by Lyle Smith

HP Announces New Z Desktop and ZBook Workstations

HP has introduced their new HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 Desktop Workstations and HP ZBook 15 G2 and 17 G2 Mobile Workstations, combining increased system expandability, higher-speed memory, multicore updates, and access to the latest technologies to help customers future-proof their systems. The HP Z Desktops and HP ZBook Mobile Workstations are built to address the constraints of compute-intensive industries, such as with media and entertainment, graphic design, CAD, architecture, photography, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, scientific imaging, and oil and gas exploration. The new desktop workstations feature the latest Intel Xeon processor product family, with NVIDIA and AMD professional graphics options, while the new HP ZBook G2 and 17 G2 Mobile Workstations take advantage of powerful processing, including optional Intel quad-core processors paired with NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro professional graphics.

The new HP Z Desktop Workstations offer availability of tested workstation applications from Adobe, Autodesk, Avid, Dassault, ESRI, SolidWorks, Siemens and many others. They also feature Thunderbolt 2 technology for faster transfer of large files, HP Z Turbo Drive to help eliminate storage bottlenecks, HP Performance Advisor for system monitoring, and HP Remote Graphics Software for remote collaboration of graphics-rich applications. In addition, the new HP Z Desktop Workstations offer Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Linux support, including Ubuntu.

Like previous generations, the three new HP Z Workstations offer a tool-less chassis build, integrated handles, and visually cable-less design to deliver radical ease of service, system-wide efficiency and superb expandability. The workstations also include a charging port for mobile devices, 14 percent faster DDR4 memory for improved application performance, and BIOS enhancements for higher system performance and better security.

HP Z840

The dual-processor HP Z840 Workstation is built for high-end computing and visualization and delivers outstanding performance, rugged industrial design and tool-free serviceability in a highly expandable chassis. The system’s expandability provides seven expansion slots, up to 10 expansion bays, 16 memory slots and support for up to 2 TB of memory.

HP Z640 

The HP Z640 Workstation focuses on computing and visualization power with up to 50 percent more discrete processor cores and 33 percent more memory. The HP Z640 Workstation’s tool-less chassis features integrated handles and a tool-free power supply to provide a near-silent computing solution for space-constrained environments.

HP Z440 

The HP Z440 Workstation features professional expandability in an easily accessible, tool-free mini-tower form, which includes a 100 percent increase in system memory compared to the previous-gen HP Z420. The HP Z440 chassis was redesigned to suit the needs of mainstream workstation customers, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that embed the HP Z440 in custom solutions. 
HP ZBook Mobile Workstations

ZBook Mobile Workstations 

The new ZBook Mobile Workstations are equipped with an easy-access door for tool-less removable hard drives. In addition, new drive options, including the Z Turbo Drive as well as the fast connectivity of Thunderbolt 2, help increase creativity.

The full-performance HP ZBook 15 G2 Mobile Workstation have a thin design with a high res 15-inch diagonal, 3,200 x 1,800 Quad-HD display. The HP ZBook 17 G2 Mobile Workstation are built with a vivid 17.3-inch diagonal optional HP DreamColor display for a consistent color experience throughout a workflow.

Price and availability

The HP Z440, Z640 and Z840 Workstations are slated for a release in late October for an estimated price at $1,299, $1,759 and $2,399, respectively.

The HP ZBook 15 G2 and ZBook 17 G2 Mobile Workstation will be available sometime in late September at $1,499 and $1,749, respectively.

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