Well I’m guessing (depending on my audience, I don’t really know currently haha) that you’re primarily have experience with just one of these; Gaming PC. however maybe some of you are in the transition phase between being a teenager and being an adult with income and responsibilities, like me.
well as a part of your job maybe it’s time to give up your dedicated gaming PC and start investing in a workstation PC, depending on your job obviously.
don’t worry, if you thought it’s cool to have an impressive, expensive or powerful gaming PC, there is plenty of options in the workstation PCs market too. Here we go!
Impatient? read this!
Workstations are made for really heavy and demanding computational tasks, they are therefore marketed to various professionals. They usually make use of on hardware that is much more powerful and advanced than what a normal gaming pc needs.
oh your still here? ok ill keep writing!
As mentioned above, workstations have a lot more capable hardware, and that goes for the CPU as well! especially so actually, CPU is maybe the most expensive thing in these computers. This is to be able to have a lot of processor demanding tasks running at the same time, or to finish certain big tasks faster, there are a lot of complex tasks the CPU might have to handle in a setting like this. CPUs inside a workstation can include the following:
- Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 – The most basic CPUs found in budget and mid-range workstations.
- Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen Threadripper – The most popular workstation CPUs that tend to be the sweet spot of price and performance for the majority of workstation users.
- Intel Xeon or AMD EPYC – found only in the most powerful workstations, these CPUs are designed and produces mainly to be used in servers. They excel at multitasking and at processing high volumes of data.
As you may already know, Intel Core i7 and Ryzen 7 processors are the most powerful processors that should be used in a gaming PC, with anything more powerful simply being overkill. But as you can see, workstations go much further beyond, making thorough use of CPUs that would never be used for gaming unless the workstation serves both as a workstation and a gaming PC.
Now as we all know, the GPU is the most important component in a gaming PC. It can be an integral part of a workstation, too, if it is used for graphics-heavy tasks such as photo editing, video editing, 3D modeling etc. Thought usually, the graphics card is not that expensive, as a lot of rendering and editing is at the expense of the CPU, not the GPU.
If it is the case that it needs a good GPU, a workstation will utilize one of the following GPU brands:
- Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon RX – These are the names that you are undoubtedly familiar with. High-end GeForce and Radeon cards are commonly used by workstations, sometimes in multi-GPU configurations, to get that extra performance and flexibility.
- Nvidia Quadro or AMD RadeonPro – These are pure workstation GPUs. the key differences these have from gaming GPU’s is an increase in video memory, higher memory bandwidth, and overall higher processing power. in general, they are optimized for GPU-heavy software, not for games.
Not much difference to talk about on this front workstation motherboard are mostly the same used in gaming Computers, apart from the fact that workstations may include motherboards that utilize a special chipset and socket designed for the more powerful CPUs listed above.
However, some users may opt for motherboards that have additional RAM and/or PCIe slots based if they need it. There are also dual-CPU motherboards, but those are more common among servers.
The usual sweet spot that most modern pc’s tend to hit is 16 GB of ram, however, I personally prefer 32 gigabytes of RAM to future proof my pc and also because its easier and more smooth when you have a lot of applications open at the same time and in the background.
You think 32 RAM is too much? try 64 or 128;. most of workstations contain either 32 GB or 64 GB, but the truly high-end ones can have 128 GB or even 256 GB of RAM!
workstations also sometimes rely on ECC RAM which increase system/program stability and prevents data corruption.
Not too much of a difference here, Modern workstations, like gaming pc’s favor SSDs as a primary storage due to their superiors speed over that of HDDs. However, many workstations need to store large amounts of data, therefore HDDs with several terabytes of space are also commonly included in the workstation configuration.
That said, workstations and gaming PCs don’t differ much in this regard, the main thing is that workstations usually need more storage, and it don’t need to be super fast, its not like you are going to have loading times in-between levels to ruin your immersion.
can you play video games on a workstation?
yes, but they are more expensive, so unless you are going for a PC for your profession or some other demanding work (yes, more demanding than gaming, besides work station GPU’s are not optimized for gaming in terms of what specs they prioritize, neither; but more so, are the workstation CPU’s) I would just suggest sticking to a gaming pc designed to cater to your needs.
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