HP’s new Z8 workstation lets you edit 8K in realtime with up to 3TB RAM and 48TB storage

Sep 14, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

HP’s new Z8 workstation lets you edit 8K in realtime with up to 3TB RAM and 48TB storage

Sep 14, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Aside from the regular Apple Macbook Pro updates, we don’t really cover computers all that much on here. Occasionally, though, something pretty exceptional comes along for those interested in photography or video. Something like the Microsoft Surface Studio (or the Dell clone), for example. Now, though, HP have revealed a truly insane powerhouse of a PC.

Housing dual Xeon CPUs with 56 processing cores, Hewlett Packard’s new Z8 workstation takes up to 3TB of RAM (I know!) and 48TB of storage space. While a fully decked Z8 might be out of the price range of most creatives, the base price isn’t actually that bad, at a mere $2,439. For comparison, the 6 core Apple Mac Pro with 16GB RAM starts at $2,999.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugagpljYECY

There are actually three systems in HP’s new “Z” range. There’s the most powerful, the Z8, and then the imaginatively named Z4 and Z6 for not-quite-so-power-hungry users. Even the lowly Z4, though, is rather impressive.

Starting at only $1,249, the Z4 has a single 18 core Intel Xeon W-2155 CPU, up to 256GB RAM and 4TB internal storage. It’s aimed primarily at 3D CAD users. The Z6 starts at $1,919, for the base model, with 48 cores of Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processor and supports up to 384GB RAM. The Z6 does support dual processors, too, and this is aimed more at photographers, video editors and visual effects artists.

The Z8, though, is built for the seriously hardcore. With 56 cores, 3TB RAM, 48TB storage, and 3x Nvidia Quadro P6000 graphics cards, it’s an absolute monster. Getting one to that spec, though, is probably going to be substantially more than the $2,439 base model price.

Of course, if you’re actually shooting and editing in 8K, even fully loaded, this computer is likely going to be nothing compared to what you paid for the camera.

HP Z4, Z6 and Z8 prices start at $1,249, $1,919 and $2,439 respectively, and should start to become available from October for the Z6 and Z8 and November for the Z4. You can find out more about them on the HP website.

Very sexy sounding machines, although personally I think I’ll stick to building my own. It’s easier on the wallet.

And, yes, there’s probably a typo on HP’s website. the Z4 doesn’t really support up to 256TB of RAM.

[via DPReview]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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11 responses to “HP’s new Z8 workstation lets you edit 8K in realtime with up to 3TB RAM and 48TB storage”

  1. Ahmad Botalak Avatar
    Ahmad Botalak

    *Heavy Breathing while drooling ? *

  2. Anne Meyler Avatar
    Anne Meyler

    I so want :)

  3. Ryan Limpus Avatar
    Ryan Limpus

    Dang! That price is amazing!

  4. Tod Heckert Avatar
    Tod Heckert

    Never,, Never a HP.. HP products suck.. you will have nothing but problems with them

    1. Robert Henrickson Avatar
      Robert Henrickson

      My HP is great, problem free for 4 years and still going strong, just installed a 500g ssd and new graphics card, should be good for a couple more years! :)-

    2. Uncle Bro Avatar
      Uncle Bro

      I’ve been buyin HP’s for about 5 years now and I have never had any problems. Toshiba though. Now they make some pretty sucky computers.

  5. Ryan Limpus Avatar
    Ryan Limpus

    Ross Bartels lol, sounds good ?

  6. Jonathan Wood Avatar
    Jonathan Wood

    I need a pile of money so I can buy one. lol

  7. Ben Chong Avatar
    Ben Chong

    Yet Lightroom will still run slowly on it…

  8. Florian Rochler Avatar
    Florian Rochler

    for just 100k… lol

  9. Giggo Avatar
    Giggo

    “The Z6 starts at $1,919, for the base model, with 48 cores of Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processor and supports up to 384GB RAM.”

    Now how the fkuc do you start at 1919$ with a Xeon Platinum 8180, when only the processor cost 7000-8000 $ ? I’m just curious .. what kind of a slow and ignant mofo writes this stuff? Obviously it’s some dumb way of HP to promote these computers … that no one except Bill Gates and couple more guys in the world can afford!!!! If you calculate the price of the CPU and the RAM… you can buy a house!!! Include the dual video cards and the HDD and SSD and you might buy an island …. :-/ ..