HP Z800 Workstation Review

By on May 7, 2012
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An exceptional workstation that delivers industry-leading performance.

Good: Exceptional performance, brilliant chassis design, easy to access internals, variety of configurations available.
Bad: Boot-up a bit on the slow side.
Price: AED 14,600
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

System Specifications
As the Z800 sits on the top-end of HP’s range, this machine can pack a punch if configured with the right internals. Here’s a quick look at what you can pop into this workstation:


Form Factor Rackable Minitower
Operating Systems Supported:
Genuine Windows® 7 Enterprise 32/64
Genuine Windows® XP Professional 32/64
Genuine Windows® Vista Business 32/64
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
Solaris 10, 11
Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10, 11.04
Processor Speed Up to Intel® Xeon® processor 3.20 GHz
Processors Two (Quad or Six core)
Memory 3-channel 800/1066/1333 MHz DDR3 memory subsystem
Up to 192GB memory capacity
Audio On-board
I/O Slots 2 PCI Express Gen2 x16 slots (full-length, full-height)
2 PCI Express Gen2 x8 slots – with x16 connectors (full-length, full-height)
1 PCI Express Gen2 x4 slot – with x8 connector (half-length, full-height)
1 PCI Express Gen1 x4 slot – with x8 connector (full-length, full-height)
1 PCI 32bit/33MHz slot, (full-length, full-height)
Internal Bays 4 internal 3.5″ bays
External Bays 3 external 5.25″ bays
Front I/O 3 USB 2.0, 1 Headphone Out, 1 Microphone In, and 1 IEEE 1394a
Rear I/O 1 IEEE-1394a
6 USB 2.0
1 Serial
PS/2 keyboard and mouse
2 RJ-45 to integrated Gigabit LAN
1 Audio Line In, 1 Audio Line Out, 1 Microphone In
Dimensions (HxWxD) 44.4 x 20.3 x 52.5 cm
Power Supply 850W / 1110W
Interfaces Supported 6-channel SATA 3.0 Gb/s Interface
8-channel SAS interface
1 Floppy interface (1 Floppy connector), IEEE 1394a, USB 2.0
HDD Controller SATA and SAS controllers


As you can see, the Z800 can pack some serious computing power if fully kitted out, so take your time in choosing your components. Our test unit came with a somewhat simpler setup, but was by no means sluggish. It packed 12.0 GB DDR3 666MHz SDRAM of RAM, 2 x Intel Xeon CPU X5650 @ 2.67GHz processors (12 cores in total), 500GB (7200) SATA HDD, and sported a nVidia Quadro 4000 graphics card.

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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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