One of the greatest features that today’s computer rigs offer is the level of efficiency and power for the price. And that advantage can only be taken forward with today’s configurations that offer so much power for cost. HP has now come up with their newest line of upgrade-able rigs that offer the mind-numbing specifications for enthusiasts and producers.
The Z8, Z6 and Z4 desktop workstations are the company’s most powerful computers ever, that can also be upgraded further. The highest end variant of the series, the Z8 features a whopping 24 RAM slots and up to 3TB of RAM and dual Intel Xeon CPUs with 56 cores in total. It will also feature dual M.2 SSDs as well as dual NVIDIA Quadro Pro graphics cards, making it the ultimate production rig for developers, animators, architectures and so on. Ideally, HP is targeting its new range of computers to VFX artists who will need to run 3D simulations, edit 8K video and also perform Nuke composing, which can all be done simultaneously by the system.
According to Tom’s Hardware, the internals are not the only new additions to HP’s popular Z line. There is also a new case on the offering with better power supply and improved airflow? For security purposes, HP is also equipping its systems with HP Sure Start Gen 3, which is a self-healing, self-checking BIOS, TPM 2.0, Secure Authentication through four different methods which also include biometric scanning as well. There is also a feature known as HP Secure Erase that is designed to ensure that data on the workstation will not fall into unwanted hands. HP has not only made their new rigs powerful, but has also ensured that they are secure and safe, especially considering the nature of the companies that will be utilizing heavy machinery such as this.
Of the three new offerings, the Z4 is the smallest and is the only one offering a single processor configuration with Intel’s newest Xeon W series processors. It also is restricted to just 256GB of dual-channel ECC DDR4-2666 SDRAM. The Z6 will extend the RAM to 384GB of six-channel DDR4-2666 memory. This rig will offer dual processors like the Z8 as well as a multitude of expansion slots and bays for upgradation. The Z8 adds dual-GPU slots that will take up much room for the other expansion bays however, but will be worth the trade-off, owing to the empty PCIe x8 slot that is also located just atop the motherboard. For the Z6 and Z8, HP have included a dual-port 10 GbE module that offer high-speed networking. For all the extra power that the Z8 will be handling, the power supply has been boosted to offer up 1700W of power.
The new Z line-up will be available with up to Thunderbolt 3 ports, dual 1GbE ports as standard with front IO connectivity consisting of USB 3.1 G2 Type-C ports. The Z8, will be the most expensive, with a price tag of $2,439, while the Z6 will be available for the price of $1,919 and the Z4 will cost $1,239.
For those interested in buying the new iPhone X, the Z4 will probably put a lot of perspective in the minds of the buyers.