HP has revealed their new HP Z8, Z6 and Z4 Desktop Workstations, and they strongly believe that they are the most powerful desktop PCs to date, equipped with what HP calls “unprecedented security” and “innovative design, future-proofed to support the fast growing field of virtual reality.”

With these workstations, HP says that they have made security a top priority.

“The stakes for world-class security have never been higher or more important for workstations,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “Workstation users create the most valuable IP for a company and HP is meeting the security needs with the world’s most secure and manageable desktop and mobile workstations. As the most powerful desktop workstation in the world, the HP Z8 Workstation can deliver the extreme power and the security demanded by our customers.”

The stations will include the security feature HP SureStart, which can detect intrusion, and the HP Client Security Suite.

Let's talk about the workstations:

HP Z8 G4 Workstation

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This top-end workstation is the one HP claims as the most powerful desktop on the planet. According to HP, the Z8 G4 Workstation can edit 8K video in real time with support for up to 3TB of DDR4 memory, the latest NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards and dual next-gen Intel Xeon processors with up to 56 total cores. The workstation is also extremely configurable with nine total PCIe slots, and HP says, for their customers with the “most demanding workloads,” the Z8 G4 will supply 29 percent more power supply capability than the Z840.

HP Z6 G4 Workstation

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HP’s Z6 G4 Workstation is also designed to support the latest professional graphics as well as Intel Xeon processors with up to 56 cores. This work station clear keeps VFX artists in mind, and HP says that users can “experience seamless performance in visual effects and design visualization workloads” with the Z6 G4. With system memory support for up to 384 GB DDR4 SDRAM, users also have the option to use a second processor so they can “quickly and simply double their compute capabilities.”

HP Z4 G4 Workstation

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HP says that the Z4 G4 is a “great solution for embedded applications” while “unleashing new levels of IO bandwidth with dual 1 GbE networking.” They also say that is has 11 percent more memory bandwidth and a 25 percent better processor core count capacity than the Z440.

In addition to these workstations, HP has announced that they’ve developed seven new HP Z Displays that include a 38-inch diagonal curved display. The HP Z38c Curved Display has a “crystal-clear 4K screen" and “optimized pixel density so icons and text are the ideal sizes, allowing users to spend less time panning and zooming and more time creating.”

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Prices are starting at $2,439 for the Z8 Workstation, $1,919 for the Z6 Workstation, and $1,239 for the Z4 Workstation. The Z8 and Z6 will be available in October 2017, while the Z4 will be made available in November. For complete details and configuration options, visit hp.com.

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Sean Berry
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