Hardware Breakdown Presents: HP Zbook 14u G6
The HP ZBook 14u G6 is probably the most interesting device I've profiled on Hardware Breakdown. The display in comparison to most laptops on the market is rather small at , yet packs some serious features and hardware that would classify it to be a mobile workstation.
Without revealing too much in the intro, let's crack open the HP Zbook 14u G6 laptop and examine every integral piece of hardware that's in this device.
It’s All About The On-board Graphics
I almost always start the Breakdown by first profiling the processor. But probably the most interesting piece of hardware within the Zbook 14u is the Radeon Pro WX3200 graphics chip. Now if you have an astute knowledge of PC hardware you'll know this is the same GPU found in the RX 560 graphics card used in desktop PCs. But the laptop graphics processor is quite different from the consumer version graphics card. The compute units are trimmed down from 16 to 10, for a total of 640 AMD's ALUs, better known as stream processors. The overall compute power caps off at 1.66 TFLOPs.
Regarding overall specs, the Radeon Pro WX3200 have up to 4GB GDDR5 VRAM placed right over a 128-bit bus, peak bandwidth measuring 96GB/s. Rather odd that the GPU itself is limited to just eight-lane of PCIe 3.0 connectivity. Meaning retrieving data from your main memory is reduced.
The Zbook 14u laptop is just 14-inches but he Radeon Pro WX3200 graphics card is more than capable of running 3D model and animation software because of accelerated rendering thanks in part to ISV-certified drivers.
The laptop sports the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8665U ( formerly Whiskey Lake) that have 4-cores, eight threads, a 1.9 GHz base clock, 4.8 GHz max Turbo- boost clock.
The Memory Module
On the memory front, you have DDR4-2666 memory as an option you can exceed up to an astounding 32GB of RAM.
The Solid State Storage
You see a trend with most laptops on the market use PCIe NVMe base hard drives and rightfully so. It has a high-speed read/write operation. The Zbook 14u is no exception. Sporting a 512 GB Samsung PM981a NVMe SSD (PCIe x4).
As mentioned in the intro, the Zbook 14u G6 has a small 14-inch display in comparison to most laptops on the market. Though small in size this 4K IPS display packs a numerous amount of pixels measuring 3840 x 2160 resolution. That equates to 315 pixels per inch. Other than the astounding amount of pixels packed into this diminutive display, 600-nits max brightness is equally impressive.
The Battery Package
According to published reports, the 3-Cell 3200 mAh Lithium-ion battery is more than capable of granting users at least six and half hours of video playback. Edging out most laptops on the market with 4K display.
Source Credit Images: Hewlett Packard