The HP Z600 Workstation packs eight or twelve core compute and visualization power into a small, quiet package for the ideal workstation when every inch, watt, and decibel make a difference. HP Z600 WORKSTATION on rental and sale in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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HP Z600 Workstation

The HP Z600 is the sibling to the Z800 workstation. Although smaller this dual socket machine doesn’t lack in performance, using the Nehalem and Westmere family of processors from Intel which come in dual, quad or hex core variants you could have a total of 12 processor cores in one small package. The integrity of your data is paramount and using the integrated SATA RAID controller you can ensure that your data is stored safe. 


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The Z600 supports two 64-bit Intel Xeon ‘Westmere’ 6-core processors onboard. The ‘Westmere’ processor supports Hyper-Threading which allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core — so the operating system recognizes 12 cores per processor, 6 real and 6 virtual. It also supports “Turbo Boost” which automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload – so if an application is only using one of the 6 cores it will automatically increase the speed of the core in use and turn off the unused cores.


Intel® Xeon® 5500 Series


6 x DIMM Slots – PC3-10600


Up to 2 x 3.5″ SATA


NVIDIA Quadro 2000, NVIDIA Quadro 5000


HP Z600 Workstation

The new HP Z600 workstation is a prime example of the old adage: Good things come in small packages. The Z600 is built on Intel’s new Nehalem-based processors and is housed in a case measuring only 17.5″ x 6.5″ x 17.3″ (H x W x D). The Z600 that Cadalyst received was based on the newly introduced Intel Xeon X5560 2.8-GHz processor that used the hp z600 dual xeon Intel 5520 chipset. This configuration had 8 MB of shared L3 cache and offered Turbo Boost technology. The front side bus has been replaced with Intel’s QuickPath Architecture (6.4 GT/s). On a single-processor motherboard, a single QuickPath Interconnect connects the processor to the I/O hub; with multiple processors, the separate QuickPath Interconnects connect one or more processors and one or more I/O or routing hubs, allowing all components to access other components through a network. The net result is improved performance and workload balancing.

The hp z600 motherboard, based on an Intel reference design, had four PCE-Express slots — two Gen2 x16, one Gen2 x8 (x4), and one Gen1 x8 (x4) — and two PCI slots. On the Z600 system we tested, one of the Gen2 x16 slots was occupied by a 10th-generation NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 graphics card with 1.5 GB of onboard GDDR3 memory. Several professional-level graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD are available for this line of workstations, including two 2D cards. In most cases, the Z600 can use two 2D or 3D graphics cards to support as many as four displays. Using two NVIDIA Quadro NVS 450 multidisplay 2D graphics cards, it can support as many as eight displays. Neither parallel nor serial ports were included on the system Cadalyst reviewed, but both are available options. An integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet provides network connectivity.

Expandability hp z600 quickspecs options included two 5.25″ externally accessible bays and two internal 3.5″ bays. The system had a total of 12 USB 2.0 ports: six at the rear of the system, three in front, and another three inside the system case. Three FireWire 1294a ports were included: two on a PCI card and one on the front of the chassis. Although the workstation had no external SCSI port, it did offer support for four eSATA devices. The test system included a 650-W power supply (85% efficient) and an onboard high-definition sound subsystem; a Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium sound card is available as a configuration option. The system uses GDDR3 memory, and it arrived with 12 GB of installed RAM.

The test Z600 system arrived with a 145-GB SAS primary drive and a 1-TB SATA data volume. HP uses a variety of choices for both hard and optical drives, so those vary with individual system configurations. Our system had a slot-load DVD+/-RW 8X drive, and the only indication of its existence was a thin horizontal slot — large enough to accommodate an optical disk — midway down the mini-tower.

Green Machine
For those looking for green products, HP offers 85% (80 PLUS Bronze) efficient power supplies on all new products. An 89% (80 PLUS Silver) efficient power supply is available as an option for its Z800 workstation. ENERGY STAR v5-qualified configurations are available on all new platforms, and HP was the first to market EPEAT Gold registrations — throughout its workstation line. EPEAT evaluates electronic products according to three tiers of environmental performance, including 23 required criteria and 28 optional criteria in eight categories. The Gold certification indicates that the product meets all required criteria plus at least 75% of the optimal criteria that apply to the product.

Additionally, the Z600 also incorporates HP WattSaver technology that uses less than 1 W of power when the system is powered down. More than 90% of the Z600 workstation is recyclable.

Included with the HP Z600 workstation was the HP LP2475W 24″ widescreen monitor. This monitor works in combination with the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 via a DisplayPort or DVI-I connection. Taken alone on or in combination with the Z600, the LP2475W display is exceptional.

Outstanding Engineering and Design
HP has long been noted for its engineering prowess when it comes to designing and building workstations, but the new Z600 is a standout even in this context. The Z600 and the whole Z family of workstations incorporate innovative design elements that redefine expectations of computer design with quieter, greener, and more acoustically engineered systems that take the tools-free concept to a new level.

Even a cursory glance at the system exterior shows that carrying handles have been incorporated into the design — not as an add-on but integrated into the chassis. A look inside shows even more profound changes. For example, the power supply is located at the bottom of the mini-tower and plugs directly into the backplane without using cables. Hard disks also plug into the backplane — no cables there either.

The HP Z Series is no simple update of an old design. Rather, it is a whole new vision of the computer workstation. Virtually everywhere you look, subsystems have been rethought and redesigned and made tool-free. These workstations are the most forward-thinking that I’ve seen HP produce to date and will, I think, change what we define as a modern workstation. The cooling system and an acoustic engineering enhancement have resulted in a quieter and cooler-running system, while the plug-in component architecture has made the system much easier to service. These changes also have resulted in more compact systems that are easier to move in the workplace and occupy less valuable space. The tested Z600 system was exceptionally quiet, even when equipped with an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 graphics card and its associated fan.

Testing and Performance
In testing the HP Z600, I had to make some decisions, primarily because of the Intel Nehalem processor living at the heart of the system. For example, this machine had a Turbo mode that could be turned on to balance performance, and it also had the ability to assign single or multiple processes to a single core in the processor. Ultimately, I decided to test the base configuration, but for those who are so inclined, this system has several avenues for fine-tuning performance to your particular needs.

With the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 included in the test system, I tested under Vista 64 using display driver v7.15.11.7883 (dated January 30, 2009) and took advantage of the integrated performance drivers for AutoCAD 2009 and 3ds Max Design 2009. Vertical sync was turned off, and background processes were minimized as much as possible, although Vista 64 has several required processes. I can’t advise it as a standard operating procedure, but I had to disable User Access Control (UAC) to be able to run the Cadalyst benchmark suites.

HP Z600 Workstation

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