HP xw4550: a Quad Core Workstation for $600

HP announced today its xw4550 workstation. It sports a Quad Core AMD processor and an ATI Radeon X1250 integrated graphics card, as well as a 4GB memory capacity. The line has plenty of configurable options so you can customize just the workstation you need. The price point is certainly attractive, starting at $600, you can get a full HP workstation (3 year warranty, etc.) for the price of an off the shelf PC. The quad core capability will certainly come in handy in editing those heavily compressed HD formats such as AVCHD, and HDV. That power will also help decrease DVD rendering times and motion graphics work. More information below: From an HP press release: HP Debuts AMD Quad-core Workstation Performance at PC Price PALO ALTO, Calif., July 1, 2008 HP today announced the immediate availability of a new AMD processor-based quad-core workstation offering the performance of a workstation at a PC price. The HP xw4550 Workstation includes the highly anticipated Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor for entry workstation applications such as engineering, digital content creation and power office. At a starting list price of U.S. $599,(1) the HP xw4550 is ideal for customers in the government and education sectors. HP continues to delight our customers by delivering first-to-market advancements such as the new quad-core AMD processors. said Jeff Wood, director of product marketing, Workstations, HP. The HP xw4550 makes it easier for anyone wishing to tap the power of a workstation to afford to have one under their desk. Features The HP xw4550 offers the engineering advantages of HPs highly tuned workstations, plus new features from the AMD Opteron processor line, such as enhanced power management and virtualization capabilities, and the overall system efficiency and flexibility of AMDs Direct Connect Architecture. All models of the HP xw4550 include an integrated ATI RadeonTM X1250 graphics card with the new error correcting memory capability. Demonstrating HPs environmental leadership, the HP xw4550 is registered as an Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Gold product, the highest rating available. All HP workstations are more than 90 percent recyclable by weight and incorporate a tool-less chassis design for quick and easy upgrades by hand. Each workstation includes an 80 PLUS power supply, which is substantially more efficient than a standard power supply, reducing both overall energy usage and the amount of waste heat released into the environment.

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