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HP Z440 Workstation
Expand your power
Take your business to the next level of performance, expandability, and no
compromise reliability in one complete package. The HP Z440 Workstation
features a perfect mix of HP Z DNA in a performance workstation package with
up to 8 discrete processor cores, up to 128 GB of RAM, and multiple storage and
PCIe configuration options.

Table of contents

Chassis and system highlights ........................................................................................................................................ 2
System architecture ........................................................................................................................................................... 3
I/O slot optimizations..................................................................... ..................................................................................... 7
Storage configurations and RAID ....................................................................................................................................... 10
Memory configurations and optimization..................................................................................................................... 17
New UEFI BIOS and features/legacy support ................................................................................................................... 19

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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    The HP Z440 Workstation features a perfect mix of HP Z DNA in a performance workstation package with up to 8 discrete processor cores, up to 128 GB of RAM, and multiple storage and PCIe configuration options.
  • Page 2: Chassis And System Highlights

    SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. Four USB 3.0 ports can be found on the Front IO (with the top port offering battery charging capabilities) and four on the rear of the system. The HP Z440 has the power and features needed to quickly get the job done.
  • Page 3: System Architecture

    New Intel® Processor micro-architecture The HP Z440 Workstation uses the Intel® C612 chipset to support the latest up to eight-core Intel® Xeon® E5-1600 and E5-2600 processor series (Haswell, 22 nm), including processors of up to 140W. Intel® Haswell processors feature a new micro-architecture and a new instruction set including AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0) and FMA (Floating-...
  • Page 4: Memory Technology

    USB charging ability The HP Z440 Workstation equips the top-most of the front USB 3.0 ports with power charging ability. The port is able to provide fast charge (up to 1.5A) to a portable device in the following states: System On, System Sleep, System Hibernate and System Off.
  • Page 5: Other Features

    PCIe2 x1 dedicated electrical slots. All slots match the mechanical lengths to their electrical lengths and are open ended. In addition, the HP Z440 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 6.
  • Page 6 Technical white paper | HP Z440 Workstation HP Z440 vs HP Z420 feature comparison Table 1. HP Z440 HP Z420 Operating System Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit* Windows 8 Professional 64-bit* Windows 7 Professional 64-bit* Windows 7 Professional 64-bit* Windows 7 Professional 32-bit* Processors Intel®...
  • Page 7: I/o Slot Optimizations

    Integrated PCI and PCI-Express 3.0 The HP Z440 provides one 32-bit/33 MHz PCI slot that can accommodate a full height, full length PCI card. The HP Z440 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 8 I/O slot options In addition to the 32-bit/33 MHz full height and full length PCI slot, the HP Z440 provides a total of up to five high- performance graphics and I/O slots, including support for up to two PCIe 3.0 graphics cards in PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. The remaining three PCIe slots are open ended and can accommodate a variety of different cards and configurations.
  • Page 9 Technical white paper | HP Z440 Workstation Table 3: HP Z440 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 10: Storage Features

    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 11: 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 12 Technical white paper | HP Z440 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 13 Technical white paper | HP Z440 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 14 Technical white paper | HP Z440 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 15 (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 16: 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 17: 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 Z440 Workstation and to provide recommendations to optimize performance. Supported memory modules Types of memory supported on an HP Z440 are: •...
  • Page 18 Proper individual DIMM capacity selection is essential to maximizing performance. Refer to Optimal configurations table below for more information. Table 4: Optimal configurations for HP Z440 (Note: The following table does not include all available orderable configurations) CPU0...
  • Page 19: 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 20 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 21 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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