HP Z600 Dual Xeon Quad-Core Workstation
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Dual 6 year old processors.
That a gen 4 dual core i3 can exceed in synthetic benchmarks.
The only reason you buy such a powerful workstation is to run the crap out of it because you need to.
Time to learn all about the processor
8 cores total so you need to be doing a lot of multitasking / server hosting probably to make use of it.
Might be a good choice if you’re looking for something cheap to get into virtualization. But I don’t think this will even beat my old i7-2600 that I use for video recoding.
Processor supports hyper threading, so 16 threads total. It would make a serviceable server, could also serve as a platform for a small home virtualization lab.
But your i3 MOBO isn’t going to be able to mount 48GB of ram. This is more than just a single part (CPU). There is value in this system for people who need it for the sum of the parts.
Each of these chips benchmarks at about 11% less than my Core i7-920, also not exactly a new chip. But the 5520s are dirt cheap in and of themselves. You can get them for less than $40 each at the Mothership. You can get cheap dual-CPU LGA1366 motherboards for around $100, but the one in this build is HP-specific and runs around $300.
This motherboard is a 6-slot, triple-channel configuration, maxing out at DDR3-1333 RAM. Presumably it comes with a 3x4GB configuration out of the box. If you wanted to take it to 48GB, you’d need two triple-channel kits of 8GB DIMMs. As it is, the memory runs at about $100 new.
You’re looking at around $60 for a 650W 80Plus Bronze power supply.
A 1TB 7200rpm drive is around $55 nowadays, so long as you aren’t allergic to Western Digital products. Hell, you could get one straight from HP for $35 right now (though you’d better hurry; there’s only one left at the Mothership)
That leaves us with the NVidia NVS295 video card and the case itself. The case is quite nice and from what I’ve read so far, very well designed. The card is… A six-year-old office-oriented card. It’ll run Solitaire and Excel just fine. You really don’t want this particular card anymore, but for the sake of trying to replicate the build, you can get one for around $60.
A case will add another $50-100, depending on how nice you want it.
If I were trying to build one of these myself, I’d be paying around $600, not counting assembly time, plus another $100 for a Windows version of your liking. This is with part-specific warranty and assuming you can assemble the thing yourself, but these would also be new, rather than refurbished, parts.
That’s the problem with buying older computer hardware: Prices are so darn low for components that if you’re willing to build your own, you can generally match the price of an older, discounted system and still get more performance for your dollars.
I bought two at work a year or two ago for exactly that reason. One runs a big SAMBA share (in Linux) for our group, the other uses its 16 threads to crunch numbers all day long for data sets that average 5gb each.
These workstations probably won’t run Half-Life 7 very well, but if you need raw computational power they are a pretty good deal and very well built. Even when all the threads are at 100% utilization the systems are quiet. Being able to go to 48gb of RAM is useful to some people as well.
If you’re interested in setting up a home virtualization lab, this would be a good box to use. Supports the right CPU instructions for VMware-on-VMware and has a high enough RAM ceiling to make it worth the attempt. Normal desktop users need not apply.
Quick question. How would this be as a server for a small business (~ 6 workstations connecting to is)? Our current server runs dual E440 core 2 duos with 2 gb ram and I am looking to upgrade it. Thanks it advance!
At a place I worked 4 years ago, our entire fleet of workstations were these Z600’s. We Never. Ever. Ever. had any issues with them. They were beasts. They were also very nice to work on and in from a tech side of things.
Depending what you are doing (single or multi threaded things) would make your purchasing decision. Gaming rig? go for newer technology i5 or something. Server running VM’s and lots and lots of processes for many users? This would be the better machine.
These Xeon’s are quad core. Each. With hyperthreading. That’s 8 actual cores with 8 more virtual cores.
Hello fellow knowledgeable wooters.
Would this work well as an autocad station (with additional video card)?
This would actually make a nice small office server as long as you take into account every piece in the case is 6 years old and probably a trade in. The NVIDIA Quadro K295 is not meant for gaming but does support dual monitors so it also would be a decent CAD station.
I’m using one as a server that ~12 systems (on average) are connected to at any given time and it works great. Well built system and a very easy case to manage. System is quiet but on the heavy side. I’ve even done a little VMWare virtualization on the server with others connected to it at the same time and it handled that fine as well.
In short - server, yes. Game system, probably not.
Yes, some of our older Solidworks workstations (for the lighter work) are running that card with no problems.
I really want one for a plex server
My current plex machine barely transcodes 1080
I’m having an up-to-date graphics card. If I plug this in and upgrade the RAM to 48GB, how good would this machine be at running Photoshop?