HP has announced its Z2 G9 small form-factor (SFF) desktop PCs aimed at professionals working in tight spaces.
While HP offers other compact desktops, such as the Z2 G9 Mini announced earlier this month, the Z2 G9 SFF is special in that it comes with full-length professional graphics cards. Full-length dedicated graphics cards generally have better cooling and faster performance than laptop variants, which are often used in compact PCs, laptops and SFF desktops to reduce their size.
HP says the Z2 G9 SFF undergoes 360,000 hours of rigorous testing and is certified for pro apps.
HP Z2 G9 SFF specifications
|Device||HP Z2 G9 SFF|
|Processor||12th generation Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and i9 processors in both unlocked and vPro options.|
|Memory||Up to 128GB, ECC or non-ECC|
|Storage||Up to 36 TB PCIe SSD storage with RAID support. HDD options available.|
|Connectivity||Intel and Nvidia Mellanox options including 10Gbps Ethernet ports and Wi-Fi 6e options.|
|Size and weight||38.4 x 30.8 x 10 cm (15.1 x 12.1 x 3.95 inches), 5.9kg (13.1lbs)|
|Power supply||Up to 550W, up to 92 per cent efficient|
|Operating systems||Windows 11 Home, Pro, or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS|
|Pricing and availability||Available late March, pricing is TBA|
The Z2 G9 SFF uses Intel’s 12th gen Core i3 to i9 processors, including vPro and K-series SKUs that support overclocking. The processor can be paired with up to 128GB of error correction code (ECC) or non-ECC memory and up to 36TB of NVMe storage with support for RAID. In addition to the integrated Intel UHD 770 graphics, the Z2 G9 can be configured with dedicated Nvidia and AMD options such as the Nvidia RTX A4000 and the AMD Radeon RX 6700XT. Powering it all is up to a 550W power supply with 92 per cent efficiency. The datasheet did not specify the load condition for the power supply’s efficiency rating.
Given its powerful hardware, the Z2 G9 SFF is appreciably compact. The device measures just 38.4 cm wide, 30.8 cm deep, and 10 cm tall. Travelling with it is also possible as it weighs just 5.9kg (13.1 lbs).
Base port configuration options include four front-panel USB-A ports, audio jack, dedicated audio-in and audio-out ports, two display 1.4 ports, and six USB-A ports. Customers can also choose from a selection of optional ports including HDMI, VGA, USB-C and Thunderbolt. The device also comes with a DVD writer. Additionally, it comes with a range of Intel and Nvidia Mellanox network connectivity options, both wired and wireless.
Operating system choices include Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home, or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
The HP Z2 SFF G9 should be available in late March. HP has yet to announce its official pricing.