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Core i5 based systems in 756 ESB

An image of the machines that were upgraded to Core i5 Processors in room 756 E S B

If you work in our popular 756 ESB computing classroom and open lab facility, you may have noticed some new hardware appearing through the Fall semester.

24” LCD widescreen displays were the first to appear. These displays replaced theCRT monitors that were suspended beneath the desks on racks and were visible through glass surfaces. We polled faculty members and teaching assistants that frequently use the 756 facility for lab sections and the sentiment was clear; placing the displays on top of the workstation surface is more popular. This change also allowed us to remove the hardware that constrained legroom. The open HDMI ports on the new displays allow users with laptops to take advantage of extra screen real estate.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday our techs worked quickly to deploy all new Core i5 based systems. Here are some details about the new spec:

Mainboard: Intel DP67DE
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 3.30 GHz 6MB Cache
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA
GPU: ATi Radeon HD5570

The processor and RAM combination allows for more smooth running Virtualized systems, such as the Windows XP VM used for CS230 courses requiring access to Microsoft Visio. The host systems run Ubuntu Linux 11.04 to accommodate CS classes that require a broad spectrum of compilers and software development tools. The next scheduled OS upgrade is set for July 1st, 2012.

Our hardware replacement cycle for lab computer systems is 3-4 years. This makes the next scheduled hardware upgrade for 756 ESB during Fall 2014.

Stay tuned for more news and info from LCSEE Systems.