Digital Tigers Launches New Stratosphere Evolution ZX Financial Trading Computers With Industry-Best Performance, Reliability and Value

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Digital Tigers today introduced the powerful new Stratosphere Evolution ZX trading computer series, focused on the high performance, reliability and value requirements of demanding professional financial traders. Systems feature the world's fastest eight-core Intel Xeon E5-2687W processor in six-screen trading computers under $5,000. With optional dual processor upgrade, top-of-line configurations unleash 32 CPU cores.

Stratosphere Evolution ZX trading computer

Stratosphere Evolution ZX trading computer

World's fastest Intel eight-core Xeon E5-2687W processor in a six-screen trading computer under $5,000.

Digital Tigers today introduced the powerful new Stratosphere Evolution ZX trading computer series, focused on the high performance, reliability and value requirements of demanding professional financial traders. The new systems are available for immediate order. Now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Digital Tigers achieves three key goals with the new workstations:

1. Power-user dream system, featuring world’s fastest Intel eight-core processor: Stratosphere Evolution ZX unleashes the world’s fastest eight-core Intel Xeon E5 processor in a full-featured, yet affordable, professional trading computer, supporting up to 30 monitors. With optional dual-processor upgrade, Stratosphere Evolution ZX supports up to 16 CPU cores and 32 simultaneous threads.

2. Top reliability, featuring rock-solid, fully integrated Intel powertrain: Intel partnership enables Digital Tigers to ship the industry’s first workstation with Intel Xeon E5 processor in tandem with Intel’s industry-fastest SATA solid-state drive (SSD) and genuine Intel motherboard, certified by Intel first for Digital Tigers workstations. Stratosphere Evolution ZX also integrates Intel liquid CPU cooling with advanced air cooling to achieve nearly silent operation. Additional reliability features include triple-redundant system integrity and standard battery backup.

3. Great value + 100% money back through TradeStation rebates: Digital Tigers enables traders to exploit the world’s fastest eight-core Intel Xeon E5-2687W processor in high-spec, six-monitor configurations at a breakthrough, industry-lowest $4,994 USD price. Complete packages are available with Digital Tigers multi-screen monitors and UltraView Desktop Manager software. Traders can apply their full purchase price and more* toward TradeStation commissions, making these powerful trading computers essentially free over time for active traders.

"As the industry leader for multi-monitor business workstations, Digital Tigers is delighted to provide professional traders with the world-fastest performance they need to beat fast-moving global markets, where microseconds can separate winners from losers," said Geoff Amthor, Digital Tigers CEO. "Stratosphere Evolution ZX exploits every known technology to help traders absorb and analyze market movements in real time, enabling quicker decisions, faster algorithmic trading, and market-beating trades at the speed of order execution.

"Today’s volatile markets, dominated by high-frequency trading, are a zero-sum game determined by timing and good decisions," Amthor continued. "Once traders determine and automate a best strategy, the game is down to first place and losers. Stratosphere Evolution ZX enables faster market analysis and order initiation, and thereby rewards the best strategies with the most profit."

Power-user dream system, featuring world’s fastest Intel eight-core processor

Stratosphere Evolution ZX unleashes the world’s fastest eight-core Intel Xeon E5-2687W processor, which delivers the fastest total performance, most CPU cores (8), most simultaneous threads (16), highest clock speed (3.8 GHz, with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0) and largest cache (20MB) combined of any desktop, workstation or server processor ever made.

Designed for high-end engineering and scientific computing, the Intel E5-2687W workstation processor delivers massive computational power, crunching incoming market data and automated trading algorithms in parallel, thereby enabling faster sending of trading execution orders and faster backtesting than any other processor.

With optional dual-processor upgrade, Stratosphere Evolution ZX supports up to 16 CPU cores and 32 simultaneous threads, running dual Intel Xeon E5 eight-core processors.

The advanced new Xeon E5 processors further accelerate trading executions and market analysis through massive on-die cache (up to 20MB) and Intel Direct I/O technology, which streams incoming data from Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports directly to the CPU cache instead of main memory, increasing I/O performance by up to 2.3X.

Intel AVX technology uses a new 256-bit instruction set that can massively accelerate floating-point operations, enabling Xeon E5-2687W to deliver a 3.5X increase in performance for Black-Scholes financial market modeling, compared to Intel’s fastest Xeon and Core i7 processors of only a few months ago. Exploiting its eight cores and larger cache, Xeon E5-2687W also more than doubled the performance of Intel’s new top-of-line six-core Xeon E5-1660 processor.

Top reliability, featuring rock-solid, fully integrated Intel powertrain

An Intel Platinum Partner, Digital Tigers worked with Intel to certify the industry’s first fully integrated Intel workstation that combines the ultra-fast Intel Xeon E5-2687W processor, industry-fastest Intel SATA solid-state drive (SSD), a genuine Intel motherboard, and ultra-silent Intel liquid cooling.

Leveraging its world-class quality control honed in CPU manufacturing, Intel is the market leader for SSD reliability in addition to performance. While many companies can ship a fast SSD drive, few can do so with long-term reliability, and none approach Intel’s quality control and firmware mastery. Digital Tigers was the first manufacturer to standardize desktop systems on Intel SSDs, in May 2009. In the three years since, Digital Tigers has observed an Intel SSD failure rate of much less than 1%, well below the failure rates of other SSD vendors and greatly below the failure rates of traditional hard drives.

At the foundation of the system is a genuine Intel workstation motherboard, which Intel certified first for Digital Tigers Xeon systems. This board delivers legendary Intel quality, widely recognized to offer the best overall reliability of any motherboard maker. In addition, the Intel motherboard is packed with performance features, including up to three PCI Express graphics card slots (two running at full x16 speed), dual and single Intel Gigabit Ethernet, up to six USB 3.0 ports, and up to four SATA 6 Gb/s ports.

"The Digital Tigers new Stratosphere Evolution ZX workstation with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family, Intel® Solid State 520 series, and liquid cooling will help traders, analysts and other professionals take advantage of their most demanding applications while handling intense multi-tasking needs," said Joe Curley, Director Technical Computing Marketing, Intel Corporation. "As a Platinum Intel Partner, Digital Tigers challenged us to certify our fastest processor, the Intel® Xeon processor E5-2687W, with the Intel® X79 series motherboards. We met their challenge, and now their customers can explore large positions and execute equity, commodity, and currency positions faster than ever before."

Stratosphere Evolution ZX also improves user experience through whisper-quiet cooling. The new workstations use Intel closed-loop liquid cooling, supplemented with additional air cooling to manage the high thermal load of the fastest eight-core Xeon E5 processor. Advanced air cooling employs up to 10 ultra-silent case fans at up to 140mm size, which move a large amount of air nearly silently. Optional Noiseblocker reference-class fans are available for the ultimate in silent cooling and fan longevity: 160,000 hours MTBF, compared to 30,000 hours for typical case fans.

Additional reliability features include triple-redundant system integrity and standard battery backup, plus three-year warranty, next-business-day service, and expert support featuring remote diagnostics and on-demand remote control.

Great value + more than 100% money back through TradeStation rebates

Stratosphere Evolution ZX workstations powered by Intel Xeon E5-2687W processor and Intel SSD deliver business workstation performance exceeding that of systems more than twice their price, including almost all workstations shipping only a few months ago. In an industry segment known for high prices, Digital Tigers has emerged as a value leader.

"Our target was to deliver the world’s fastest and most reliable trading workstation under $5,000," said Amthor. "That’s a price that may seem high to a casual trader or business desktop buyer, but is actually exceptionally low for professional traders seeking the ultimate in performance. We can and do sell workstations costing more than $10,000. That’s not hard. The hard challenge is to deliver ultimate performance, literally the fastest CPU in the world, in a full-featured, six-screen professional trading workstation, with uncompromising reliability and service standards, and do all that for under $5,000.

"The hedge fund managers can afford $10,000 workstations," Amthor continued. "Our goal was a Ferrari that any professional trader could afford and justify. Working with Intel, that’s what we’ve achieved with Stratosphere Evolution ZX. Clearly this is the best workstation we’ve ever delivered for the price. Going further, I think it’s our best workstation bar none for the professional financial trader, and it crushes any alternative today. For financial trading workloads, this is the sweet spot, the wheelhouse where every dollar spent delivers the real performance and reliability they need to beat the market, and not a dollar is wasted."

Stratosphere Evolution ZX drives up to 30 independent monitors and can be bundled in complete packages with Digital Tigers pro-grade multi-screen monitors and UltraView Desktop Manager software. All Digital Tigers workstations and multi-screen monitors are equipped with UltraView Desktop Manager, the most powerful multi-monitor management software available today.

Customers purchasing a multi-screen array with a Digital Tigers system earn up to a 10 percent discount on the display. What’s more, traders can apply their full purchase price and more* toward TradeStation commissions, making these powerful trading computers essentially free over time for active traders.

*$8,000 USD rebate toward TradeStation commissions for purchase of Digital Tigers trading computer / display package valued at $6,001 or more. $6,000 rebate for package value of $4,001 or more. See full offer details.

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