I posted a few details about the HPZ before but I’m getting asked a lot of questions about the spec, performance and my Thoughts about it, so this follow up post will go a little further towards sharing some of this.
Rather than writing down the full spec, here’s a grab, showing it all.
That spec reads well but none of that really matters if the system as a whole doesn’t perform, so I’ve done a couple of early cinebench tests. Results are very good. Again, I’ve pasted a grab here, so you can see for yourselves.
So far so good. Installing the NVIDIA quadro K5000 was a doddle. The HPZ is well built and organised very sensibly, with dedicated zones for each main area. Remove the airfow guides and it’s a simple case of slotting in and connecting the power cable. This is the same for all areas, so swapping drives takes seconds and if the PSU should fail (which I doubt very much) that is even faster.
The workstation runs exceptionally quietly, specially for something that has so many fans. Even working late at night, with less ambient noise it really is almost silent. With a young baby in the house that is a definite plus. My mac pro is far noisier!
Other than the excellent rendering and viewport capabilities the thing that strikes me most is the boot up time, when turning the machine on and when starting applications. The SSD is super fast and there is minimal waiting for anything.
Although there are some switching issues I’m dealing with (more to do with windows than hardware) I’m thoroughly enjoying using the HPZ and, with some big projects knocking on the door, I’m looking forward to do some real production work with it.
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