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My "new" HP Z400 Workstation.

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First post, by Anaxagoras

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Few months ago my IT coworkers told me that they had something that might interest me.
I followed them and I saw it, a HP Z400 Workstation in apparently excellent condition! And I as checked later it worked perfect!

In the past week I finish the setup with a RAM and graphics upgrade (with a little help from you). Before of this I installed two hard drives of 3 and 1 TB.

And now this computer is my main PC. At the moment the only thing that I miss is the USB 3.0 ports but I think that I can solve with a controller card.

CPU: Intel Xeon W3520
RAM: 16GB.
HD1: 3TB.
HD2: 1TB.
GPU: NVIDIA Quadro 5000

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Reply 1 of 26, by Errius

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Go team LGA1366. I have two X5687s in this rig. How high can yours go?

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Reply 3 of 26, by chinny22

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Nice,
The company I work that just dusted off their Z400 has a single W3520 @ 2.66 GHz and NVS295 so yours is loads better then that. (it does have 32MB ram though)
Yours is now similar spec to his primary PC a Z840 with duel E5-2667 v3 @ 3.20GHz and Quadro K5200, although that things got 512GB ram!

Both are running Win7, upgrading workstation software is never fun

Reply 4 of 26, by Intel486dx33

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Here is my 6-core 32gb HP z400 and HP z800 with 12-cores and 48gb.
both with HP liquid cooling.
I put SSD's in both and they perform pretty good.
I sold them about 2 years ago.
They where just to BIG and Loud.

I use an HP 6300 mid-tower today with i5 CPU and 16gb ram and SSD.

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Reply 5 of 26, by Anaxagoras

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chinny22 wrote:

Both are running Win7, upgrading workstation software is never fun

I installed Windows 10 from scratch without problems, but the frontal headphones doesn't work due the Microsoft drivers fails with it. The solution is to install Realtek drivers.

Intel486dx33 wrote:

Here is my 6-core 32gb HP z400 and HP z800 with 12-cores and 48gb.

As I read in technical specifications the maximum supported RAM is 16GB. If I had known before...
Well, now I know it. 😖

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Reply 6 of 26, by Intel486dx33

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Anaxagoras wrote:
I installed Windows 10 from scratch without problems, but the frontal headphones doesn't work due the Microsoft drivers fails wi […]
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chinny22 wrote:

Both are running Win7, upgrading workstation software is never fun

I installed Windows 10 from scratch without problems, but the frontal headphones doesn't work due the Microsoft drivers fails with it. The solution is to install Realtek drivers.

Intel486dx33 wrote:

Here is my 6-core 32gb HP z400 and HP z800 with 12-cores and 48gb.

As I read in technical specifications the maximum supported RAM is 16GB. If I had known before...
Well, now I know it. 😖

Oh, Sorry, I must have confused with my HP z420.

You can also use a PCI SSD adapter if you want to install a faster SSD but it does not support Nvme SSD’s.

Reply 7 of 26, by pentiumspeed

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Intel486dx33 wrote:
Here is my 6-core 32gb HP z400 and HP z800 with 12-cores and 48gb. both with HP liquid cooling. I put SSD's in both and they per […]
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Here is my 6-core 32gb HP z400 and HP z800 with 12-cores and 48gb.
both with HP liquid cooling.
I put SSD's in both and they perform pretty good.
I sold them about 2 years ago.
They where just to BIG and Loud.

I use an HP 6300 mid-tower today with i5 CPU and 16gb ram and SSD.

Big? That's hardly a PC, that's proper PC!
Loud? The bios settings has fan speed settings is set too high, adjust it down to one or zero for quiet and does cool enough.

I have number of HP business and workstations so i know what they have.

Cheers, Jason

Great Northern aka Canada.

Reply 8 of 26, by Anaxagoras

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pentiumspeed wrote:
Big? That's hardly a PC, that's proper PC! Loud? The bios settings has fan speed settings is set too high, adjust it down to o […]
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Big? That's hardly a PC, that's proper PC!
Loud? The bios settings has fan speed settings is set too high, adjust it down to one or zero for quiet and does cool enough.

I have number of HP business and workstations so i know what they have.

Cheers, Jason

It's a little more big than normal PC tower, heavy due very good chassis but not noisy. I'm talking about from the standard or the default components in a PC.
In BIOS I configured the fan speed to minimum and controlled by OS, with this I only hear noise when I played high resource demanding games. But in that case the volume of sound of game mask it 😅

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Reply 9 of 26, by oeuvre

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I have a Z420 and the stock fan is a bit noisy... replaced it with an Arctic F9 PWM and it runs very quiet now, even with BIOS fan speed set to the lowest setting.

HP Z420 Workstation Intel Xeon E5-1620, 32GB, RADEON HD7850 2GB, SSD + HD, XP/7
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Reply 10 of 26, by pentiumspeed

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oeuvre wrote:

I have a Z420 and the stock fan is a bit noisy... replaced it with an Arctic F9 PWM and it runs very quiet now, even with BIOS fan speed set to the lowest setting.

Which noisy fan in your Z420? I have Z420 v2 as well (ivy bridge support).

Cheers,

Great Northern aka Canada.

Reply 12 of 26, by pentiumspeed

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oeuvre wrote:

The one on the back of the case. The heatsink fan is fine.

I do that all the time too, changing the too lightweight fan for another even the heatsink fan as well in my business & workstation HP and Dell.

Cheers, Jason

Great Northern aka Canada.

Reply 13 of 26, by eisapc

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The Z400 is surely an upcoming high quality retro system that can actually be pursued for a very good price. Got myself a Z400, two Z600 and a Z800 after finding the Win7 restore CDs in company scrap. Super solid high quality systems, designed for every day use. The Z800 was equipped with an Nvidia 1060 and is my main gaming system. Z600 and Z800 are dual CPU and more noisy than the Z400 as a single CPU box.
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Reply 14 of 26, by pentiumspeed

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Think of the 400, z220 and z230 as "used to be expensive" yet quality toy with ECC and one x16 slot computers based on 128bit memory bus using 4 memory slots except 400 sometimes has 4 slot or 6 slot memory depending on motherboard.

To step up to real thing; one should start with 600, Zx40 series which has much more wider and faster (1866MHz) memory bus and larger memory capacity, more cores as well plus capable of doing SLI or crossfire due to two physical x16 slots. Z440 is start of DDR4 support and haswell.
Cheers,

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Reply 16 of 26, by Intel486dx33

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These sound really good with a Sound Blaster Audigy 2zs and Klipsch Pro media speakers.
Plug and Play with MS-Windows and Linux.
Or Terratec sound cards.

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Reply 17 of 26, by Scraphoarder

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Nice Z400 you got there. I use a Z820 as my main computer at work and a Z800 at home. The Z800 has 2x E5606 2.13 GHz quads and 96GB ram, but i have on the shelve 2x Xeon X5698 4.4 GHz dual cores and the original HP watercooling kit. Planning to upgrade it sometime, but it isnt used very much at the moment. It also came with a Quadro 6000, but put in a Geforce GTX 960.

Reply 18 of 26, by Errius

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X5698? Those are unobtanium. Where did you get yours?

eta: I see they're currently selling for $1,500 each on eBay.

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Reply 19 of 26, by Scraphoarder

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Errius wrote:

X5698? Those are unobtanium. Where did you get yours?

eta: I see they're currently selling for $1,500 each on eBay.

I got them on from a Canadian seller on eBay 3 years ago. Paid $700 (CAD) inc shipping for the pair. Those were not ES versions that also floated around that time.