HP introduces new entry-level workstations
July 19, 2018

HP introduces new entry-level workstations

PALO ALTO, CA — HP Inc. (www.hp.com) has introduced powerful new entry-level workstations geared toward creative professionals, among others users. The bold, new HP Z workstation lineup is designed to enhance productivity and deliver powerhouse, cost-optimized performance with software-certified experiences without sacrificing graphics power, expandability, seamless experience or security. 

The new HP entry workstations — the HP Z2 Mini, HP Z2 Small Form Factor and HP Z2 Tower, as well as the HP EliteDesk 800 Workstation Edition - are what HP calls “the world’s most secure and manageable workstations.” They have built-in, end-to-end HP security services that provide powerful protection from evolving malware threats. 

All HP Z2 Workstations are designed to 24/7 workstation reliability standards, and can now connect with Thunderbolt for fast device connections. They also offer an expansive array of certifications for the most popular applications. HP Performance Advisor is available to optimize software and drivers, and customers can deploy Intel Xeon processors and ECC memory for added reliability. The customization, expandability, performance upgradeability and I/O options help future-proof HP Z Workstation purchases. 

“The number one thing we hear from creative professionals and other power users is the need for higher-performance PCs built to meet their needs,” says Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “Our new HP Z workstation portfolio solves this problem, delivering the world’s most powerful entry workstations. By combining superb graphics performance, flexible configuration options, integrated software experiences in the world’s most secure desktop workstations, the new HP Z lineup has been thoughtfully designed to unleash creativity, maximize productivity and reinvent future workflows.” 

The introduction marks the fourth-generation entry into the HP Z Workstation family. The lineup includes the 
HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation, a powerful mini workstation that delivers next-level performance in a very small package (2.7 liters in total volume). Compared to the previous generation HP Z2 Mini, it has two times more graphics power.

Customers will experience industry-leading visual compute performance from the Nvidia Quadro P620 or Quadro P1000 GPUs. In addition, there is the option for AMD Radeon Pro WX4150 graphics. The HP Z2 Mini is also among the world’s quietest mini workstations. 

Its versatile, space-saving design allows users the flexibility to mount under a desk, behind a display or in a rack. Up to 56 HP Z2 Mini workstations will fit in a standard 42U rack with the custom rackmount bracket accessory. With its flexible I/O, users can configure the system for connectivity of legacy serial ports, as well as support for up to six displays for peripheral and display connectivity needs. The design and flexibility also let users create their ideal setup. The HP Z2 G4 Mini is one of the only mini workstations with six core Intel Xeon processors.

HP Z2 small form factor (SFF) G4 workstation delivers 50 percent more processing power than the previous generation in the exact same compact size. The six core CPU provides significant performance boosts, making the HP Z2 SFF one of the world's most powerful small form factor workstations. The HP Z2 SFF offers customization via flexible I/O options that free up valuable PCIe slots. The unit ships with four PCIe slots and dual M.2 storage slots. 

HP’s Z2 tower G4 workstation is a powerful, entry-level workstation that’s designed to tackle complex workloads. The Z2 tower is equipped to handle demanding 3D projects, with over 60 percent more graphics power than the previous generation. With high clock speeds, users can get full unthrottled performance, even with the heaviest workloads.

The new design features front and rear ledges so users can easily move the system from location to location, and is 13 percent smaller than the previous generation. 

To boost reliability, the HP Z2 tower and the SFF offer HP’s optional dust filter to keep the system clean while sitting on a factory floor or machining environment. With dual M.2 storage slots, users can install the pro-grade storage and optional self-encryption drives to help ensure valuable IP cannot be accessed.
For demanding PC users who want to upgrade their performance, and have a professional certified desktop, HP offers the HP EliteDesk 800 Workstation Edition, an affordable professional certified commercial desktop. Designed for 2D/3D design and drafting, this SolidWorks and AutoCAD-approved desktop gives users seamless, reliable performance that’s not available in a business-class PC. It is also out-of-the box optimized for leading VR engines, allowing VR developers to bring their content to life with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. The HP EliteDesk 800 workstation edition includes specialized workstation customer support and has broad expandability. 

All new models are expected to be available later this month. The Z2 mini workstation has a starting price of $799. The Z2 small form factor workstation begins at $749. The Z2 tower has a starting price of $769. And the EliteDesk 800 starts at $642, including Nvidia Quadro P400 graphics.