HP Releases Industry’s Smallest Workstation, Twelve Core Machines

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HP today unveiled a number of new entries to their Z-series workstation line. Workstations are high-end desktops used in content creation, scientific analysis and modeling. The most interesting member of the family is the Z200 SFF – a desktop designed to pack workstation power in a form factor 65% smaller than a typical model.


The Z200 SFF, despite its small size, is pretty configurable.  Processor options range all the way from an Intel Pentium Dual-core G6950 at the low end of the scale to a quad-core Intel Xeon X3470 at the high end.  Granted, since this is a workstation-class model, the real benefits to this form factor come in the higher configurations.  Most workstations are big, noisy, taking up a lot of space.  Being able to stick higher-end components into such a small case means users with small desks or small spaces can still have a workstation for individual use.

Of course, it’s not all roses – using such a small form factor means that sacrifices have to be made. While some components are relatively powerful – those quad-core Xeons are no slouch, some options won’t ever be made available.  No six or twelve core systems, for example, no high-end discrete graphics cards, no 3.5-inch drives pr extensive RAID arrays.

Z200 SFF Specifications:

  • Operating system: RHEL WS5, Novell SLED 11, Windows XP Pro 32/64, Windows 7 Pro 32/64
  • Processor: Pentium Dual-core, Core i3, Core i5, Xeon X3400 series
  • Memory: Up to 16GB DDR3 (4 DIMMs)
  • Drive standards: SATA2 (3 Gbps)
  • Hard drives: Up to 2 3.5-inch drives: 7200RPM SATA, 10K RPM SAS, 64GB SLC SSDs
  • Optical drives: Up to Blu-Ray burner
  • Graphics: Up to NVIDIA Quadro FX 380 LP w/512MB (ATI FirePro V3800 avail. 05/10)
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Power supply: Internal 240-watt power supply, 89% efficiency

The starter configuration for the HP Z200 SFF workstation is $739. It should be available starting April 5th.

In addition to introducing the Z200 SFF workstation, HP also bumped the specs up on the rest of their workstation line.  The Z200 is largely as it was before, but the higher-end Z400, Z600 and Z800 models can now all be configured with Intel’s powerhouse six-core CPUs.  The Z400 offers one CPU with six cores, 24GB of ECC RAM and 8TB of hard drive storage.  Graphics options range from the Quadro FX4800 to dual NVIDIA Quadro FX1800 cards.

The Z600 and Z800 models are another step yet more powerful. Each offers dual-socket motherboard options, which can both be slotted with six-core Xeon processors for a total of 12 physical cores and 24 processing threads.  The Z600 lets users configure models with 48GB of ECC RAM and 6TB of fast storage with the same graphics cards as the Z400.  The Z800 gets pretty crazy with up to a whopping 192GB of ECC RAM, 10TB of storage and dual NVIDIA Quadro FX5800 graphics cards.  Additionally, while some of HP’s workstations have in the past suffered from…designs of questionable taste, the Z800 has a snazzy metal case that was co-designed between HP and BMW Designworks, who also designed Thermaltake’s striking Level 10 case. 

In addition to the almost 90% power efficient PSUs available in the Z-series workstations, the systems are all 90% recyclable by weight.  Prices for the Z400 start at $929, while the Z600 and Z800 start at $1,579 and $1,799, respectively.  All are available now.

Stay tuned for our review of the new HP Z200 SFF Workstation coming in the next few days!





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