For the second year in a row, HP's Z620 Workstation made CRN's Products of the Year. This year's model is fast and easy to service, with a completely redesigned two-socket motherboard in a rackable minitower.
Its top configuration delivers 24 cores across two Intel Zeon E5-2697v2 3.0GHz CPUs. Its 12 DIMM slots can handle as much as 192 GB of 1,866MHz 8-channel ECC DDR3 memory with four memory channels per CPU.
The new version of the workstation maintains its ease of service, with a lockable side panel that can be removed with the flip of a lever to expose processors, DIMM slots, storage, expansion cards, power supply and many other internal components that can be serviced without tools.
The new desktop embraces Intel's new Thunderbolt spec, and the Test Center sampled its Thunderbolt 2.0 PCIe card in the test system. The card delivered a sustained transfer rate of 280 MB/s with sequential reads of 32K, but its IOps was just 8K.
PUBLISHED DEC. 19, 2013