HP has unveiled a workstation based around AMD's 45nm Shanghai quad-core Opteron processor. The HP xw9400 workstation is expected to ship at a starting price of £1,379.

HP is aiming the xw9400 at industrial users: the quad-core Opteron system comes with up to 64GB of RAM meaning it should have plenty of grunt for high-end applications such as engineering, 3D digital content creation and video editing.

The HP xw9400 is a bit of a beast. Measuring 210x525x454mm, it weighs approximately 24kg. The base specification of the HP workstation is for a Windows Vista Business machine, but customers will be able to 'downgrade' to Windows XP Professional. It will have a 750GB hard disk drive.

"Power users can rely on HP to deliver the best of the best when it comes to performance workstations," said Sue Forkin, senior category manager, workstations, HP UK and Ireland.

HP says that, like its other workstations, the xw9400 is more than 90 percent recyclable by weight.