstation
  • Complete system integration combining Stratosphere workstation with Zenview and UltraFlex multi-screen monitors
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Silence-optimized mid-tower case choices

Standard: silent compact mid-tower case (Fractal Define 7 Compact)
Highly recommended for silent operation; noise-damped side panels, 2 silent fans, premium materials; no front bay for DVD drive; 5 front USB ports including USB-C, plus headphone and mic jacks; 32% less volume than deluxe Fractal Define 7 case, 18.66 x 8.27 x 16.81in (HWD)

Standard ultra-quiet RC case

Click to enlarge image and see side window and vented top options

Below: deluxe mid-tower case (Fractal Define 7, optional)
Highly recommended for silent operation; noise-damped side panels and front door; reversible front door with anodized aluminum cover; front 5.25in bay for DVD / removable drive; 5 front USB ports including USB-C; front audio jacks; 18.70 x 9.45 x 21.54in (HWD)

Optional Fractal Define 7 case

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Professional-grade core performance software

Updated! UltraView Desktop Manager 3.0 software

Advanced software for managing multiple monitors and creating a personal productivity dashboard via virtual monitors

  • All-new Digital Tigers software suite, updated for Windows 11!
  • Supports splitting monitors into smaller virtual monitors
  • Create a personal productivity and awareness dashboard out of large, high-resolution monitors and 4K TVs
  • Use larger virtual monitors for primary workspace and supporting documents, websites and work email
  • Use micro-size virtual monitors for task managers, time management, personal email, instant messaging, social media, Bloomberg TV, streaming media, newsfeeds, security cameras and more
  • Never miss anyting important for lack of timely awareness
  • Designed for Windows 11, Windows 10 and Windows 7
  • $9900 USD · Free with Stratosphere Evolution X3 for Pro Visualization and Design
  • Learn more: tab on this page · product page

The future of 4K: a personal productivity and awareness dashboard, balancing work and life together

UltraView 49C and 55C 4K UHD curved displays

Above: UltraView 4K UHD curved display (55″ size)

UltraView Desktop Manager: 4K UHD monitor split into 5 virtual monitors

Above: Five virtual monitors created from single 4K UHD monitor, using UltraView Desktop Manager 3.0

To see more examples of what you can now do with a single 4K UHD monitor, see Virtual Monitors: Example Layouts, which shows 55 ways you can carve up a 4K monitor with UltraView Desktop Manager 3.0.

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