The Cerise Workstation

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The Cerise Workstation. The State of the Art.

The Cerise Workstation lies on the cutting edge of speed and dependability and is built with workstation and server class components for maximum uptime and reliability. It is aimed at serious consumers or professionals who are looking for a reliable workhorse to manipulate large multimedia files on a daily basis. This group includes photographers, videographers, architects and engineers.


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Cerise Workstation Top View

Designed for Ease of Use

The chassis has been designed for exceptional ease of use and almost silent operation. Data, video and audio ports which have traditionally been relegated to the back of the computer are now on top of the computer for easy access—no more scraped knuckles as you scramble behind the desk for extra USB ports.

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Cerise Workstation - Inside

Cerise Workstation Internals

This has been achieved by turning the motherboard 90° from its traditional position so that the data and audio ports which are usually found at the back of the computer are now on top.

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Cerise Workstation Large Fans

Thermal Properties

This allows exceptional cooling since three large 140 mm fans draw cool air into the case from the bottom of the chassis. The air naturally rises upwards as it cools the components inside the case and is then expelled from the top of the chassis. This is a much more logical layout than cases which force the airflow to move horizontally from the front to the back of the case.

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Close-up picture of sound insulating foam on the Cerise Workstation computer

Noise Insulation

The chassis also includes sound insulation foam on all available internal surfaces so you can concentrate on your work instead of your computer.

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ECC Registered RAM

Top-Quality Components

Every component in the workstation has been specifically chosen for exceptional reliability and durability. In other words, when you turn your workstation on every morning, we at Cerise know we have done our utmost to ensure that your workstation will be instrumental in a productive day.

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Intel i7 6700K CPU


The Cerise Workstation accommodates any Intel i7, Xeon or dual-socket Xeon CPU.
For any CPU up to 4-cores, the motherboard accommodates up to 64GB of RAM.
For any CPU that is 6-cores and above, the motherboard accommodates up to 128GB of RAM.
For dual-socket Xeon CPUs, the motherboard accommodates up to 256GB of RAM.

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Workstation Hard Drives

Hard Drives

The Cerise Workstation takes up to 10 solid state drives or 6 mechanical 3.5” drives. The case uses hard-drive caddies for easy installation and removal of hard drives.

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Graphics Card

The Cerise Workstation takes up to three consumer or workstation video cards.

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Diagram of ports on the front and top of the Cerise Workstation

USB and I/O Ports

The Cerise Workstation offers two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0 and two USB 3.1 ports on the top of the computer and 4 USB 3.0 ports on the front of the computer.

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Flashcard Reader

Flash Card Reader

We offer a high-quality flash card reader as standard with every Cerise Workstation. This reads all major flash card formats.

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Cerise Workstation case in aluminum Cerise Workstation case in black
Case Dimensions: 19.57 x 8.35 x 24.25 (HxWxD)


Which CPU?
  • The central processing unit or CPU is the “brains” of the computer and is the component which performs most of the of the computer’s calculations. The CPU’s speed is measured in Hertz (Hz) or cycles per second.
  • Virtually all CPU’s today have multiple processors or ‘cores’ on one piece of silicon. This means the operating system splits a program into ‘threads’ and then distributes those program threads to the available cores so that they can be processed. The ease with which a program can be threaded is termed ‘multithreading’. Photo editing programs such as Photoshop are not highly multithreaded, so they work faster with CPU’s that emphasize speed over cores. Video editing programs however, such as Premiere Pro are highly multithreaded so they work faster with CPU’s that emphasize cores over speed.
  • In practical terms, this means for image editing programs such as Photoshop you should choose a four-core CPU with a higher speed. For video editing or if you use multiple programs simultaneously, you should choose a CPU with 6 or more cores. For many people today, the line between photo and video editing is becoming less distinct as most cameras now shoot video. If you edit photos and video, an honest assessment of the ratio of photo to video editing will tell you which type of CPU you should lean towards.

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Operating System


Your CPU draws the data that it will process from the memory or RAM. The CPU draws all its data from RAM as opposed to the hard drive where it is stored because RAM is many times faster than even the fastest hard drive. If the CPU drew all its data from the hard drive, it would significantly slow down the computer and minimize any benefit to a fast CPU. Sufficient RAM gives your computer enough space to process the data with all the programs and plugins you want simultaneously.

Insufficient RAM is the single major cause of slow or crashing computers because there is simply not enough space in the memory to hold all the programs you are working on. Plan on RAM that is at least four times greater than the programs and data you are working with. Video and image editing programs make multiple copies of a file before the edits are complete. So if you have 4GB of programs and data open at any one time, you should have at least 16GB of RAM. RAM today is relatively cheap so it is the most cost-efficient way of keeping your computer fast.

ECC RAM corrects errors in your data as it moves through your system so if maximum uptime and reliability is important to you, ECC RAM is the memory to choose. Choose ECC RAM for single Xeon CPU’s.

Registered RAM enables a CPU to work with more memory. Choose registered RAM for dual Xeon CPU’s.

1st Hard Drive (SSD) for OS & Applications

The optimum hard drive set-up for digital content creators such as photographers and video editors is one hard drive for the operating system and programs and a separate hard drive for data such as photo and video files. Many digital content creators find a third hard drive for dumping their newly created files after a shoot very useful. Once files have been dumped onto this 3rd hard drive, they are easily moved throughout the computer system and then can then be returned there after editing for short term storage.

2nd Hard Drive for Multimedia Editing

This is the hard drive for your data such as photo and video files.

3rd Hard Drive for File Dump/Storage

Many digital content creators find a third hard drive for dumping their newly created files after a shoot very useful. Once files have been dumped onto this 3rd hard drive, they are easily moved throughout the computer system and then can then be returned there after editing for short term storage.

Blu-Ray and DVD

Although optical discs are slowly going out of fashion, archive quality DVD & Blu-ray discs are still the most reliable economical way of backing up data and the easiest way of reinstalling your operating system.


The video card processes visual information from your CPU and displays it on the monitor. Regular consumer video cards and monitors show a maximum of 16.77 million colors. Quadro workstation video cards give 10-bit color and if they are paired with a 10-bit monitor you will see more than 1.07 billion colors or 64 times more colors than a regular consumer video card. This covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color space. If exceptional color accuracy is important to you, a Quadro workstation card with a 10-bit monitor is a necessity!

More and more programs are using the processing power of the video card to process data.

Quadro workstation video cards are an absolute necessity for CAD applications like Solidworks.


Choose a 10-bit monitor to view all the colors that a Quadro card can display. We check every monitor for dead pixels and we install the monitor driver on your computer for the best possible performance.

Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3 gives huge bandwidth enabling very fast read and write speeds with the right external drive. In essence, Thunderbolt 3 is basically PCIe over a wire with a massive 5GBps transfer rate.

USB 3.0 & 3.1

The USB 3.0 card we use is extremely reliable and dedicates full bandwidth to each USB port as opposed to cheaper cards that share the bandwidth across all the ports on the card.

If you have an external USB 3.1 hard drive enclosure with a solid state drive, this will produce the read and write speeds to take advantage of our USB 3. 1 card.


Our eSATA implementation is a simple bracket that enables you to hook up your external eSATA hard drive to a SATA port on the motherboard. This means there are no electronics between the external hard drive and the motherboard for maximum reliability and compatibility.


Firewire gives read and write speeds that are close 100MBps with external firewire hard drive enclosures. Firewire also has very low latency which is why it is still so popular in audio production. We install a firewire card with the Texas instrument chipset for maximum compatiblity.


WiFi enables internet access without the wires. The WiFi cards we offer give progressively better speed and range as the price increases.

Sound Card

Although the quality of the integrated audio on the motherboard has significantly increased over the last couple of years, it’s still no match for a discrete audio card. If music is important to you, consider getting a sound card.


Keyboard & Mouse

Surge Protector


Our productivity software comes with a DVD disc and a product key card. We install all updates at the time we install the software.


Pre and post-sales support is an important part of the package we offer you. As well as being very attentive to you at the time you choose the components that will make up your computer, we are always available for tech support if something goes wrong or you just want advice on upgrading or installing new hardware and software.

All Cerise computers come with a one-year warranty. This means we will fix any malfunctioning hardware free of charge for one year. You just pay for shipping to us. If the malfunction occurs within 30 days of you receiving the computer, the shipping is on us. You can get the same coverage for 2 or 3 years at an additional cost.

Questions? 443-759-2382 Monday–Friday 8am–6pm EST