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HP Z640 Workstation
Flexible, powerful, ready to work
Redefine versatility and flexibility. Expand your capabilities with HP's Z640
Workstation offering powerful performance, whisper-quiet computing, and
tool-less access in a compact design.

Table of contents

Chassis and system highlights ......................................................................................................................................... 2
System architecture ........................................................................................................................................................... 3
I/O slot optimizations .............................................................................................................................................................. 8
Storage configurations and RAID ....................................................................................................................................... 11
Memory configurations and optimization..................................................................................................................... 18
New UEFI BIOS and features/legacy support ...................................................................................................................23

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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Technical white paper HP Z640 Workstation Flexible, powerful, ready to work Redefine versatility and flexibility. Expand your capabilities with HP’s Z640 Workstation offering powerful performance, whisper-quiet computing, and tool-less access in a compact design. Table of contents Chassis and system highlights ............................2 System architecture ................................
  • Page 2: Chassis And System Highlights

    With two internal storage bays, two standard 5.25" external device bays, a dedicated 9.5mm slim ODD bay, three PCIe Gen3 slots (1x8 and 2x16), two PCIe Gen 2 slots (1x4 and 1x1), along with a single PCI slot the HP Z640 delivers flexibility for storage and accessory options.
  • Page 3 Tool-free design HP has always been a leader in tool-free product design and with the HP Z640, the serviceability could not be any easier! The following components can be easily accessed or upgraded without tools: side access panel, hard drives, optical drives, memory, expansion cards, power supply, system board, and the 2nd processor module.
  • Page 4: System Architecture

    New Intel® Processor micro-architecture The HP Z640 Workstation uses the Intel® C612 chipset to support the latest up to eighteen-core Intel® Xeon® E5-1600 and E5-2600 processor series (Haswell, 22 nm), including processors of up to 145 W. Intel® Haswell processors feature a new micro-architecture and a new instruction set including AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0) and FMA (Floating-...
  • Page 5 • All slots match the mechanical lengths to their electrical lengths and are open ended. • The HP Z640 also maintains a single PCI slot that is derived from a PCIe to PCI Bridge that brings the total number of I/O slots to six.
  • Page 6: Other Features

    The HP Z640 Workstation will support up to a single 300 W graphics card. Separately, in a single processor configuration the HP Z640 will support up to two cards rated at 225 W each. In a dual processor configuration two cards rated up to 150 W each are supported.
  • Page 7 Technical white paper | HP Z640 Workstation HP Z640 supported CPU line-up Table 2. Clock Speed Cache Memory QPI Speed Hyper- Turbo Boost Model (GHz) Cores (MB) Speed (MHz) (CT/s) Threading vPro Technology E5-2699 v3 2133 E5-2697 v3 2133 E5-2695 v3...
  • Page 8: I/o Slot Optimizations

    Integrated PCI and PCI-Express 3.0 The HP Z640 provides one 32-bit/33 MHz PCI slot that can accommodate a full height, full length PCI card. The HP Z640 uses the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 series, with integrated PCI-Express 3.0 controllers delivering a peak bandwidth of 16 Gb/s per direction.
  • Page 9 I/O slot options In addition to the 32-bit/33 MHz full height and full length PCI slot, the HP Z640 provides a total of up to five high- performance graphics and I/O slots in single CPU configuration and up to four high-performance graphics and I/O slots in Dual CPU configuration, including support for up to two PCIe 3.0 graphics cards in PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.
  • Page 10 Technical white paper | HP Z640 Workstation Table 3: HP Z640 I/O slot recommended load order Load order (depending on slot availability) Slot 1* Slot 2 Slot 3 Slot 4 Slot 5 Slot 6 PCIe3 x16 PCIe3 x8 PCIe3 x16...
  • Page 11: Storage Configurations And Raid

    0, 1, 5, 10 Option ROM Launch Policy In the Pre-OS environment, HP Workstations can use either Option ROM (OROM) or a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) driver for configuration and management of the RAID controllers. The default shipping configuration is set to All Legacy OROM.
  • Page 12: Sata Emulation Modes

    Technology The default SATA emulation mode on HP Workstations is RAID (RAID + AHCI) unless SEDs are installed. If SEDs are installed, the SATA emulation mode will be set to AHCI. The SATA emulation mode can be changed in BIOS setup under Advanced >...
  • Page 13 Technical white paper | HP Z640 Workstation AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) AHCI is a technical standard developed by Intel for the hardware mechanism that allows software to communicate with SATA (Serial ATA) devices. It is enumerated as a PCI device and transfers data between system memory and SATA devices.
  • Page 14 Technical white paper | HP Z640 Workstation Creating RAID Arrays on the SATA and sSATA controllers RAID arrays on SATA and sSATA controllers can be created through Option ROM (OROM) at power on, UEFI driver within 3rd Party Option ROM Management from the BIOS Startup Menu, DOS utilities, EFI shell utilities, Windows command line utilities, or from a graphical user interface (GUI) within the Windows OS.
  • Page 15 Technical white paper | HP Z640 Workstation 2. RAID creation using the UEFI driver within 3rd Party Option ROM Management in BIOS setup In order to create RAID arrays using the UEFI driver within 3rd Party Option ROM Management in the BIOS, the Option ROM Launch Policy in BIOS must be set to All UEFI or All UEFI Except Video.
  • Page 16 (RSTCLI) for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems. RSTCLI is included in the Intel® RSTe driver package for your system, downloadable from hp.com. The RSTCLI must be executed from an administrator command prompt. If you attempt to execute the RSTCLI utility from a non-administrator command prompt, you will receive the following message: “Could not obtain system information to display middleware version.”...
  • Page 17: Performance Considerations

    0, 1, 10 Storage Caching Options HP Workstations ship with default storage cache settings that balance performance with data protection. The balance of performance and protection can be adjusted by changing one or more of these settings. Create a backup of your data before attempting to change any storage related settings.
  • Page 18: Memory Configurations And Optimization

    Memory Configurations and Optimization The purpose of this section is to provide an overview of the memory configurations for the HP Z640 Workstation and to provide recommendations to optimize performance. Supported memory modules Types of memory supported on an HP Z640 are: •...
  • Page 19 CPU, installing the same amount of memory as the first CPU will optimize performance. Refer to Optimal configurations tables below for more information. Table 4: Optimal configurations for HP Z640 (Note: The following tables do not include all available orderable configurations) Notes...
  • Page 20: Figure

    Technical white paper | HP Z640 Workstation Loading rules • Load the memory modules in order of size, starting with the largest module and finishing with the smallest module. • For a single processor configuration, the DIMMs should be loaded starting with the DIMM furthest from the CPU, with the first DIMM loaded in the socket on the right side of the system and alternating sides of the CPU.
  • Page 21: New Uefi Bios And Features/legacy Support

    New BIOS core The HP Z440, Z640, and Z840 Workstations all share the same BIOS image, for which the family name is M60. The M60 BIOS is the first to use a new common core that will be shared with HP Commercial Desktops and Notebooks.
  • Page 22 Administrators can set up their own update servers and update policy. Details on network BIOS update are available in appendix B of the technical white paper called “HP Business Notebook and Desktop PC F10 Setup overview”, available at h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA5-2078ENW.pdf.
  • Page 23 HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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