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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Need help? Call us at 443-759-2382 Mon–Fri 8am–6pm EST.


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Case Dimensions: 19.57 x 8.35 x 24.25 (HxWxD)

CPU – All The CPU’s Listed Support ECC RAM

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 for this type of app, you should choose a CPU that emphasizes speed over cores. Video editing programs however, such as Premiere Pro are highly multithreaded so for this type of program, you should choose a CPU that emphasizes cores over speed.
  • The latest Intel CPU’s have ‘Performance’ and ‘Efficiency’ cores. Performance cores are optimized for the most demanding tasks such as video editing and rendering. Efficiency cores focus on tasks that require light processing such as downloading and word processing.

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Operating System

All Workstation Systems Come With ECC RAM For Exceptional Reliability

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.

Samsung PCIe solid state drives are roughly 3-4 times faster than SATA solid state drives.

Intel Optane drives have very high random read and write speeds so this will make your system feel very snappy.

2nd Hard Drive for Multimedia Editing

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

Samsung PCIe solid state drives are roughly 3-4 times faster than SATA solid state drives.

Intel Optane drives have very high random read and write speeds so this will make your system feel very snappy.

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.

Samsung PCIe solid state drives are roughly 3-4 times faster than SATA solid state drives.

Intel Optane drives have very high random read and write speeds so this will make your system feel very snappy.

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. Nvidia manufactures their consumer cards under the name ‘GeForce’ and their workstation cards under the name ‘Quadro’. Both GeForce and Quadro video cards now give 10-bit color and with GeForce cards, we install the ‘Studio’ driver to activate this 10-bit color capability. When you pair your video card with a 10-bit color capable monitor, this enables you to see more than 1.07 billion colors or 64 times more colors than with an 8-bit monitor. This covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color space. If exceptional color accuracy is important to you, a 10-bit monitor is a necessity!

Cards with RTX in their nomenclature enable ray tracing.

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. Otherwise, a GeForce card should work just as well for less money!


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

Flash Card Reader

The AFT EX-S3C Flash Card Reader is highly robust and reliable. It reads Compact Flash, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick and Micro SD cards. It also provides has two extra USB 3 ports on the front panel.

Extra USB 3 Ports

The single type C port USB 3.2 gen 2×2 card we offer provides 20Gbp/s speed and is suitable for external storage devices and high definition cameras.

The 4 Type A port USB 3.2 gen 2 card we offer is extremely reliable and dedicates full 10Gb/s 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 hard drive enclosure, this card enables you to take full advantage of the transfer speed that your enclosure is capable of.

These cards are compatible with all previous USB iterations.

Thunderbolt 4

Thunderbolt 4 provides 40 Gb/s throughput so if you have the right storage, you can achieve blazing speeds between your computer and external hard drives. The Thunderbolt 4 ports on your computer will work with Thunderbolt 3 devices and cables. It will also work with older Thunderbolt versions with the help of an adapter. Thunderbolt 4 can significantly decrease the clutter on your desktop since you can connect all your peripherals such as keyboard, mice, monitors and printers to a Thunderbolt 4 dock and then just have one cable that extends from the dock to the Thunderbolt 4 port on your computer.


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. This ensures maximum reliability and compatibility.


Firewire gives read and write speeds that are close to 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. WiFi 6E operates on the 6 GHz band which is less cluttered and therefore has less interference than WiFi 6 which operates on the 2.4 and 5GHz band.

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

10 Socket Metal Surge Protector

A surge protector is important because it protects the delicate electronic components in your computer case from sudden voltage spikes due to lightning strikes, power outages or short circuits. The surge protector we offer employs high quality electronic components to keep your computer data safe.


If you configure your computer with an optical drive, your Cerise will also come with a bootable image of your C: Drive on a DVD. This is an exact snapshot of your C: drive at the time your computer leaves our workshop. This enables you to easily reinstall your operating system with all drivers & optimizations to the pristine condition it was in when it left our workshops. This process takes about 20 minutes. If you configure your Cerise without an optical drive, we place this image on your data hard drive.

We also supply you with instructions on how to create your own image after you have installed all your apps and configured them the way you like. In Windows 10 & 11 this is very easy to do.


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