Conclusion: If you've heard about vendors sending carefully optimized, hand-tweaked systems to get good benchmark scores from review sites, we can reassure you that HP did no such thing: Whoever installed our Z200's FirePro V3800 card forgot to install its driver. Windows' Device Manager reported that the workstation had a "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter." Its Windows Experience Index performance score was the lowest possible at 1.0 on the operating system's 7.9-point scale.
Conclusion: These days if you're able to invest in new technology at all, you probably want to ensure you get the most possible for the money. So you might be very interested to hear about HP's new professional workstation, the HP Z200, which began shipping in February. We put this entry-level system to the test in Cadalyst Labs and found it delivers an excellent price-to-performance ratio — that is, lots of bang for the buck.