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What is a workstation exactly?

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I was trying to look around to see what a workstation is but I am still lost on what it is and what it is mainly used for. As it is practically guaranteed at this point that I am going to major in Marketing whenever I go study at whatever college I choose, I was wondering if I would ever need a workstation. Of course this is dependent on what it is primarily used for but it never hurts to ask and know what it is.

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A workstation is a name you can give to a system meant for a specific 'work' scenario. Usually people use this term when referring to a PC meant for video/photo editing, 3D modeling, etc. A quite specific work scenario.

Of course it's just kind of a nickname for a PC, because a general PC could be your workstation too..

 

So asking if you need a workstation is really an open question. Do you need a PC for what you are doing? Or would it at least speed up your work? If so, get a PC meant for your purpose (e.g. pick parts that work best for the program(s) you'll be using.

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when people today refer to "Workstations" they tend to generally refer to a computer that is somewhere between a desktop, and a server. They will often have server like robust components such as Xeons, ECC RAM (but not required too), and tend to be aimed at doing heavier processing, like you'd want from a server, but on a more local desktop solution.

 

however really anything you sit and work at that is designed for specific work task is a workstation. 

 

 

 

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It's pretty much just marketing. So the work stations either will/won't come with discrete GPU dependent on what the buyer wants.

There is really no difference between a workstation or gaming machine, except some internals are configured differently in some cases.

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You don’t need a workstation for your studies. Most people don’t require a workstation.

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A workstation pc is for people that do very demanding work on their pc, like animation, rendering, etc, stuff that needs REAL power to do.

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A "Workstation PC" is just a PC more oriented towards profesional tasks usually involving powerful hardware to complete it.

 

You can get quite far today without investing in more expencive HEDT hardware. 

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"xeon", "threadripper", and "quadro" are all chips that intel, AMD, and Nvidia produce designed for workstations.

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Just now, poochyena said:

"xeon", "threadripper", and "quadro" are all chips that intel, AMD, and Nvidia produce designed for workstations.

Don't forget the associated pricetags to match...

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Correct me if I am wrong, however I think this term was more relevant when there was a larger difference between gaming and editing systems

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