After waiting for quite sometime, watching it launched end of last year, I finally got my own HP Zbook Studio G3.
Frankly speaking, I'm so excited about this awesome HP Zbook Studio, as it's truly the first true quad core Ultrabook with ground up design by Hewlett Packard. I've been informed that this less than 1" thin notebook is actually a mega beast performer. I think I may decommission my good old HP Z800 Personal Workstation. Hahaha. So, here's the configuration of the new HP Zbook Studio G3 that goes inside my backpack:
The graphics, display and storage listed above are not components you could easily find in any other notebooks nor mobile workstations. But, what makes this Zbook Studio shines over other mobile workstations, other than its lightweight and powerful configurations, are:
HP has done it again. But this time they set a new bar on how a mobile workstation should look and equipped, aside from their award winning and acknowledged performance. A previous hands-on review on HP Zbook Studio was written by TechRadarPro. Click the image below to go to TechRadarPro's review page.
I couldn't agree more to that statement, as I've been using Workstation since, well, a really long time ago. Since when? Oh yes, the first time I owned and used Workstation was back in 1996. Since then, I never look back to use desktop computer or normal laptop. I own some of common computers and notebooks, but no longer use them for daily work.
The revolutionizing design of the metal chassis and Ultrabook form factor really make it looks so dazzling. At least from my point of view.
This has been in question since the first time I received information about this tiny "Mega Beast". The Intel Skylake processor architecture in this Zbook Studio G3, may be the last generation of Intel's "tick-tock" processor development strategy. So, this Skylake architecture would be the "tock" and closing product for the strategy Intel has been using since 2006. But, let's not talk about it. I know you're eager to see how this Zbook Studio performs.
I will use my own standard testing methods, using free software available on the web. They are:
To make it equal testings to any other of HP workstations I have, I'm setting the display resolution from 4K (3840x2160) down to FHD (1920x1080). This way, it will match the screen size of common FHD resolution.
Both tests show remarkable performance compare to previous generation (G2) mobile workstations. The brown bars represent condition when power adaptor is connected to the Zbook Studio. The bright orange bars represent condition when the Zbook Studio is running on battery. Both already got optimized before conducting any tests through HP Performance Advisors and some additional tweaks.
As you see, it simply has max scores of more than 2.2GB per second in reading speed and more than 1.5GB per second in writing speed. Impressive figures! Oh yeah!!!
First Field Test
I've just used this Zbook Studio G3 to design my own F-15C parkjet and it boosted my productivity when using Rhinoceros 5.0 and XFLR, anywhere and anytime.
And how does it look for that plane after being designed inside Zbook Studio G3, constructed and flew? I could say, it's a master piece! Have a look at this video of its maiden day compilation video.
And here are some more pictures of its unboxing moment.
Update: May 27, 2016 09:02am
More Benchmark Results
I completed some more brief tests using Blender Blenchmark, to test both CPU and GPU on rendering tasks. The results were remarkably amazing! It's much faster than my good old HP Z800!
So, in comparison, my HP Z800's score is being beaten by this phenomenal HP Zbook Studio G3. Well, it's good to know that I'm carrying a powerhouse high performance computing, slipped into my backpack.
I've tested the Zbook Studio to do some more rendering using Pixar's RENDERMAN 20 inside Blender 2.77. I got astonishing result and speed, specially with the DENOISER feature turned on. Blazingly fast production result.
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Bimo Adi Prakoso, founder of Sentra Grafika Kompumedia, is an engineering-animation-broadcast industry professional and workstation evangelist. He's been in the Workstation industry since 1996, the era of SGI.