TensorFlow is an open source software library for machine learning across a range of tasks, and developed by Google to meet their needs for systems capable of building and training neural networks to detect and decipher patterns and correlations, analogous to the learning and reasoning which humans use.

Hardware Recommendations


This application relies heavily on the GPU to perform calculations, therefore a processor with a low core count and low clockspeed is acceptable.


The RTX 2080Ti has become the defacto graphics card for deep learning and TensorFlow offsets all the computing of data to the GPU. For maximum performance, recommend two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti graphics cards.

Read More: Adding more than 2 Graphics Cards


This application relies more on reading data than writing data as it analyzes and processes training datasets. Extreme read rates are not required however, therefore we recommend a 512GB SSD for the operating system and program files. Furthermore, because deep learning requires large datasets to be processed, storing this data locally is important. Therefore a 4TB, 6TB or 8TB hard drive (or multiple hard drives) is recommended depending on your storage needs.


Benchmarks indicate that TensorFlow performs best when the amount of system memory is double (or more) the graphics card memory. So if you have one RTX 2080Ti card (which is 11GB), then we recommended 24GB RAM. If you have two RTX 2080Ti cards (22GB), then we recommended 48GB RAM.

Configuration Recommendations

HP Z8 G4 Workstation


  • Dual 10 cores, 2.4 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Silver 4210R
  • 96GB (12x 8GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe 3.0 Solid-State Drive

HP Z8 G4 Workstation


  • Dual 12 cores, 2.4 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Silver 4214R
  • 96GB (6x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 500GB SATA 2.5" Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX A6000 48GB

HP Z6 G4 Workstation


  • 16 cores, 2.1 GHz base frequency | Intel Xeon Silver 4216
  • 48GB (6x 8GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 500GB SATA 2.5" Solid-State Drive


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