ZBrush

ZBrush

ZBrush is a digital sculpting tool that combines 3D/2.5D modeling, texturing and painting. It uses a proprietary "pixol" technology which stores lighting, color, material, and depth information for all objects on the screen. The main difference between ZBrush and more traditional modeling packages is that it is more akin to sculpting.

Component Recommendations

Processor Processor

3D Modeling

Building meshes, extruding polygons and other 3D modeling tasks are single-threaded, meaning they only utilize one CPU core. If using this software mostly for modeling, we recommend a processor with 4 to 6 cores and a high clockspeed (3.2GHz and above).

Animation

Like 3D modeling, animation is also single-threaded. Therefore a processor with high clockspeed and 4 to 6 cores is also recommended.

Rendering

While 3D modeling and animation only utilize one CPU core, rendering is a highly multi-threaded task and therefore a high amount of CPU cores will provide better performance.

Memory Memory

In general, 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core is recommended. For example, if you select a single 12-core processor, 32GB will suffice for basic tasks or 64GB for more demanding workloads.

Storage Storage

We recommend having two drives which provides the best performance:

  1. Primary Drive: SSD for the operating system and software
  2. Secondary Drive: another SSD, or for better performance, an NVMe Flash Storage Drive (the "HP Z Turbo Drive") for active project files

If you need additional storage for large, infrequently accessed files, we also recommend one or more 4TB, 6TB or 8TB+ hard drives. Hard drives also work well for storing export files as the export/rendering process is generally not write intensive.

Graphics Graphics

This application has minor benefits from GPU acceleration, so a high-end graphics card is not required. Therefore, we recommend an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

Chassis Chassis

The Z840 is recommended if you require dual processors or dual high performance graphics cards. The Z840 can support up to 6 hard drives or 10 SSDs.

The Z640 is recommended if you require a single high-end processor or single high-performance graphics card. You can always add a second processor and double the memory at a later date using the optional Z640 processor riser. The Z640 can support up to 4 hard drives or 6 SSDs.

The Z440 is recommended if you require a single processor with a low core count or mid-range graphics card. The Z440 can support up to 4 hard drives or 6 SSDs.

Configuration Recommendations

HP Z440

  • 6-Core 3.6GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-1650 v4 [6-cores / 12-threads]
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Registered RAM
  • 500GB Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB

$3200.00

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HP Z440

  • 8-Core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-1660 v4 [8-cores / 16-threads]
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Registered RAM
  • 500GB Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB

$4350.00

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HP Z640

  • 8-Core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-1660 v4 [8-cores / 16-threads]
  • 64GB (4x 16GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Registered RAM
  • 500GB Solid-State Drive
  • 500GB Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti 11GB

$5400.00

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HP Z640

  • 12-Core 3.0GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-2687W v4 [12-cores / 24-threads]
  • 64GB (4x 16GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Registered RAM
  • 500GB Solid-State Drive
  • 512GB NVMe Flash Storage
  • NVIDIA GTX Titan Xp 12GB

$7050.00

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HP Z840

  • Dual 8-Core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-2667 v4 [16-cores / 32-threads]
  • 128GB (8x 16GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Registered RAM
  • 512GB NVMe Flash Storage
  • 1.5TB (3x 512GB) NVMe Flash Storage RAID 0
  • NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti 11GB

$11600.00

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HP Z840

  • Dual 12-Core 3.0GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-2687W v4 [24-cores / 48-threads]
  • 256GB (8x 32GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Registered RAM
  • 256GB NVMe Flash Storage
  • 768GB (3x 256GB) NVMe Flash Storage RAID 0
  • NVIDIA GTX Titan Xp 12GB

$13800.00

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