HP Expands Z Workstation Portfolio, Launches Z Display Line

25 Jul, 2013 By: Cyrena Respini-Irwin

With the introduction of three new monitors, the hardware developer adds a new branch to the Z family tree.

One New Workstation, Two Versions

With a starting price of $999 for quad-core configurations, the new HP Z230 workstations are designed for budget-conscious engineers and designers, but powerful enough to handle applications including AutoCAD, says HP. The company is targeting product development, AEC, and geospatial professionals with this release, as well as users in healthcare, finance, government, education, and media and entertainment.

The Z230 is available in two versions — a full-size tower and a compact small form factor (SFF) — each packaged in a redesigned chassis. Both feature power supplies that are 92% efficient, four PCIe slots, and support for as many as six monitors. Customers can choose between integrated graphics and 2D or 3D discrete graphics, and pick from a range of processors including the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 family.

The tower version of the Z230 is slighly more compact than its predecessor, the Z220, and features:

  • ergonomic front handle and rear ledge handle
  • 400-W power supply
  • legacy PCI slot
  • dual-entry 3D graphics support
  • six drive bays, including one 2.5-inch HD bay for solid-state drives
  • two DP and one DVI-I outputs for integrated graphics
  • two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports on the front of the machine, including one USB charging port
  • 4U rack–mountable chassis.

The SFF version of the Z230 "is about 57% smaller in volume than the tower," said Renga Subramanyam, worldwide product manager of HP's Commercial Solutions business unit, and therefore suitable for working environments with space limitations. Although its exterior looks similar to its predecessor the Z220 SFF, "The small form factor gets a total makeover inside, making it more flexible and robust," said Subramanyam.

The Z230 SFF is 57% smaller than the Z230 tower. Here, the two versions of the new workstation are flanked by two Z24i 24-inch ISP displays. Image courtesy of HP.

The Z230 SFF features:

  • new internal design with hinged drive cage
  • 240-W power supply
  • four drive bays; one flexible bay can be used both externally (for a media card reader) or internally (for a second hard drive
  • three integrated DisplayPort outputs
  • two USB 3.0 ports on the front of the machine (five total).

"Workstations are all about reliable performance and expandability," Subramanyam commented. "Even with the new compact design, the Z230 has remarkable expandability."

The HP Z230 Workstations are expected to be available worldwide in August. In contrast with previous Z workstations, which were updated annually, these models will have an extended platform lifecycle; HP doesn't plan to refresh them until late 2015. "It's a two-year lifespan for the first time," said Subramanyam.

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