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Mac to Z

HP Workstations

HP recommends Windows.

The pros are moving
from Mac to HP Z.

When it comes to choosing a workstation that delivers uncompromising performance, there’s simply no contest. Take it from experience.

Rob Legato

Rob Legato, Hollywood blockbusters

Power the impossible

HP Z Workstations transform CGI fantasy into the real thing.

Jonathan Bird

Jonathan Bird, broadcast TV

Speed up your workflow

Edit, change, do over and start again in minutes – not hours.

Devin Super Tramp

Devin Super Tramp, viral videos

Create anywhere

No need to get back to a studio. Do the work wherever it takes you.

Compare HP Z Workstations to Mac computers

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Rob Legato

“I started using HP Workstations, because anything that made the work faster gave me more chances to make it better.”

– Rob Legato, Visual Effects Supervisor

Rob Legato

Hollywood blockbusters

Rob Legato is a two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor and second unit director of photography. He won his first Academy Award for his work on Titanic, and his second for Hugo. Rob has also been awarded for his work on Apollo 13 and the Star Trek franchise.

Filmography

  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Hugo
  • Titanic
  • Apollo 13
  • The Departed
  • The Aviator
  • Harry Potter
  • Shutter Island

Awards

  • 2 Academy Awards
  • 2 Emmy Awards
  • 1 BAFTA

Power the impossible

Visual effects supervisors Rob Legato and Mark Russell use HP Z Workstations when they need to turn impractical, unattainable, unthinkable shots into on-screen reality.

Awesome performance – straight out of the box.

Thanks to the incredible processing power of the HP Z8 Workstations, Rob and Mark are able to take on massive workloads, running multiple workstreams simultaneously without ever slowing down.

Mark Russell

Mark Russell

Hollywood blockbusters

After attending the University of Southern California, Mark began his career in film production in Los Angeles, working on groundbreaking films such as Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report. He now resides in New York, working on both major motion pictures and supervising independent projects and directing short films.

Filmography

  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Minority Report
  • Hellboy
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Tower Heist

“I want to go into a situation knowing that I have the best equipment that’s going to allow me to spend my time telling the story.”

24

CPU cores

Mac Pro

12

CPU cores

NVIDIA

Even the most powerful computer can be handicapped by a sub-par GPU, which is why HP Z Workstations come equipped with industry-leading NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics.

Maximize your power

HP Performance Advisor helps
you gain a quick and accurate
understanding of your entire system
in one simple, intelligent interface.
Expedite troubleshooting and
eliminate downtime with one-click
system reporting.

In terms of performance, the HP Z8 Workstations blaze ahead of the Mac Pro, delivering enough power to put whatever you have in your imagination on to the big screen.

10.4

Teraflops

 

Mac Pro

7

Teraflops

When you need more, add more in seconds.

Creativity is always changing, so we created the HP Z8 Workstations to feature tool-less serviceability, letting you easily get inside and expand your hardware to have the power and speed to fit your needs. Whatever they are, whenever you want.

Expand your HP Z8 Workstation

24

cores

5760

NVIDIA CUDA Processing cores

512GB

memory

15TB

Internal Storage

7

PCIe slots

Thunderbolt 2.01

HP Z820 Workstation
Cores
Memory
PCIe
Storage
HP 24 cores vs. Mac Pro 12 cores

“We can take any footage, any format you can imagine, from GoPro files, DSLR files, 4K files – we can drop ‘em right into the edit and they play back perfectly.”

– Jonathan Bird, Producer, Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

Jonathan Bird
 

Speed up your workflow

Jonathan Bird takes the world underwater in his nine-time Emmy award-winning series Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, edited and produced right from his own home studio.

Jonathan Bird

Broadcast TV

In 1991 Jonathan Bird formed Oceanic Research Group Inc., dedicated to producing educational ocean-related material. Since then he’s produced 13 educational films, published 7 books, and created the award-winning series Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, earning him 9 Emmy Awards and 2 CINE Golden Eagle Awards.

Filmography

  • Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

Awards

  • 9 Emmy Awards
  • 2 CINE Golden Eagle Awards

Edit. Change. Create. In real time.

Bird and his team chose the HP Z8 Workstations because they’re built to keep up with creativity, packing more memory so you have the freedom to try new things, rearrange and re-do, without having to worry about waiting.

512GB

Max. memory

Mac Pro

64GB

Max. memory

 
Jonathan Bird's Blue World filming a shark

“Our Mac was taking twelve hours to render one of these like, ten second
little graphics,
and with our new
HP Z Workstation,
the first one we
did, it rendered in two hours – at full resolution.”

Hardware that’s made for your software

We worked directly with partners like Adobe®, Autodesk, and Avid to create software that’s optimised specifically to take advantage of HP hardware and the NVIDIA CUDA platform to wring even more powerhouse performance out of the GPU.

Adobe

Adobe® Creative Cloud gives you all you need to edit video, add motion graphics, mix sound, and more. All applications are optimised for HP Workstations so your creative world is all in one place.

Adobe

HP Workstations are engineered to deliver whole-system computational power that makes creating digital media with Autodesk visual effects software faster and more efficient.

AVID

HP and Avid engineers collaborate to certify the latest versions of Media Composer, NewsCutter, and Pro Tools on the HP Workstations.

We come to you – not the other
way around.

For 30 years HP has been supporting the
creative professional, which is why we
provide a limited three-year, on-site
warranty2. So no more packing up
equipment and hauling it in or sending it
off. If anything goes wrong, we come to
you, on your schedule, and get you back
up and running fast.

HP - 3 years Limited on-site warranty
Mac Pro - 1 years Standard Apple Care
Devin Super Tramp

“This is the first year we’ve actually had technology that can keep up with the demands we are trying to meet.”

– Devin Super Tramp, YouTube Content Creator

Devin SuperTramp

Viral videos

Devin “Super Tramp” Graham started creating YouTube videos for a friend in college. Since his first video he’s shot to internet superstardom, earning over 300 million views, gaining
1.78 million followers, and directing commercials for brands like Ford, Mountain Dew and Panasonic.

Recent work

  • Ford One Tank Adventure Videos
  • Mountain Dew Roadtrip
  • Panasonic 2014 CES
  • Intel’s wingsuit racing video
  • Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 4 Meets
    Parkour in Real Life
  • Capcom’s Remember Me

Highlights

  • 1.7 million YouTube fans
  • Over 300 million YouTube views

Create anywhere

Armed with a video camera and an HP ZBook, Devin takes internet viewers on extreme adventures, producing Hollywood-quality videos on location – every week.

Go mobile –
no cords, drives, or extras needed.

Creatives like Devin can’t be chained to an office, which is why HP created the ZBook – designed to deliver the same level of heavy-duty production and post production, no matter where you are, without any additional equipment.

See why the industry uses HP DreamColor Professional Displays
Learn more HP DreamColor Professional Displays

Being able to
see 4K play back
flawlessly, it’s huge.

 
Thunderbolt

Devin can seamlessly transition from the road to the studio, transferring all his data via Thunderbolt 2.01– the industry’s fastest, most versatile I/O connection. And with the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LCD display, he can see it all play back in one billion active colors.

 

Switch to Windows seamlessly

“The thing we were terrified about when switching over to PC’s, was learning Windows, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought, especially because we spend the majority of our time in Adobe® Premier Pro and the interface is exactly the same.”

See the difference

  • HP Z820 Workstation

    HP Z820

    Starting at

    £1751

    Buy the HP Z820 now

    HP Z420 Workstation

    HP Z620

    Starting at

    £1423

    Buy the HP Z620 now

    HP Z420 Workstation

    HP Z420

    Starting at

    £927

    Buy the HP Z420 now

    Mac Pro 3

    Mac Pro

    Starting at

    £2499

    Processor cores
    24 24 8 12
    Workstation-class graphics
    Nvidia Quadro,
    AMD FirePro
    Nvidia Quadro,
    AMD FirePro
    Nvidia Quadro,
    AMD FirePro
    AMD FirePro
    Maximum memory
    512GB 192GB 64GB 64GB
    Maximum internal storage
    15TB 12TB 12TB 1TB
    Thunderbolt 2.01
    Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Warranty
    3yr2
    Limited on-site warranty means we come to you.
    3yr2
    Limited on-site warranty means we come to you.
    3yr2
    Limited on-site warranty means we come to you.
    1yr
    Limited warranty means
    you wait for them.
  • HP Z1 G2 Workstation

    HP Z1 G2

    Starting at

    £1723

    Buy the HP Z1 G2 now

    iMac 27"

    Starting at

    £1449

    Processor cores
    4 4
    Windows 7 Professional
    Yes No
    Maximum memory
    32GB 32GB
    Maximum internal storage
    3.25TB 3TB
    Thunderbolt 2.01
    Yes Yes
    Optional Touchscreen
    Yes No
    Workstation-class Graphics
    Yes No
    Warranty
    3yr2
    Limited on-site warranty means we come to you.
    1yr
    Limited warranty means
    you wait for them.
  • HP Book 15 Workstation

    HP ZBook 14

    Starting at

    £1090

    Buy the HP ZBook 14 now

    HP Book 15 Workstation

    HP ZBook 15

    Starting at

    £1407

    Buy the HP ZBook 15 now

    HP ZBook 17 Workstation

    HP ZBook 17

    Starting at

    £2066

    Buy the HP ZBook 17 now

    MacBook Pro 15"

    Starting at

    £1599

    Processor cores
    2 4 4 4
    Windows 7 Professional
    Yes Yes Yes No
    Maximum memory
    16GB 32GB 32GB 16GB
    Maximum internal storage
    1.1TB 1.8TB 2.8TB 1TB
    Thunderbolt 2.01
    No Yes Yes Yes
    Workstation-class Graphics
    Yes Yes Yes No
    Battery life
    12hours 14hours 12hours 8hours
    Warranty
    3yr2
    Limited on-site warranty means we come to you.
    3yr2
    Limited on-site warranty means we come to you.
    3yr2
    Limited on-site warranty means we come to you.
    1yr
    Limited warranty means
    you wait for them.
 
 
 

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The buzz

“We use the HP Z820 Workstation for testing and development… because they reflect real world, high-end performance editing…”

– George Lamore, QE Manager for Adobe® Premiere Pro

The community

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  1. 1. Thunderbolt 2.0 is standard on the ZBook 15 and 17 and an optional feature on desktop workstations, available as an add-in card. Thunderbolt cable and Thunderbolt device (sold separately) must be compatible with Windows. To determine whether your device is Thunderbolt Certified for Windows, see https://thunderbolttechnology.net/products  External link.
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