August 14

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The ‘Hot Rod’ Computer


I got a call from a client who had just ordered an HP Z800 workstation from the HP online store. He wanted to know if I could supply several more of them. This is a high-end graphics workstation that costs $4200.

Well, I went through the specs and one that caught my eye was the 1100 watt power supply! Yow! Most computers are around 400 watts, maybe as much as 600 watts.

After some browsing around, I suggested a Z420 workstation. It has a faster processor with slightly less cache, same SSD drive, same graphics card, same amount of RAM, and cost $3160. It’s very seldom that a computer impresses me.

This one is stunningly quick – a real hot rod!

Could I have sold my client a bunch of Z800’s and made more money? Sure. But this is an example of how I act as a Pro-Partner rather than a vendor.

We’re in it for the long haul, not the quick score…even though we love a hot rod!

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