First off, let’s address the confusion between the ever-reliable desktop and the confusing functions of a workstation.
A desktop, as we all know, is a computer system that most people use to do everyday things. From the mundane activities we do online to writing tasks that don’t really require an internet connection, the handy laptop can easily perform these tasks with ease. However, even the best of laptops is nothing compared to what a workstation can do.
A workstation is a computer system integrated with the latest technology, which means it is definitely faster, more powerful, and more capable to perform even the most demanding of tasks associated with video making/editing, visual effects (VFX), manipulating and designing, electronic game designing, 3D modeling, product design, digital animation – basically the whole nine yards of media and entertainment.
There was a time when only Hollywood was capable of producing mesmerizing and awe-inspiring special effects that we see on TV and in the movies. Today, however, these Herculean tasks can be done in workstations that are equipped with large data capacity and memory. Workstations help keep costs to a much lower threshold than seen for Hollywood movies, generating justRead more
Around 300 million hard drive disks shipped in 2017 alone. That’s without any mention of solid state drives, the main competition for traditional HDDs. Even within the world of HDDs, you find a divide that many people don’t recognize immediately. Specifically, it’s the SAS vs SATA hard drive divide. Both SATA and SAS use the traditional platters and magnetic read/write heads people associate with hard drives. That means the drives look very similar on the surface. In practice, you’ll find more than one difference between SAS and SATA drives. Keep reading and we’ll walk you through some of the big differences. Cost Right at the top of the list of differences between SAS and SATA hard drives is the cost. SAS drives routinely cost more than SATA drives. A decent 300GB SAS hard drive might run you $200-$300. By comparison, you can get a decent 1TB SATA drive for less than $100 dollars. The price difference isn’t price gouging on the part of hard drive manufacturers. SAS and SATA drives offer very different kinds of performance across several areas. Errors One of the main differences between SAS and SATA drives is the rate of unrecoverable read errors (URE). InRead more
The long awaited and anticipated new generation of video cards has finally been announced by Nvidia at Gamescom 2018. The new video cards have been announced with a new nomenclature – the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and the RTX 2070. These are the most powerful video cards in the Geforce branding that Nvidia has released. At Gamescom 2018 Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed that these cards were a whopping 10 years in the making. Jensen’s speech emphasized the significance that the new RTX cards have ray tracing. The flag ship Geforce card – the RTX 2080 Ti comes equipped with an 11GB GDDR6 frame buffer running at 14Gbps, up from 11Gbps on the GTX 1080 Ti. The RTX cards are based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture which has Ray Tracing cores, AI cores, and advanced shaders. Real time Ray Tracing in Games will make games look exponentially better using the RT cores. Artificial Intelligence will enhance the gaming experience utilizing the Tensor cores for real time performance. Advanced shading will allow programmable shaders to more efficiently process games. All this combined gives us six times more performance than the previous generation. The RTX 2000 series will be on storeRead more
Hard drives have the chance to fail up to 5.1% per year, and older servers can fail up to a high 18% per year. When working on a server with multiple hard drives a failure can mean that you’re waiting a long time for backed up data to be restored. This can seriously cut into productivity and lead to angry users and unsatisfied customers. No worries though, there’s a simple solution called RAID 5. Although RAID 5 may sound like a new brand of bug spray, it’s actually technology used to keep data stored safely and easy to access. You may be thinking to yourself that sounds great but how does RAID 5 work? The answer is complicated. One of the problems when it comes to RAID 5 is that its difficult to understand. Many articles bog down an already complex topic with dense terminology and complex calculations. But don’t worry we’ll help you make sense of all the information in plain English, and help you understand how to use RAID 5 to benefit your business.
What Is RAID?
To understand RAID First, let’s find out what RAID means. RAID is an acronym thatRead more
As Samsung prepares to begin working on its mass production of their new 4TB solid state drives (SSDs) we are seeing pricing drop lower and closer into the Hard Drive (HDD) territory. This off course is great for consumers as and we are looking forward to a new era of faster and cheaper storage devices. This news comes just weeks after Western Digital announced its plans to close one of their HDD plants and actually increase production on SSD’s. Hard drives have remained at the top for enterprise solutions mainly because of their capacity. SSD’s are now approaching higher capacities at cheaper prices with the added bonus of being at least five times faster than a traditional hard drive. Samsung will achieve these larger capacities by using QLC NAND instead of TLC NAND. QLC is Quad-Level Cell (4 bits per cell) flash memory which is 33% more dense than its predecessor TLC or Triple-Level Cell (3 bits per cell). Information is stored in these flash memory cells and the denser it is, the higher the capacity. This also allows SSD’s and other flash memory drives to become smaller. It is rare to see a 2.5” 4TB drive mainly because HDD’sRead more
As we approach the end of Q3 2018, leaks and rumors about the Nvidia GTX 1100 series or Nvidia GTX 2000 series are on the rise. Rumored release dates and names of the new GPU’s are: • August 30: Geforce GTX 1180 • September 30: Geforce GTX 1180+ and Geforce GTX 1170 • October 30: Geforce GTX 1160 Although these are only leaks and rumors, enthusiasts and general PC builders are sure to be excited. For the previous generations of video cards, new GPU releases have coincided with price drops for the predecessor generation of video cards. Nonetheless, there has also been a recent rumor that Nvidia has a stockpile of 10 series or 11 series GPU’s because of the Cryptocurrency shortages – this would make it difficult to sell their 10 series GPU’s if the 11 series are released and vice versa. Over the past six months, cryptocurrency mining has slowed down and the GPU shortage has somewhat ended. The 10 series video cards are now below or near MSRP making it easier for gamers building a new PC or upgrading their current PC’s. Further price reductions may also help some retailers and system building companies to reduce theirRead more
Does your business need a server or a workstation? But what’s the difference between the two? Whether you run an online business or need to make the best choice for your office, it’s important to understand how these two work. Here is everything you should know about a workstation vs server!
Your business requires a tech investment, but do you really know what you need? Maintaining your own infrastructure can be daunting. There are a lot of decisions to make and they’re all important. Keep reading to understand the difference between a workstation vs server.
The Mainframe Era
The first digital computers were giant machines that were about the size of a building and as powerful a modern microwave oven. They required the physical presence of a programmer to operate. Using one of these beasts meant pulling wires out and plugging in vacuum tubes. Then along came IBM and the Seven Dwarves. These companies pioneered the concept of the mainframe. A mainframe was a very large computer of immense power. Mainframes still exist today, but only for specialty, usually institutional use. One of the great innovations of the mainframe was the concept of the terminal. A terminal, or as it’sRead more
New specs have recently been leaked about the i9-9900K, i7-9700K, and the i5-9600K Processors. Based off rumors, the 9th Generation of Intel’s i7 processors will NOT have hyper-threading. These new processors will be based on Intel’s previous generation of processors with the Coffee Lake architecture. Coolaler.com was the original source of the leak but its rumored informational post has since been removed. Nonetheless, multiple websites have know picked up the leak and started making their own premonitions about Intel’s next-gen lineup. As rumored, the most notable difference between the i7-8700K and the i7-9700K is that it hsa 6 cores 12 threads vs 8 cores without hyper-threading. Furthermore, the clockspeed on the i7-9700K is reduced from 3.7Ghz to 3.6Ghz while the i5-9600k currently has a 3.7Ghz clockspeed – higher than its predecessors. The leak also revealed that the processors have a TDP of 95W – this is actually quite interesting because both the i5 and the i9 seem worlds apart, i5 with 6 cores at 3.7Ghz and the i9 with 8 cores 16 threads at 3.6Ghz. If the rumors are revealed to be true, this will be an interesting match up against AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700x which already has 8 coresRead more
Need help deciding whether to invest in a Dell Precision T7810 Workstation or Dell Precision T7910 Workstation? Both are excellent choices and provide users with extra power for their graphics or CPU intensive workloads, delivering adaptability, flexibility and performance. Either way, we’ve got you covered for both. DELL PRECISION T7810 WORKSTATION
- Featuring the latest Dual Intel Xeon processors: Power through complex, demanding applications more quickly with a new generation of dual-socket performance with the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v4 processor series featuring up to 22 cores per processor.
- Operating System: Windows 7 Professional
- Powerful graphics and memory: The latest NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro™ graphics deliver the muscle you need to run the most demanding software applications. New Quadro and FirePro graphics offer larger dedicated graphics memory for your large data sets. System memory is expandable up to 256GB3 using the latest 2400MHz DDR4 ECCmemory technology.
- High-performance storage: Choose the actively cooled Dell Precision Ultra-Speed Drive Duo and Quad PCIe NVMe SSD storage solutions for the fastest and most reliable way to store your content, up to 14xfaster than traditional SATA SSD storage. If you prefer traditional storage options, choose the optional Intel CAS-W software solutions, you can
Looking for the perfect HP Z Workstation but not sure which one is right for you? We did the hard work for you and did an in-depth comparison of the HP Z800 Workstation, HP Z420 Workstation, HP Z620 Workstation, HP Z820 Workstation, HP Z440 Workstation, HP Z640 Workstation, and the HP Z840 Workstation. Read below to get more information. The HP Z DNA built into all HP Z Workstations enables you to innovate without boundaries, expanding as your workflow grows. HP Z Workstations are highly customizable offering a range of features that you can mix and match to build your ideal configuration. HP’s designs incorporate the flexibility and functionality you need today and easily expand to suit your evolving needs into the future. HP Z Workstations offer HP’s maximum performance through unique HP technologies. Go beyond the basics to maximize your productivity, make IT management easy, and deliver a complete Workstation experience. Your work is critical, and your workstation needs to back you up. When it comes to reliable workstations that won’t quit think Z. HP Z Workstations feature no compromise reliability, help maintain data integrity, and provide easy serviceability all from a system that has reliability built into itsRead more
Looking for the perfect HP ProLiant Server but not sure which one is right for you? We did the hard work and did an in-depth comparison of the HP Proliant DL160 G9 Server, HP ProLiant DL180P G8 Server, HP ProLiant DL360 G9 Server, and the HP ProLiant DL380 G9 Server. Read below to get more information. With our great pricing, quick shipping, and free 5 year warranty, you are guaranteed to find the machine that’s right for you! HP PROLIANT DL160 G9 SERVER The HP ProLiant DL160 Gen9 Server delivers the right balance of performance, storage, reliability, manageability, and efficiency in a compact chassis. This space-conscious server meets the needs of a diverse set of customers—from SMBs to service providers. The DL160 Gen9 Server is designed to handle a wide range of deployments—from general-purpose IT infrastructure to emerging New Style of IT workloads such as cloud and Big Data in distributed computing environments. Even though budgetary pressures force small- to medium-sized businesses to do more with fewer resources, many companies continue to look for new ways to grow their businesses and remain competitive in today’s evolving business environment. To meet those goals, SMBs need an IT infrastructure that’s quickRead more
Enterprise DDR4 RAM With DDR3 reaching its limits in a world that demands higher performance and increased bandwidth, a new generation of DDR SDRAM has arrived. DDR4 delivers higher performance, higher DIMM capacities, improved data integrity and lower power consumption. Achieving more than 2Gbps per pin and consuming less power than DDR3L (DDR3 Low Voltage), DDR4 provides up to 50 percent increased performance and bandwidth while decreasing the power consumption of your overall computing environment. This represents a significant improvement over previous memory technologies and power saving up to 40 percent. In addition to optimized performance and greener, low-cost computing, DDR4 also provides cyclic redundancy checks (CRC) for improved data reliability, on-chip parity detection for integrity verification of ‘command and address’ transfers over a link, enhanced signal integrity and other robust RAS features. The primary advantages of DDR4 over its predecessor, DDR3, include higher module density and lower voltage requirements, coupled with higher data rate transfer speeds. The DDR4 standard theoretically allows for DIMMs of up to 512 GiB in capacity, compared to DDR3’s theoretical maximum of 128 GiB per DIMM. DDR4 operates at a voltage of 1.2 V with a frequency between 800 and 1600Read more