HP recently unveiled three new models—the Z8, Z6, and Z4. These are HP’s most powerful models till date, which is usually the case when introducing a new generation of machines, but what’s impressive is how much performance users can cram into one of these things. They’re also incredibly upgradeable.
These monstrous desktop computers run Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and are geared towards creatives, visual effects artists, and anyone who needs an enormous amount of computing power at their fingertips.
Sitting at the top of the performance stack is the Z8 “the world’s most powerful workstation”, containing 24 RAM slots that allow you to insert up to 3 terabytes of memory in an age when most people are working with 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. With 3000GB at your disposal, you can probably open up an entire photo shoot in separate tabs while working in Adobe Photoshop and do editing work at full speed.
Professionals can also opt for dual M.2 solid state drives and dual Nvidia Quadro Pro graphics cards. All this (and more) is powered by up to a 1,700W power supply.
For storage, the Z8 can be upgraded with up to 48 terabytes of space… in case, you know, you’d like to keep your entire lifetime archive of photos close at hand on your main workstation.
There’s also dual Intel Xeon CPUs with up to 56 cores, as well as dual NVIDIA Quadro Pro graphics cards.
Other specs include Thunderbolt 3 (optional), Dual 1GbE Ports for high bandwidth data transfer, USB 3.1 Type C ports, a new internal design with improved air flow for cooling, and 9 PCIe slots.
If the Z8 is too much computer for you, the Z6 offers up to 384 GB of memory, and the Z4 can pack 256GB of RAM and a single Xeon CPU.
HP says the Z8 will be available in October with prices starting at $2,439, though for buyers looking to deck this thing out, the price tag can easily balloon to around $40,000. Pricing on the Z6 will start at $1,919 when it becomes available next month. Users interested in the Z4 will have to wait until November, with prices starting at $1,239.