HP has updated its Z series of workstation systems with a new ultrabook model, while its more conventional tower-format lineup now includes offerings with Intel's latest Xeon processors and the high-speed Thunderbolt input/output technology.
The new HP line comprises three new HP ZBook mobile workstations, while the HP Z420, Z620 and Z820 desktop workstations have been updated with the latest Intel Xeon E5-1600 v2 and E5-2600 v2 processors.
On the mobile side, HP claims the HP ZBook 14 as the world's first workstation ultrabook. Based on Intel's Haswell 4th generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors, this features a choice of 14in displays supporting resolutions from 1366x768 to 1920x1080.
With a starting weight of 1.62kg, it is debatable whether the ZBook 14 really qualifies as an ultrabook, although it is just 2.1cm thick with a footprint of 339x237mm.
The ZBook 14 can be configured with up to 16GB of DDR3L memory, up to 1TB of Sata or solid-state drive (SSD) storage and AMD FirePro M4100 graphics with 1GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
HP said that the ZBook 14 will be available later in the autumn with prices starting at £1,107.
Of the other mobile workstations, the HP ZBook 15 includes an optional 3200x1800 QHD+ display for customers that require extreme image accuracy, and is available now starting at £1,502.
The HP ZBook 15 and 17 both feature a Thunderbolt port, as well as an optional DreamColor Display panel, which offers calibrated colour reproduction for graphics professionals. The 17in ZBook 17 is also available now, priced from £1,516.
Meanwhile, the HP Z420, Z620 and Z820 workstations have been given a refresh with Intel's latest Xeon processors, the E5-1600 v2 for single-socket and E5-2600 v2 for dual-socket systems. The refresh also included faster memory and 2nd generation Thunderbolt ports, offering data transfer speeds up to 20Gbps when used with compatible storage devices and other hardware.
The entry level HP Z420 can be configured with up to 64GB of ECC memory, up to 12TB of high-speed storage, and a choice of Nvidia Quadro K6000, AMD FirePro W7000 or dual Nvidia K2000 graphics adapters, in a tool-free mini-tower priced from £1,107.
Dubbed by HP as its most versatile workstation, the Z620 can be configured with up to 192GB of ECC memory, up to 12TB of storage, and Nvidia K6000 or dual Nvidia K5000 graphics, with prices starting at £1,278.
The dual-socket HP Z820 comes with to 512GB of ECC memory, up to 15TB of storage, and can fit two Nvidia K6000 graphics adapters. It is priced from £1,619. Along with the other refreshed tower workstations, it is set to be available from October.
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