This new line of workstations from HP is the first time that dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors are supported. These processors can support up to 56 physical cores and 38.5 MB of cache, with up to 3.8-GHz frequencies. The HP Z8 G4 Workstation design allows for this kind of hardware due to its split chassis and four high-efficiency fans that ensure that the entire system and all hardware are kept cool.
It’s about as secure as a workstation can get, as well, with a self-healing BIOS featuring intrusion detection, HP Client Security Suite (Generation 3), and Sure Smart (Generation 3). Need to add some upgrades down the road? It’s easy to do with the tool-less chassis. In addition, the interior and components inside are easily accessible for maintenance, swapping, and upgrades.
Whether you prefer Windows 10 Pro 64 or Linux OS, this machine can run both. There is even an optical drive, which is rare in consumer desktops these days. In addition, this workstation features an HP Slim DVD-ROM / DVD-writer (9.5-mm). However, some configurations can come with a Blue-Ray writer if you need it.
This PC has several expansion slots with the HP Z8 G4 Workstation, including 4 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x8, and 2 PCIe x4. Some are internal access only, while 1 of the PCIe x8 has real bulkhead access. Also, slots #3 and #6 are available only if/when the 2nd processor is installed.
Front external I/O ports include 4 USB 3.1 (1 for charging) and one headset connector. On the rear, there are 6 USB 3.1 Generation 1 ports, one audio-in, and one audio-out port, RJ-45, one serial, 1 PS/2 mouse, and 1 PS/2 keyboard port.
HP Z8 G4 Workstation Initial Specifications
Here is an idea of what you can expect with the HP Z8 G4 Workstation and its BASE specs:
- Starter processor: Intel Xeon Silver 4214 / 12-cores / 2.2Ghz base frequency – up to 3.2Ghz with Intel Turbo Boost (16.5MB cache)
- Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2933 MHz RAM (24-DIMM w/ 2 processors)
- Graphics: discrete NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4GB) GDDR5 dedicated
- Hard drive: 256GB – HP Z Turbo Drive (PCIe SSD)
- Secondary hard drive: 1TB 7200-RPM (SATA)
- (internal) power supply: 1125 W – up to 90% efficiency / active PFC
For storage, get up to 4TB HP Z Turbo Drive – Dual Pro (PCIe SSD).
There is no need to worry much about pricing. It should be easy to get a hold of an HP Z8 G4 Workstation coupon code or find an HP discount that will help you save on it. In addition to the power supply, it comes with an HP USB wired optical mouse and a USB Slim Business keyboard.