Conclusion: I think this is a great system. I am very pleased with it especially since this machine was built with cost in mind. The price tag for this system, as configured, comes out just under $2500. Maxing out the system by switching to a quad core processor, 4TB of disk space, 8 GB of RAM, and a second graphics card raises the price to over $6300. I recommend that you take a look at HP the next time you are looking for a new workstation.
Conclusion: Conclusion Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to talk with Will Wade, HP's Worldwide Workstation Graphics Product Manager. He told me that the xw4600 was their highest volume workstation by far, and that in particular it was the choice of the majority of video editors. I can see why. I give it five cows.
Excerpt: In contrast to the hulking CAD2 Vision DQX-SE, HP’s latest workstation is a svelte tower, no larger than a traditional office computer. Even for a single-processor model, the xw4600 has a dinky chassis that will slip under even the smallest desk – and it’s well-designed, too.
Pros: Small but capacious and well-designed case; very low cost; excellent graphics card.