Most Affordable Hp Z240 Workstation Still Balancing Your IT Budget

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Small form-factor PCs used to involve compromise, with slower components and less room than traditional towers. That’s not the case in 2016, where proper desktop power and versatility can be found inside systems like HP’s Z240 Workstation.

 

 

Most Affordable Hp Z240 Workstation Still Balancing Your IT Budget

 

Small review of  hp-z240-workstation

This machine is 100mm wide and 338mm tall, which means it’s 57% smaller than the tower version of the Z240. That huge space saving could make a big difference to the typical office desk. It’s so much smaller than a traditional tower that it’s easy to find room for, say, a second monitor – and the Z240 can also be used horizontally or vertically, so a screen could be positioned on top. It’s sturdy, too, thanks to the thick metal used throughout.

This machine is 100mm wide and 338mm tall, which means it’s 57% smaller than the tower version of the Z240. That huge space saving could make a big difference to the typical office desk. It’s so much smaller than a traditional tower that it’s easy to find room for, say, a second monitor – and the Z240 can also be used horizontally or vertically, so a screen could be positioned on top. It’s sturdy, too, thanks to the thick metal used throughout.

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The processor sits beneath a conventional heatsink and the Nvidia graphics card can be popped free. There’s room to grow, despite the Z240’s diminutive design: two free memory sockets help the machine support 64GB of ECC-certified DDR4 memory, and there are two PCI-E x1 slots and a single PCI-E x16 socket vacant. A couple of hard disk bays are also free.

The Z240 has plenty of ports. The front has four USB connectors, and the rear has six more – alongside two audio jacks, two PS/2 connectors and four Mini DisplayPort connectors. It’s all set for security: it’s got TPM 1.2, a Kensington lock slot and the ability to use padlocks to secure both the rear IO cables and the case from opening

This machine is crammed with features, but we’ve still noticed a couple of things missing. There isn’t a card reader – something which HP sells as an optional extra –and no WiFi either.

This PC’s Xeon and Quadro hardware might be relatively modest, but they still combined for impressive benchmark results that are almost three and a half times faster than a Core i3 4030u equipped PC. It’s faster than any Mac Mini or iMac desktop, say, and quicker than most conventional office PCs. It’ll handle the majority of work applications with ease.

Performance

This relatively entry-level specification comes with some impressive components. Intel’s Xeon E3-1270 v5 is a brand new chip that arrived at the end of 2015 with the new Skylake architecture. The new 14nm design places equal emphasis on performance and power efficiency. To see that in action, just look at the E3’s peak power demand of 80W – far lower than equivalent Haswell and Broadwell chips that drew 95W or more.

The E3-1270 v5 has four Hyper-Threaded cores that run at 3.6GHz that can turbo boost to a peak of 4GHz. It’s also got 8MB of L3 cache, but no integrated graphics – hence the need for Nvidia’s graphics card – and the chip is bolstered by 32GB of ECC-certified memory.

Nvidia’s Quadro K1200 is a mid-range card with 512 stream processors and a 954MHz core. It uses the GM107GL GPU, which originally appeared in the consumer-grade GTX 750 Ti in early 2014. It’s not new, but it’s still comfortably faster than any integrated graphics chip. It’s got four Mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs for multi-monitor 4K support, and the card is certified to work properly with a huge range of professional applications.

Conclusion

There’s a lot to like about the HP Z240. Its smaller chassis brings size advantages when compared to full-size towers, and not much is missing from this tiny PC – there’s a little less upgrade room than you’d get with a tower, but that’s it.

The Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro graphics are ample for ploughing through reasonably demanding work applications, and the storage is slick. This is an ideal purchase if a conventional office PC is just too large and other mini PCs you’ve considered don’t have enough grunt.

Technical Specification:

Form FactorTower
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro 64 for Workstations – HP recommends Windows 10 Pro. 1 Windows 10 Home 64 1 Windows 10 Pro (National Academic License) 1 Windows 7 Professional 64 2 Windows 7 Professional 64 (available through downgrade rights from Windows 10 Pro 64) 3 HP Linux®-ready
Processor Family7th Generation Intel® Xeon® processor (E3-1270 v6, E3-1245 v6, E3-1240 v6, E3-1230 v6, E3-1225 v6, E3-1205 v6 models); 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor (i7-7700K, i7-7700 models); 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor (i5-7600, i5-7500 models); 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 processor (i3-7100 model); 6th Generation Intel® Xeon® processor; 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor; 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor; 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 processor; Intel® Pentium® processor 4
ProcessorsIntel® Core™ i3-6300 with Intel® HD Graphics 530 (3.8 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores); Intel® Core™ i3-7100 with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (3.9 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores); Intel® Core™ i5-6500 with Intel® HD Graphics 530 (3.2 GHz base frequency, up to 3.6 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Core™ i5-6600 with Intel® HD Graphics 530 (3.3 GHz base frequency, up to 3.9 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Core™ i5-7500 with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (3.4 GHz base frequency, up to 3.8 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Core™ i5-7600 with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (3.5 GHz base frequency, up to 4.1 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Core™ i7-6700 with Intel® HD Graphics 530 (3.4 GHz base frequency, up to 4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Core™ i7-6700K with Intel® HD Graphics 530 (4 GHz base frequency, up to 4.2 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Core™ i7-7700 with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (3.6 GHz base frequency, up to 4.2 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Core™ i7-7700K with Intel® HD Graphics 630 (4.2 GHz base frequency, up to 4.5 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Pentium® Gold G4560 with Intel® HD Graphics 610 (3.5 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1205 v6 with Intel® HD Graphics P630 (3 GHz, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1225 v5 with Intel® HD Graphics P530 (3.3 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1225 v6 with Intel® HD Graphics P630 (3.3 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1230 v5 (3.4 GHz base frequency, up to 3.8 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1240 v5 (3.5 GHz base frequency, up to 3.9 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1240 v6 (3.7 GHz base frequency, up to 4.1 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v5 with Intel® HD Graphics P530 (3.5 GHz base frequency, up to 3.9 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v6 with Intel® HD Graphics P630 (3.7 GHz base frequency, up to 4.1 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1270 v5 (3.6 GHz base frequency, up to 4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1270 v6 (3.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4.2 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Xeon® E3-1230 v6 (3.5 GHz base frequency, up to 3.9 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
ChipsetIntel® C236
Maximum Memory64 GB DDR4-2400 ECC or non-ECC SDRAM Transfer rates up to 2400 MT/s
Memory Slots4 DIMM
Drive ControllersIntegrated SATA (4 ports 6 Gb/s) with RAID 0 (striped array) and RAID 1 (mirrored array) supported on Windows operating system only. Requires identical hard drives (speeds, capacity, interface). Integrated RAID 0, 1 (data configuration) for PCIe SSDs.
Internal Storage500 GB up to 4 TB SATA (7200 rpm) 6 up to 500 GB SATA SED 6 256 GB up to 2 TB SATA SSD 6 400 GB up to 1.2 TB Intel® 750 Series PCIe® SSD 6 up to 256 GB SATA SED SSD 6 up to 1 TB (8 GB cache) SATA SSHD (7200 rpm) 6 256 GB up to 1 TB HP Z Turbo Drive G2 (NVMe PCIe SSD) 6
Optical StorageHP Slim DVD-ROM Drive; HP Slim Blu-ray Writer; HP Slim DVD-Writer DVD-RW Drive 7,8
Additional StorageSD media card reader (optional)
Available GraphicsIntegrated: Intel® HD Graphics P630; Intel® HD Graphics 630; Intel® HD Graphics 610; Intel® HD Graphics P530; Intel® HD Graphics 530; Intel® HD Graphics 510 9 Professional 2D: NVIDIA® NVS™ 310 (1 GB); NVIDIA® NVS™ 315 (1 GB); NVIDIA® NVS™ 510 (2 GB) Entry 3D: NVIDIA® Quadro® P2000 (5 GB); NVIDIA® Quadro® P400 (2 GB); NVIDIA® Quadro® P600 (2 GB); AMD FirePro™ W2100 (2 GB); NVIDIA® Quadro® K420 (2 GB); NVIDIA® Quadro® K620 (2 GB) Mid-range 3D: NVIDIA® Quadro® P4000 (8 GB); NVIDIA® Quadro® P1000 (4 GB); NVIDIA® Quadro® M2000 (4 GB); NVIDIA® Quadro® K2200 (4 GB); NVIDIA® Quadro® K1200 (4 GB); AMD FirePro™ W5100 (4 GB); AMD FirePro™ W4300 (4 GB); AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (8 GB) High-end 3D: AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 (4 GB); NVIDIA® Quadro® P5000 (16 GB)
AudioIntegrated Realtek HD ALC221-VB audio
CommunicationsLAN: Integrated Intel® I219LM PCIe GbE; Intel® Ethernet I210-T1 PCIe NIC (optional); Intel® Ethernet I350-T2 2-port NIC (optional) WLAN: Intel® 8260 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCIe wireless NIC (optional); HP X530 10 GbE Dual-Port Adapter (optional); HP 10 GbE SFP+ SR Transceiver 10
Ports and ConnectorFront: 2 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0 (1 charging); 1 headphone; 1 microphone Back: 4 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 2 DisplayPort 1.2; 1 DVI-I single link; 1 serial (optional); 1 parallel (optional); 2 PS/2; 1 RJ-45; 1 audio line-in; 1 audio line-out; 2 IEEE 1394b (optional) Internal: 1 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports available as 2 separate 2×10(3.0 x1, 2.0 x1) and 2×5(2.0 x2) header. Supports one HP Internal USB 2.0 Port Kit and one USB 3.0 media card reader.
Input DeviceHP Wireless Business Slim Keyboard; HP USB CCID SmartCard Keyboard; HP USB Business Slim Keyboard; HP PS/2 Business Slim Keyboard11; HP SpaceMouse Pro USB 3D; HP USB 1000 dpi Laser Mouse; HP USB Optical 3-Button Mouse; HP USB Optical Mouse; HP PS/2 Mouse; 3Dconnexion CADMouse; HP USB Hardened Mouse11
Environmental CertificationLow halogen13
Compatible DisplayAll HP Z Displays and HP DreamColor Displays are supported. For more information see www.hp.com/go/zdisplays.
Energy Efficiency ComplianceENERGY STAR® certified and EPEAT® registered configurations available 12

 

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