by Adam Armstrong

HP Announces Two New Workstations At PC Price Points

Today HP announced two new workstations, the HP Z240 Tower and the world’s first small form factor workstation, the HP Z240 SFF. Both of the workstations come with next generation Intel processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options. Both of the workstations are also some of the most affordable workstation with price points similar to those of a desktop PC.

The Z240 workstations are an update to world’s number one ranked entry-level workstation (according to IDC), the HP Z230. Being HP’s most affordable and compact workstations (the SFF being 57% smaller than the tower), the new Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, MCAD/AEC, education, public sector and image viewing industries. The Z240 leverages technology from the higher end workstations such as the Z620, while retaining smaller form factors and lower prices.

The Z240 also includes twice the memory of the previous version, now up to 64 GB DDR4 ECC, offers a choice of future Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v5 product families, Intel Core, or Intel Pentium processors, two ultra-fast HP Z Turbo Drive G2, and the choice of Windows 7, Windows 10, or Linux operating systems.

New innovations include:

  • An integrated M.2 slot (for expansion cards and connectors on both the SFF and tower) frees up a PCIe slot and provides customers more flexibility and expandability to use HP Z Turbo Drives without having to make a tradeoff on additional graphics cards, an additional HP Z Turbo Drive, or other devices like Thunderbolt.
  • Optional dust filters can be added to both the HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF to help reduce the ingress of dust in the system. With up to 47 percent reduction in dust, this option provides customers in all work environments where dust is an issue – from under the desk to dusty manufacturing floors -- with added reliability and longevity.
  • Removed the legacy PCI slot, which is used by less than 2 percent of customers today, from the motherboard and designed a plug-in card for effortless installation for customers that still use the legacy slot. Removing the slot from the motherboard allowed HP to reinvest in other product innovations (M.2 slot, dust filter).
  • Despite adding new features to the motherboard, HP engineering was able to reduce the size of the motherboard on the Z240 Tower by 10% and simplified the cable layouts inside the systems, continuing to push for more efficient product designs.
  • The Z240 Tower now features integrated front and rear handle ledges to enable every customer to easily move and position their system around the office.
  • HP re-engineered the hard drive cage for the Z240 SFF and engineered a custom air duct around the processor, allowing more efficient airflow, enhanced acoustics and a cleaner layout of internal cables.
  • HP integrated ambient temperature sensors on the motherboard of both systems, and increased control of the system fans to include the power supply, giving even better management of system thermals and acoustics, including the power supply (as compared to previous generations).

HP Z240 Tower specifications:

  • Form Factor: Tower
  • Operating System:
    • Windows 10 Pro 64
    • Windows 10 Home 64
    • Windows 7 Professional 64
    • Windows 7 Professional 64 (available through downgrade rights from Windows 10 Pro)
    • HP Linux-ready
  • Processor Family:
    • Future Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v5 product families; Intel Core i7 processor; Intel Core i5 processor
  • Processors:
    • Intel Core i7-6700 with Intel HD Graphics 530 (3.4 GHz, up to 4 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
    • Intel Core i5-6600 with Intel HD Graphics 530 (3.3 GHz, up to 3.9 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost, 6 MB cache, 4 cores) Intel Core i5-6500 with Intel HD Graphics 530 (3.2 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
  • Chipset: Intel C236
  • Maximum Memory: 64 GB DDR4-2133 Unbuffered SDRAM (Transfer rates up to 2133 MT/s)
  • Memory Slots: 4 UDIMM
  • Drive Controllers:
    • Integrated SATA (4 ports 6 Gb/s) with RAID 0 (striped array) and RAID 1 (mirrored array) supported on Windows operating system only. Requires identical hard drives (speeds, capacity, interface). Integrated RAID 0, 1 (data configuration) for PCIe SSDs.
  • Internal Storage:
    • 500GB up to 4TB SATA (7200 rpm)
    • 500GB SATA (7200 rpm) SED
    • 256GB up to 1TB SATA SSD
    • 256GB up to 512GB SATA SE SSD 
    • 1TB SATA SSHD
    • 128GB up to 512GB HP Z Turbo Drive G2 (NVMe PCIe SSD)
  • Optical Storage: HP Slim DVD-ROM Drive; HP Slim SuperMulti DVD-RW Drive; HP Slim Blu-ray Writer 
  • Additional Storage: SD media card reader (optional)
  • Available Graphics:
    • Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 530
    • Professional 2D: NVIDIA NVS 310 (1MB)
    • NVIDIA NVS 315 (1GB)
    • NVIDIA NVS 510 (2GB) Entry 3D: AMD FirePro W2100 (2GB)
    • NVIDIA Quadro K420 (2GB)
    • NVIDIA Quadro K620 (2GB) Mid-range 3D: NVIDIA Quadro K2200 (4GB)
    • AMD FirePro W5100 (4GB)
    • High-end 3D: AMD FireProTM W7100 (8GB)
    • NVIDIA Quadro M4000 (8GB)
  • Audio: Integrated Realtek HD ALC221-VB audio
  • Networking: LAN: Integrated Intel I219LM PCIe GbE Intel Ethernet I210-T1 PCIe NIC (optional) WLAN: Intel 8260 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCIe wireless NIC (optional)
  • Expansion Slots: 1 PCIe Gen3 x16; 1 PCIe Gen3 x4 (x4 connector); 1 PCIe Gen3 x4 (x16 connector); 1 PCIe Gen3 x1; 1 PCI (optional)
  • Ports and Connectors:
    • Front: 2 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0 (1 charging); 1 headphone; 1 microphone
    • Back: 2 USB 3.0; 4 USB 2.0; 2 DisplayPort 1.2; 1 DVI-I single link; 1 serial (optional); 1 parallel (optional); 2 PS/2; 1 RJ-45; 1 audio line-in; 1 audio line-out; 2 IEEE 1394b (optional)
    • Internal: 1 USB 3.0; 3 USB 2.0
    • (1 USB 3.0 and 3 USB 2.0 ports available as 2 separate 2x10(3.0 x1, 2.0 x1) and 2x5(2.0 x2) headers. Supports one HP Internal USB 2.0 Port Kit and one USB 3.0 media card reader.)
  • Drive Bays (Internal): One 2.5"; Two 3.5"
  • Drive Bays (External): Two 5.25"; One slim ODD
  • Software:
    • HP Performance Advisor
    • HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) 7.1
    • PDF Complete - Corporate Edition
    • Cyberlink Power DVD and Power2Go
    • HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI
    • HP Client Security Software
    • Buy Office
  • Security:
    • HP Solenoid Lock and Hood Sensor (optional)
    • HP Business PC Security Lock kit (optional)
    • HP UltraSlim Cable Lock Kit (optional)
  • Power: 400 W 92% efficient, wide-ranging, active PFC; 280 W 90% efficient, wide-ranging, active PFC
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 17.4 x 15.7 in 170x442x399mm (Standard desktop orientation)
  • Weight: 19.4 lb (8.8 kg) - (Exact weight depends upon configuration)

 

HP Z240 SFF specifications:

  • Form Factor: Small Form Factor
  • Operating System:
    • Windows 10 Pro 64
    • Windows 10 Home 64
    • Windows 7 Professional 64
    • Windows 7 Professional 64 (available through downgrade rights from Windows 10 Pro)
    • HP Linux-ready
  • Processor Family:
  • Future Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v5 product families; Intel Core i7 processor; Intel Core i5 processor
  • Processors:
    • Intel Core i7-6700 with Intel HD Graphics 530 (3.4 GHz, up to 4 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
    • Intel Core i5-6600 with Intel HD Graphics 530 (3.3 GHz, up to 3.9 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost, 6 MB cache, 4 cores) Intel Core i5-6500 with Intel HD Graphics 530 (3.2 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
  • Chipset: Intel C236
  • Maximum Memory: 64 GB DDR4-2133 Unbuffered SDRAM (Transfer rates up to 2133 MT/s)
  • Memory Slots: 4 UDIMM
  • Drive Controllers:
    • Integrated SATA (4 ports 6 Gb/s) with RAID 0 (striped array) and RAID 1 (mirrored array) supported on Windows operating system only. Requires identical hard drives (speeds, capacity, interface). Integrated RAID 0, 1 (data configuration) for PCIe SSDs.Internal Storage:
  • Internal Storage
    • 500GB up to 4TB SATA (7200 rpm)
    • up to 500GB SATA (7200 rpm) SED
    • 256GB up to 1TB SATA SSD
    • 256GB up to 512GB SATA SE SSD 
    • 1TB SATA SSHD
    • 128GB up to 512GB HP Z Turbo Drive G2 (NVMe PCIe SSD)
  • Optical Storage: HP Slim DVD-ROM Drive; HP Slim SuperMulti DVD-RW Drive; HP Slim Blu-ray Writer 
  • Additional Storage: SD media card reader (optional)
  • Available Graphics:
    • Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 530
    • Professional 2D: NVIDIA NVS 310 (1MB)
    • NVIDIA NVS 315 (1GB)
    • NVIDIA NVS 510 (2GB) Entry 3D: AMD FirePro W2100 (2GB)
    • NVIDIA Quadro K420 (2GB)
    • NVIDIA Quadro K620 (2GB) Mid-range 3D: NVIDIA Quadro K2200 (4GB)
    • AMD FirePro W5100 (4GB)
    • High-end 3D: AMD FireProTM W7100 (8GB)
    • NVIDIA Quadro M4000 (8GB)
  • Audio: Integrated Realtek HD ALC221-VB audio
  • Networking: LAN: Integrated Intel I219LM PCIe GbE Intel Ethernet I210-T1 PCIe NIC (optional) WLAN: Intel 8260 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCIe wireless NIC (optional)
  • Expansion Slots: 1 PCIe Gen3 x16; 1 PCIe Gen3 x4 (x4 connector); 1 PCIe Gen3 x4 (x16 connector); 1 PCIe Gen3 x1; 1 PCI (optional)
  • Ports and Connectors:
    • Front: 2 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 headphone; 1 microphone
    • Back: 6 USB 3.0; 4 USB 2.0; 3 DisplayPort 1.2; 1 serial; 2 PS/2; 1 RJ-45; 1 audio line-in; 1 audio line-out;
    • Internal: 1 USB 3.0; 3 USB 2.0
  • Drive Bays (Internal): One 2.5"; Two 3.5"
  • Drive Bays (External): One shared 3.5" (shared with internal 3.5" bay); One slim ODD
  • Software:
    • HP Performance Advisor
    • HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) 7.1
    • PDF Complete - Corporate Edition
    • Cyberlink Power DVD and Power2Go
    • HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI
    • HP Client Security Software
    • Buy Office
  • Security:
    • HP Solenoid Lock and Hood Sensor (optional)
    • HP Business PC Security Lock kit (optional)
    • HP UltraSlim Cable Lock Kit (optional)
  • Power: 240 W 92% efficient, wide-ranging, active PFC; 200 W 85% efficient, wide-ranging, active PFC
  • Dimensions: 3.95 x 13.3 x 15.1 in (100x337x384mm) (Standard desktop orientation)
  • Weight: 13.23 lb (6 kg) - (Exact weight depends upon configuration)

Availability and pricing

Both the HP Z240 SFF and HP Z240 and are expected to be available in November and start at $879.

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