HP this week upgraded its miniature Z2 Mini workstation with the latest Intel’s Core and Xeon E processors with up to six cores as well as professional-grade graphics cards from AMD or NVIDIA. The HP Z2 Mini G4 machines sustained a very compact form-factor of the previous-gen Z2 Mini systems, but significantly improved performance over the models launched more than 1.5 years ago.

The fourth-generation HP Z2 Mini workstations come in a black chassis made of a metal alloy and featuring a  some plastic parts. The box measures 216×216×58 mm (8.5×8.5×2.28 inches), which is larger than consumer-grade Intel’s NUCs (and their derivatives from other brands), but is smaller than typical gaming systems with discrete GPUs. Miniature size is of course the main selling point of the HP Z2 Mini G4, but the fact that HP did not tradeoff performance for dimensions is no less important.

The HP Z2 Mini G4 relies on a custom Intel C246-based motherboard that supports Intel’s LGA1151 v2 CPUs, such as Intel Core or Intel Xeon E with up to four cores. Performance versions of the system supports discrete MXM graphics modules carrying AMD’s Radeon Pro WX 4150 GPUs with 4 GB of memory, or NVIDIA’s Quadro P600 or Quadro P1000 with 4 GB of GDDR5. By contrast, HP offered only one dGPU option with the previous-gen Z2 Mini G3.

As for memory and storage, the HP Z2 Mini G4 has two SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667, one M.2 slot compatible with HP’s Z Turbo Drive G2 PCIe SSD (up to 1 TB), and a 2.5-inch bay for a SATA SSD or HDD. For entry-level configurations HP will offer a combination of Intel’s Optane Memory caching SSD as well as HGST’s 1 TB 7200-RPM HDD. Meanwhile, depending on the version and power consumption of exact configurations of the new SFF workstations from HP, the products will come equipped with 135 – 310 W external PSUs.

Moving on to connectivity. The new HP Z2 Mini G4 has one GbE (Intel i219-LM) connector, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 5.0 combo (enabled by the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 CNVi solution and featuring up to 1.73 Gbps throughput over 160 MHz channels), two or three DisplayPort 1.2 outputs (depending on the model), two USB 3.0 Type-A headers, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, as well as audio input/output connectors.

HP Z2 Mini G4 Specifications
  Entry Performance
CPU Intel Core i3/i5/i7 8000-series
4/6 cores
Intel Xeon E 2100-series
with 4/6 cores
PCH Intel C246
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 NVIDIA Quadro P600
NVIDIA Quadro P1000
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4150
Memory Two SO-DIMM slots, up to 32 GB of DDR4, ECC supported
Storage Up to HP Z Drive Turbo 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 with NVMe
Intel's Optane Memory caching SSDs
Up to 1 TB SATA 6 Gbps HDD
Wi-Fi 802.11ac + BT 5.0 (Intel's Wireless AC-9560)
Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector (Intel i219-LM)
Display Outputs 2 × DisplayPort 1.2 3 × DisplayPort 1.2
Audio 3.5 mm audio in and audio out
+ Built-in speaker
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
2 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps)
Specials Security latch to close USB ports from access
Dimensions 216 × 216 × 58 mm
8.5 × 8.5 × 2.28 inches
PSU (external) 135 W - 310 W external PSUs
OS Microsoft Windows 10 Pro or Linux
Price $799 Unknown

Like many other HP workstations, the HP Z2 Mini G4 will support the company’s Sure Start Gen4 and HP’s Sure Run technologies that keep critical processes running even when malware attempts to stop them.

HP will start selling the fourth-generation Z2 Mini G4 workstations later this month. Entry level models without a discrete GPU will cost starting from $799, higher-end models will naturally be considerably more expensive.

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Source: HP

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  • guidryp - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    Nice SFF.

    How about a version with Regular CPU and GTX 1060 instead of expensive "Pro" parts.
  • zeusk - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    Get the entry level model and buy your own MXM card?
  • Valantar - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - link

    If only those were affordable and easily purchased.
  • fazalmajid - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    Funny how the PR pics never show the power supply brick...
    Ideally it would be integrated like on the Mac Mini.
  • Samus - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    Replacing a PSU in a Mac Mini is exponentially more expensive and time consuming than replacing an ePSU. That's why you rarely see integrated PSU's in USFF enterprise PC's.

    I'm a big fan of integrated PSU's, especially on monitors (anecdotally, and quite contradictory to my previous statement, MONITORS with integrated PSU's are generally better quality) where you have less clutter. And when an internal PSU fails on a monitor, which is incredibly rare - but not unheard of, generally you would just swap the monitor out...not a luxury on a $1000-$2000 workstation.
  • hubick - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    If my Hades Canyon NUC can fit dual M.2, Thunderbolt 3, and HDMI ports, I feel something like this, targeting the 'pro' segment, and double the volume, should also offer those. And who wants a Xeon system crippled with a SATA drive? Put a U.2 in there an ship it with a 2.5" Intel 900p! Also, I like my NUC, cuz it's actually quite a bit smaller than a laptop to haul around (I have docks at home/work), but this thing? You might as well just get a Thinkpad P50.
  • haplo602 - Saturday, July 21, 2018 - link

    That's HP, don't expect logic from them. I bought an M.2 SSD laptop model and when I wanted to stick an additional sata drive in, I discovered there's no cable and bracket inside. They simply don't deliver those with M.2 models. When inquiring about the parts, I got quoted 80 euro for both, I gave up and bought a USB 3 external case for 10 euro.
  • bolkhov - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    Unfortunately, location of MXM isn't obvious at the photo.

    Would be interesting to compare this brick with Lenovo P320 Tiny (P330 Tiny would be better, but isn't announced yet). That one, despite much smaller size, contains a normal PCIe x16 slot. But Quadro is compatible with 35W CPUs and is mutually excludive with 2.5".
  • BoneHurtingJuice - Friday, July 20, 2018 - link

    I read somewhere Intel will lock C246 out of i5/i7s though
  • Xajel - Sunday, July 22, 2018 - link

    Very nice indeed, hopefully we can see more option, mainly Ryzen & Ryzen Embedded.

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