Media Composer Support for New HP Z840 Workstations

Avid is pleased to announce support for the new HP Z840 workstation for use with the Media Composer [ Software family of products including the Symphony and NewsCutter Options. These new machines are qualified for use with Media Composer [ Software versions and 8.2 as well as NewsCutter

Avid has qualified specific configurations for these machines including:

Processor support:

  • Dual Intel? 8-Core Xeon? Processors
    E5-2630v3 @ 2.4GHz 20MB cache / 1866MHz memory
    E5-2640v3 @ 2.6GHz 20MB cache / 1866MHz memory
    E5-2667v3 @ 3.2GHz 20MB cache / 2133MHz memory

  • Dual Intel? 10-Core Xeon? Processors
    E5-2650v3 @ 2.3GHz 20MB cache / 2133MHz memory
    E5-2660v3 @ 2.6GHz 20MB cache / 2133MHz memory
    E5-2687v3 @ 3.1GHz 20MB cache / 2133MHz memory

  • Dual Intel? 12-Core Xeon? Processors
    E5-2670v3 @ 2.3GHz 20MB cache / 2133MHz memory
    E5-2680v3 @ 2.5GHz 20MB cache / 2133MHz memory
    E5-2690v3 @ 2.6GHz 20MB cache / 2133MHz memory

Supported Graphics cards:

  • NVIDIA K4200 4GB PCI-e video board

  • NVIDIA K5200 8GB PCI-e video board

Note: The required graphics drivers for these cards were not included in the or releases. Customers will need to download these and a updated GPU text file from the following locations:

System Disk Drive:

  • 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200RPM (recommended)

  • HP offers higher performing solid-state and SAS boot drive options which are acceptable options

  • Recommend an HP qualified drive be selected

Memory configuration:

  • 32GB (8 x 4GB) DDR4 2133Mhz ECC Memory

  • Optional: 64GB (8 x 8GB or 16 x 4GB) DDR4 2133 ECC

  • 8 or 16 DIMMs required

Qualified Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft? Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition with Service Pack 1

  • Microsoft? Windows 8.1 Professional / Enterprise 64-bit Edition

Important: Specific BIOS settings are required for Media Composer to run properly on these workstations:

  • Verify CPU Processors are set to Hyper-Threading- Enabled

  • Set Memory NUMA ? Disable

Please see the Avid HP Z840 Configuration Guidelines for more important information on required BIOS settings, slot configurations, supported I/O hardware, and more.

Why is this Alert Important to Our Customers?

Avid has a long history of supporting Media Composer software running on HP Z Workstations. Many of our customers look forward to purchasing the latest hardware released by HP and benefitting from adding new technology to their editing workflows. Numerous customers have made inquiries to Avid and our partners about Media Composer qualification on the new HP Z840 Workstations. Avid?s continued support of HP Workstations strengthens our commitment to addressing our customers technology needs.

More power to you
HP Z840 Workstation

Push your computing boundaries with the HP Z840 Workstation and keep up with your biggest projects. Built for high-end computing and visualization, the HP Z840 delivers outstanding performance in one of the industry?s most expandable chassis. Primed to perform, the HP Z840 allows you to achieve the performance you need with the ability to support two next generation Intel? Xeon? processors for up to 36 total processor cores in one system.

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