HEWLETT-PACKARD Z840 REVIEW
Videomaker by Brian Teal
334-C5-HP-Z840--PRIMARYThe video production workstation to beat, the HP Z840 offers top-tier performance for the video professional.
Video editors, rejoice! Hewlett-Packard has come forth with their new HP Z840. Released in August of 2014, the Z840 is built to expand to meet whatever you would like to throw at it. With up to 36 cores, seven PCIe slots, 10 internal drive bays and 16 memory slots supporting up to 2TB of memory when 128GB DIMMs become available in Q3 2015, there should be very little this top-of-the-line workhorse can't handle. Design Due to the potential upgrades and serviceability of the Z840, the tool-free chassis is quite heavy compared to competing video editing workstations. However, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. With ease the user can switch out memory, CPUs, drives or video cards with the click of one or two tabs. The internals are protected with strategically placed plastic covers which keep the airflow efficient and directed to where it is most needed. The processors are cooled with multiple fans directing air to and away from each of them. With each processor having its own fan as well as three exhaust fans on the side, two chassis mounted rear fans and an additional two fans to direct and vent air away from the chassis, the processors and internal temperatures are kept incredibly cool and stable, contrary to what one would think based on the amount of processing power the Z840 flaunts. The low-acoustic chassis also provides dual integrated Gb Ethernet and is also lockable and 5U rack mountable. It also contains room for 5 PCIe Gen3 slots and 2 PCIe Gen2 slots, 16 DIMM slots, 10 drive bays (which includes two external 5.25-inch bays and a slimline optical drive bay), 6 SATA/8 SAS ports, a 15-in-1 media card reader, four front mount USB3 ports for charging devices, and also integrates four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports in the rear for multiple connections. read more...

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