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HP workstation gets processing boost

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The HP Z240 has long been a workhorse for power-hungry small and medium businesses, such as design companies, video production studios and architecture firms. But it is now more powerful with a double-digit boost to its processing power, memory and the addition of a software receiver to seamlessly link up Apple, Linux and Windows environments.
The third-generation of HP’s desktop tower workstation now packs up 4.2 GHz of processing power into a system about the size of a carry-on suitcase, delivering world-class performance and reliability at the price point of a traditional desktop PC–just under $900.
“HP has the expertise to design a system that runs high-performance components at their maximum while delivering the best reliability possible,” said Josh Peterson, vice president, global product management for workstations.
Based on feedback from in-the-trenches users, the third-gen Z240 workstation offers a powerful set of features that enable greater customization and collaboration without compromising capacity, performance and reliability.
Features include:
* Integrated M.2 slot for expansion cards and connectors, freeing up a PCIe slot to use for HP Z Turbo Drives or other devices like Thunderbolt.
* Next-generation Intel processors, NVIDIA or AMD graphics, memory, and two optional ultra-fast HP Z Turbo Drives.
* Up to 64GB DDR4 ECC memory – a 100% increase in memory capacity compared to previous generations.
* Choice of Windows 7, Windows 10 or Linux operating systems.
There are a couple of other nice touches that lend greater usability, too, including optional dust filters and carrying handles on the back and side of the tower. Though these might seem like small conveniences, these changes can improve performance and lower time spent on maintenance and troubleshooting over the long haul.
The Z240’s components are ISV certified, so they are tested and vetted to work with leading professional software applications.
In HP internal tests, the HP Z240 performed 13% faster for Autodesk Revit and 12 percent faster for AutoCAD – two key applications for designers and engineers.
The Z240 enables productivity with a newly-integrated HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) receiver, which begins shipping next month with all Z Workstations.
The RGS allows users to securely connect Mac or MacBook to a Z Workstation and multitask between native Mac OS apps and super-charged Windows or Linux workstation apps, enabling smoother workflows for joint development, interactive edits and design reviews.
The HP RGS Receiver for Mac is one of the tools that HP provides to customers looking to increase power and performance by integrating HP Z Workstations with existing IT setups.