While I enjoyed seeing all the new Thunderbolt 3 products that featured Intel Thunderbolt 3 chips being shown all in one place, the most staggering display was a very simply one by HP. It was a “bare bones” HP Z840 Windows 10 PC, hooked up to the new HP Z31X 4K 31” monitor, with a display port cable. Inside the HP Z840 was a single NVIDIA GTX-1080 GPU card, which was the connection to the HP monitor.
The demo was given by a rep from Adobe, using Adobe Premiere. They were playing back uncompressed 8K media. The image was amazing, and the playback was amazing – no stuttering from playing back these huge files. So this is a bare bones off the shelf computer with a nice graphics card, and a generic “good quality” computer monitor, doing all this amazing work.
But it’s JUST a computer! No cards from AJA, Blackmagic, or Matrox. No insanely priced broadcast monitors. Just off the shelf stuff. And it just works...[continue reading]