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Videoguys' Guide to HP Z Workstations:
The Video Editors Best Choice

The Pros are Moving from Mac to Z

When it comes to choosing a workstation that delivers uncompromising performance, there’s simply no contest. Take it from experienced pros like Rob Legato, Jonathan Bird, Devin Super Tramp and the techs at Videoguys.com.

Videoguys.com recommends the HP z Workstations. HP uses only the best components, and these workstations come optimized for digital content creation. The new HP z820 is the power users choice, and the best dual Xeon solution on the market. We like the z420 single Xeon machines for professionals who don't require as much horsepower, but demand the same level of reliability and stability. When it comes to stability, reliability and performance HP workstations set the bar by which all others are judged. They are more expensive then a DIY build, but you get what you pay for.
If you're building a professional post facility, HP z series workstations are the way to go!

See the difference between HP Z and the new MacPro

HP Z420 Smart Buy 4 Cores & K4000

HP z420
SmartBuy
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Mac Pro
Basic
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HP Z420 Smart Buy 4 Cores & K4000

HP z420
SmartBuy
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Mac Pro Step-up
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HP Z620 Dual Xeon  HP Workstation  Quadro K4000 GPU & 32GB RAM

HP z620
Customized
Z620VERK4

HP Z820 Dual Xeon Hex-core w Quadro K4000 GPU & 32GB RAM

HP z820
Customized
Z820VERK4

HP Z820 Dual Xeon Hex-core w Quadro K4000 GPU & 32GB RAM

HP z820
Dream Machine

Z820VERK5

Mac Pro Maxed Out
ZOP8

$2,899
$2,999 $3,399
$3,999 $3,999
$4,999
$8,999
$9,599
Intel Xeon E5 CPU(s) and Total Number of Processing Cores
Quad-Core Quad-Core Hex-Core Hex-Core Dual
Hex-Core 
Dual
Hex-Core 
Dual
Oct-Core 
12-Core
4 4 6 6 12 12 16 12
Memory - Videoguys recommends at least 16GB of RAM to achieve the best possible video editing workflows.
You can add an additional 16GB RAM for approx $400 to any HP z workstation
16GB 12GB 16GB 16GB 32GB 32GB 64GB 64GB
Graphic Processor (GPU) - Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid Media Composer are optimized for NVIDIA CUDA GPU acceleration. They are NOT optimized for AMD processors
NVIDIA Quadro K4000 Dual AMD FirePro D300 NVIDIA Quadro K4000 Dual AMD FirePro D500 NVIDIA Quadro K4000 NVIDIA Quadro K4000 NVIDIA Quadro K5000 Dual AMD FirePro D700
Included Storage followed by Maximum expandable internal storage.
HP Workstations include 4 drive bays that can be filled with a pair of 3TB drives in RAID 0 for under $500
or 4 x 3TB drives in RAID5 for 9TB of useable redundant storage for under $1,000.
256GB SSD 256GB PCIe flash 256GB SSD 256GB PCIe flash 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 256GB SSD 1TB PCIe flash
12 TB maximum 1 TB maximum 12 TB maximum 1 TB maximum 12 TB maximum 15 TB maximum 15 TB maximum 1 TB maximum
Blu-ray Disc Burner for high-definition disc authoring & archiving
Yes NO Yes NO Yes Yes Yes NO
Thunderbolt 2 - The HP and Apple systems listed here ALL include Thunderbolt 2 technology - a dual protocol I/O innovation that dramatically increases transfer performance with bi-directional 10 Gbps speed, and offers daisy chaining to multiple external devices, providing flexibility and simplicity.
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty - For 30 years HP has been supporting the creative professional, which is why they provide a limited three-year, on-site warranty. So no more packing up equipment and hauling it in or sending it off. If anything goes wrong, HP will come to you, on your schedule, and get you back up and running fast.
3 years
On site
1 year 3 years
On site
1 year 3 years
On site
3 years
On site
3 years
On site
1 year
HP Z Workstations are available now at Videoguys.com

$2,899

MacPro not currently available at Videoguys.com

$3,399

MacPro not currently available at Videoguys.com

$3,999

$4,999

$8,999

MacPro not currently available at Videoguys.com

HP Z Workstations feature awesome performance straight out of the box

Thanks to the incredible processing power of the HP Z8 Workstations, pros are able to take on massive workloads, running multiple workstreams simultaneously without ever slowing down.

In terms of performance, the HP Z8 Workstations blaze ahead of the Mac Pro, delivering enough power to put whatever you have in your imagination on to the big screen.

HP Performance Advisor helps you gain a quick and accurate understanding of your entire system in one simple, intelligent interface. Expedite troubleshooting and eliminate downtime with one-click  system reporting.

Even the most powerful computer can be handicapped by a sub-par GPU, which is why HP Z Workstations come equipped with industry-leading NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics. Designed and built specifically for professional workstations, NVIDIA Quadro GPUs power more than 200 professional applications across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, media and entertainment, sciences, and energy. Professionals trust them to realize their most ambitious visions – whether it’s product design, visualization and simulation, or spectacular visual storytelling – and get results to market faster, more profitably, and with superior visual quality.

Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects make specific use of the NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics boards and their own parallel computing platform and programming model called “CUDA”. Adobe applications have specific functions that require CUDA or OptiX and this performance acceleration is only available using NVIDIA CUDA-enabled video cards and display systems.

When you need more, add more in seconds!

Creativity is always changing, so we created the HP Z8 Workstations to feature tool-less serviceability, letting you easily get inside and expand your hardware to have the power and speed to fit your needs. Whatever they are, whenever you want.

Hardware that's made for your software.

HP worked directly with partners like Adobe and Avid to create software that’s optimized specifically to take advantage of HP hardware and the NVIDIA CUDA platform to wring even more powerhouse performance out of the GPU.

Working together, HP and Adobe help industry professionals solve tough creative challenges with innovative hardware and software that are tuned and integrated for better performance. HP and Adobe engineers work closely to verify that Adobe Creative Cloud applications can take full advantage of the performance features of HP Workstations to give pros greater confidence in their production solution.

Improve Your Workflow

Adobe Creative Creative Cloud software is the high performance toolset with everything you need to create productions for virtually any screen. You’ll experience amazing performance from pre-production to post. Get the entire collection of all the creative pro tools available from Adobe at one unbeatable price. That means you can edit your video, mix the sound, add motion graphics, color grade, and even create promotional materials—all in-house. Do your best work and do it fast with HP Z Desktop or Mobile Workstations with DreamColor display technology offering color space critical presets like Adobe RGB and Rec 709.

Adobe Professional Software Demands Workstation Power

With up to 8 dual core Intel Xeon processors, expanded I/O and massive storage, professional graphics hardware and fast, reliable memory, HP Z Workstations are designed, tested, and built for Adobe users looking for high performance and extreme stability.

Working together, HP & Adobe solve tough creative challenges

The combination of HP Workstation hardware and Adobe software helps solve some of the toughest creative challenges with solutions that are tuned and integrated for better performance. Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information and HP designs and manufactures some of the best performing workstations available today. Together HP and Adobe engineers work closely to help ensure that Adobe applications take full advantage of the performance capabilities of the latest HP Workstations.

Working together, HP and Avid help industry professionals solve tough creative challenges with innovative hardware and software that are tightly integrated for optimized performance. HP and Avid engineers closely collaborate to certify the latest versions of Media Composer, NewsCutter, and Pro Tools on the latest HP Workstations.

Avid creative professionals demand workstation power

HP Workstations are designed for Avid film, video, and audio pros looking for high performance, extreme expandability, and mission-critical reliability. HP Workstations offer up to dual 8-core Intel® Xeon® processors, the latest NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics hardware, up to 512GB of RAM, and a revolutionary tool-free chassis design for easy serviceability.

Use what Avid uses – HP Workstations

HP has a unique relationship with Avid. HP Workstations are the internal desktop standard throughout Avid. This means that Avid chooses HP Workstations to develop, test, and demo their powerful, cutting-edge software and hardware products. Additionally, Avid has chosen HP Workstations for its turnkey solutions, including Avid Media Composer and Avid NewsCutter products. This close relationship gives you the confidence that your solution providers will work together to support your needs for years to come.

Rigorous testing and certification

HP invests in people, equipment, testing, and certification processes to help ensure that Avid applications take full advantage of the performance capabilities of the latest HP Workstations. HP product testing includes application performance, graphics, and comprehensive ISV certification for maximum productivity. Before HP Workstations receive Avid certification, they undergo rigorous testing. You can be confident with your solution investment in HP and Avid. Also, all HP Workstations come with a 3-year parts, 3-year labor and 3-year onsite service (3/3/3) standard limited warranty that is extendable up to 5 years.

Save $100 Off Your NLE Software with a new HP Z Workstation

For a limited time only. Videoguys.com is offering an extra $100 off your NLE software when you purchase it with a new HP Z Workstation. Just add any full version, upgrade or subscription to Adobe, Avid, Sony or Grass Valley software to your HP Z Workstation order and get $100 off.

Use coupon code HPNLE100 for $100 off your order.

Go mobile - no cords, drives, or extras needed.

Creative professionals like you can’t be chained to an office, which is why HP created the ZBook – designed to deliver the same level of heavy-duty production and post production, no matter where you are, without any additional equipment.

Take advantage of powerful processing and graphics, consistent color throughout your workflow, simple scalability, and the blazing-fast connectivity your team needs to perform and collaborate at the speed of creativity.

HP ZBook 15 Mobile Workstation Smart Buy

HP zBook 15"
Smart Buy
$2,999.00

MacBook Pro 15"
2.3 GHz Retina Display
$2,799.00

HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation Smart Buy

HP zBook 17"
Dream Machine

$6,199.00

Processor Cores
Core i7-4800MQ 2.7 6MB 4C

2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7

Core i7-4900MQ 2.8 8MB 4C
Memory
16GB (2x8) 1600 non-ECC
Upgradeable to 32GB

16GB 1600MHz.
Non-upgradeable

32GB (4x8) 1600 non-ECC
Internal Storage

750GB SATA 7200
32GB mSATA SSD

512GB PCIe-based flash storage 512GB SATA-3 Solid State Drive
750GB 7200 SATA 2nd HDD
Graphics Processor & Display
Workstation Graphics
NVIDIA Quadro K2100M 2GB
with DreamColor FHD UWVA 15.6” Display

NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
with 2GB GDDR5 memory

Workstation Graphics
NVIDIA Quadro K5100M 8GB
with DreamColor FHD UWVA 17.3” Display
Blu-ray Writer
Blu-Ray Writer No Blu-Ray Writer
Battery Life
14 hrs 8hrs 12 hrs
Thunderbolt 2.0
Yes Yes Yes
Warranty
3 years, on site 1 year 3 years, on site
HP Z Workstations are available now at Videoguys.com

$2,999.00

MacBook Pro not currently available at Videoguys.com

$6,199.00

HP Z1 G2  27” All-in-One Workstation Smart Buy

HP Z1 G2 27”
All-in-One Workstation Smart Buy

$2,999.00

Apple iMac 27"
$2,599.00

Processor Cores
Intel Xeon E3-1245v3 3.4
8MB GT2 4C HT
Intel Core i7 3.5GHz Quad-core
Memory
16GB (2x8) 1866 ECC
Upgradeable to 32 GB
16GB (2x8) 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Upgradeable to 32 GB
Storage
2 Storage Drives!
256GB mSATA-3 Solid State Drive plus
1TB 7200 SATA 2nd HDD
Limited to 1 drive. SSD, SATA or Fusion Drive
1 TB Fusion Drive.
Thunderbolt 2
Yes Yes
Warranty
3 years, on site 1 year
Expandability

Easily modify and expand the HP Z1 G2 with HPs innovative tool-less design. Add workstation graphics or select the optional 10-point touchscreen.

No
HP Z Workstations are available now at Videoguys.com
$2,999.00
iMac not currently available at Videoguys.com

Affordable, all-in-one workstation
with internal expansion.

Unlike the iMac, the HP Z1 G2 All-in-one workstation allows you to change most components or make upgrades on your own without tools or a service technician. Simply snap open the chassis and customize to fit your needs.

The HP Z1 G2 Workstation is HP’s elegant and innovative all-in-one workstation with a brilliant, large-screen display. Easily modify and change most components—no tools required. Unleash your creativity with accelerated performance and world-class reliability. Customize your display with optional 10-point touch technology in a stunning edge-to-edge glass design.

Switch to Windows seamlessly.

Adobe Creative Cloud applications and Avid Media Composer | Software have the exact same interface on Mac and Windows machines so making the switch to Windows is going to be much easier than you think. Besides, as a creative professional, you spend most of your time in these applications anyway!

These pros already made the move from Mac to Z...

Rob Legato & Mark Russell
Hollywood blockbusters
Power the impossible

HP Z Workstations transform CGI fantasy into the real thing.

Jonathan Bird
Broadcast TV
Speed up your workflow

Edit, change, do over and start again in minutes – not hours.

Devin Super Tramp
Viral videos
Create anywhere

No need to get back to a studio. Do the work wherever it takes you.

Visual effects supervisors Rob Legato and Mark Russell use HP Z Workstations when they need to turn impractical, unattainable, unthinkable shots into on-screen reality.

Rob Legato is a two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor and second unit director of photography. He won his first Academy Award for his work on Titanic, and his second for Hugo. Rob has also been awarded for his work on Apollo 13and the Star Trek franchise.

After attending the University of Southern California, Mark began his career in film production in Los Angeles, working on groundbreaking films such as Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report. He now resides in New York, working on both major motion pictures and supervising independent projects and directing short films.

Thanks to the incredible processing power of the HP Z8 Workstations, Rob and Mark are able to take on massive workloads, running multiple workstreams simultaneously without ever slowing down.

In 1991 Jonathan Bird formed Oceanic Research Group Inc., dedicated to producing educational ocean-related material. Since then he’s produced 13 educational films, published 7 books, and created the award-winning seriesJonathan Bird’s Blue World, earning him 9 Emmy Awards and 2 CINE Golden Eagle Awards.

Jonathan Bird takes the world underwater in his nine-time Emmy award-winning series Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, edited and produced right from his own home studio.

Bird and his team chose the HP Z8 Workstations because they’re built to keep up with creativity, packing more memory so you have the freedom to try new things, rearrange and re-do, without having to worry about waiting.

“Our Mac was taking twelve hours to render one of these like, ten second
little graphics, and with our new Z Workstation, the first one we did, it rendered in two hours – at full resolution.”

Devin “Super Tramp” Graham started creating YouTube videos for a friend in college. Since his first video he’s shot to internet superstardom, earning over 300 million views, gaining 1.78 million followers, and directing commercials for brands like Ford, Mountain Dew and Panasonic.

Armed with a video camera and an HP ZBook, Devin takes internet viewers on extreme adventures, producing Hollywood-quality videos on location – every week.

Creatives like Devin can’t be chained to an office, which is why HP created the ZBook – designed to deliver the same level of heavy-duty production and post production, no matter where you are, without any additional equipment.

Devin can seamlessly transition from the road to the studio, transferring all his data via Thunderbolt™ 2.01– the industry’s fastest, most versatile I/O connection. And with the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LCD display, he can see it all play back in one billion active colors.

What is the difference between an HP Smart Buy and a Custom Configured System?

HP Smart Buys are pre-configured and stocked solutions designed by HP for quick availability and shipping. These machine have limited upgrade options that you may purchase with the Smart Buy Workstation and then add to the computer yourself. Fortunately, HP workstations are all easily expandable and these upgrades can be done quickly.

The most popular Smart Buy upgrade option is more memory. Now, you can add 16GB more RAM to any HP Smart Buy from Videoguys.com for only $399.

Custom Configured HP Z Workstations are designed specifically for you and your needs so we'll require up to 2-weeks to set the machine up for you before shipping. Of course, we make every effort to get these done as quickly as possible and we know that when your new workstation arrives you will agree it was worth the wait. Custom configured HP Workstations are the perfect solutions for limited budgets since they allow you to focus your investment on the components that you need most.

If you'd like to configure a custom workstation please call the Videoguys' Techs at 800-323-2325 and we'd be happy to help meet your needs. We can even help you match the specs of your current editing system with the latest and greatest components available today.

HP Z230 Tower
Workstation Smart Buy

$2,399.00
HP Z420 Smart Buy
4 Cores & K4000

$2,899.00
HP Z420 Smart Buy
6 Cores & K2000

$2,599.00
HP Z420 Smart Buy
6 Cores & K4000

$3,399.00

Core i7-4770 3.4 8MB GT2 4C HT
16GB (2x8) 1600 non-ECC
256GB Solid State Drive
NVIDIA Quadro K2000 2GB
Thunderbolt 2 Blu-Ray Writer
Win 8.1 DG to Win 7 Pro 64
3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty

Xeon E5-1620v2 3.7 10MB 4C
16GB (2x8) 1866 ECC
256GB Solid State Drive
NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3GB
Thunderbolt 2
Blu-Ray Writer
Win 8.1 DG to Win 7 Pro 64
3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty

Xeon E5-1650v2 3.5 12MB 6C
8GB (4x2) 1866 ECC
1TB 7200 SATA HDD
NVIDIA Quadro K2000 2GB
DVD/RW
Win 8.1 DG to Win 7 Pro 64
3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty

Xeon E5-1650v2 3.5 12MB 6C
16GB (2x8) 1866 ECC
256GB Solid State Drive
NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3GB
Thunderbolt 2
Blu-Ray Writer
Win 8.1 DG to Win 7 Pro 64
3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty

HP Z620 Smart Buy
6 Cores & K4000

$5,299.00
Videoguys' Custom HP z620 Workstation
Dual Hex-Core Xeon with 32GB of RAM
and Quadro K4000 GPU for only $3,999
Videoguys' Custom HP z820
Dual Hex-Core Xeon with 32GB RAM & Quadro K4000
$4,999.00

Xeon E5-2643v2 3.5 25MB 6C
16GB (4x4) 1866 ECC Reg
256GB Solid State Drive
NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3GB
Thunderbolt 2
Blu-Ray Writer
Win 8.1 DG to Win 7 Pro 64
3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty

The HP Z620 Workstation packs a ton of computing and visualization power into a quiet, compact footprint. Videoguys.com recommends the Quadro K4000 GPU to get the most from your editing & compositing applications!

  • http://www.videoguys.com/Images/ItemImages/2751.jpgDual Hex-Core Xeon E5-2630v1 2.3 6C
  • 32GB (4x8) 1866 ECC
  • 256GB Solid State Boot Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3GB
  • Blu-Ray Writer
  • Thunderbolt 2
  • Win 8.1 DG to Win 7 Pro 64
  • 3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty

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Introducing the HP Z820 Workstation, your launch pad for turning inspiration into reality. Videoguys.com configured this machine to be a true video editing and production powerhouse perfect for even the most demanding workflows - including 4K.

  • Dual Hex-Core Xeon E5-2620v2 2.6 6C
  • 32GB (4x8) 1866 ECC
  • 256GB Solid State Boot Drive
  • NVIDIA uadro K4000 3GB
  • Blu-Ray Writer
  • Thunderbolt 2
  • Windows 8.1 Downgrade to Windows 7 Pro 64
  • 3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty
HP Z820 Smart Buy
Dual Xeon 6 Cores & K4000

$4,999.00
HP Z820 Smart Buy
Dual Xeon 8 Cores & K4000

$6,799.00
HP Z820 Smart Buy
8 Cores & K5000

$7,999.00

TWO Xeon E5-2630v2 2.6
15MB 6C
16GB (8x2) 1866 ECC
1TB 7200 SATA HDD
NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3GB
DVD/RW
Win 8.1 DG to Win 7 Pro 64
3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty

TWO Xeon E5-2650v2 2.6 20MB 8C
16GB (8x2) 1866 ECC
1TB 7200 SATA HDD
NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3GB
DVD/RW
Win 8.1 DG to Win 7 Pro 64
3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty

Xeon E5-2667v2 3.3 25MB 8C
Liquid Cooling
16GB (4x4) 1866 ECC
256GB Solid State Drive
NVIDIA Quadro K5000 4GB
Thunderbolt 2
Blu-Ray Writer
Win 8.1 DG to Win 7 Pro 64
3/3/3 Year Onsite Warranty

What are some of the custom-configured Upgrade Options for the
HP Z Workstations?

Computer components and prices change quickly and there are also several factors that may impact the price of a custom configured machine. Here are some examples of upgrade options and their costs as of early-summer 2014. These prices are just a guideline of how they may affect your overall system price and when you call us at 800-323-2325 our HP sales experts will do the best they can to offer you the lowest price on the completely congigured workstation that best meets your need.

Upgraded Boot Drive   Additional Video Storage   Upgraded GPU
256 GB SSD Standard 2x2TB RAID 0 + $350 K2000 to K4000 +$400
512 GB SSD + $325 2x3TB RAID 0 + $475 K4000 to K5000 +$1,000
1 TB 7200rpm - $100 4x2TB RAID 5 + $700  
Additional Single Drive 4x3TB RAID 5 + $950 Upgraded RAM
2TB SATA + $175 Videoguys.com also has the complete line of G-Technology external video storage solutions for Thunderbolt 16GB to 32GB + $400
3TB SATA + $250 32GB to 64GB + $800

 

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