HP Announces New Workstations

HP launches a new range of workstations aimed at environments that demand high-performance computing.

Following on from other big players in the PC industry, HP has launched a new line of workstations and desktops based on Intel’s new chipsets announced today.

The xw6200 and xw8200 workstations are based on Intel’s E7525 ‘Tumwater’ chipset and support Intel’s new ‘Nocona’ Xeon processors. The talking point of the new processors is Intel’s Extended Memory 64 Technology, (Intel EM64T). This means that the processor is capable of running applications enhanced with 64-bit code and of addressing a much larger amount of memory – theoretically up to 256TB. This should appeal to users of workstations that are aimed at the most demanding environments such as computer-aided design, digital content creation, financial services and geographic information systems.

The workstations also feature x16 PCI Express graphics, and 400MHz DDR2 ECC memory and 1MB L2 cache, twice as much as previous generation Xeon processors.

The xw6200 is a mid-range, dual-processor machine that remakably features the ability to view up to eight monitors simultaneously. This may seem like overkill but it makes it perfect for financial analysts and traders, who need to be able to view and analyse massive amounts of real-time data and execute fast transactions.

The xw8200 offers eight DIMM slots, and so will be able to support 16GB of RAM as soon as 2GB DDR2 modules are available. It will also support up to 1.5TB storage, enough for some serious data mining.

The xw4200 is based on Intel’s 925X chipset, with an 800MHz FSB, and will be offered with Pentium 4 processors at up to 3.6GHz. It will also feature DDR2 memory running at 533HMz, and integrated four-channel S-ATA RAID, for full-on mirroring and striping. HP also claims that in the future the xw4200 will support EM64T processors from Intel.

The three new workstations will be available either directly from HP or from its network of distribution partners with a choice of either Windows XP Professional or Red Hat Linux.

The xw6200 and xw8200 will be available early July and start at estimated street prices of £1,259 (£1,479.33inc VAT) and £1,620 (£1903.50 inc VAT), respectively. The HP xw4200 is expected to be available the at beginning of August.

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