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HP Z230 Workstation - System Overview

Description

The Z230 was released in 2013, to replace the Z220, and offers substantially improved performance over its processor. Like its more powerful siblings it features ISV Certifications to work with industry standard software from a variety of disciplines including design, finance, and geology. It’s also more than suitable for a variety of standard business applications.

ISV Certification

The HP Z230 is ISV certified to perform effortlessly running intensive software applications used by design professionals, financial analysts, and geologists. ISV is an acronym for Independent Software Vendor, This means independent software vendors have tested the software, hardware, and components to ensure stable and reliable performance.

Performance

The Intel C622 chipset supports a single processor. Users can choose from several Xeon E5-1200 v3 processors with quad cores, the Intel Core I3, i5, and i7 processors with dual or quad cores or a single Intel Pentium CPU with dual cores. Transfer speeds are 1600MT/s except for the lone Pentium processor which supports transfer speeds of 1333MT/s. Most of the available processors support Intel vPro Technology, which includes hyper-threading and Intel HD Graphics. However it should be noted that not all applications will benefit from multi-core processors.

Memory

The single processor supports four DIMM slots total for a maximum of 32GB of memory using 8GB ECC or non-ECC DDR3L low-voltage memory modules. Keep in mind, the slowest performer between the CPU and memory modules will determine the speed at which the memory is clocked.

Storage

Up to four drives total can be installed on the system, with three internal drives including either two 3.5-inch or two 2.5-inch drives cages and a separate internal 2.5-inch SSD. The fourth drive occupies one of the 5.25-inch media bays. It should be noted that the forth drive will require an external bay adapter. Both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SATA, SATA Self-encrypting HDDs and SSDs are supported on the Z230. There’s also support for optional PCIe Solid State Drives with up to 512GB using a HP Z Turbo Drive SSD. The Z230 has an integrated SATA 6.0 Gb/s Controller with factory integrated RAID on the motherboard supporting limited RAID functionality 0 and 1.

Management

The system supports Windows and Linux operating systems, which offer configuration and management options. Intel’s Active Management System 9.1 and the HP Performance Advisor to help configure your system for use with your preferred software platform. The system can also be accessed remotely using HP Remote Graphic Software (RGS).

Expansion

There are 5 PCI slots total, including one PCIe 3.0, three PCIe 2.0, and a legacy PCI slot. Here again you have options for increased performance and IO with a range of supported GPUs from both Nvidia and AMD supporting applications from professional 2D graphics, entry level, mid-range, to high-end 3D graphic rendering using either Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro graphics cards. There’s also support for up to six monitors but that will require installing both NVIDIA NVS 510 and NVS 310 graphics cards.
Other options include PCIe M.2 NVMe drives for super-fast storage, Audio cards, and NICs. There are also several USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports on the front and back of the system for connecting additional external devices. Power is supplied by either a 400W 92% efficient or 320W standard efficiency power supply. The 400W PSU is recommended when installing more than one graphics card or to support multiple expansion slots.

Summary

The Z230 is an excellent choice for performance and budget, while still gaining the enterprise reliability of a professional workstation. For serious 3D modeling consider purchasing a workstation with a second processor but that said the Z230 will more than meet the needs of most professionals.

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HP Z230 Workstation - Specifications

Processor
  • Intel® Pentium® processor G product family
  • Intel® Core™ processor i3, i5 & i7 product families
  • Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v3 product family
Operating System
  • Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit (Other editions available)
  • Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (Other editions available)
  • HP Linux Installer Kit
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop/ Workstation
Chipset
    Intel® C226 Chipset
Memory
    Up to 32 GB ECC/ non-ECC
    Transfer rates up to 1600 MT/s
    4 DIMM slots
    DDR3L-1600
    Note: ECC/ non-ECC choice and actual memory speed dependent on processor capability
Drive Controllers
    Integrated SATA Controller, RAID 0,1 supported: 5 ports, 6 Gb/s
Storage
    Internal Storage:

  • Intel® Pro 1500 SSD 180 GB
  • Up to 3 3.5-inch 7200 rpm SATA drives: 500 GB, 1, 2 or 3 TB (9 TB max)
  • Up to 3 2.5-inch SATA SSD drives: 128, 180, 240, 256, 480, 512 GB or 1 TB (3 TB max)
  • Up to 1 2.5-inch SATA self-encrypting solid state boot drive (SED SSD): 256 GB
  • Up to 1 2.5-inch SATA self-encrypting 7200 rpm boot drive (SED): 500 GB
  • Up to 1 HP Z Turbo PCIe SSD drives: 256, 512 GB (512 GB max)
  • Note: optional 1 64 GB SSD Disk Cache Module can be used in conjunction with up to 2 SATA HDDs in RAID 0/RAID 1 using Intel® Smart Response Technology

    Optical Storage:

  • DVD-ROM
  • DVD+/-RW DL Super Multi
  • HP Blu-ray Writer
  • HP 15-in-1 Media Card Reader
Drive Bays
    Internal:

  • 2 internal 3.5-inch bays
  • 1 internal 2.5-inch bay
  • External:

  • 1 external slim ODD bay
  • 2 external Half-Height 5.25-inch bays
Graphics
    Integrated Graphics:

  • Intel® HD Graphics available on select processors
  • Professional 2D:

  • NVIDIA® NVS™ 310
  • NVIDIA® NVS™ 315
  • NVIDIA® NVS™ 510
  • Entry 3D:

  • NVIDIA® Quadro® K420
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® K620
  • AMD FirePro™ W2100
  • Mid-range 3D:

  • NVIDIA® Quadro® K2000
  • NVIDIA® Quadro® K2200
  • AMD FirePro™ W5100
  • High-end 3D:

  • NVIDIA® Quadro® K4200
  • AMD FirePro™ W7000
  • AMD FirePro™ W7100
Audio
  • High Definition Integrated Realtek ALC221 Audio and integrated speaker
  • Optional HP Thin USB Powered Speakers
Network
  • Integrated Intel I217LM PCIe GbE Controller
  • Optional Intel Ethernet I210-T1 PCIe as 2nd NIC
Remote Management
    Intel® vPro™ with Intel® AMT 9.0
Slots
  • 1 PCIe Gen3 x16
  • 1 PCIe Gen2 x4 slot/x16 connector
  • 1 PCIe Gen2 x1 slot/x4 connector
  • 1 PCIe Gen2 x1 slot
  • 1 PCI 32-bit
Ports and Connectors
    Front:

  • 2 USB 3.0
  • 1 USB 2.0
  • 1 USB 2.0 Charging data port
  • 1 headphone
  • 1 microphone
  • Rear:

  • 2 USB 3.0
  • 4 USB 2.0
  • 1 DVI-I single link/li>
  • 2 DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 audio in
  • 1 audio out
  • 1 microphone
  • 1 serial (optional)
  • 1 parallel port (optional)
  • 2 PS/2
  • RJ-45 (LoM)
  • Optional 2 IEEE 1394b ports
  • Internal:

  • 1 USB 3.0
  • 3 USB 2.0
  • Optional:

  • 1 Thunderbolt™ 2 port via optional add-in PCIe card 14
Input Devices
  • HP PS/2 keyboard
  • HP USB keyboard
  • HP USB CCID smart card keyboard
  • HP PS/2 mouse
  • HP USB optical mouse
  • HP USB 1000 dpi laser mouse
  • HP Optical 3-button optical mouse
  • USB SpaceMouse Pro
  • USB SpacePilot Pro
Power
  • 400-watt 92% efficient power supply
  • 320-watt Standard Efficiency Power Supply available in some countries
Chassis
    Tower

    H: 15.7 in (39.9 cm)
    W: 6.7 in (17.0 cm)
    D: 17.4 in (44.2 cm)
Compatible Displays
  • HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display
  • HP ZR30w 30-inch S-IPS LCD Monitor
  • All HP Z Displays and HP DreamColor Displays are supported.

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