HP Z Series Workstation Family is here..!

Insanely Fast…but more importantly upgradeable. This means that the screaming fast machine today will still be equally fast if you decide to upgrade cpu’s, gpu’s, ram etc. over time. Why is this so awesome and why should this matter…you buy a computer for your needs today right. True but you also have to consider realistically how many years can you get outta your initial investment…how long will it keep up to the ever demanding market with 8K, 360, VR, AR and so on.   HP Z-Class Workstations are nothing new…they’ve been around for awhile. I myself have been using them for about 5 plus years. I was a Mac Guy previously. You can check out some of my older post if you’re considering the switch. So that being said. The HP Workstations are truly a well designed and build machine. They have a good track record of building solid workstations that meet not just todays demanding needs but into the future. I’ve continued to upgrade my Z840 the past several year where with my Macs that became less and less possible…so these new Z’s are looking pretty amazing to give you so much flexibility over time.

To give you some specs that might get you excited to see how fast it can crunch your work. The new Z8 on the top-end features 24 RAM slots and up to 3TB of RAM, dual Xeon CPUs(up to 56 cores), dual M.2 SSDs as well as dual NVIDIA Quadro Pro graphics cards. Apps like Fusion, Davinci Resolve, 3D applications, and any other app that can tap into these incredible hardware specs.

On the Mainboard your going to find 10 USB 3.1 G2 Type C ports, dual Gig-E ports, seven full-length full height PCIe slot(up to nine total). TBv3 add-in. Also to keep up with today’s demanding power requirement especially if you max GPU’s they’ve upgraded the Power Supply from 1125w to 1700w with invective ducting. Speaking of GPU’s…setup your machine with a pair of NVIDIA 24GB P6000 Quadros, a couple Intel Platinum 8180M 28 cores and your well over $30k.


Comparing to previous gen3 Z840 I currently own some of the major differences are the Chassis is improved to house the power supply on the side leaving more room above for expansion like PCIe cards. The more powerful power supply makes it better for running GPU’s that require more power than the Quadro’s for example. Also you’ll notice internally the plugs are now 6+2 for 8pin GPU’s. This will really keep the machine cleaner not having to get adapters that can restrict airflow or just get in your way with upgrades. Since the design is updated you get more slots and you are now allowed to put Zdrives above on the additional slots where the previous gen thunderbolt cards had to go on a certain slot, or turbo drives had to be dedicated slot which could interfere with your build…especially for me since I typically ran dual Titans.

I’ll have to admit I’m less familiar with the Z4 and Z6 flavor of workstations…I’ve always ran a top of the line Mac and when I switched that didn’t change with HP. That being said these are even more flexible than previous gen models. You’ll still get a lot of bang for your buck here. The Z4 base is $1239. The Z6 is $1919 and then you’ll add your graphics, memory, CPUs…as well as some smaller items for finish your build.

The only item left now is your Monitor. HP also brought to market a pretty cool new 38″ curved display. Immerse yourself in the 21:9 aspect ratio, 4K 3840 x 1600 resolution display with optimized pixel density so icons and text are ideal sizes leaving you more time to be creative.


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HP Unveils Industry’s First-ever Mini Workstation HP Z2 Mini…

Today Hp announced a whole new workstation in the most compact form yet..! It’s being called the first mini workstation designed for users of apps like CAD and other compute-intensive software. This machine is likely not for everyone but for many just dealing with a large box or even a small cylinder takes up space. This small computer could literally be mounted to the back or your computer monitor depending on your setup. So it’s very small and versatile but not by compromising it’s capabilities. The HP Z2 Mini delivers server-grade power in a very tiny package. Most mini computers in this tiny of a form factor don’t have such components and specs. So to me this is a nice smaller form factor solution. I Think on the desk it looks great, can in some cases be mounted directed to the back of your monitor, or even use this as a nice portable onsite workstation. I’m sure users will come up with many ways to utilize this beautifully designed mini Workstation. More details below from the New Release.


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News Release 

HP Unveils Industry’s First-ever Mini Workstation

HP Z2 Mini delivers server-grade power in a 2.3 by 8.5 inch package


Las Vegas, NV., November 15, 2016 — Today at Autodesk University, HP Inc. unveiled the world’s first mini workstation1 designed for users in CAD and other compute-intensive industries. The stylish, new HP Z2 Mini Workstation delivers breakthrough power and versatility and at only 2.3” high is 90% smaller than a traditional business-class tower2. 


With this new offering, HP is positioned to extend its workstation leadership by delivering a new category of workstation that offers superb performance, elegance and efficiency.


HP Z Workstation products have become the industry standard for customers demanding a full performance workstation. Building off the success of the HP Z240 SFF, the HP Z2 Mini Workstation is twice as powerful as any commercial mini PC on the market today3 and has the ability to support six displays right out of the box. The HP Z2 Mini was designed for the millions of CAD users demanding smaller hardware without compromising acoustics and performance and mission-critical reliability.

“When designing some of the most technically complex architectural forms the need for cutting edge technology is essential,” said Daniel Libeskind, a world-renowned architect and founder of Studio Libeskind.4 “The speed in which we create, and the complexity of projects have become more intense over the years, but computers like HP Workstations are helping quickly bring the visions of my designers to life.”

Shorter than a cup of espresso, the new HP Z2 Mini Workstation is capable of designing anything from state-of-the-art electronics to home and office buildings. The workstation, running Windows 10 Pro or Linux, comes equipped with next generation Intel® Xeon® processors5, NVIDIA® professional graphics and the availability of HP Z Turbo Drive for handling large files remarkably fast. 


“The HP Z2 Mini, the world’s first mini workstation, delivers breakthrough power and versatility in a small, iconic design,” said Jeff Wood, vice president and general manager, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. “HP redefined the workstation in 2009 with the introduction of the HP Z series, and now once again is disrupting the category with the new HP Z2 Mini Workstation – the ultimate combination of space efficiency, elegance and power for our customers and partners.”

HP Z2 Mini designed for the workspace of the future.

As workplaces become more space constrained, there’s a greater business need for the smaller workstations like the HP Z2 Mini. The incredibly compact form factor resembles more a super computer from the future than a PC of today. The octagon form of the HP Z2 Mini is the most uniquely designed HP Workstation in HP’s 35 years of workstation history, and incorporates HP Z DNA throughout the product including extensive ISV certification and 368,000 hours of quality testing.

The ultra-compact and aesthetically pleasing workstation provides users with numerous versatility options: on/under the desk, behind an HP Z display, or on a wall6. HP engineers created custom designed fans and a cooling system for whisper-quiet acoustics (63 percent quieter than an HP business-class mini PC) for workstation customers that need mission-critical reliability. The HP Z2 Mini design and engineering ingenuity will transform the way people think about workstations and workspaces.


Pricing and Availability7:

HP Z2 Mini Workstation is expected to be available worldwide in December starting at $699.00USD.

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(1)     Based on publicly available information of workstation competitors as of October 3, 2016 with volume of at least 1 million units annually as of October 3, 2016 having < 3 litres volume, professional graphics, Intel® Xeon® quad core processor, ISV certified applications, ECC memory.
(2)     Based on business-class towers with >1 million units annually as of October 3, 2016 with performance measured by processor clock speed and ViewPerf12 rating, having 4th or 6th Gen Intel processors or AMD Pro processors, integrated VESA mount, VGA, 6 USB Ports, Windows Pro OS and TPM.
(3)     Based on Ultra Small Desktop category of vendors shipping >1M units annually as of October 3, 2016 based on watts, with 4th or 6th Gen Intel processors or AMD Pro processors, integrated VESA mount, VGA, 6 USB Ports, Windows Pro OS and TPM.
(4)     HP provided Studio Libeskind with early HP Z2 Mini workstations.
(5)     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
(6)     Mounting bracket sold separately.
(7)     Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.