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HP outs Xeon-powered Z-series Workstation PCs

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Mon March 30, 2009

HP intros Z Workstations

HP on Monday announced the upcoming release of three new Z-series workstation PCs. The flagship Z800, mid-range Z600 and entry-level Z400 are powered by Intel's Nehalem-era Xeon processors and require no tools to access and service all of their components, including their power supplies and motherboards. The modular interior design is cable-less, while the exteriors are designed by BMW Group Designworks USA and thought to add extra appeal to normally plain pro systems. The flagship Z800 Workstation is meant for highly-advanced applications such as 3D animation, broadcast video or medical imaging.

The Z800 can hold as much as 192GB of DDR3 memory, along with up to two Intel Xeon processors, with the 3.2GHz, quad-core W5580 being the top offering. Storage space tops out at 7.5TB in the Z800, which has a standard 8-channel SAS controller. Blu-ray burners are offered as options for backing up data. For graphics processing, NVIDIA's SLI technology is supported, with HP offering the graphics company's 4GB Quadro FX 5800 or Quadro CX cards, as well as ATI's 1GB FirePro V7750.

The Z600's specs are largely the same, although RAM is limited to 24GB, with storage capped at 4.5TB.

The Z400's chip options range from 2.4GHz to 3.2GHz using Intel's Z58 express chipset, with RAM topping out at 16GB. The integrated SATA 3GB/s controller accommodates as many as four 3.5-inch drives in RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10 setups for a total capacity of 6TB; users can option up an SAS controller, letting them integrated four 15,000RPM SAS drives for 1.8TB of capacity. Graphics processing comes via either NVIDIA's 1GB Quadro FX 3800, a 1.5GB Quadro FX 4800, the Quadro CX, or ATI's 1GB FirePro V7750. A Blu-ray burner, three external 5.25-inch bays and two 3.5-inch internal bays are part of the package.

The Z400 offers connections that include two PCI Express Gen2 x 16 slots, one PCI Express Gen2 x8 mechanical/x4 electrical slot, one PCI Express Gen1 x8 mechanical/x4 electrical slot, and two PCI slots. Connections on the Z600 and Z800 comprise of two PCI Express Gen2 x16 slots, two PCI Express Gen2 x16 mechanical/x8 electrical slot, one PCI Express Gen2 x8 mechanical/x4 electrical slot, one PCI Express Gen1 x8 mechanical/x4 electrical slot, and one PCI. Peripherals and other external devices connect via one of 12 USB 2.0 ports, and there are two FireWire ports and dual gigabit LAN.

Starting in July, HP will offer a liquid-cooling option for the new workstation PCs.

HP SkyRoom makes its debut on the Z800 and gives it an ultra-fast video conferencing system with sub-100ms latency and support for 3D graphics.

The Zs will begin shipping on April 6th, with the Z400 starting at $969, the Z600 at $1,679 and the Z800 at $1,999.

HP Z800

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