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HP Z420 Workstation

HP Z420 Workstation
alaScore 87

21 reviews

Aug, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews of HP Z420 Workstation. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The price is also appreciated. Some have doubts about the design and size.

price, usability

size, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the HP Z420 Workstation is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

HP Z420

 

The HP Z420 is a powerful, expandable workstation. It combines the power of a quad-core Intel Xeon processor with an Nvidia Quadro graphics to give you a powerhouse system that can grow along with your company.

Xeon power. Quadro graphics. Lots of expansion room. ISV Certifications. USB 3.0 on front and back. SSD C: drive with 1TB D: drive

No eSATA or Thunderbolt

The HP Z420 ($2,768 direct) is a mid-level single processor workstation from HP. It has a good measure of expandability backing up its liquid cooled Intel Xeon processor and Nvidia Quadro workstation-class graphics. It was a speedy performer on our...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Dustin Sklavos (anandtech.com)

HP Z420 Workstation Review: Competition Heats Up

 

Recently we had a chance to review Dell's Precision T3600, and we found it impressive. A company that seemed content to be an also-ran in the enterprise desktop space reinvigorated itself with smart new chassis designs to go along with the refreshed...

When I attended the Dell press event for their revised Precision line, one of the other journalists there essentially called Dell to the mat for playing second fiddle to HP, and asked what Dell was going to do to make up the difference. Given the...

May, 2012

Expert review by: Michael Crider (slashgear.com)

HP Z420 Workstation review

 

Workstation computers are strange beasts: it's rare that someone more used to a traditional laptop or desktop will need them, or indeed, will be able to justify the extra expense. But for those who need massive amounts of performance for specific...

There aren't many reading this that need massive amounts of power for specific and often crucial tasks. But for those who do, and can afford the premium that a workstation demands, the Z420 is an excellent choice. While not as flashy as the machines...

May, 2012

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (computershopper.com)

Expert Review

 

Potent performance, SSD plus hard drive storage, Plenty of expansion slots

No Thunderbolt or eSATA ports, Consumer- rather than industrial-grade hard drive

The Z420 is priced fairly for the level of validation and support HP pours into its offering, and this is really where the system makes sense: moderate-demand visual computing for a low- to moderate-range budget. If you're really serious about graphics...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Ryan McLaughlin (justechn.com)

Review: HP Z420 Workstation

 

In a never ending effort to always improve, HP has released a new version of their Z workstations. These new workstations are the Z1, Z210, Z420, Z620, and Z820. HP was good enough to send me the Z420, which is their Price/Performance Leader, and I am...

HP has done a great job of filling this workstation with great components, but still keeping the price low. If you are looking for workstation for your office then I recommend you look at the HP Z line of workstations. With such a variety to choose...

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Kris H. (newegg.com)

Excellent Workstation

 

I bought this to replace my ailing 7 year old Core2Duo and boy what an upgrade. My desktop at home has now turned into a quasi server, so I wanted to make sure I could add enough internal storage, and still have the ability play my old games, do some...

- Affordable. Even though this is last year's model, the price point for a low-to-mid Xeon makes this an excellent bargain. It's still faster, spec wise, than most high end i7's regardless. - Case is in a class of its own. 100% Screwless. Comes with...

- Graphics Card. The graphics card with this system is NOT a gaming card. It is a high end workstation graphics card. Yes it will play *some* games, it is more geared for media (audio/video) editing, not games. However, the card itself is a beautiful...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Kris H (newegg.com)

Excellent Workstation

 

I bought this to replace my ailing 7 year old Core2Duo and boy what an upgrade. My desktop at home has now turned into a quasi server, so I wanted to make sure I could add enough internal storage, and still have the ability play my old games, do some...

Affordable. Even though this is last year's model, the price point for a low-to-mid Xeon makes this an excellent bargain. It's still faster, spec wise, than most high end i7's regardless ; Case is in a class of its own. 100% Screwless. Comes with ALL...

Graphics Card. The graphics card with this system is NOT a gaming card. It is a high end workstation graphics card. Yes it will play *some* games, it is more geared for media (audio/video) editing, not games. However, the card itself is a beautiful...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Dusty (newegg.com)

Need more RAM

 

The rebuild price was attractive for a workstation

You should have 8GB RAM minimum for running CAD applications this machine is too slow

Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: stracey777 (cdw.com)

Great ACAD Workstation

 

We have replaced our Dell machines with These workstations. In comparison of like value and power, the HP significantly out performed in both value and processing speed. The only thing that would make these systems better, is a Solid State Drive.

Jun, 2013

Consumer review by: fdindc (cdw.com)

NO memory card reader!

 

WARNING: Despite the 3 images showing the internal memory card reader (and no disclaimer suggesting otherwise) there is NO memory card reader on board. It would help, of course, if they listed one as an appropriate accessory, but that seems to be too...

May, 2013
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Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer:DVD WRITER / DVD-Writer / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive / Not Applicable
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader / No
Firewire:No / Yes
TV Output:No / Not Applicable / Yes
Wireless LAN: No

Design

Water cooling system: No

Display

Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

Expansion slots

PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots:1 / 2 / 3
PCI Express x4 (Gen 2.x) slots:1
PCI Express x4 (Gen 3.x) slots:1
PCI Express x8 (Gen 2.x) slots:1 / 2
PCI Express x8 (Gen 3.x) slots:1

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Linux / NO OS / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Ultimate / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8 Pro Downgradable
Product Type:PC Workstation
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:PC Workstation

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / Intel ® / Matrox / Not Applicable / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):FIRE PRO V3900 / FIRE PRO V4900 / FirePro 2270 / FIREPRO W7000 / FirePro™ 2270 / FirePro™ V3900 / FirePro™ V4900 / FirePro™ V7900 / HD Graphics 4000 / MGA G200e / n.a. / Not Applicable / QUADRO 2000 / Quadro 4000 / Quadro 410 / QUADRO 600 / Quadro K2000 / QUADRO K4000 / QUADRO K5000 / QUADRO K600 / QUADRO NVS 300 / Quadro NVS 300 M / QUADRO NVS 310
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / OnBoard Graphic
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU / OnBoard Graphic

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024 / 1536 / 2048 / 3072 / 4000 / 4096
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 2.048

Optical Drive

Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

Built-In Optical Drive: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:C206 / C602 / Unknown
Conflict Free processor:N / No
ECC supported by processor:No / Y / Yes
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:256 / 375 / 750 / 768
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:40
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):31.4 / 34.1 / 42.6 / 51.2 / 59.7
Memory channels supported by processor:Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:800,1066 / 800,1066,1333 / 800,1066,1333,1600 / 800,1066,1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Processor:Xeon / XEON E5 / Xeon ® E5
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Ivy Bridge EP / Sandy Bridge EP
Processor Number:E5-1603 / E5-1607 / E5-1607V2 / E5-1620 / E5-1620V2 / E5-1650 / E5-1650V2 / E5-1660 / E5-1660V2 / E5-1680V2 / E5-2650V2 / E5-2665 / E5-2687W
Processor Series:Intel Xeon E5-1600 / Intel Xeon E5-1600 v2 / Intel Xeon E5-2600 / Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):115 / 130 / 80 / 95

Processor special features

Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
OS Guard:Y / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):32 / 46
Processor package size:52.5

Software

Recovery operating system:Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro

Storage

Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
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