HP has announced a refreshed line-up of desktop workstation systems based on Intel's newly announced Xeon processors, plus new 15in and 17in mobile workstation models based on Core i5 and Core i7 chips, all featuring Thunderbolt I/O technology.
Due to be available from mid-October, the new workstation line-up comprises three HP Z Desktop Workstations and two HP ZBook Mobile Workstation systems. These models offer greater expandability, more performance with high-speed memory and processor options with more cores, as well as helping customers future-proof their investment, according to HP.
Hailing the new systems, HP's director for the Personal Systems Group in EMEA Ori Bergman said: "HP continues to invest in technology that allows our customers to push the limits of innovation when designing everything from running shoes to managing billions of dollars of tradable securities."
On the desktop side, the HP Z440, Z640 and Z840 Workstations are all based on Intel's newly launched Xeon E5v3 family of processors and adopt the traditional tower system format, with pricing from £950.
All three can be configured with a choice of Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro professional graphics adapters, while a high-speed Thunderbolt 2 adapter is optional.
The Z440 is the entry-level system, mostly based on single-socket Xeon E5-1600 v3 processor options, save for one version offering the Xeon E5-2630 v3. However it offers twice the memory capacity of HP's existing Z420 model, with up to 128GB of DDR4 possible. Its mini tower chassis has two 3.5in and two 5.25in drive bays.
The HP Z640 Workstation fits into what HP calls a rackable mini tower chassis, and can be configured with up to 256GB DDR4 memory. It also offers a mix of single-socket Xeon E5-1600 v3 processor or dual-socket Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor options, plus two 3.5in and two 5.25in drive bays.
The top-end Z840 Workstation is entirely based on the dual-socket Xeon E5-2600 v3, and can with its 16 memory slots can support up to 2TB memory, according to HP. Its rackable mini tower chassis has four 3.5in and two 5.25in drive bays.
Meanwhile, HP's new mobile systems are based on the more battery-friendly Core i5 and Core i7 processors from Intel, with vPro an option. Pricing for these starts at £1,050.
The HP ZBook 15 G2 comes with a 15.6in display with either 1920x1080 or 3200x1800 resolution, and weighs from 2.82kg. It can be fitted with up to 32GB of memory and 2.2TB of storage, with Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro W5170M discrete graphics accelerator options.
The HP ZBook 17 G2 offers a 17.3in display in either 1600x900 or 1920x1080 resolutions, and weighs from 3.41kg. It can also be configured with up to 32GB memory, up to 3.2TB of storage, plus Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro W6170M discrete graphics options.
Both the mobile workstations can be configured with a HP Z Turbo Drive PCI Express solid-state drive (SSD) for extra performance, and feature a built-in Thunderbolt 2 port for connecting high-speed storage and peripheral devices.
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