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:

Vijay Char VP Promise Technology NABShow 2015

Vijay Char Vice President of Promise Technologies talks about all the cool new storage options they offer. If you’re using Thunderbolt you may already be using Promise since they were the first to come to market with their Pegasus TB line. So check out what Promise can do for your storage needs..!

Apple 2013 MacPro..!

So it’s finally here…the new Apple MacPro..! Wow they’ve done it again…a total redesign…it almost looks like a kitchen appliance. But all jokes aside it certainly boast some really interesting specs and concept..!

One thing I have to tip my hat to Apple is taking a new approach with their new MacPro. It’s just like them to change the game once again.
I won’t bore you with all the Specs…just here to offer some food for thought..!
link to apple macpro:
First off. What’s the deal with ATI GPU. I know it’s a constant back and forth between ATI and Nvidia. One year we are sold on Nvidia Cuda and the next it’s all about ATI. Frankly I’ve felt that Nvidia has been the most dominant in recent years and the likely choice. ATI seems a bit distant and little to no information or very much talk about how well it’s working for the Media and Entertainment industry. My guess is Apple is writing their code around these new GPUs. How that will effect the apps you use outside of Apple Pro Apps is something I guess we’ll just have to wait to be able to start benchmarking it..!
On the topic of GPU. This all in one solution is actually pretty interesting. My first gripe is the GPUs though actually. I feel that the bare minimum these days it’s 2. I’d love to see more like 4. So many apps, plugins, you name it is leaning on the GPUs. So why only one option. I feel like FCPX came on to change the game and it’s yet to really move users over to apple. In fact many have moved away from Apple to Avid or Adobe. In fact I just attended the AEPDX.org user group meeting with some of the folks at Adobe like Steve Forde(who also mentioned that Premiere Pro is now the #1 used NLE)and Paul President/CEO from Maxon. Adobe already utilizes the GPUs heavily(Maxon is looking into adding GPU but for now it’s all CPUs). It seems more and more important these days and to make us choose just one is not the best idea in my opinion. If this was redone I’d love to have a box similar to this but housed my GPUs(or mobile ones that could just slide in and out and be updated over time, allowed me to update the ram(with off the shelf options). The lack of hard drives is fine because I’d just have my root drive/sdd(or card of ram)and an external box for my Raid. Remember hard drives take very little power but GPUs on the other hand…a ton..! And they just keep getting bigger, better, faster, cheaper. 
I think something many don’t consider is how much it cost the manufacturer to adopt Thunderbolt..! I’ve overheard somewhere in the neighborhood of $50k. So what happens with TB v2.0? Is it an additional cost. Don’t forget all the new money you’ll need to spend on the new external hardware. I really never liked the idea of having to attach a host card and cubix expander for anywhere from $2-3k. Remember if your base machine already has internal expansion like my Z820 then that is just a cost I have to spend that I wouldn’t normally have to. So consider even a $1k external expansion box to hold the cards that would typically just plug and play. Are you following me. So if everything is now an external option…that means just that. I have to buy a bunch of new hard drives, raids, i/o, Gpu boxes. So take that into consideration. Basic math can probably give you a ball park number on what this new MacPro might cost…then add all the additional Thunderbold v1 & now v2.
As far as all the other amazing specs. I dig it…bring it…we love the speed and convenience…but just looked how iPhone and iDevices changed the game. So much so it’s has put us Media and Entertainment folks in my opinion on the back burner. My guess is this new box will be a welcome update…but there will be so many different ways to use it that v2 of this new design might need more updates to better suite all our needs. 
Again this is a totally new design and concept. I don’t doubt many other manufactures will adopt similar cause just think about it. It really simplies the system. It’s leaves all these 3rd party companies we must rely on now to build hopefully dependable expansion. Like anything this is all new. Time will only tell how it will all play out…will it completely change the game. Is apple doing us all a favor by doing a total redesign or are they opening up a can of worms..?!
All the i/o is great. I can see this lil box becoming the lil power house portable I could have runnin off battery power, generator etc…even edit out the back of my car. There will indeed be many possibilities. I look forward to seeing how many users attempt to hack this box to more suite their needs(if that is even possible…but trust me if it is they will:)!
For me this is not the machine for me..! I do think it’s innovative and cute…but I’m still down for a true workstaion. Shoot my power supply could easily be the size of this whole box..! That is something to be desired. Will this thing get hot, will it be unstable, or is it the revolution in size vs. cooling and so on.
I also love to hear more products being made in the USA(from apple.com):
Designed and Assembled in the USA..!
With the new Mac Pro, we’re assembling the entire product and machining several of its high-precision components in the United States. By leveraging the innovative power of industry-leading companies in Texas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and over a dozen other states across America, we’re able to build a product that’s impeccably constructed and beautiful in every detail. In other words, exactly as it was envisioned by our designers and engineers in California.

I encourage your feedback and would love to here how you plan on using it..!

Thanks for reading..!

Ryanb. Aka Filmguy

 ps: noticed some people searching guess how much it will cost. off the top of my head I’d say in the neighborhood of $3500 and up based on config. if it’s less certainly welcome but they are packing some pretty impressive specs to say the least…that will cost you..!