Hewlett-Packard Z620 Workstation
HP enjoys recognition for a second year in a row for its Z620 Workstation. This completely redesigned system incorporates an all-new two-socket motherboard within a rackable minitower with a maximum of 24 cores across two Xeon E5-2697v2 CPUs. Its 12 DIMM slots can handle up to 192 GB of 1,866MHz eight-channel ECC DDR3 memory across four memory channels per CPU. A six-channel SATA controller can address up to 12 TB of internal storage and manage RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10 arrays. HP also offers optional LSI 9212-4i (four-port SAS) or 9717-4i4e (eight-port SAS) controllers. Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 3.0 ports (two front, two rear), and a FireWire port come standard. A pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports is offered on an optional PCIe card. Graphics options include Nvidia Quadro K4000, K5000, 6000, Tesla C2075 and K20c, or the AMD FirePro W7000. The Z620 Workstation is well suited for video production, computer-aided design and any application that demands ultra-high performance from a small-footprint PC. Pricing starts at about $1,689.