Desktop model offers excellent price-to-performance ratio for CAD users. Review date: July 9, 2015 | Model: HP Z440
HP isn't the top-selling workstation vendor on the planet for nothing. Its chief competitors, Dell and Lenovo, have both raised the competitive pressure, but HP is holding its ground with solid, sensible, and innovative products, including the Z440. Along with the modestly more economical entry-level 1S model Z230, the Z440 is an appealing option for the vast majority of the CAD community. In particular, we think the configuration of our review model strikes a balance of price and performance that's well suited to general-purpose CAD computing... For general-purpose CAD computing, the balance and price-to-performance ratio of the Z440, as configured, is hard to beat. Its modestly priced Quadro K2200 will handle the job for the vast majority of AutoCAD users. For those who spend more time with very complex 3D models, and less time with verification tasks (such as engineering simulation), stepping up the GPU to a K4200, for example, could provide additional value.Reviewed by: Alex Herrera | Read full review...