If you’re a demanding computer user, sometimes your 13-inch Ultrabook laptop just won’t quite cut it. For those looking for a little more computing power, HP’s new Z8 workstation could be just the answer. The latest iteration of HP’s desktop workstations packs in a pair of Intel Skylake-SP processors, topping out with twinned Xeon Platinum 8180 chips: 28 cores/56 threads and 38.5MB cache each running at 2.5-3.8GHz, along with support for up to 1.5TB RAM.
Next year, you’ll be able to go higher still with the 8180M processors; same core count and speeds, but doubling the total memory capacity to 3TB, as long as you want to fill the machine’s 24 RAM slots.
Those processors and memory can be combined with up to three Nvidia Quadro P6000 GPUs or AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100 parts if you prefer that team. The hefty desktop systems have four internal drive bays, two external (and a third external for an optical drive), and nine PCIe slots. Storage options include up to 4TB of PCIe-mounted SSD, and 48TB of spinning disks. A range of gigabit and 10 gigabit Ethernet adaptors are available; the machines also support 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. Thunderbolt 3 is available with an add-in card.
This is one hell of a beast of a machine, and something most of us will never have the pleasure to use. That being said – I’ve always been fascinated by these professional workstations, and the HP ones in particular. Current models are obviously way out of my price range, but older models – such as a model from the Z800 range – are more attainable.
Shut up and take my money!
I have a Z600 under my desk at home. Looks like a Nokia compared to this bad boy
I hope HP fixed their heat issues, or it’ll be one noisy building furnace. In all seriousness, I’d love to get a look at something like this just once. I’m fascinated also, though I have no practical need of anything like it.
You can buy the Z800 bare bones (i.e no GPU, optical drives, storage) and add them yourself down the line.
HP also has a good track record with what goes where and what is compatible or not.
Kind of disliked the laptop Z series from them (TN panel in a professional workstation laptop meant for design .. for real HP?!) but the modularity of the desktop line is one of the best.
Edited 2017-09-19 12:36 UTC
I sure hope they have a better BIOS implementation these days, HP’s BIOS was always shit in the old days.
It would be a shame for a machine like this to be crippled by poor firmware like in the past!
I’m a bit confused at who uses these things. I used to be a workstation user, back before things like AWS or Google cloud existed. Its much cheaper for my usages to just throw jobs at the cloud and pay for time used than to pay up front for a super beefy machine.
I’m sure there are niche uses, just curious what they are.