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HP Z230

HP Z230 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 3.6GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 3.6GHz 8GB Feb 2016
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HP Has Good Desktop Computer Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all HP personal computers and also specifically for HP medium processor core personal computers and found that in both cases HP had good ratings compared to other brands.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for the last year range from 500MHz to 1,400MHz. The HP Z230 has one of the fastest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (1,200 megahertz) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of PCs that were released around the same time as the Z230 range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz. At 3.6 gigahertz, the HP Z230 has a very fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Z230.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

Medium processor core personal computers that were launched in the last year have total storage capacity of between 32GB and 3.3TB. The HP Z230 has a quite big total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as the Z230.

Alternative 1TB total storage capacity PCs currently available which you might also want to look at include the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price], or the Acer Predator G3-710[plb_3146752_price] which is cheaper.

If this HP computer total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (2TB), or the HP 550-170na[plb_3747342_price] (2TB) which is also cheaper.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that have been around for the last year.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Z230 range from 1.8GHz to 4.2GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.6GHz. When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Z230 that we have checked the maximum turbo frequency of, the HP Z230's maximum turbo frequency of 4 gigahertz is one of the fastest.

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Three DisplayPorts

Most recently released medium processor core personal computers have between one and three DisplayPorts, including the HP Z230 which has three DisplayPorts.

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Six USB 2.0 Ports

The HP Z230 is a six USB 2.0 port computer. Most of the other recently released desktop computers have between one and seven USB 2.0 ports.

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Eight Processor Threads

The HP Z230 has more processor threads than most of the medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Z230. Most of the recently released similar spec personal computers only have between four and seven processor threads, however this personal computer has eight processor threads.

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Two PCI Express X1 (Gen 2.x) Slots

The HP Z230 is a two PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slot computer.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

The average processor cache of desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the Z230 is 6.7MB. At 8 megabytes, the HP Z230 has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that have been around for a similar time to the Z230.

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Two PCI Express X1 Slots

The HP Z230 is a two PCI Express x1 slot personal computer. Most of the other latest similar spec computers have between one and two PCI Express x1 slots.

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Supports One Case Placement

The HP Z230 has a greater number of placements than most similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to it. This computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by latest similar spec desktop computers.

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Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the HP Z230 is more than most personal computers that have been available for a similar time to it. This HP PC has a 4x DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot found on medium processor core personal computers that have been around for the last year.

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DVD Super Multi Optical Drive Type

The optical drive type of this computer is DVD Super Multi, which is typical of many new medium processor core personal computers.

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Very Short

At only 100 millimeters, the HP Z230 is quite short compared to most of the other latest medium processor core personal computers. The heights of medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Z230 range from 10mm to 560mm, and the average height is 280mm.

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12 Reasons Against

Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The average discrete graphics adapter memory of computers that were launched around the same time as the Z230 is 260GB, and the discrete graphics adapter memory capacities range from 0.5GB to 4.1TB. The HP Z230 has a quite small discrete graphics adapter memory (only 2 gigabytes) compared to most of the other desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Z230.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The HP Z230 has a fairly slow max memory bandwidth supported processor (only 25.6 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for the last year. Recently released comparable spec personal computers have max memory bandwidth supported processor of between 10GB/s and 77GB/s.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

At only 32 gigabytes, the HP Z230 has a fairly small max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other latest PCs. The average max internal memory supported processor of comparable spec desktop computers that have been available for a similar time to the Z230 is 100GB.

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Only 4 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The HP Z230 supports a 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version which is better than most latest computers. Most comparable spec personal computers that came out around the same time as it support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version.

A 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is in fact the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version amongst all medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Z230.

A 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is the best supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version across comparable types of personal computer.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

Medium processor core personal computers that came out in the last 12 months have memory clock speeds supported by processors of between 800MHz and 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed supported by processor is 1,800MHz. At only 1,333 megahertz, the HP Z230 has a fairly slow memory clock speed supported by processor compared to most of the other PCs that are a comparable age to the Z230.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

The HP Z230 supports an 11 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version which is better than the 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version supported by most similar spec PCs that were launched around the same time as it. The best on-board graphics adapter DirectX version of all medium processor core personal computers that were released in the last 12 months is 12 and the worst is 11.2/12.

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Quite Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Desktop computers that came out in the last year have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1GB and 64GB. When compared to other new medium processor core personal computers that we have assessed, the maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of the HP Z230 of only 1.024 gigabytes is one of the smallest.

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Only One 3.5" Bay

The HP Z230 is a one 3.5" bay desktop computer. Most of the other recently released medium processor core personal computers have between one and three 3.5" bays.

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Only One 5.25" Bay

Most desktop computers that were released in the last year have one 5.25" bay, including the HP Z230 which has one 5.25" bay.

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Only DDR3-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The HP Z230 has a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than the DDR4-SDRAM internal memory type found on most medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for the last year.

This computer's internal memory type (DDR3-SDRAM) is actually the worst internal memory type across all PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Z230.

The best internal memory type amongst comparable types of computer is DDR4-SDRAM.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

The HP Z230 has a fairly slow memory clock speed (only 1,600 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for the last year. The average memory clock speed of comparable spec PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Z230 is 2,000MHz.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

At only 5 Gigatransfers per second, the HP Z230 has a quite low system bus data transfer rate compared to most of the other personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Z230. The system bus data transfer rates of newly released medium processor core personal computers range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s.

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3 Other reasons to consider the HP Z230

Average Hard Drive Capacity

The HP Z230 has a pretty average hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other recently released similar spec computers.

There are a number of other 1TB hard drive capacity computers currently available which you might also want to look at including cheaper desktop computers such as the Alpha[pl_2706467_price], or the Alpha[pl_3054588_price] both from Alienware.

If this computer hard drive capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (2TB and cheaper), or the HP 550-170na[plb_3747342_price] (2TB and cheaper).

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Average Internal Memory

The HP Z230 has a pretty typical internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other computers that have been around for a similar time to the Z230.

We compared all the other 8GB memory computers to this computer and we think cheaper desktop computers such as the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price], and the HP 800 G2[plb_3267969_price] is also worth considering.

If this computer internal memory is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (16GB and cheaper).

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is typical of many new medium processor core personal computers. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

Alternative HDD PCs currently available which you might also want to look at include the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price] which is cheaper.

If the storage speed of this HP desktop computer is too slow for you then you might want to consider the ThinkCentre M900 Tiny[pl_3169875_price] (SSD), the P310[pl_3192586_price] (SSD), or the S500 SFF[pl_3244679_price] (SSD) all from Lenovo.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
System Bus Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Voltage Supported by Processor
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Stepping
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
ECC
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Hard Drive Capacity
RAID Levels
RAID Support
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Maximum Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Output
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
Parallel Ports Quantity
Serial Ports Quantity
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Headphone Outputs
Microphone in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
PS/2 Ports Quantity
DisplayPorts Quantity
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Expansion Slots
PCI Express X16 (Gen 3.x) Slots
PCI Express X16 Slots
PCI Express X4 (Gen 2.x) Slots
PCI Express X4 Slots
PCI Express X1 (Gen 2.x) Slots
PCI Express X1 Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Number of 2.5" Bays
Number of 5.25" Bays
Number of 3.5" Bays
Colour of Product
Performance
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics
Processor ARK ID
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Display Included

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Expert Reviews

(8)
28 March 2014

The HP Z230 SFF is an appealing entry-level workstation that fits almost anywhere and runs almost any app. PC buyers will suffer the usual workstation sticker shock, but this is a fine system for...

Compact form factor permits vertical or horizontal placement
Built to run 247
Plenty of ports
Potent Intel Xeon 3 1245 3 processor
Nvidia Quadro 600 graphics
Expensive
Half-height card can't keep up with larger workstations' graphics
Only one open drive bay
Smaller size means less room for expansion
12 March 2014

The Z230 has a lot going for it. The price is highly competitive. The compact design lets you place it just about anywhere. It can be quite powerful if you configure it with a fast processor and...

Sturdy build
Mostly toolless chassis
Powerful configuration
Intelligent design
ECC memory
Could use a memory card reader as standard
No digital audio output
Only one PCI 3.0 16 slot
Expensive
16 January 2014

HP's Z230 workstation is aimed at those of you who need a professional computer on which to run professional software...

2 December 2013

This business desktop delivers power and flexibility at a price...

HP's experience with PCs is put to good use in the Z230. It's cleanly and logically designed, available in a large number of desktop and workstation configurations, and carries a three-year...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 16 December 2014 by Z
Z would recommend the HP Workstation Z230 Tower (Verified Purchase)

Pulled the system out of the box, added 16gb non-ecc ram for a total of 24gb, connected two 4k monitors via DP connections, and everything worked great from the start and has continued to work... Read more…

Reviewed 25 November 2014 by Felipe Salinas
(Verified Purchase)

Me gusta esta computadora se las recomiendo hacen que mi trabajo sea mas rapido y es facil de usar...

Reviewed 28 December 2015 by Doug the Designer
Doug the Designer would recommend the HP Workstation Z230 Tower (Verified Purchase)

This going to be used for a office computer...

Reviewed 18 December 2015 by Loncho

It's a great workstation, weddings editing super high speed...

Reviewed 27 November 2015 by Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil would recommend the HP Workstation Z230 Tower

I've owned HP Pro (business) version before so I know the quality of this product. You can't beat the price, this will last 6 to 8 years like my last one did. I use it for both personal and... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hp w10, hp 8gb2, hp win7, hp w10p, hp ram1, hp wm572, hp win7q, hp w10pl, hp j9b74, hp ram1t, hp g1x67, hp w7p64, hp wm649, hp g1x66, hp j9b38, hp g1x32, hp j9b40, hp k1l58, hp 36ghz8, hp wm649e, hp g1x66e, hp j9b38e, hp g1x32e, hp j9b40e, hp k1l58u, hp 2gb2x4, hp wm572e, hp win7qu, hp w10pli, hp j9b74e
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