The HP Z230 tower workstation was released in 2013, to replace the Z220, and offers substantially improved performance over its processor. Like its more powerful siblings, it features ISV Certification (Independent Software Vender) to work with industry standard software from a variety of disciplines including design, finance, and geology. It’s also more than a match for standard business applications.
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The HP Z230 Workstation is an entry-level single-socket tower workstation built for today’s demanding business applications. It features generous storage and I/O capabilities in a compact yet affordable package with the enterprise reliability you would expect from a professional workstation.
The system supports Windows and Linux operating systems, which offer configuration and management options. Intel’s Active Management System 9.1 and the HP Performance Advisor to help configure your system for use with your preferred software platform. The system can also be accessed remotely using HP Remote Graphic Software (RGS).
There are 5 PCI slots total, including one PCIe 3.0, three PCIe 2.0, and a legacy PCI slot. Here again you have options for increased performance and IO with a range of supported GPUs from both Nvidia and AMD supporting applications from professional 2D graphics, entry level, mid-range, to high-end 3D graphic rendering using either Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro graphics cards. Depending on the operating system and GPU selection, there’s also support for up to six monitors but that will require installing both NVIDIA NVS 510 and NVS 310 graphics cards. Other options include PCIe M.2 NVMe drives for super-fast storage, Audio cards, Thunderbolt, media card readers, and NICs. There are also several USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports on the front and back of the system for connecting additional external devices. Power is supplied by either a 400W 92% efficient or 320W standard efficiency power supply. The 400W PSU is recommended when installing more than one graphics card or to support multiple expansion slots.
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The single processor supports four unbuffered (UDIMM) memory module slots total, for a maximum of 32GB of memory using 8GB ECC or non-ECC DDR3L low-voltage memory modules. Keep in mind, the slowest performer between the CPU and memory modules will determine the speed at which the memory is clocked.
There are three internal storage bays; two 3.5-inch storage bays that can support either a 3.5-inch or 2.5 inch drive with a drive cage adapter, and a 2.5-inch drive bay that holds a single drive. The fourth drive occupies one of the 5.25-inch media bays. It should be noted that the forth drive will require an external bay adapter. Both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SATA, SATA Self-encrypting HDDs and SSDs are supported on this system. There’s also support for an optional PCIe Solid State Drives with up to 512GB using a HP Z Turbo Drive SSD. It has an integrated SATA 6.0 Gb/s Controller with factory integrated RAID on the motherboard supporting limited RAID functionality of 0 and 1. An optional handle can also be mounted in the top 5.25-inch bay on the front of the system to provide a hand hold to help when moving the workstation.
Intel’s C622 chipset supports a single processor. Users can choose from several Xeon E5-1200 v3 processors with quad cores, or an Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processor with dual or quad cores, or a single Intel Pentium CPU with dual cores. Transfer speeds of up to 1600MT/s are available on all processors except for the lone Pentium processor which supports transfer speeds of up to 1333MT/s. Most of the available processors support Intel vPro Technology, which includes hyper-threading and Intel HD Graphics.
The Z230 is an excellent choice for performance and budget, while still delivering the enterprise reliability of a professional workstation. For serious 3D modeling, check out other offerings from HP including the Z440, which also supports a single processor or the Z640 and Z840 workstations with dual Xeon 35-2600 processors but that said the Z230 will more than meet the needs of most professionals.
Form Factor Small Form Factor Available Operating Systems Windows 8 Pro 64 bit. Other editions available** Windows 7 Professional 32 bit. Other editions available*** HP Linux Installer Kit SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (90 day license) Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop/Workstation (1 year paper license; no preinstalled OS) Available Processors6, Intel® Core™ i5-4570 processor 3.20 3.60 6 MB 1600 MHz 4 N Y 4600 Intel Core i5-4670 processor Chipset Intel® C226 chipset Memory 4 DIMM slots, up to 32 GB ECC/non-ECC, DDR3 1600 MHz (ECC/non-ECC choice and actual memory speed dependent on processor capability) Drive Controllers14 Integrated SATA Controller, RAID 0,1 supported: 5 ports, 6 Gb/s Storage15 Up to (3) 3.5-inch 7200 rpm SATA drives: 500 GB, 1, 2 or 3 TB (9 TB max) Up to (3) 2.5-inch 10K rpm SATA drives: 250, 500 GB, 1 TB (3 TB max) Up to (3) 2.5-inch SATA SDD drives: 128, 256 GB (0.75 TB max) Up to (1) 2.5-inch SATA self-encrypting solid state boot drive (SED SSD): 256 GB, 256 GB max Up to (1) 2.5-inch SATA self-encrypting 7200 rpm boot drive (SED): 500 GB, 500 GB max Optional (1) 64 GB SSD Disk Cache Module can be used in conjunction with up to (2) SATA HDDs in RAID 0/RAID 1 using Intel® Smart Response Technology Optical Storage16,1 DVD-ROM, DVD+/-RW DL Super Multi, HP Blu-ray Writer, HP 14-in-1 Media Card Reader Drive Bays 2 internal 3.5-inch bays, 1 internal 2.5-inch bay, 1 external slim ODD bay, 2 external Half-Height 5.25-inch bays Expansion Slots 1 PCIe Gen3 x16, 1 PCIe Gen2 x4 slot/x16 connector, 1 PCIe Gen2 x1 slot/x4 connector, 1 PCIe Gen2 x1 slot, 1 PCI 32-bit. Available Graphics Integrated Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics available on select processors as above Professional 2D: NVIDIA NVS 310, NVIDIA NVS 315, NVIDIA NVS 510 Entry 3D: AMD FirePro™ V3900, NVIDIA Quadro 410, NVIDIA Quadro K600 Mid-range 3D: NVIDIA Quadro K2000 High-end 3D: AMD FirePro™ W7000 (AMO**** only), NVIDIA Quadro K4000 Network Integrated Intel I217LM PCIe GbE Controller; Optional Intel Ethernet I210-T1 PCIe as 2nd NIC Remote Management Integrated Intel I217LM PCIe GbE Controller; Optional Intel Ethernet I210-T1 PCIe as 2nd NIC Input Devices HP PS/2 keyboard, HP USB keyboard, HP USB CCID smart card keyboard, HP PS/2 mouse, HP USB optical mouse, HP USB 1000 dpi laser mouse, HP Optical 3-button optical mouse, USB SpaceMouse Pro, USB SpacePilot Pro Compatible Displays (screen size diagonally measured) HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display, HP ZR30w 30-inch S-IPS LCD Monitor, HP ZR2740w 27-inch LED Backlit IPS Monitor, HP ZR2440w 24-inch LED Backlit IPS Monitor, HP ZR2240w 21.5-inch LED Backlit IPS Monitor, HP ZR2040w 20-inch LED Backlit IPS Monitor, HP Z Display Z22i 21.5-inch IPS LED Backlit Monitor, HP Z Display Z23i 23-inch IPS LED Backlit Monitor, HPZ24i 24-inch IPS LED Backlit Monitor Warranty18 Limited three-year Mon-Fri 8-5 next business day, parts, labor and 24×7 phone support, terms and conditions may vary. One-year warranty option available in selected countries.