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The pros are moving
from Mac to Z.

When it comes to HP Z Workstations versus the Mac Pro 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 flow

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.

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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, The Wolf of Wall Street

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

  • 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 used HP Z Workstations on The Wolf of Wall Street 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 Z Workstations, Rob and Mark are able to take on massive workloads, running multiple workstreams simultaneously – all without ever slowing down.

24

CPU cores

Mac Pro

12

CPU cores

Mark Russell

Mark Russell

Director,
Visual Effects Supervisor

“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.“

Body of work

  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Minority Report
  • Hellboy
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Tower Heist
 

Access behind the scenes content and see how the pros created The Wolf of Wall Street visual effects.

In terms of performance, the HP Z Workstations blaze ahead of the Mac Pro, delivering enough power to create helicopters out of thin air and sink 130 ft yachts.

10.4

Teraflops

Helicopter

Mac Pro

7

Teraflops

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 manage and monitor everything about your workstation from storage to power usage.

When you need more, add more in seconds.

HP Z Workstations are fully expandable and customizable so you can upgrade and alter your hardware to have the power and speed to fit your needs – now and for years to come.

Expand your HP Z workstation

24

cores

5760

total GPU

512GB

memory

15TB

Internal Storage

7

PCIe slots

Thunderbolt

HP Z820 Workstation
Cores
Memory
PCIe
Storage
HP 24 cores vs. Mac Pro 12 cores
HP 512GB vs.  Mac Pro 64GB
HP 7 slots. vs. Mac Pro 0 slots
HP 15TB vs. Mac Pro 1TB

“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 flow

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

Producer, Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

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 Z 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
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 optimized specifically to take advantage of HP hardware and the NVIDIA CUDA platform to wring even more powerhouse performance out of the GPU.

Adobe

All Adobe® Creative Cloud applications are designed for HP Workstations, delivering better performance, expandability,
and reliability.

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 three-year, on-site warranty. 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 on-site wattanty
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 – 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 switching over to PCs, was learning Windows but… as far as interface using Premiere Pro, it was exactly the same as Final Cut. So we didn’t have to relearn a brand new system.”

See the difference

  • HP Z820 Workstation

    HP Z820

    Starting at

    $2333.99

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    HP Z420 Workstation

    HP Z420

    Starting at

    $1289.99

    Buy the HP Z420 now

    Mac Pro

    Starting at

    $2999.99

    Processor cores
    24 8 12
    Windows 7 Professional
    Yes Yes No
    Maximum memory
    512GB 64GB 64GB
    Maximum internal storage
    15TB 12TB 1TB
    Teraflops of computing power
    10.4TFLOPS 5.1TFLOPS 7TFLOPS
    4K Displays
    6 3 3
    Thunderbolt
    Yes Yes Yes
    Warranty
    3yrs
    HP on-site warranty means we come to you.
    3yrs
    HP on-site warranty means we come to you.
    1yr
    Standard Apple Care means you wait for them.
  • HP Z1 G2 Workstation

    HP Z1 G2

    Starting at

    $1999.99

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    iMac

    Starting at

    $1799.99

    Processor cores
    4 4
    Windows 7 Professional
    Yes No
    Maximum memory
    32GB 32GB
    Maximum internal storage
    3.25TB 3TB
    Thunderbolt
    Yes Yes
    Warranty
    3yrs
    HP on-site warranty means we come to you.
    1yr
    Standard Apple Care means you wait for them.
  • HP Book 15 Workstation

    HP ZBook 15

    Starting at

    $1699.99

    Buy the HP ZBook 15 now

    HP ZBook 17 Workstation

    HP ZBook 17

    Starting at

    $1849.99

    Buy the HP ZBook 17 now

    Macbook Pro

    Starting at

    $1999.99

    Processor cores
    4 4 4
    Windows 7 Professional
    Yes Yes No
    Maximum memory
    32GB 32GB 16GB
    Maximum internal storage
    1.8TB 2.8TB 1TB
    Thunderbolt
    Yes Yes Yes
    Battery life
    14hours 12hours 8hours
    Warranty
    3yrs
    HP on-site warranty means we come to you.
    3yrs
    HP on-site warranty means we come to you.
    1yr
    Standard Apple Care means you wait for them.
 
 
 

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