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HP Z420 Workstation

HP Z420 Workstation
alaScore 86

21 reviews

Nov, 2017

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 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the usability and price, whereas there are some critical views 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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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

HP Z420

 

The HP Z420 combines 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.

More desktop reviews: • Acer Aspire Z3 (AZ3-715-UR15)• Origin Neuron• Dell OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One• Microsoft Surface Studio• Corsair One Pro• more

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...

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: William Van Winkle (computershopper.com)

HP Z420 Workstation Review and Ratings

 

HP's mid-range workstation is an exemplary if somewhat plain vanilla example of the category, solidly built and a speedy performer.

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

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

Despite being a bit out of its natural element in our benchmark tests, it's obvious that the Z420 is no slouch. The machine pulls its formidable weight with grace and speed suitable for its sub-$2,000 price point.

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 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: 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: 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

Certificates

Certification:Energy Star
Energy Star certified: / No / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold / Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Cable lock slot: Yes
Chassis type: / Micro Tower / Midi Tower / Mini Tower / Minitower / Tower
Color of product:Black
Number of 3.5" bays:1 / 3
Number of 5.25" bays:2 / 3
Placement supported:Vertical
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:400 / 600
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Expansion Slots

PCI Express slots version:2.0, 3.0
PCI Express x1 slots:1
PCI Express x16 slots:2
PCI Express x4 slots:1
PCI Express x8 slots:1 / 2
PCI slots:1

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024 / 1536 / 2048 / 3072 / 4000 / 4096
Discrete graphics adapter model: / AMD FirePro V3900 / AMD FirePro V4900 / AMD FirePro W7000 / No / Not available / NVIDIA NVS 315 / NVIDIA Quadro K2000 / NVIDIA Quadro K4000 / NVIDIA Quadro K600
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 1024 / 2.048
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
On-board graphics adapter:N / No
On-board graphics adapter model: No

Memory

ECC: Yes
Internal memory:16 / 24 / 32 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:64 / 8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600 / 1866
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 3 x 2 / 4 x 2 / 4 x 4 / 4 x 8 / 8 x 2 / 8 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 3 x 2 / 4 x 2 / 4 x 4 / 4 x 8 / 8 x 2 / 8 x 4
Memory slots: / 2x DIMM / 6x DIMM / 8x DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth: No
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 100,1000
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi standards: No

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 358267.7
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90 / 8 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90 / 8 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 90 / 8 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 90 / 8 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60 / -40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60 / -40 - 60

Optical Drive

BD interface type:SATA
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: / Blu-Ray RW / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD+/-RW / DVD±RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

Built-In Optical Drive:Y

Other Features

Cooling type:Active
Graphics:FirePro V3900 / FirePro V4900 / FirePro W7000 / N / Quadro 2000 / Quadro 4000 / Quadro 600 / Quadro K2000
Graphics adapter:FirePro V3900 / FirePro V4900 / FirePro W7000 / N / Quadro 2000 / Quadro 4000 / Quadro 600 / Quadro K2000
Graphics adapter family:AMD / NVIDIA
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x
Maximum storage capacity:3
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
Number of hard drives supported:3
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Rack mounting: / No
Resolution:1920 x 1200 / 2560 x 1440

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: No
AC adapter included:N
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Bundled software:Cyberlink PowerDVD/Power2Go / HP Performance Advisor; HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) V5; HP ProtectTools Security; HP Power Assistant; Roxio Easy Media Creator; Intervideo WinDVD / HP Performance Advisor\nHP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) V5\nHP ProtectTools Security\nHP Power Assistant\nPDF Complete\nCyberlink PowerDVD/Power2Go / HP Performance Advisor\nHP Remote Graphics Software V5\nHP ProtectTools Security\nCyberLink PowerDVD/Power2Go\nMicrosoft Office Home & Business 2013 / HP Performance Advisor\nSoftware HP Remote Graphics (RGS) V5\nHP Power Assistant\nCyberlink PowerDVD/Power2Go\nCompre Office
Cables included:AC
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1
Display brightness:300
Display Diagonal:24 / 27
Display included:No / Yes
Display Resolution:1920 x 1200
Drivers included: Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard supplied:No / Yes
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Mouse included:No / Yes
Numeric keypad: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Viewing angle, horizontal:178
Viewing angle, vertical:178

Performance

Audio system:Audio Realtek ALC262 / HD / HD Audio / HDA / Intel/Realtek HD ALC262 / Realtek ALC262 / Realtek ALC262 HD / Realtek HD ALC262
Chipset: / Intel C206 / Intel C602
Motherboard chipset:Intel C206 / Intel C602
Product type:PC / Workstation

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 2 / 4
DVI port:No / Yes
DVI-I ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1 / 2
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1 / 2 / 3
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Line-out:No / Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PS/2 ports quantity:2
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power supply:400 / 600
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

Bus type:FSB / QPI
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):28 / 30 / 31 / 38
ECC supported by processor:N / Y
FSB Parity:N / No
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
Number of processors installed:1
Number of QPI links:2
PCI Express configurations:x4, x8, x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0, 3.0 / 3.0
Processor: / E5-1603 / E5-1607 / E5-1607V2 / E5-1620 / E5-1620V2 / E5-1650 / E5-1650V2 / E5-1660V2 / E5-1680V2 / E5-2609V2 / E5-2620V2 / E5-2650V2 / E5-2665 / Unspecified
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 3.8 / 3.9 / 4
Processor cache:10 / 12 / 15 / 20 / 25
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Ivy Bridge EP / Sandy Bridge EP
Processor cores:4 / 6 / 8
Processor family: / Intel Xeon E5 / Intel Xeon E5 v2 / Intel® Xeon® E5 Family / Intel® Xeon® E5 V2 Family / Unspecified
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.6 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.2 / 3.5 / 3.6 / 3.7
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor model:E5-1603 / E5-1607 / E5-1607V2 / E5-1620 / E5-1620V2 / E5-1650 / E5-1650V2 / E5-1660V2 / E5-1680V2 / E5-2609V2 / E5-2620V2 / E5-2650V2 / E5-2665
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Xeon E5-1600 / Intel Xeon E5-1600 v2 / Intel Xeon E5-2600 / Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2
Processor socket:LGA 1248 / Socket R (LGA 2011)
Processor threads:12 / 16 / 4 / 8
Stepping:C2 / M1 / S1
System bus data transfer rate:6.4 / 7.2 / 8
System bus rate:6.4 / 7.2 / 8
Tcase:64 / 70 / 71 / 75 / 81.8 / 85
Thermal Design Power (TDP):115 / 130 / 80 / 95

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1 / 2
Embedded options available:N / No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Y / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:N / No
Intel Demand Based Switching:Y / Yes
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00
Intel Insider:N / No
Intel InTru 3D Technology:N / No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:N / No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:N / No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2,0 / 2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:N / No
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):32 / 46
Processor ARK ID:64597 / 64600 / 64601 / 64619 / 64621 / 75269 / 75779 / 75780 / 75781 / 75787 / 75789 / 77785 / 77912
Processor code:SL8SV / SR0KN / SR0L1 / SR0L8 / SR0L9 / SR0LC / SR1B3 / SR1MJ
Processor package size:52.5
Scalability:1S / 2S / S2S
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Y / Yes

Software

Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed: / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Ultimate / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro
Optional operating system supplied:Windows 8.1 Pro
Recovery operating system:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:Microsoft Office Home & Business 2013

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDXC, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:15000 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 300 / 500 / 600
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III / Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
Hard Drive Size:3.5
Hard drive speed:15000 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III / Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
RAID levels:0, 1, 0+1 / 0, 1, 1+0 / 0, 1, 5, 10
RAID support: Yes
Solid-state drive capacity:120 / 128 / 160 / 240 / 256 / 480 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:PCI Express / SATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / HDD,SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 120 / 1200 / 1240 / 1256 / 128 / 1480 / 160 / 2000 / 2224 / 240 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 736 / 756

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:17.5 / 17.6 / 18 / 219.3 / 7.01
Height:17.5 / 17.6 / 18
Weight:26 / 27.6
Width:17.6 / 6.97 / 7 / 7.01