There have some big improvements in hardware over the years such as co-processors (I know I am getting on a bit to remember those times), multiple core processes, hyperthreading, leaps and bounds with graphics boards, USB etc. The introduction of SSD’s has been a real noticeable improvement that has become a must have for people who care for speed. Now there are HP Z Turbo Drive G2 and HP Turbo Drive Quad Pro storage units and wow are they fast!
Over the last couple of weeks I have been putting together recommendations for users with a heavy demand for storage speed (doesn’t sound right to call them hard drives any more) for applications that need it such as Autodesk Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk Nastran In-CAD, Autodesk HSMworks and Inventor HSM. These applications love lots of processor cores and consume large amounts of memory for speed. The Simulation products also use large amounts of storage space while solving so any improvements here are worthwhile.
All of the HP Z Turbo Drives use the PCIe bus rather than SATA and the latest machines use PCIe Gen 3, twice the speed of Gen 2. SATA is so old school.
As a guide, HP Z Turbo Drives are twice the speed of SATA SSD’s, the HP Z Turbo Drive G2’s are 4 times and HP Turbo Drive Quad Pro are up to 16 times as fast!
No need to put up with the tiny little 256GB SSD drives. I grew up with 20MB hard drives and 1.44 MB floppies so this is really unreal to think that 256GB is tool small!
That last beast, the HP Turbo Drive Quad Pro, can house up to 4x HP Z Turbo Drive G2 M.2 modules to take it up to 2TB! That’s right, 2TB in one PCIe Gen3 x16 slot so you can put multiple cards in the HP Workstations depending on the number of processors used.
And for those of you out there doing multi-media editing, these HP Z840’s with HP Z Turbo Drives are for you too.