While we’re all excited about HP’s new Mobile Workstation notebooks, let’s also not forget their new workstation models released alongside those new EliteBooks. They may share the same model number but the new HP Z210 workstations from yesterday are in fact two different beasts. The Z210 Convertible Mini Tower (or CMT for short) is a full-sized workstation model while the Z210 SFF (Small Form Factor), as the name suggests, is a significantly smaller and less pricey machine.
The HP Z210 pair replaces the Z200 Standard and Z200 SFF respectively from last year. They share the familiar industrial looking (supposedly BMW had something to contribute to their look and feel, yeah really), tool-less case designs as HP’s other workstations, the Z400, Z600 and Z800; though they obviously are of different sizes.
The standard features shared between the Z210 CMT and Z210 SFF are the choice of Intel processors and graphics cards for the most part. You can choose from second-generation dual core Core i3 desktop processors (65W TDP), to quad core Core i5 and Core i7 processors, all the way up to Sandy Bridge based Xeon E3-series processors, on either workstation. And with this comes the use of identical Intel C206 chipsets and network connection interfaces… and also 4 DDR3 1333 MHz RAM slots.
There are choices from integrated graphics, “professional 2D graphics” (which essentially mean the basic AMD FirePro 2270 or two choices of Nvidia Quadro NVS series cards) and “entry-level 3D graphics” (which comprise of the ATI FirePro V3800 and two flavors of Nvidia Quadro 2011 series cards). The larger HP Z210 CMT also gets to max out with midrange 3D graphics (ATI FirePro V4800 or V5800 or Nvidia Quadro 2000 or 4000) which the smaller Z210 SFF doesn’t have as options.
The differences end there as the more spacious Z210 CMT gives you more PCI Express slots, an option to equip a Creative X-Fi Titanium audio card, more connectivity ports and more hard disk bays. However, the Z210 SFF has the advantage of being smaller (65% smaller volume, according to HP), lighter and less power hungry than its full-fledged counterpart. For the record, the Z210 CMT has a built-in 400 watt power supply, while the Z210 SFF relies on a power-sipping 240 watt one (which is almost comparable to power bricks used by a certain Mobile Workstation notebook).
HP expects the Z210 CMT and Z210 SFF to both be available right now for starting prices of $660 and $570 respectively. You can also check out a nice datasheet with a handy comparison chart of the two Z210 workstations in PDF format here.