Your workstation PC needs to be a serious workhorse and perform at the highest level to allow you to be as productive as you can be. This isn’t a computer for typing documents and sending emails; it’s a serious computer that needs to do serious work. Here are the components you need to focus on when you choose your workstation PC build.
The processor, sometimes called the CPU (central processing unit), of the computer, is the part of the system that broadly determines the overall speed of the computer. It’s the brain of the computer responsible for all of the actual computational work that the computer does. The faster this processor, the better the performance you can expect from the computer. Some high-end workstations might even support two processors.
Workstation computers, like Lenovo GIS PCs, rely on a fast processor to ensure that they have the computational power for the demanding tasks they’re built for. You’ll want to make sure your workstation PC has either an Intel Core i7 or i9 processor or an AMD Ryzen Threadripper.
Amount of Memory
Computer memory (also called RAM) is a type of very fast volatile storage used for caching and temporary storage of files and data that are currently in use by the system. The more memory you have, the more storage is available to the system for this caching, which is very important for a production workstation system.
How much memory do you need for your workstation? This one is pretty easy. The more memory you have on your computer, the better. If you’re serious about your workstation performance, you’ll want to get as close to the maximum amount of memory it supports. Computer memory is a relatively cheap component, and it can make a huge difference to the overall sustained speed of the workstation.
There are so many nuances and ways of achieving effective storage in a workstation. The first thing you need to do is drop the idea of saving money by opting for spindle drives unless you need some archival storage that you’re not going to access very often. Solid state drive pricing has come down a lot over the last few years, and it’s affordable to use it for both your operating system drive and scratch drives. Traditionally, workstations have made use of a RAID array for the best performance, but the need to do this has dropped with the speed of the highest-performing SSDs.
You’re faced with a choice when it comes to graphics card. You can opt for a consumer gaming graphics card, or you can go for a more purpose-built production card. The bridge between them is smaller than it ever has been, but it isn’t insignificant. If you’re using your workstation for any sort of serious graphics work, you’ll want to opt for the NVidia Quatro or AMD Radeon Pro GPU.
These four components are going to make the biggest difference to both the price and performance of a modern workstation computer. Do thorough research and choose your options carefully based on what you’re going to be using your workstation for.