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

Test System Configuration And Benchmark Settings

Test Machine

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

iBuyPower P500XHP Z1
CPUIntel Xeon E3 1270 v2, 3.5 GHz, LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabledIntel Xeon E3 1280 v2, 3.6 GHz, LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled
CoolerAsetek 550LCHP air-cooler
MotherboardAsus P8B WS, BIOS 2009, Intel C206 series chipsetHP 3561h, BIOS A08J52 v02.10, Intel C602 series chipset
RAM2 x Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/4G, ECC DDR3-1333 CAS 94 x Micron 18JSF51272AZ-1G6M1, ECC DDR3-1600 CAS 11
GraphicsPNY Quadro 2000 1 GB, 625 MHz GPU, 1300 MHz memory, 128-bit GDDR5, 192 CUDA coresQuadro K4000M 4 GB, 600 MHz GPU, 700 MHz memory, 256-bit GDDR5, 960 CUDA cores, MXM module recognized as PCIe 3.0 x16
RAID ControllerN/AIntel C206 integrated SATA/RAID controller
SSDKingston Hyper-X SH100S3/120G, 120 GB MLC NAND SSD2 x Intel SSD 320 SSDSA2BW300G3H, 300 GB MLC NAND SSD
Hard DrivesHGST HDS732020BLA642 2 TB, 7K3000 7200 RPMN/A
Optical DriveLite-On iHAS124-04(C) 24x Dual-layer DVD±RW WriterHP BD DRV BD-5841H5 6x BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW Writer/24x CD Writer
SoundEcho Digital Audio AudioFire 2 (not included in price)Echo Digital Audio AudioFire 2 (not included in price)
NetworkingIntegrated Intel 82574LIntegrated Intel 82579LM
FireWireIntegrated VIA 6308SIntegrated JMicron JMB 38X
Power SupplyCorsair TX650 V2, 80 PLUS Bronze, 650 WDelta Electronics DPS-400AB-15A, 90% efficient, 400 W
ChassisCooler Master Silencio 550ZP Z1 All-in-One
MonitorLG E2250T-PN, 22”, 1920x1080 (Not included in price or testing)HP Z1 integrated, 27”, 2560x1440LG E2250T-PN, 22”, 1920x1080 (used as solo monitor for the 1920x1080 benchmarks, not in price)
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional x64Windows 7 Professional x64
Graphics DriverQuadro Driver 320.49Quadro Driver 307.74 (latest available when testing was done)
Audio Driver5.85.8
ASIO DriverIncluded in audio driverIncluded in audio driver
WarrantyThree-year labor; one-year partsLimited 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)$6601

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.

7-ZipVersion 9.28: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
WinRARVersion 4.2: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
WinZipVersion 17.0 Pro: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
Content Creation
NewTek LightWave 3D 11.5Custom 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
BlenderVersion: 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 PLECustom workload: Landscape (generated in Vue 8 full version and imported into PLE)
Autodesk 3ds Max 2014Space 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 2014Tom’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 r11.53D Rendering and OpenGL Benchmarks, built-in benchmarks with default settings
Adobe Premiere Pro CCCustom Workload: Edit of 59.94 FPS 720p DVCProHD footage, with transitions and some color correction, Render To H.264 720p
Adobe Photoshop CCFilter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters
Adobe After Effects CCCustom 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 v4.402DAWBench 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 2010Compile Chrome project (1/31/2012) with /build Release
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.9.9Video: 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 2.5Version: 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
LAME MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
SPECviewperf 11Default GUI options; Workloads: CATIA, EnSight, LightWave, Maya, Pro/E, SolidWorks, Teamcenter Visualization Mockup, Siemens NX
LuxMark 2.0OpenCL-based rendering benchmark, default settings, “Ball” and “Room” tests
CASE Euler3DCFD simulation over NACA 445.6 aeroelastic test wing at Mach 0.5
Thesycon DPCLatDPC Latency Checker, run with default settings
SiSoftware SandraCPU Test=CPU Arithmetic/Multimedia, Memory Test=Bandwidth Benchmark, Cryptography
Iometer 1.1.0Workers = 1, 16 GB repeating data, 4KB random, 128 KB sequential
AS SSD 1.7.4739Seq, 4K random, and 4K-64 THRD tests
Argyll CMS 1.6.1, DisplCalGUI with a Spyder Elite 4 sensor.