Workstation or PC: How To Decide What Type of System Is Right For You From Computer Aided Design (CAD) to number-crunching to video editing, compared to a desktop PC an entry-level workstation will provide intelligent performance for many applications. Still, not everyone needs a workstation. A typical office worker running standard office applications such as word processing, e-mail, and presentation software will get all the performance needed from a standard business PC. However, designers, engineers, financial analysts, and researchers running more demanding applications – rendering complex graphics, digital content creation, and financial analysis and computations – can expect to be more productive, creative, and satisfied using a workstation. Even office “power users” will most likely find that an entry-level workstation is a smart investment that enables new capabilities that can help increase productivity, improve reliability, and limit downtime. The Workstation Advantage Workstations are purpose built for high performance and heavy workloads. They are also designed so you can tailor the system, and the price, to match your application requirements in five key ways: • Faster Rendering for Complex Graphics – A workstation is designed to support one or more professional- grade graphics cards, while a PC typically supports only consumer-grade cards. Anyone working with detailed 2D or 3D graphics can expect to see dramatic improvements in system responsiveness using a workstation, even if the two systems are otherwise identical. In addition, entry systems based on the new Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family with Intel® HD Graphics P3000 present users with optimized graphics built in that reduce the need for third-party graphic cards. It delivers the graphics performance and quality demanded by many CAD, media, and entertainment applications. • Processing Power for Compute-intensive Applications – A workstation can be configured with more processors than a PC, and with more powerful processors. Demanding applications, such as computer aided design, animation and digital content creation, will respond more quickly, and multiple applications can be run simultane- ously without performance loss. This can make the creative process more fluid and provide designers, engineers, analysts and scientists with faster access to needed information. Even entry-level work- stations based on the new Intel Xeon processor E3 family deliver the performance and capacity for basic interactive design and digital content creation, as well as moderate rendering and ray-tracing. • Memory for Large Tasks – An entry-level work-station can typically be configured with about twice the memory of a desktop PC (or with the same amount of memory using smaller, lower cost DIMMs). Artists and designers can create on larger canvases and engineers can work on larger assemblies. This can improve workflows in fundamental ways. It can also allow designers to identify interferences and other design flaws earlier in the process, when they are far easier and less costly to fix. Plus, all Intel® Xeon® processor-based workstations support Error- Correcting Code Memory (ECC Memory), which automatically detects and corrects up to 99.9998 percent of memory errors to improve data integrity and system uptime. Since the probability of data Read the full Comparison Brief Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 Family.