April 1st, 2016 by Lyle Smith
HP Refreshes HP Z Workstations & Announces Z Turbo Drive G2 1TB PCIe SSD
HP has announced an upgrade to three products from its line of HP Z Workstations, focusing on blending increased system expandability, higher-speed memory and multicore updates to power the most demanding workflows. HP Z Workstations specifically built to handle the constraints of compute-intensive industries, such as media and entertainment, graphic design, CAD, architecture, photography, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, scientific imaging, and oil and gas exploration. HP has also announced the HP Z Turbo Drive G2 1 TB PCIe SSD, which is touted as their fastest Z Turbo Drive solution to date.
The refreshed HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations come equipped with next generation multi-core Intel Xeon processors, the latest graphics options from NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro, and the option to choose either Microsoft Windows or Linux as their operating system. HP indicates that the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 series processors will allow their HP Z Workstations boast support faster memory speeds than systems with previous generation processors as it supports up to 2400MHz and 44 physical cores per-workstation.
The updated HP Z Workstations also offer a tool-less chassis, integrated handles and visually cable-less design, which promotes ease of access, system-wide efficiency, and flexible expandability. HP adds that their new workstations provide 12.5% faster DDR4 memory compared to the prior generation as well.
The enhanced line of HP Z Workstations also leverages Thunderbolt 2 technology for impressive throughput of large files, which helps eliminate storage bottlenecks.
HP’s newly announced 1TB HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSD is designed to handle HP Workstation workflows, claiming that it offers up to four times the read performance of traditional SSDs though at a similar cost. In addition, these second generation HP Z Turbo Drive provide ultra-fast I/O response for processing large data sets.
Price and availability
The HP Z440, Z640 and Z840 Workstations are slated for a global release sometime this month at $1,299, $1,759 and $2,399, respectively.
The HP Z Turbo Drive G2 1TB PCIe will be available worldwide in April as well starting at $799.