Desktop PC vs Workstation: Which One Should You Choose?

We have often observed the terms desktop PC and workstation being used interchangeably. This is understandable, as today even consumer desktop PCs are built to be very efficient. However, when it comes to intensive power usage, desktop PCs cannot be compared to high-end workstations.

It is essential to understand the differences between the two, and their purpose. Otherwise, you could end up overspending on a system whose power you do not fully utilize, or select an obsolete system that you will need to replace in a short amount of time.

Let us see the main differences between the a desktop and a workstation – 

Who is it for?

Of course, a consumer desktop will suit you if you only need to perform general office tasks like sharing files, sending emails, web surfing, creating presentations, and so on. A powerful, business-grade PC might even allow some limited video editing or simulation applications; however, if you need to perform power-hungry tasks like 8K video editing, 3D modelling, computer-aided design (CAD), or Building Information Modeling (BIM), you will need to opt for the more powerful and reliable workstations.

Internal Engineering

For a consumer desktop, the processor might range from core i3 to core i7, while the workstation processors usually start from core i7 and include the powerful Intel Xeon processors in the higher-end models.

The modern desktops usually come with a graphics card that can power high-end games, but workstation architecture usually supports more than one graphics card for intensive tasks like VR creation. They also come with much more RAM than the standard 4 to 8 GB RAM of desktop computers.

Additionally, workstations also come with many expansion capabilities so that you can upgrade RAM, graphics card, memory, and storage to meet your changing business needs.

It is clear from the above differences that workstations are priced at a much higher range than commercial desktop PCs. It is essential to assess your performance requirements and match them with price to empower your employees with the right tools.

The HP Z6 is a future-proof powerhouse from HP’s versatile series of Z workstations. It can not only handle the heaviest of workloads, but can also be scales to meet the needs of tomorrow. The HP Z6 workstation review show how it can handle complex tasks easily with it’s 48 powerful cores and a massive 384 GB of memory.

Contact us for more information on the HP Z series workstations. We can help you make the right choice for your business.


About IBS –

Founded in 1979, IBS launched its managed IT services in 1999 to be at par with the incoming demands from its customers. Today IBS serves clients across different domains of the industry such as-real estate, law, accounting, logistics, office & home furnishing etc. In 2014, IBS became an employee-controlled organization, acknowledging the commitment of our team members and strengthening their stake in the company’s success and future. Further, in 2015 IBS partnered with Acumatica, a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise resource planning software to take on the new challenges in the industry and as IBS moves ahead towards a bright future, it looks forward to continuing our long-term partnerships and fostering new relationships built on the integrity of our products, the intensity of our support and the quality of our team.

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