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Test System Configuration And Benchmark Settings

HP Z1 Workstation: High-End Hardware In An All-In-One

Test Machine

The baseline machine remains the same, with the same limitations affecting its performance.

iBuyPower P500X

Intel Xeon E3 1270 v2, 3.5 GHz, LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Xeon E3 1280 v2, 3.6 GHz, LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled


Asetek 550LC

HP air-cooler


Asus P8B WS, BIOS 2009, Intel C206 series chipset

HP 3561h, BIOS A08J52 v02.10, Intel C602 series chipset


2 x Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/4G, ECC DDR3-1333 CAS 9

4 x Micron 18JSF51272AZ-1G6M1, ECC DDR3-1600 CAS 11


PNY Quadro 2000 1 GB, 625 MHz GPU, 1300 MHz memory, 128-bit GDDR5, 192 CUDA cores

Quadro K4000M 4 GB, 600 MHz GPU, 700 MHz memory, 256-bit GDDR5, 960 CUDA cores, MXM module recognized as PCIe 3.0 x16

RAID Controller


Intel C206 integrated SATA/RAID controller


Kingston Hyper-X SH100S3/120G, 120 GB MLC NAND SSD

2 x Intel SSD 320 SSDSA2BW300G3H, 300 GB MLC NAND SSD

Hard Drives

HGST HDS732020BLA642 2 TB, 7K3000 7200 RPM


Optical Drive

Lite-On iHAS124-04(C) 24x Dual-layer DVD±RW Writer

HP BD DRV BD-5841H5 6x BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW Writer/24x CD Writer


Echo Digital Audio AudioFire 2 (not included in price)

Echo Digital Audio AudioFire 2 (not included in price)


Integrated Intel 82574L

Integrated Intel 82579LM


Integrated VIA 6308S

Integrated JMicron JMB 38X

Power Supply

Corsair TX650 V2, 80 PLUS Bronze, 650 W

Delta Electronics DPS-400AB-15A, 90% efficient, 400 W


Cooler Master Silencio 550

ZP Z1 All-in-One


LG E2250T-PN, 22”, 1920x1080 (Not included in price or testing)

HP Z1 integrated, 27”, 2560x1440

LG E2250T-PN, 22”, 1920x1080 (used as solo monitor for the 1920x1080 benchmarks, not in price)

Operating System

Windows 7 Professional x64

Windows 7 Professional x64

Graphics Driver

Quadro Driver 320.49

Quadro Driver 307.74 (latest available when testing was done)

Audio Driver



ASIO Driver

Included in audio driver

Included in audio driver


Three-year labor; one-year parts

Limited one-, three-, four-, and five-year options. Mon-Fri 8-5 next business day, parts, labor and 24x7 phone support, terms and conditions may vary.

Price As Configured
$1999 (2012)

The SSD configuration in our sample is no longer available, so the pricing we're using corresponds to a pair of Micron C400 256 GB drives.

Test Suite

The test suite is also unrevised since last fall, with the minor addition of some tests for the Z1's display.


Version 9.28: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"


Version 4.2: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"


Version 17.0 Pro: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"

Content Creation
NewTek LightWave 3D 11.5

Custom workload: High-polygon-count Tom’s Hardware logo, Modeler test: Scripted cloning of surface details across a segment of the logo, Render test: 1920x1080 render of logo with photoreal motion blur, ray-traced shadows, global illumination, OpenGL Test: Generate OpenGL preview of animation for real-time playback on screen


Version: 2.68a, Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, Resolution: 1920x1080, Anti-Aliasing: 8x, Render: THG.blend frame 1, Cycles renderer and internal tile renderer (9x9)

e-on Software VUE 11 Infinite PLE

Custom workload: Landscape (generated in Vue 8 full version and imported into PLE)

Autodesk 3ds Max 2014

Space Flyby Mentalray, Frame 248, 1440x1080, Tom’s Hardware Logo render in V-Ray 2.4.04, 1920x1080, global illumination, photorealistic motion blur, ray-traced shadows, Create Nitrous preview of logo scene, to Y: RAM drive, Autodesk chair scene in iray, 1920x1080, 250 passes, GPU (CUDA)-only rendering, Car render in V-RayRT, 1920x1080, 256 passes, CUDA-only

Autodesk Maya 2014

Tom’s Hardware Logo render in mental ray, 1920x1080, global illumination, photorealistic motion blur, ray-traced shadows, OpenGL Test: Generate Playblast (OpenGL preview) animation to Y: RAM drive

Maxon Cinebench r11.5

3D Rendering and OpenGL Benchmarks, built-in benchmarks with default settings

Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Custom Workload: Edit of 59.94 FPS 720p DVCProHD footage, with transitions and some color correction, Render To H.264 720p

Adobe Photoshop CC

Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters

Adobe After Effects CC

Custom Workload: SD motion graphics sequence with 3 picture-in-picture frames sourced from 720p HD Quicktimes, Same scene rendered using a frame sequence instead of from Quicktime sources, HD redo of the project using frame sequences, to 1080p

Reaper v4.402

DAWBench Universal 2012: Test number of simultaneous copies of ReaXComp that the system can effectively run, Custom Workload: Render and mix down to .wav custom score project, multiple tracks of audio, VST synthesizers and effects

Visual Studio 2010

Compile Chrome project (1/31/2012) with /build Release

HandBrake CLI

Version: 0.9.9
Video: Big Buck Bunny (720x480, 23.972 frames) 5 Minutes, Audio: Dolby Digital, 48 000 Hz, Six-Channel, English, to Video: AVC Audio: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)

TotalCode Studio 2.5

Version: MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV


Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)

SPECviewperf 11

Default GUI options; Workloads: CATIA, EnSight, LightWave, Maya, Pro/E, SolidWorks, Teamcenter Visualization Mockup, Siemens NX

LuxMark 2.0

OpenCL-based rendering benchmark, default settings, “Ball” and “Room” tests

CASE Euler3D

CFD simulation over NACA 445.6 aeroelastic test wing at Mach 0.5

Thesycon DPCLat

DPC Latency Checker, run with default settings

SiSoftware Sandra

CPU Test=CPU Arithmetic/Multimedia, Memory Test=Bandwidth Benchmark, Cryptography

Iometer 1.1.0

Workers = 1, 16 GB repeating data, 4KB random, 128 KB sequential

AS SSD 1.7.4739

Seq, 4K random, and 4K-64 THRD tests

Argyll CMS 1.6.1, DisplCalGUI

Running with a Spyder Elite 4 sensor.

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