Review: HP Z640

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This article appeared in the April 2015 issue of CRN magazine.

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Review: HP Z640

Sporting a pair of Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3 processors, HP’s Z640 offers 32 virtual cores with Hyper-Threading enabled. HP’s processors are fast, with a nominal frequency of 3.2GHz, boosting to 3.6GHz in Turbo Boost.

HP has installed 64GB of 2,133MHz DIMMs. Surprisingly, the manufacturer hasn’t opted for a top-of-the-range graphics card: the PNY Quadro K4200 is no slouch, but a K5200 would have been better.

The model uses a conventional SATA SSD as primary storage. The 512GB capacity is generous, but performance is way behind the M.2 drives in the Armari and Apple entries. 

Strangely, HP has opted for a 15,000rpm SATA disk with only 300GB of capacity.

This is the quickest non-SSD on test, but it won’t be enough space if you’re planning to work with large amounts of video, particularly 4K. However, HP has created a tool-free chassis design that will make it easy to add storage further down the line.

The HP Z640 is a super-powerful workstation, but it’s on the pricey side. It’s great for tasks such as rendering that can take full advantage of the many cores available, and it would also be great for photo and video editing.


Channel Angle

Distributors: Bluechip Infotech, Dicker Data, Ingram Micro and Synnex
RRP: $3,999
Launched: October 2014
Next product below: HP Z440
Next product up: HP Z840
From the vendor: “The HP Z640 Workstation packs significant computing and visualisation power. Its tool-less chassis features integrated handles and a tool-free power supply, providing a near-silent Workstation performance solution for space-constrained environments.”
Mark Fenson, team lead, Commercial Solutions Category, HP


Specs
•    Processor 2 x 3.2GHz Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3
•    64GB RAM, DDR4 2,133MHz
•    512GB Micron M550 SSD (SATA 600)
•    300GB Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 Hard disk (15,000rpm, 16MB)
•    Optical drive DVD writer

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