The elephant on the first page of this article is the price of the HP Z Turbo. The 512GB model we tested today from HP costs $899; that's nearly twice the cost of a standard Samsung XP941 512GB that anyone can purchase online today. The XP941 isn't as rare as it once was; Newegg and Amazon (via RamCity) both show supply on hand.
The Z Turbo does ship with custom HP firmware, a nice adapter for use in PCIe slots, and goes through the company's extensive testing and validation process. When we first received the test system loaded with Z Turbo drives, we were told the series would be an optional part for HP's workstation products, but it looks like HP backed off that claim, and customers can now purchase the drives as components. Since the UAX controller can climb past 110C under load without a heat sink, we actually recommend the Z Turbo drives stay in Z series workstations that provide the cooling necessary to tame the drive.
When it comes to performance, the HP Z Turbo is one of the fastest SSDs on the market. If you want a single drive solution to provide performance without the complex configuration that comes with RAID, then this is the product to get. With nearly 1.2GB/s of throughput performance, and well over 100K random IOPS, the HP Z Turbo satisfies the needs of demanding applications, even high bit rate 4K video.
Other applications like CAD and fluid modeling can take advantage of the increased performance. It's often overlooked, but the storage subsystem is the slowest in any PC or workstation, so any increase in performance in this area can increase performance throughout the system.
The HP Z Turbo is a great way to increase your workflow in a HP Z series workstation.
Product Summary Breakdown
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|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: HP's Z Turbo SSD is the easiest way to increase overall system responsiveness and performance in your HP Z series workstation. It is a worthwhile add on when purchasing new or even updating an older workstation.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing, and Availability]
- Page 2 [HP Z Turbo PCIe SSD]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup - HP Z820]
- Page 4 [4-Corner and Then Some Performance]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Mixed Read / Write Workloads]
- Page 7 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test]
- Page 8 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test - Continued]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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