In a cooperation with NVIDIA, HP just came out with the workstation that can be called revolutionary - the world's first true towerless workstation, yet it features upgradeable components - a first in the industry.
In order to create the Z1, HP took a page from its TouchSmart series of consumer-oriented All-In-One computers and modified the design to include the very best mix between desktop and notebook components.
The receipt for the system goes as follows:
- 27" IPS Panel, 10-bit (1 Billion visible colors) - Stand-alone monitor
- Up to 32GB DDR3 memory - Desktop
- Intel Core i3 and Xeon E3-1245, E3-2180 - Desktop
- Intel C206 Chipset - Desktop
- NVIDIA Quadro Graphics 500M, 1000M, 2000M, 4000M - Desktop, Notebook
- HDD or SSD storage, 2.5" and 3.5" compatible - Desktop, Notebook
- Blu-ray Optical Storage - Notebook
After being shaken'n'stirred inside HP's R&D Labs, the final product is visible on this website, as seen on a picture below:
We're mostly impressed with the graphics subsystem though. For years, all-in-ones came with notebook class graphics simply because there wasn't any space to put a decent cooling combination that could dissipate 100 or even 200 Watts. NVIDIA came up with a combination of full-sized MXM-III board from one side and the desktop heatsink on the other. This combination enables NV to clock the mobile parts to a desktop level, and have certified long lasting parts. The graphics cards on offer are 500M, 1000M, 2000M and 4000M, featuring up to 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
Naturally, a dream solution would be when we could see an All-In-One with a complete desktop card, but that would require a lot of changes in power supply design. There's always room for improvement and we hope HP will continue to churn out concepts like these.
Furthermore, we hope to see the experience gained on this product coming to the next generation of consumer TouchSmart All-In-One PC's, since upgradeable graphics and storage are "the last frontier" to replace the tower in mainstream segment.