Industry Specification Preferences – Comparing the HP Z840 Workstation to the Dell T7910 Workstation

Are you looking for a workstation and are stuck between an HP Z840 Workstation and a Dell Precision T7910 Workstation? Depending on your industry, one may be better than another. Let’s look at a quick comparison below:


Video Editing (4K Video)

If you are looking for a machine for video editing then the most important things you will have to choose will be the CPU, a good graphics card and fast hard drive transfer speeds.

  • In terms of video cards, it seems to be an industry practice of finding a graphics card that has a reasonable price and serious power such as the NVIDIA Quadro K4200. Another card which tends to be more popular and much more affordable is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX970. This card is very popular in gaming as well as video editing.
  • When considering read and write speed, SSD’s seem to take preference over HDD. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s pretty simple: reading relates to reading information/data that is in the drive such as reading a game or a word or excel document, while writing is adding and saving new information to the drive, such as installing a new game or saving a new word document. Users also tend to need a Thunderbolt 2 PCIe cards.
  • In terms of memory, a minimum of 16GB of DDR4 RAM is necessary for general video editing. Nonetheless, most people working with 4K video editing have 32GB or 64GB of RAM.
  • A good CPU in the Intel Xeon E5 2600 v4 processor and Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 processor families are compatible. Two Intel Xeon 12 Core Processor E5-2687W V4’s are recommended.
  • Software is a topic that we won’t be covering heavily, but most video editors prefer using Adobe Premier Professional and Avid Media Composer to get their work done.
  • All in all, both the HP Z840 Workstation and Dell Precision T7910 are excellent workstations for a video editor. They both can provide everything that an artist needs to get his job done and is compatible with the software that he or she is using. Nonetheless, video editors tend to prefer the HP Z840 Workstation over the Dell Precision T7910 because of the HP Z840’s expandability.

Game Design and Animation

A game designer and animator can be considered to have very similar workstation requirements as a video editor does.

  • Before choosing the specifications in a machine for a game designer or animator it’s important that the user chooses his software first. Autodesk Maya is used for game design and animation, while Adobe After Effects is used for animation.
  • The preferred video card for animators is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. Video game designers seem to have a little different preference and are more likely to lean towards either the NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti SLI or NVIDIA One Titan X.
  • In terms of memory, there seems to be that the need is no more than 32GB of RAM for After Effects software users. While MAYA software user’s preference for memory ranges from 16GB to 128GB of RAM. Nonetheless, most use a machine with 32GB or 64GB of memory.
  • Both game designers and animators prefer all drives to be SSD’s over HDD’s?
  • When choosing a CPU, MAYA software requires the support of a CPU with SSE4.2 Instructions. Users, typically prefer the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2687W V3 while After Effects software users list the Intel Xeon Processor E5-1650V3 as being a “solid choice.”
  • Similar to the video editing user, the game design and animation user prefers the HP Z840 Workstation.

Data Visualization

Unlike video editing and game design and animation, the emphasis in the data visualization industry is on the CPU (calculation) and large amounts of RAM. Datasets range in size but start with 2GB and go up, so the user will require a lot of hard drive space.

  • When choosing a CPU, the Intel E5-2687W V3 and V4 seem to be most popular in the industry.
  • In terms of memory, a sufficient data visualization machine will consist of 64GB’s of RAM but can be expanded to 512GB RAM if needed.
  • A combination of SSDs and HDDs are employed, HDDs are used for storing and archiving data and information while the SSDs are used for actually working with the files (speed).
  • When choosing software, MATLAB is used for working with large datasets and scientific computer models. This software is excellent for working with math, graphics, and programming. Whether you’re an engineer or a scientist and you are analyzing data, developing algorithms, or building models, MATLAB is the trusted software for you.
  • The best video graphics card that is supported by MATLAB is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X line of cards.
  • Unlike the video editing industry, the preference in the data visualization industry is the Dell T7910 workstation. Nonetheless, there are still plenty of people who prefer the HP Z840 Workstation as they are both excellent machines.

Architecture and Mechanics

Users that use workstations for Architecture design and mechanical engineering tasks will typically use the Autodesk AutoCAD software to bring their image to life.

  • Dual 12-core Intel Xeons E5-2687W v4 is a good balance between price and power for AutoCAD users.
  • Memory is very important for an AutoCAD user, 8 x 8 GB (64 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz ECC is highly recommended.
  • Hard Drive space is crucial and HDDs are used for achieving and working with AutoCAD. SSD’s are the preference of the AutoCAD user.
  • AutoCAD users also seem to lean towards the HP Z840 Workstation.
  • Fun fact: if you are a student, educator, or part of an institution, AutoCAD provides free access to the AutoCAD software.

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