HP revs up Z Workstation lineup

By on March 6, 2012
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Fancy 512GB of RAM?

As if you needed another excuse for even more computing power, HP today introduced new multicore updates and increased expandability on its powerful line of HP Z Workstations.

The new workstations feature the latest eight-core Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family, and offer up to 512GB of DDR3 memory, and support multithreaded workstation applications that professionals rely on. HP have announced three updates to their existing workstation line, including the Z420, Z620, and Z820.

The Z820 is the flagship of the lineup, and features ruthless power for some of the most demanding professional applications such as customers in oil and gas, CAD, mechanical computer-aided engineering, medical, video and animation. The HP Z820 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 512 GB of ECC memory, up to 14 terabytes (TB) of high-speed storage and up to dual NVIDIA Quadro 6000 graphics. That’s some serious powerhouse computing at your disposal, so fans of the Z800 workstation (such as ourselves) will appreciate even the slightest increase in performance.

The next in line, the Z620 is catered to the financial services, video, animation, architecture and midrange CAD. Updated to support both single- and dual-socket processors, the powerful and versatile HP Z620 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 96 GB of ECC memory, up to 11 TB of high-speed storage, and up to NVIDIA Quadro 6000 or dual NVIDIA Quadro 5000 graphics.

Lastly the Z420 serves as an ‘entry-level’ workstation unit, but is by no means a weakling, packing up to eight processing cores using the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 and E5-2600 product families, providing up to 64 GB of ECC memory, up to 11 TB of high-speed storage, and up to NVIDIA Quadro 5000 or dual NVIDIA Quadro 2000 graphics.

“As the workstation industry leader, HP continues to invest in technology that allows our customers to push the limits of innovation,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “Our investments in R&D and technology have led to workstations that meet and exceed the needs of the world’s most demanding customers.”

The Z series of workstations have always had a great response from industry professionals, who value both the design and performance of HP’s range. The new models further enforce HP’s commitment to their workstation business, and exhibits the company’s vision to delivering industry-fitting performance in their workstations.

We’ve been running tests on the HP Z800 this week, so look out for our review soon.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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