Desktops and Notebooks: HP Z600 Workstation Puts Up a Fight

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-08-26 Print this article Print
Are Eight Monitors Enough?

Are Eight Monitors Enough?

The HP Z600 workstation can drive up to eight 2D displays, with the help of a single Nvidia Quadro 5000 or dual Quadro 2000 video cards.
Designed for the needs of analysts, architects, financial traders and video editors, Hewlett-Packard's Z600 workstation now offers a choice of dual Intel Xeon quad-core and six-core processors, six DIMM slots that support up to 48GB system memory and a vast array of graphics options. Up to eight 2D displays can be connected, and in many configurations, these can be driven by two graphics cards. The new Z600 base configuration includes a power supply that's rated at 85 percent efficiency, 800M bps FireWire and six DIMM slots, supporting up to 48GB of memory. The machine's form factor (17-1/2 inches high, 6-1. inches wide and 17.3 inches deep) allows it to be used as a standing minitower or as a rack-mounted device. The integrated disk controllers support multiple RAID levels (0, 1, 5 and 10) and up to 6TB of disk storage. Solid-state drives are also available. An optional Trusted Computing controller that supports Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 1.2 can be ordered, for use cases that demand secure cryptographic processing.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at

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