HP recently announced a revamp of their HP Z240 workstation range, so is it good news for the power hungry CAD users requiring CAD workstation performance on a budget?
The HP Z240 workstation has always offered affordability, choice, reliability and performance to CAD users working in the product design, architecture and engineering industries.
While it still offers all of this, the updated Z240 packs an even bigger punch, with the addition of: faster processing up to 4.2 GHz, support for 64GB of fast DDR4 memory and optional ultra-fast Z Turbo drives, a choice of Windows 7 or 10 and a reduced entry price of around the £630+VAT mark.
This is all good for the CAD users, but why?
Some CAD users running applications which require lots of memory and have limited support for multi-threading, such as Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD and Inventor, prefer the higher single threaded performance of a Core i7 processor, rather than the more stable Xeon processor and ECC memory. Therefore, support for up to 64 GB of fast DDR4 memory and the introduction of the faster Intel Core i7-6700K operating at up to 4.2 GHz to the new Z240, can only be beneficial to these CAD users.
HP internal tests further enforce this, showing that the new HP Z240 performed 13 percent faster when operating Autodesk Revit and 12 percent faster with AutoCAD.
CAD files are typically large, so accessing data stored on traditional drives can often cause performance issues for CAD users, the introduction of the SATA SSD drives improves performance. However, as the HP Z Turbo drive with a PCIe interface and SSD storage, offers data access times 6x faster than traditional drives and 2x faster than SATA SSD drives, the addition of the optional Z Turbo drive will be well worthwhile for CAD users working with large files.
In conclusion, at a reduced starting price and improved performance the new HP Z240 workstation has to be good news to a power hungry CAD user working on large data files who is about to buy a new workstation.