HP's workstation line got revamped today with the announcement of a new lightweight HP ZBook Studio, new ZBook G3 mobile workstations, a new Z Turbo Drive, new IPS displays, and more.
The news was led by the ZBook Studio, a 15.6-inch quad-core Ultrabook that HP calls its thinnest (18mm) and lightest (about 4.4 pounds, depending on configuration) high-performance workstation to date. It offers Intel Xeon processors, a dual 1 TB HP Z Turbo Drive G2 option, up to 32 GB of RAM, dual Thunderbolt 3, and an optional HP DreamColor UHD display (or full HD touch display). Graphics options include Nvidia Quadro M1000M 2 GB GDDR5 hardware or integrated Intel HD Graphics 530. The ZBook Studio starts at $1699 and is slated to ship in December.
Also announced today were the HP ZBook 15 and 17, supporting Intel Core or Xeon processors with up to 64 GB of RAM, dual Thunderbolt 3, an optional DreamColor UHD display, and up to 3 (ZBook 15) or 4 (ZBook 17) TB of storage via the HP Z Turbo Drive G2. The ZBook 17 supports up to Nvidia M5000M Quadro graphics; the 15 is also configurable with Quadro graphics, but HP didn't specify which hardware.
A lower-cost alternative, the ZBook 15u (starting at $1099), is limited to 32 GB of RAM and 1.5 TB of ZTurbo Drive storage, and supports AMD FirePro graphics. All three of those workstations are expected to ship in January; HP did not specify pricing for the ZBook 17 and ZBook 15.
If you're looking to soup up your desktop workstation, HP has that covered with the Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro, which integrates four Z Turbo Drive G2 modules in a single PCIe x16 card. HP says sequential performance from the new drive can reach 9 GB/sec. It's compatible with HP Z440, Z640 and Z840 workstations. The Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro is expected to ship this month at $1,376 for a card loaded with four 256 GB modules, totalling one sweet terabyte of fast storage, HP said. (512 GB modules will also be available, but HP did not disclose pricing.)
Also new is the HP Z Cooler, designed to reduce workstation system noise by lowering the speed of the CPU fan. It will be available with the HP Z440 and Z840 workstations and can be had now for $120.
Displays announced today were the HP Z22n and HP Z23n narrow-bezel IPS models, selling now for $209 and $229 respectively.
Finally, HP announced the t730, billing it as the first thin client with native UHD display support. It runs on AMD quad-core processors and can drive up to six displays at UHD (3840×2160) resolution with an optional AMD FirePro W2100 graphics card (or up to four displays without it). I/O connectivity includes serial, parallel, PS/2 and USB ports plus a PCI Express x8 expansion slot. It's set to ship in December at a starting price of $599.
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