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HP's new Z8 workstation: 56C/112T, 3TB RAM, 1700W PSU

HP's new Z8 workstation rocks 56C/112T of CPU power, up to 3TB RAM, 9 PCIe slots, and 1700W PSU
By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems News | Posted: Sep 16, 2017 1:09 am

HP has just unveiled its new and improved dual-processor Z8 workstation PCs, with the new machines boasting two Intel Skylake-SP Xeon CPUs with 56C/112T, up to 3TB of DDR4 RAM, mega loads of storage, and 9 x PCIe 3.0 slots, oh and 10GbE networking.




HP's new Z8 workstations will be some of the best off-the-shelf (can I even say that with everything online these days) PCs you can buy, which is a dying breed with so much moving into the cloud and into supercomputers, and even the growing power of quantum computing with companies like D-Wave.


Inside of the new HP Z8 workstation PC are 2 x Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processors with 28C/56T of CPU power in total, both rocking 205W TDP each. This means 410W of heat needs to be moved from the CPUs alone, so HP has put some engineering efforts into the Z8 workstation so that the company didn't need to rely on liquid cooling.




HP designed an air-cooling solution that cools both the dual CPUs and the 24 x DIMMs, with each processor cooled by its own radiator and a high-pressure fan. There are also multiple vents on the chassis, with airflow vents at the front, on top, and one fan that takes all of the hot air out through the back.


HP says that the way the cooling system has been designed is efficient enough that the second CPUs heat doesn't go over the first CPU, adding unnecessary heat. The engineering feat here along is pretty damn awesome considering how damn powerful the Z8 workstation PC is.




The rest of the HP Z8 workstation is just as impressive as the dual CPUs, with 4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots that will work with the best professional/workstation graphics cards on the market. HP's new Z8 can take AMD's new Radeon Pro, NVIDIA Quadro P100 or GP100, up to 4T BHP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro, and more.


There are also 3 x PCIe 3.0 x8 slots (two are non-hot swap) for SSDs and 2 x PCIe 3.0 x4 slots. HP also provides 4 x 2.5/3.5-inch bays for additional storage, as well as a SD card reader, and slim DVD or Blu-ray optical drive. This is all driven by a range of different PSUs depending on the configuration you purchase the Z8 workstation in, with HP offering 1125W, 1450W, or 1700W PSUs with 90% efficiency.




Connectivity wise, HP looks after Z8 workstation PC owners with 2 x GbE connectors, optional 2 x 10GbE controllers and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. The usual 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules are here courtesy of an Intel Wireless-AC 8265 controller, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C ports with 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A connectors on the front. On the back, there's 4 x USB 3.1 Type-A ports, multi-channel audio connectors, a TRRS audio connector on the front, and more.


HP also has something it calls SureStart, which is a security feature that provides secure authentication, full volume encryption, TPM 2.0, a Kensington lock, and so much more.




Now... this is priced in the holy hell amount of money section of the workstation world, with a starting price of $2439. But when you configure HP's new Z8 workstation with dual Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processors, terabytes of storage, 3TB of RAM, a bunch of crazy high-end workstation Radeon or Quadro graphics cards, you're looking at tens of thousands of dollars.


HP has crafted some of the best workstation PC technology in the world for their new Z8 workstation PCs, that's for sure.


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