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HP unveils CAD-centric Z workstation portfolio (incl. slideshow)

HP unveils CAD-centric Z workstation portfolio (incl. slideshow)

Main feature: Z1 all-in-one 27-inch PC

Z620 with ZR2740w displays.

Z620 with ZR2740w displays.

Technology vendor, HP unveiled its Z series of workstations in Sydney yesterday, targeted at computer-aided design (CAD), digital media, entertainment, and engineering professionals.

The range includes the Z1 workstation, a 27-inch all-in-one PC, as well as the Z820, Z620, and Z420 devices.

The Z1, the highlight of the unveiling, is built with a quad-core Intel Xeon processor, Nvidia Quadro graphics, and ECC memory. The 27-inch LED display features over one billion colours, and its in-plane switching (IPS) panel enables a 178-degree viewing angle.

Display aside, the PC’s most appealing and convenient feature is its ability to be laid down and popped open (see the photos above). Once open, each component, from power supply to graphics card, can be removed without tools, and replaced without the need to fiddle with cables.

The screen can also be replaced, but requires a few tools and a bit of experience to do successfully without damaging anything.

In order to support this functionality, the Z1 weighs in at 45 pounds, a large portion of which comes from the stand.

Additionally, the Z1 offers storage options including 7.2K and 10K SATA, SSD, optional RAID configurations, removable drives, a multi-format media card reader, and optical drives, including a slot-load Blu-ray writer.

For sound, the Z1 has been fitted by front-facing speakers which are at the base of the display. The speakers contain SRS premium sound technology.

The Z820, Z620, and Z420 aim to offer increased processing power. Each comes with an eight-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2600. The processors include Intel vPro Technology, integrated memory controllers, and Intel Turbo Boost Technology.

Z820 is targeted at CAD, mechanical computer-aided engineering, medical, video, and animation professionals. It has 16 processing cores, up to 512GB of ECC memory, supports up to 12TB of storage, and dual Nvidia Quadro 6000 graphics.

Designed for smaller spaces, the Z620 offers similar specifications with support for single and dual-socket processors, 16 processing cores, up to 96GB of ECC memory, 11TB of storage, alongside 2D and 3D graphics with Nvidia Quadro 6000 or dual Quadro 5000 cards.

The baby of the family, Z420, features eight processing cores, up to 64GB of ECC memory, 11TB of storage, and Nvidia Quadro 5000 or dual Quadro 2000 graphics.

As part of the launch, HP is offering cash for resellers through the form of its PSG Scope program. The program rewards partners with cash when they log pending sales opportunities until October 31 for these products. As a further bonus, HP is doubling cash rewards in April as a further incentive.

The Z range will be available from April through HP’s resellers for: Z1 – from $2499; Z820 - $3999; Z620 - $3299; Z420 - $2399.


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