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Insanely powerful HP 'Z' workstations could cost up to US$40000

From left: HP Z8 G4, HP Z6 G4, HP Z4 G4. (Source: HP)
From left: HP Z8 G4, HP Z6 G4, HP Z4 G4. (Source: HP)
HP has released three new workstations which target general use, visual effects artists, and precision engineers. The highest end model can include two Xeon 28C/56T CPUs, 24 RAM slots, and three GPUs.

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HP has just announced new additions to their high-end workstation product line — the Z4 G4, Z6 G4, and Z8 G4. These are aimed at three distinct levels of the market, starting with general workstation (Z4), visual effects artists (Z6), and precision engineers (Z8).

First let’s look at HP’s Z4, historically the best-selling of the three products:

  • US$1239 barebones
  • Up to 1 x Xeon W2155 10C/20T
  • Up to 256 GB of RAM
  • Up to 2 x Nvidia Quadro P4000
  • Up to 22 TB storage
  • 2 x 1 GbE LAN
  • 2 x M.2 slots
  • 465 W, 750 W, or 1000 W power supply

Second, we have the HP Z6 G4, a dual-CPU-slot workstation which HP says is targeted towards visual effects artists:

  • US$1919 barebones
  • Up to 2 x Xeon Platinum 8180 28C/56T
  • Up to 384 GB RAM
  • Up to 2 x Nvidia Quadro P5000
  • Up to 22 TB storage
  • 2 x 10 GbE LAN
  • 2 x M.2 slots
  • 700 W or 1000 W power supply

Finally, there is the Z8 G4, which HP claims are the fastest desktop workstations on the planet. They have designed this computer to “run the most complex simulations” and have targeted it at the designers of precision products such as “race cars [and] rockets.” A fully kitted out machine should have the power to run 3D simulations and edit 8K video in real time:

  • US$2439 barebones
  • Up to 2 x Platinum 8180 28C/56T
  • Up to 3 TB RAM (which is higher than Intel’s maximum specifications)
  • Up to 3 x Nvidia Quadro P6000
  • Up to 48 TB storage
  • 2 x 10 GbE LAN
  • 1700 W power supply

If you’re trying to work out just how expensive the Z8 G4 could get, then factor in around US$21,000 for two Xeon Platinum 8180, US$16,500 for 3 x Quadro p6000, and then US$1600 per 100 GB of DDR4-2666 ECC RAM. (Note: Consumer pricing, no wholesale or volume discount applied).

The Z4 G4 is due in November starting at US$1239, the Z6 G4 is due in October starting at US$1919, and the Z8 G4 is due in October starting at US$2439. Just in case anyone was worried, HP has said these workstations are all VR ready.

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Craig Ward, 2017-09-13 (Update: 2017-09-14)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.