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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

HP Packs World Class Performance into the Affordable Z240 Workstation...


Under-the-hood improvements deliver reliability, power and remote software linkup to Macs.


News Release:
The HP Z240 has long been a workhorse for power-hungry small and medium businesses, such as design companies, video production studios and architecture firms. But today it gets even more powerful with a double-digit boost to its processing power, memory and the addition of a software receiver to seamlessly link up Apple, Linux and Windows environments.
The third-generation of HP’s desktop tower workstation now packs up 4.2 GHz of processing power into a system about the size of a carry-on suitcase, delivering world-class performance and reliability at the price point of a traditional desktop PC—just under $900 USD.
“HP has the expertise to design a system that runs high-performance components at their maximum while delivering the best reliability possible,” said Josh Peterson, vice president, global product management for workstations.

“The Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, product design, architecture, engineering, education, public sector and image-viewing industries.” - Josh Peterson



User-driven features:

Based on feedback from in-the-trenches users, the third-gen Z240 workstation offers a powerful set of features that enable extensive customization and collaboration without compromising capacity, performance and reliability.

Features include:

·    Integrated M.2 slot for expansion cards and connectors, freeing up a PCIe slot to use for HP Z Turbo Drives or other devices like Thunderbolt™.

·    Next generation Intel® processors, NVIDIA® or AMD graphics, memory, and two optional ultra-fast HP Z Turbo Drives.

·    Up to 64 GB DDR4 ECC memory – a 100 percent increase in memory capacity compared to previous generations.

·    Choice of Windows 7, Windows 10 or Linux® operating systems.

There are a couple of other nice touches that lend greater usability, too, including optional dust filters and carrying handles on the back and side of the tower. Though these might seem like small conveniences, these changes can improve performance and lower time spent on maintenance and troubleshooting over the long haul.

The Z240's components are ISV certified, so they are tested and vetted to work with leading professional software applications.

In HP internal tests, the HP Z240 performed 13 percent faster for Autodesk Revit and 12 percent faster for AutoCAD – two key applications for designers and engineers.

“The 368,000 hours of grueling quality testing and ISV certification means the HP Z240 is designed as a long-term budget friendly solution,” Peterson said.

Mac integration:
The Z240 enables breakthrough productivity with a newly-integrated HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) receiver, which begins shipping next month with all Z Workstations.

The RGS allows users to securely connect Mac or MacBook to a Z Workstation and multitask between native Mac OS apps and super-charged Windows or Linux workstation apps, enabling smoother workflows for joint development, interactive edits and design reviews.

The HP RGS Receiver for Mac is just one of the tools that HP provides to customers looking to increase power and performance by integrating HP Z Workstations with existing IT setups, part of the company’s unwavering commitment to the creative professional.

These products are the technology innovation engines of companies around the globe, designing everything from cars to blockbuster movies.

NASA is using mobile Z Workstations on the International Space Station and DreamWorks leverages Z Workstations for pioneering animated storytelling.

Learn more about the HP Z Workstation family:

Friday, May 20, 2016

Bram Desmet breaks down Flander Scientific Inc. New BoxIO NABShow 2016..!

Great to see all the guys over at Flanders Scientific Inc. This year at NABShow. Bram Desmet CEO & General Manager gives us a great breakdown of their new and exciting BoxIO. They come in several flavors for all levels of support. Without going into too much detail that the video will cover I can say this is a very cool Lut Box.

I am currently upgrading my edit suite with calibration hardware and Calman Studio Software from Spectracal. The boxes I'll be running are the eeColor(which kinda seems like they are not making these anymore or no updates but one of the least expensive options), and the Aja LUT-Box. So far I'm working on calibrating my Benq W1500 with eeColor and today will start calibrating my HP z27x with Calman Studio, Xrites i1 Display Pro probe and the Aja LUT-box. The BoxIO definitely have some awesome features my current Lut boxes don't support. Also the DIT cart they showed at NABShow was really awesome. I was fortunate to win the Tangent Element TK panel at the colorist mixer at Nab this year which motivated me to upgrade everything to add proper calibration in my edit suite(also met Jason Bowdach of Cinetic Studios an awesome colorist who also provided me some advice based on his own companies setup-we met in person after Robbie Carman demo'd the Lumetri panel with the Tangent Ripple in the NABShow  Adobe booth-too coo I might add:). I'm going to also look at setting up a similar DIT cart with the hardware and software I have now like Scopebox running on my early 2011 MacBookPro(since Scopebox is OSX Only).

All that being said...I'm looking at following up with a blog post on all this new color hardware and software with Spectracal Calman Studio but in the meantime if your looking for a LUT Box solution for your DIT cart or in your Post workflow these new FSI BoxIO look like the best new option out there(lil bit more pricey compared to what I own-but like everything you get what you pay for...so for the money the Aja box is a great lil box). I'd definitely like to upgrade to one of these boxes as I expand with more capabilities on-location, in my studio, or edit suite.

FSI is a really great company which is equally as important as a great spec product(at times a product is only as good as the follow up and support they provide...and I've only heard amazing things...like everyone uses FSI:). I've been covering their products for the past several years and have to say it's been great getting to know some of the guys over there like Bram, Kris, and Adam Patterson came by to visit me and my edit suite before NAB. Below is a photo side by side with a CM250 and my HP DreamColor z27x. Check out those blacks comparing backlit to oled(uber black...blacks)..!


 Below is a video on the NABShow 2016 showfloor with Bram Desmet breaking down BoxIO..!



Additional Details Below of the various FSI BoxIO boxes and options..!

 

Thanks for checking out my Blog..!

Cheers..!

Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pamela Ann Berry Atomos Product Ninja Demos Flame NABShow 2016...

Caught up with my friend Pamela this year in the Atomos booth. She was kind enough to give us a complete breakdown of all the benefits and robust features the Atomos Flame HDR monitor is capable of in a video below.

See how the Flame Series with AtomHDR will redefine the way you shoot with Log

~10-bit Monitor

~AtomHDR

~7” High bright 1500nit

~Build & Power Management

 

  Flame Series Key Features:

• With a Dynamic range to match that of a 10-bit camera LOG footage, AtomHDR monitors   deliver the detail in highlights and shadows usually clipped on traditional monitors.

• A highly advanced field monitor even in non-HDR scenarios with 1500nits brightness for outdoor
  shooting, native full HD resolution and optional calibration to ensure natural LCD colour drift can
  be corrected over time.


 

 

• Record direct from the sensor in pristine 4K UHD (up to 30p) or record HFR HD (up to 120p)

• Along with recording the high pixel density of 4K, the Ninja and Shogun Flame also record higher
  resolution 10-bit colour information and more precise yet efficient 4:2:2 colour encoding.

• Recording to Apple ProRes and AVID DNxHR visually lossless edit-ready codecs ensure you
  capture full individual frames like film, providing more flexibility and creativity in post. 
  Can be delivered to any standard – never worry about having your footage technically rejected
  due to the format again.

• Ready for real-word conditions with built-in armour protection, dual battery hot-swappable
  continuous power system to ensure you always have power and a raft of included accessories including a new fast charger and snap-fast sun hood.

• Our patented hot-swappable dual battery system for continuous power is backed up with the
  included power accessories (2 x 4-cell batteries, D-Tap adaptor & blazingly fast battery charger)

• An arsenal of creative weapons including focus and exposure tools, 3D Custom Looks, Waveforms(LUMA and RGB) and Vector Scopes ensure you set the shot up perfectly every time.

• XLR audio via breakout cables for Shogun Flame or 3.5mm line level input with audio delay, level adjustment and dedicated audio meters with channel selection for Ninja Flame.

• We support affordable, readily available SSDs from the world’s most trusted media brands.

 

Below is a video with Pamela on the NABShow floor in the Atomos booth with the 411 on Flame..!

Atomos Shogun & Ninja Flame - HDR & High Brightness Launch Trailer from Atomos Video on Vimeo.

 

More info at:

https://www.atomos.com/flame/

Please view the fill list of resellers here: http://www.atomos.com/where-to-buy/


About Atomos
Atomos exist to help creative professionals cut through technology barriers by creating easy to use, cutting edge
products including 4K & HD Monitor-recorders, a pocket size Apple ProRes recorder, signal converters & power
management solutions. Each product serves a different need but all share the common benefit of enabling a faster,
higher quality and more affordable production schedule for video professionals.
Atomos is based in Australia with offices in the USA, Japan, China

Website: www.atomos.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AtomosGlobal
Twitter: @Atomos_News
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AtomosVideo
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/atomosvideo


PS: Ian Foster of Atomos pays me a visit rollin the NINJA1 Subaru..!

Cheers..!


Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy

 



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dave Helmly Adobe Premiere Pro New Features NABShow 2016...

Dave Helmly Head of Global Digital Audio/Video at Adobe Systems demos the top features coming in the next release for Adobe Creative Cloud in Premiere Pro.

Some of the things Dave shows us is the new Workflows including the new Proxies. He explains that it's really helpful for all the newer high resolution workflows where the timeline gets longer it may make sense to switch to proxies. Also this will really help if you are on a lesser powered machine like a mobile laptop or one with a less capable graphics card this is for you.

Also Lumetri has been updated and HSL Secondaries have been added. Now it will be much easier to create a key and change specific colors like he demos on the gentleman's jacket how easy it is now to turn it into whatever color you desire with very little effort thanks to this new addition. Another huge addition is control surface support. Now the Tangent panels like the wave, or the element will be supported. I am testing this now and have to say...this is so awesome..! Also a big announcement is the new Tangent Ripple which comes to market at a USD price of only $350 is incredible. I got to see Robbie Carman in the Adobe Booth at NABShow demoing the use of the Ripple controlling the Lumetri panel and as he said to the audience...watch me step away from the computer so you can see that I'm not using the mouse or keyboard to control the Lumetri panel.

Another cool company being shown for control surface support as well is a new company to me called Palette Gear. What is really unique about their product is that it's modular. You can build up as few or as many lil I'll call pod pieces from programmable knobs, buttons to sliders they can all be mapped to certain functions in your nle, audio application, or other various applications that can support Palette. I'd like to take a closer look at this in the future.

Captions gets a big improvement as well. Dave shows us how is and capable it is. Changing colors, various fonts supported, all very dynamic.

VR or 360 video is uber big all over NABShow this year. Nearly everywhere you looked you could find something to do with VR. Adobe also has some support for VR. Some of the new capabilities will allow you to bring in your 360 or VR video stitched and be able to change the views from 4:3 to wide views, zoom around, or put on glasses and really get immersed into the Virtual Reality. Also support for 3rd Party plugins like Mettle for example.

Lastly Dave shows us the new Media Encoder options for exports which also include a new VR option.

As you can see Adobe is always improving their already very capable nle with more professionals switching to Premiere and Big Hollywood movies like Gone Girl, Hail Caesar, and Deadpool all heavily used Adobe products to create those films it's no wonder we are getting some really amazing updates.

Looking forward for you all to start enjoying the new features.

Here's a video with Dave Helmly in the Adobe Booth at NABShow 2016..!

A video on the Pallete Gear control surfaces that are now supported in Premiere and other Adobe apps..!

Below is a shot of the $350 Tangent Ripple that was on display in the Adobe NABShow Booth..!
VR and Premiere Pro with Mettle Skybox 360/VR Tools..!


Best..!

Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy

Monday, April 18, 2016

HP Announces New Z1 G3 Workstation and RGS Software for the Mac Community...


So here I am in Las Vegas for NABShow. So much going on it's hard to soak it all in.  Last night I attended an HP and Nvidia Sponsored event for VR with The Foundry. Wow VR is coming and it's going to be pretty amazing. Within the past couple of weeks HP has made some announcements. You can check out my post on the new HP VR Workstations. Give it a read to learn more.

Today HP announced the update to the Z1 all in one workstation. This may not seem like a new concept...certainly apple has had their iMac which has had more refreshes than we've seen the MacPro. You can read my thoughts on the MacPro.

When you start to look at the machines from Apple and HP you might see a trend. HP continues to innovate and bring to market more features under the hood as a direct result of listening to their customers(which some in recent years on the Apple side have not felt the same experience-can't speak mac users in general but I myself was frustrated with the focus on iDevices over their Pro Apps and Computers. I've since moved my workflow over to HP in my lab...and yes my Macbook Pro is still around...possibly more useful now with the RGS coming to Mac). We saw that with the first gen HP Z1. Tool less so you can swap parts, make upgrades and so on. This is possible on a iMac but it's not as straight forward imo. Also the graphics, ecc memory, turbo drives, and more all add up to me a very powerful stand alone workstation. If you're looking for an all in one I think you'll be really excited to see the latest update. More info below from the new release.

The other area that has been an issue for facility and end users is working in an environment where macs exist. Many artist are on Mac. We are starting to see a lot more over to bigger faster and more capable workstations like the HP Z Workstation but at the end of the day not everyone is ready to make a change or in some cases artist are happy to work on their laptop or macbook pro. So up to now remote graphics software that is available for HP Workstations with windows, now Mac users can dive in and also take advantage remotely. What does that mean. Well their are artist that might work or want to work from home to avoid traffic and having to go back and forth when they could just stay at home and work on a Mac but actually utilizing the horespower of much more capable and powerful Workstations. So today HP has once again brought more flexibility to the end user and larger facilities that already have HP Z Workstations in place. Up till now they other end had to be another windows machine. No longer. Now the artist will be able to in install the software on their mac and connect just like I would on my HP Elitebook or ZBook etc. I can just stay at home and work just like I was at the facility. This is very welcome news...and I wouldn't be surprised if more users start this way and eventually consider moving over to an HP.

So year after year...HP continues to bring solutions for the large facilities as well as the end user artist. How cool would that be to just log in from home on my Macbook Pro or anywhere and continue to keep the project moving forward.

These two announcements I think are really great. A more compact sleep HP Z1 Workstations that's easily serviceable and software that brings the Mac User into the same workflow. So you really have more options than ever..!

Jeff Wood HP VP of Workstation and Thin Clients in the NABShow Secret Suite talking HP Z1..!

Also Jeff Wood talks about the new RGS(Remote Graphics Software)coming soon to Mac..!

Below is the new release:


HP Inc. Packs Power and Performance into World’s First Workstation All-in-One

Unveils software to enhance performance for Mac users


PALO ALTO, Calif., April 18, 2016 – HP Inc. today announced a bold evolution and a series of updates to the world’s first workstation all-in-one1 -- the new HP Z1 G3 Workstation - combining the simplicity of an All-in-One design with performance typically found in traditional tower workstations.


Built for demanding users, the third generation HP Z1 Workstation is smaller, thinner and lighter delivering screaming performance at a great value.

·        47 percent smaller, 51percent lighter and 21 percent less expensive than the previous generation.

·        23.6 inch diagonal anti-glare UHD 4K display for the outstanding visual clarity when working on graphic intensive projects.

·        Intel® Xeon® processor options for powerful workstation-class processing technology for the most demanding applications.


HP also detailed its new receiver software for Apple® Mac® OS X. Using HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS),2 the receiver is designed to give Mac users access to their high-end HP Z Workstations. HP RGS allows engineers, animators and scientists to securely use the performance, files and applications on their HP Workstation, even when they are away from that workstation. 


“We took our groundbreaking, and most innovative workstation- the original Z1-and reinvented it by listening to our customers to create a new smaller, lighter and lower cost model,” said Jeff Wood, vice president and general manager, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. “The new Z1 will introduce more new customers to workstation power and reliability, while HP RGS with a Mac Receiver will open doors to more Apple customers wanting to integrate our powerful Z Workstations.”



HP Z1 G3 Built for Engineers, Artists and Education

The HP Z1 G3 continues to offer professionals the ability to bundle all the features of a workstation in a compelling AiO form factor. New functionalities and technologies in the next generation bring accelerated performance and greater reliability to the all-in-one workstation class.


“We are blessed to have one of the best, most well-equipped labs in the country,” says Howard Cook, assistant professor, C/T at the Digital Animation Center. “HP Z1 Workstations are speedy, robust machines. And we like the compact form factor.”


The HP Z1 is designed leveraging 30 years of HP Z DNA with extensive ISV certifications and a minimum of 115,000 hours of testing in HP's Total Test Process. The Z1 features:

·        A 23.6 inch diagonal anti-glare UHD 4K display for outstanding visual clarity.

·        Intel® Xeon® quad-core3, 64 GB ECC memory.4,5

·        NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics.

·        Dual PCIe HP Z Turbo Drives6 for speedy boot up, calculation, and response times for large files. Users can maximize storage by adding up to two additional 2.5" SATA SSDs or HDDs.4

·        Multiple ports to quickly and easily transfer data and connect devices including side access dual Thunderbolt 3 with USB 3.1, USB charging port, media card reader, DisplayPort, and more.


HP RGS Receiver for Mac Deepens Integration for Workstation Customers

Mac users can experience maximum performance by multi-tasking between native Mac OS apps and super-charged Windows or Linux workstation applications through HP RGS. With HP RGS, users of Mac or MacBook® products can:

·        Connect seamlessly across the office or world to a Windows or Linux workstation session for joint development, interactive edits and design reviews.

·        Access business-critical, high-performance 2D, 3D, video and media-rich applications.

·        View graphics rich content on a single display or on multi-monitor setups.

·        Connect to a fully loaded HP Z840 Workstation – it is like upgrading your Mac with up to 9x the processing cores, 30x the memory and adding professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics.

·        Accomplish render time and editing of ultra-high res video content and FX at exponentially faster speeds.


The HP RGS Receiver for Mac is just one of the tools that HP provides to customers looking to increase power and performance by integrating HP Z Workstations with existing computers and workflows. The HP Workstation technical and research and development teams have worked closely with partners in industry’s such as animation, special FX, product design, research facilities and universities making this transition to provide innovative workflow optimizations – like the ability to quickly swap the Windows button with the Apple Command key on the keyboard.


HP Z Workstation software and tools are part of the company’s unwavering commitment to the creative professional. These products are the technology innovation engines of companies around the globe, designing everything from automobiles to block-buster movies.


Pricing and Availability

    The HP Z1 G3 is expected to be available in May starting at $1498.
    HP Remote Graphics Software is available now for HP Z Desktop and ZBook Mobile Workstations as a free download for existing HP Z Workstation customers. The Mac receiver is free for HP RGS users and is coming soon. HP RGS sender licenses can also be purchased for use on supported, non-HP hardware.


About HP Inc.

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


Legal Disclaimers

1.       IDC Q4’15 WW WS Historical Tracker 02.10.16

2.       HP RGS requires a Windows, Linux or OS X 10.10 and newer operating system and network access.

3.       Multi-Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.

4.       Intel® Xeon® E3 can support either ECC or non-ECC memory.   Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors only support non-ECC memory.

5.       Sold separately or as an optional feature.

6.       Not all features are available in all editions or versions of Windows. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware, drivers, software or BIOS update to take full advantage of Windows functionality. Windows 10 is automatically updated, which is always enabled. ISP fees may apply and additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See http://www.microsoft.com.

7.       For hard drives, 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. 1 TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less. Up to 30 GB (for Windows 10) of disk space is reserved for the system recovery software.


© 2016 HP Inc. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hp Announces VR Ready Z Workstations Powered by Nvidia...

Today HP announces VR Ready Workstations. One of the key components in the system is the partnership with Nvidia who has made a leap in performance on their Quadro line with the M6000 24GB GPU. VR requires a lot of horsepower and to keep up with VR a very powerful GPU is required. This should come as no surprise since we are already utilizing massive GPU horsepower already in the Media and Entertainment industry with 4k all the way up to 8K but with VR HP offers dual M6000's 24GB GPUs in their top of the line configurations specifically to perform well for VR. That's a massive amount of Ram and Performance. HP is not the only Workstation provider out there offering VR ready Workstations. Dell and Lenovo recently announced they too are ready for VR(not specifically pushing the Quadro M6000 24GB card but do list AMD Firepro, GeForce, and Quadro as well as Lenovo entering VR with various configs-I'd be interested to know who is using what GPU's and why one over the other-brand wise...feel free to leave a comment below). I myself run HP's in my Lab so I can't speak on Dell or Lenovo...but can say I've had a good experience running HP's Z820 and now Z840. Their workstations have been solid for me so I see HP adding VR ready Workstations is welcome.

So why VR you might ask. Why is it so special..?! Well frankly it's kinda really new...and for some they see no benefits just a rapidly changing technology...which is evolving pretty fast to say the least. I have no doubt in less than two weeks NABShow will be showing a lot of VR. So why...it's because VR is not just for games...we are starting to see it being used in many different markets. Just some examples I've been seeing lately are picking out your concert seats, amusement parks rides are now incorporating VR into the experience(so not just 3D to enhance the experience-this is definitely going to get interesting), retail, medicine and more. So VR will be all around us. Will we buy into it...well regardless if you are investing into it...the world is...and it just might make our VR experience that much more enhanced.

This announcement is in-sync with Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference running April 4-7th at San Jose Convention Center. Click above link to follow all the latest updates and announcements.


More info from the News Release:
HP Inc. and NVIDIA Announce Professional Desktop Workstations for Virtual Reality Content Creators  
VR Ready’ HP Z Workstations, Powered by Quadro GPUs, Showcased at GPU Technology Conference 
 
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 4, 2016 – HP Inc. today announced it is collaborating with NVIDIA® to deliver workstations for 3D content creators, media professionals, game and application developers, and others to create visually engaging and immersive virtual reality experiences.   New HP Z Workstation configurations are NVIDIA® VR Ready systems, equipped with NVIDIA® Quadro® professional GPUs. The new configurations provide the performance necessary for content creators to deliver a seamless and accurate VR experience. Each configuration is tested with optional HTC Vive head mounted displays to ensure a smooth path to the creation of inspiring, immersive content. The companies announced the systems at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, running April 4-7 at the San Jose Convention Center.   The ultimate content creation configuration features dual NVIDIA® Quadro® M6000 24GB cards with availability planned this quarter. “We are embarking on a new frontier that will change how content producers and artists develop the most immersive, visually stimulating content available,” said Jeff Wood, vice president, Worldwide Product Management, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. “HP Z desktop workstations with NVIDIA graphics are the ideal combination for this new content creation era.” VR content creators who use the recommended configurations can be confident in outstanding VR performance that includes ultra-high frame rates and low latency, even with the most complex data sets. These performance factors are critical for driving VR experiences in head-mounted displays that are accurate, comfortable and compelling for VR content creators and consumers alike.  
These new systems take advantage of up to two NVIDIA® Quadro® M6000 24GB cards.   The HP Z840 with dual M6000 24GB cards supports NVIDIA® VR SLI (Scalable Link Interface) technology which effectively doubles the system rendering power for the most demanding VR applications.  Only desktop systems with dual GPUs can achieve this performance level.  HP systems with Dual M6000 24GB cards also take advantage of NVIDIA’s GPU Affinity API and VR Synchronization technologies to further maximize performance and virtually eliminate image tearing. “VR is expanding beyond gaming to revolutionize fields across everyday life — like medicine, architecture, education, product design and retailing,” said Bob Pette, vice president, Professional Visualization, NVIDIA. “Our VR Ready initiative makes it easy for professional users to adopt VR technology to make better, more informed decisions and perform their best work.”  Professional application developers in product development, architecture, engineering and construction, media and entertainment, oil and gas exploration, education, research and healthcare can rely on the certified configurations, which include the HP Z240 Workstation with NVIDIA® Quadro® M5000, HP Z640 Workstation with NVIDIA® Quadro® M6000 and the HP Z840 Workstation with dual NVIDIA® Quadro® M6000 graphics. 
Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the NVIDIA VR Ready™ HP Z Workstation starts at $4,363. The systems are available now and the Dual M6000 24GB cards are available as an aftermarket option now and integrated in May. Vive by HTC is sold separately. 
 
About HP Inc.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

HP Z Workstations Upgrade and 1TB Z Turbo Drive G2...

Today Hp increases expandability with upgrades to the Z Workstation line of Products including the HP Z840, Z640, and the Z440 with newer faster memory, cpu's(Xeons), latest AMD, Nvidia, and more including the latest HP Z Turbo Drive Generation 2 with capacity now 1TB just ahead of NABShow coming up next month in Las Vegas(the largest Media and Entertainment expo in the world). This is very welcome as the 1st Gen were certainly faster(faster than a typical SSD attached to the port opposed to the bus via the pci-e card slot)but the smaller capacity fills up fast. The latest Gen 2 Z Turbo drive is 4 times the read performance of traditional SSD/s at comparable prices. I've been running the HP Z Turbo Drives since Gen 1. I'm also running both Gen 2 as well as the HP Z Turbo Quad Drive which is also uber fast with speeds up to 16x performance of Sata SSD's(more on that in another post to follow).


What's really fantastic about this is the fact that compared to say Gen 1 Turbo drive to get this capacity you'd need to drop at least two 512GB Gen 1 Z Turbo Drives(taking up two slots which could be used for I/O, single slot GPU for GUI, Raid Card etc-if your like me my machines is built up from top to bottom with every slot being occupied). On top of it to get the best performance out of the Gen 1 you might consider creating a Raid 0 software Raid as also your increasing the capacity. I did just this when I got the Gen 1 Z Turbo Drives. You can check out how to do this in Windows guide here which also shows you how I set it up for working with some of the Adobe Creative Cloud Products.

Link to the Z Workstations click Here:

Link to the Z Turbo Drives click Here:

Jeff Wood VP of Workstation/Thin Clients breaks down 1 TB Z Turbo & Quad Pro Drive @NABShow:

From the News Release below:

HP Upgrades Its Most Powerful, Expandable Line of Desktop Workstations
Z Turbo Drive Storage enhanced to be better and larger than ever

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2015 — HP Inc. today upgraded its industry-leading HP Z Workstations, combining increased system expandability, higher-speed memory and multicore updates to power the most demanding workflows. It also announced the addition of the HP Z Turbo Drive G2 1 TB PCIe SSD, HP’s fastest Z Turbo Drive solution to-date1.

The refreshed HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations feature next generation multi-core Intel® Xeon® processors,2, 3 the latest graphics options from NVIDIA® Quadro® and AMD FirePro™, as well as a choice of Microsoft® or Linux®  operating systems. With the new Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v4 series processors, HP Z Workstations will support faster memory speeds than the previous generation processors, up to 2400MHz and can support up to 44 physical cores per-workstation4.

Designed to super charge workflow productivity and creativity, the new HP Z Turbo Drive with 1 TB PCIe SSD storage optimizes HP Workstation workflows, delivering up to four times the read performance of traditional SSDs at a cost that’s remarkably similar. The second generation HP Z Turbo Drive attains ultra-fast I/O response to process large data sets. HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations can be easily expanded by integrating the high-performance HP Z Turbo Drive G2 1TB PCIe with high capacity SATA HDDs and SSDs5.

“The addition of our latest Z Workstations and Z Turbo Drive demonstrate HP Inc.’s unwavering commitment to professionals who consistently push the limits of technology to bring the world and the universe life changing innovations,” said Jeff Wood, vice president, Worldwide Product Management, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. “As the requirement of big data intensifies, the HP Z portfolio will continue providing increased reliability, performance and innovation for customers working on everything from mission critical space endeavors to energy exploration and blockbuster films.”

HP Z Workstations are built to address the constraints of compute-intensive industries, including media and entertainment, graphic design, CAD, architecture, photography, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, scientific imaging, and oil and gas exploration. Adding to the market share–leading HP Z Workstation portfolio, the new HP Z Desktop Workstations offer availability of tested workstation applications from Adobe®, Autodesk, Avid, Dassault, ESRI, SolidWorks, Siemens and many others.

“HP Z Workstations deliver the power and speed needed for modeling, simulations, big data analysis, computer-aided design, and visualization applications, all of which translate to real solutions for a better world,” said Kristina Ropella, dean, Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University.

With continued focus on performance, innovation and reliability, the three new HP Z Workstations offer a tool-less chassis, integrated handles and visually cable-less design to deliver radical ease of service, system wide efficiency and superb expandability. The new workstations offer 12.5 percent faster DDR4 memory compared to the prior generation for improved application performance and BIOS enhancements to enable higher system performance.

“You might have to be an IT geek to appreciate it, but the HP Z Workstation is a thing of art,” says Duane Powell, Chief Technology Officer and co-owner of Blur Studio. “It’s so well-designed. The inside is like a sports car and the outside, beautifully, is a simple box with handles so you can rack it.”

The enhanced line of HP Z Workstations embrace Thunderbolt™ 26 for amazingly fast throughput of large files, HP Z Turbo Drive to help eliminate storage bottlenecks, HP Performance Advisor7 for system monitoring and HP Remote Graphics Software8 for remote collaboration of graphics-rich applications.

Price and availability

·   The HP Z440, Z640 and Z840 Workstations are expected to be available worldwide beginning in April. Estimated U.S. pricing starts at $1,299, $1,759 and $2,399, respectively.
·   The HP Z Turbo Drive G2 1TB PCIe is expected to be available worldwide in April. Estimated U.S. pricing starts at $799.

 

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(1) Sequential performance compared to previous generations
(2) When ordering two processors, the second processor must be the same as the first. HP Z640 and Z840 processor kits include the processor and heat sink. Memory DIMMs must be purchased separately.
(3) Multicore is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance..
(4) Dual processor configurations.
(5) Each sold separately.
(6) Thunderbolt is an optional or add-on feature on HP desktop workstations. Thunderbolt cable and Thunderbolt device (sold separately) must be compatible with Windows. To determine whether a device is Thunderbolt Certified for Windows, see https://thunderbolttechnology.net/products.
(7) HP Performance Advisor requires Windows and internet access.
(8) HP RGS requires a Windows or Linux operating system and Internet access.