HP Z640 Workstation Powerful Performance

The HP Z640 Workstation is designed for compute-intensive applications like complex imaging, CAD, finance, research, and geologic exploration. Boasting more customization options than previous Z models, the system can be easily upgraded to meet user-specific needs. New features include better expandability, greater throughput speeds and efficiency, tool-free component upgrades, and integrated handles.

Primarily a dual CPU machine, it is also perfect for designers that want a workstation to grow with their needs. Start off with a single processor then add a second later, when multi-threaded design viz or simulation workflows become more demanding.

With the second CPU housed on a riser module, along with dedicated memory and cooling fans, a CPU upgrade can literally be done in seconds. There’s no messing about with thermal paste and heatsinks — levers, green touch points and blind mate connectors help mount the module effortlessly on the motherboard.

Small Review About HP Z640 Workstation:

The hp z640 review, featuring Windows 103or Linux®, provides incredible expansion in a small footprint. Get the storage, performance, and freedom you need to create with up to 8 memory DIMMs, up to 4 internal hard drives, and built in USB and SATA ports. With the innovative HP Z Turbo Drive2 set a new performance curve as you revolutionize how you handle large files and reduce boot up, calculation, and graphics response time. And thanks to Thunderbolt™ technology, you’ll transfer data at lightning-fast speeds with the ability to connect to high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices over a single Thunderbolt™ cable.

Advantages of HP Z640 Workstation: 

The HP Z640 Workstation provides Thunderbolt™ 2 technology via the optional HP Thunderbolt™ 2 PCIe 1-port I/O card. The HP Thunderbolt™ 2 PCIe 1-port I/O Card uses the Intel DSL5520 Thunderbolt™ 2 controller and provides a single Thunderbolt™ 2 port.

  • 20 GB/s data in each direction
  • 12 W of power (2 W for cable, 10 W for bus-powered device)
  • Full backward compatibility with Thunderbolt™ 2 devices.

DisplayPort 1.2 capability with Multi Stream Transport (MST) support that enables the transport of multiple A/V streams over a single connector

I/O and storage

  • The HP Z640 provides a total of five high-performance graphics and I/O slots.
  • The HP Z640 provides two PCIe3 x16, one PCIe3 x8, and one PCIe2 x4.
  • When in a single processor configuration an additional PCIe2 x1 dedicated electrical slot is available.
  • The HP Z640 provides an internal 1-port USB 3.0 connector and an internal 2-port USB 2.0 header.

HP Z640 Workstation Brief Video:

HP Z640 Workstation tech analysis or performance overview:

  • Form Factor: Rackable tower
  • Operating System:
    • Windows 10 Pro 64
    • Windows 10 Home 64
    • Windows 8.1 Pro 64
    • Windows 7 Professional 64
    • Windows 7 Professional 64 (available through downgrade rights from Windows 10 Pro 64)
    • Windows 7 Professional 64 (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8.1 Pro 64)
    • HP Installer Kit for Linux
  • Processor Family
    • Intel Xeon E5 2600 v4 processors
    • Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 processors
    • Intel Xeon E5 1600 v4 processors
    • Intel Xeon E5 1600 v3 processors
  • Chipset: Intel C612
  • Memory:
    • 256 GB DDR4-2400 ECC Registered RAM
    • 4 DIMM (with 1 processor) and 8 DIMM (with 2 processors)
    • Transfer rates up to 2400 MT/s. Only registered and load-reduced ECC DIMMs are supported.
  • Drive Controllers:
    • Integrated SATA 6.0 Gb/s;
    • LSI 9217-4i4e 8-port SAS 6.0 Gb/s RAID (optional);
    • LSI MegaRAID 9270-8i SAS 6.0 Gb/s ROC RAID Card and iBBU09 Battery Backup Unit (optional);
    • Factory integrated RAID available for SATA/SAS drives (RAID 0, 0 Data, 1, 5, and 10);
    • Factory integrated RAID available for PCIe SSDs (RAID 0 Data)
  • Internal Storage:
    • 300 GB up to 600 GB SAS (15000 rpm)
    • 300 GB up to 1.2 TB SAS (10000 rpm)
    • 500 GB up to 4 TB SATA (7200 rpm)
    • 500 GB SATA SED (7200 rpm)
    • 128 GB up to 1 TB SATA SSD
    • 256 GB up to 512 GB SATA SED SSD
    • 1 TB (8 GB cache) SATA SSHD
    • 256 GB up to 512 GB HP Z Turbo Drive (PCIe SSD)
    • 256 GB up to 1TB HP Z Turbo Drive G2 (PCIe SSD)
    • 512 GB (2 x 256 GB) up to 2 TB (4 x 512 GB) HP Z Turbo Quad Pro (PCIe SSD)
  • Optical Storage: Slim SATA DVD-ROM; Slim SATA SuperMulti DVD writer; Slim SATA BDXL Blu-ray writer
  • Additional Storage: 15-in-1 media card reader (optional); HP DX115 Removable HDD Frame/Carrier (optional)
  • Available Graphics:
    • Professional 2D: NVIDIA NVS 310 (1 GB); NVIDIA NVS 315 (1 GB); NVIDIA NVS 510 (2 GB)
    • Entry 3D: NVIDIA Quadro K420 (2 GB); NVIDIA Quadro K620 (2 GB); AMD FirePro W2100 (2 GB)
    • Mid-range 3D: NVIDIA Quadro M2000 (4 GB); NVIDIA Quadro K2200 (4GB); NVIDIA Quadro K1200 (4 GB); AMD FirePro W4300 (4GB); AMD FirePro W5100 (4GB)
    • High-end 3D: NVIDIA Quadro M6000 (24 GB); NVIDIA Quadro M5000 (8 GB); NVIDIA Quadro M4000 (8GB); AMD FirePro W7100 (8GB)
    • High performance GPU computing: NVIDIA Tesla K40
  • I/O Controller: HP IEEE 1394b FireWire PCIe (optional) HP Thunderbolt 2 PCIe 1-port I/O Card (optional)
  • Audio: Integrated Realtek HD ALC221
  • Communications: 10 Integrated Intel I218LM PCIe GbE;Intel I210-T1 PCIe GbE (optional);HP X540-T2 10 GbE Dual Port Adapter (optional);HP X520 10 GbE Dual Port Adapter (optional);HP 10 GbE SFP+SR Transceiver (optional);HP 361T PCIe dual-port gigabit (optional);Intel 7260 802.11 a/b/g/n PCIe WLAN (optional);Intel 8260 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with BlueTooth 4.2 PCIe NIC (optional)
  • Expansion Slots: 2 PCIe Gen3 x16; 1 PCIe Gen3 x8 (open-ended); 1 PCIe Gen2 x4 (open-ended); 1 PCIe Gen2 x1 (open-ended); 1 PCI Open-ended connector allows a greater bandwidth card to be installed physically into a lower bandwidth connector/slot.
  • Ports and Connectors
    • Front: 4 USB 3.0; 1 microphone; 1 headset
    • Rear: 4 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 2 PS/2; 1 RJ-45; 1 audio line in; 1 audio line out
    • Internal: 1 USB 2.0; 1 USB 3.0
  • Drive Bays (Internal):
    • Two 3.5″ Drive Bays (External)
    • Two 5.25″; One slim ODD
  • Input Devices: HP PS/2 Keyboard; HP USB Keyboard; HP USB SmartCard Keyboard; HP Wireless Keyboard and Mouse; HP PS/2 Business Slim Keyboard; HP USB Business Slim Keyboard; HP Wireless Business Slim Keyboard; HP PS/2 Mouse; HP USB Optical Mouse; HP USB 1000 dpi Laser Mouse; HP USB Optical 3-Button Mouse; HP SpacePilot Pro 3D USB Intelligent Controller; 3Dconnexion CADMouse
  • Software: HP Performance Advisor; HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS); Cyberlink PowerDVD/Power2Go; Foxit PhantomPDF Express; Buy Office
  • Security: HP Solenoid Hood Lock & Hood Sensor; HP Business PC Security Lock Kit; TPM 1.2 certified
  • Power: 925 W 90% efficient, active PFC
  • Dimensions (W x D x H):
    • 6.75 x 18.3 x 17.5 in
    • 17.5 x 46.48 x 44.45 cm
  • Weight:
    • 33.1 lb
    • 15 kg
    • (Exact weight depends upon configuration.)
  • Environmental Specification: Low halogen
  • Energy Efficiency Compliance: ENERGY STAR certified and EPEAT registered configurations available

 

HP Z640 Workstation targeted industry brief:

Ansys Dell and ANSYSCreate groundbreaking digital content that improves communications and strengthens brands with complete solutions that combine digital media creation with data-driven marketing.
Autodesk Precision Workstations and AutodeskDesign, visualize and simulate your ideas with Dell Precision Workstations and Autodesk. Get premium hardware and ideal CAD solutions for the manufacturing, architecture, construction, media and entertainment industries.
 Dassault Systèmes Dell and Dassault Systèmes (includes SolidWorks)Anticipate product behavior and environmental impact through product lifecycle management solutions that can enable you to design, simulate and experience tomorrow’s products, no matter your size or sector.
PTC Dell and PTCMeet all of your globalization, time-to-market and operational efficiency objectives with a complete portfolio of integral product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions for discreet manufacturers.
SIEMENS Dell and Siemens PLM (includes Solid Edge)Turn your ideas into successful products with product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions that handle everything from design inception to manufacture and support.
Architecture Engineering and Construction
Autodesk Precision Workstations and AutodeskDesign, visualize and simulate your ideas with Dell Precision Workstations and Autodesk. Get premium hardware and ideal CAD solutions for the manufacturing, architecture, construction, media and entertainment industries.
Media and Entertainment
AdobeAvid

Grass Valley

Sony

Energy and Exploration
Dynamic GraphicsffA

Halliburton – Landmark

 
Other Industries
Virtual RealityBarco

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Intel

NDS

Nvidia Professional Graphics

AMD FirePro™ professional graphics  

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HP Z640 Workstation Performance:

In order to test the HP Z640 workstation, we will be using various tests that demonstrate how it performs in resource-intensive workloads and storage tests, and to show the benefits of the HP Z Turbo Drives. We will also be targeting the performance of the video cards.

In our first benchmark, we will look at the video card performance of the HP Z640. For this we installed PCMark, a tool that calculates the performance at the system and component level and most often represents typical home user workloads for all types of PCs, including tablets, mobile workstations, and desktops. While there are multiple categories that PCMark tests (including typical work usage, home usage, and creative usage), we will only be looking at Storage and Home Conventional benchmarks.

The Storage PCMark tests the performance of any drives installed in the system. Specifically, it leverages traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of more popular video games to measure real-world performance differences between storage devices. Here, the HP Z640 posted an impressive PCMark score of 5014 with a bandwidth of 330.68MB/s, which was attained by leveraging two Z Turbo Drives.

HP Z640’s performance during a series of common tasks typical of daily home use. Workloads of this nature are usually fairly light, as it tests web browsing, writing, casual gaming, photo editing, and video chat workloads. The hp z640 drivers posted an impressive Home score of 4209 and 4214 when using the NVIDIA Quadro M2000 and M5000, respectively.

To further test the performance of the NVIDIA Quadro M2000 and NVIDIA Quadro M5000 video cards inside the hp z640 specs, we will be using a benchmark that looks at several aspects of the ArcGIS program; however, we are most interested in the average of the drawtime, average frames per second (Average FPS), and minimum frames per second (Minimum FPS).

Looking at drawtime, both Quadro cards showed impressive average time inside the HP Z640, with less than one hundredths of a second in difference (00:00:06.262s for the M2000 and 00:00:06.324s for the M5000). Average FPS, however, showed the M5000 with a higher average (286.87 FPS) over the M2000 (273.51 FPS). Minimum FPS told a similar story, as the Z640 performed roughly 8 FPS faster when equipped with the M5000.

Conclusion:

The HP Z640 is a peak performance workstation built to adapt to your changing your needs. Users can start out with just one processor for a reasonable entry-level price and easily scale to a two processor configuration using the optional CPU riser card. Substantial compute and graphics power is packed into a very quiet and efficient tower form factor that’s also 4U rack mountable. Loaded with dual Intel Xeons will maximize your output and enable up to eight displays. The system is also ISV certified to deliver peak performance with your prgrams of choice.

The HP Z640 Workstation offers a lot of power and functionality packed in its compact, modular design, while giving buyers a great deal of flexibility in CPU, graphics and storage offerings.

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