This serious Intel, Nvidia silicon is not for tablets, smartphones

If you look hard, among all of the smartphones, tablets, wearables at CES, there's a machine packing some serious, old-school silicon.

HP's Z1 G2 all-in-one workstation packs plenty of horsepower and doesn't skimp on fans.
HP's Z1 G2 all-in-one workstation packs plenty of horsepower and doesn't skimp on fans. Brooke Crothers

LAS VEGAS -- There were occasional reminders at the Consumer Electronics Show that even in 2014, the fastest silicon is not in tablets and smartphones, or even inside PCs.

Enter Hewlett-Packard's new all-in-one workstation. It squeezes some pretty brawny silicon behind a 27-inch touch screen. And some serious cooling power too.

Announced at CES , the Z1 G2 can be configured with the 82-watt Intel Xeon E3-1280 v3 processor and up to a 100-watt (max power) Nvidia Quadro K4100M graphics.

While consumers have gotten used to fanless phones and tablets, professional-class -- and some might say real -- horsepower still needs fans galore to keep things from overheating.

Brooke Crothers

Expansion slots include 1 MXM (Mobile PCI Express) and 2 mini-PCIe/mSATA (full-length).

The Z1 G2 will run Windows 8 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (PDF), among other operating systems.

HP Z1 G2.
HP Z1 G2. Brooke Crothers
About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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