PC in a Briefcase – Mediaworkstation a-XP – Threadripper 3990X
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Mediaworkstation a-XP is a powerful computer with a screen and keyboard, all housed in a 30-45 lbs briefcase. It has an AMD Threadripper CPU with up to 64 cores, a maximum of 256 GB RAM, up to two discrete GPUs and space for two additional PCIe cards with one slot. Price starts at $ 7,997.

Mediaworkstations.net is a Los Angeles-based company that creates workstations that are optimized for specific uses. They have a wide variety of machines in their portfolio, but one particularly caught our attention when we saw the photo.

The a-XP media workstation is a hybrid, strange looking device halfway between a desktop tower PC and a laptop. It tries to combine (sort of) portability with high performance. Let's take a quick look.

A-XP media workstation

Mediaworkstation a-XP is basically a full size computer case with a display and keyboard on the side so that it looks like a giant laptop. However, it can't compete with traditional laptops because it's much larger (17.05 "x 13.68" x 9.03 ") and heavier. Depending on the exact configuration, it can weigh anywhere from 30 to 45 lbs.

A-XP media workstation. Source: Mediaworkstations.net

Speaking of configuration, this thing offers some serious computing power. The motherboard (according to Tom's hardware it is the ASRock TRX40 Creator) supports the AMD socket sTRX4 with the AMD TRX40 chipset. Thanks to this socket, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X with 64 cores (128 threads) at a frequency of 2.90 GHz (Turbo 4.30 GHz) can be used as the top CPU. Other (cheaper) CPU options available are AMD Threadripper 3970X (32 cores) and 3960X (24 cores).

The motherboard has eight quad-channel DDR4 DIMM memory slots. Media workstations offer 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and a maximum of 256 GB configuration. In terms of storage, there are two M.2 SSD slots, both of which can be equipped with very fast drives of up to 2 TB each. In addition, media workstations offer up to two SATA drives. Either SSD or enterprise-class hard drive with up to 14 TB each.

When choosing the GPU, only NVIDIA cards seem to be available for now. Media workstations offer up to two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or up to two NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000. Interestingly, they also offer NVIDIA Tesla cards for this workstation.

Oddly enough, I didn't find any details about the screen used on the Media Workstations website. According to Toms Hardware, the a-XP has a 17.3-inch display. In a basic configuration there is a 1920 x 1080 60 Hz panel with a brightness of 300 nits. A UHD screen (3840 x 2160) with 60 Hz and a maximum brightness of 1000 nits is also available as an option (for an additional 995 USD).

A-XP media workstation. Source: Mediaworkstations.net

There is a 10 Gbit LAN connection and a 2.5 Gbit LAN connection as well as an 802.11ax dual-band WLAN module. Media workstations even offer an optional 100 Gbit LAN controller. In addition, various optional peripheral devices such as wireless keyboards and mice or speakers are available.

Mediaworkstation a-XP can be purchased with either a Linux 64-bit or Windows 10 Pro 64-bit operating system. It's worth noting that the company also offers other similar-looking models – the a-X2P and the a-X1P. They also have portable workstations with Intel CPUs in their portfolio.

Price and availability

The a-XP briefcase computer is available now. The price for the basic configuration (AMD Threadripper 3960X, 32 GB RAM, 250 GB SSD drive, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060) without an operating system starts proudly at $ 7,997. If you start adding better components and additional drives, you can get over $ 10,000 pretty quickly.

What do you think of Mediaworkstation a-XP? Is it something to consider or would you rather get a full size tower with a separate monitor? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Toms Hardware

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