Servers vs Desktop PCs as Fast As Possible

okay Celina stairs desktop computers and

then there's like server computers but

how different are they exactly

well any computer actually has the same

basic components processor working

memory storage etc and you may be

surprised to hear that fundamentally

they're not that different with some of

those components even coming off the

same assembly line but that doesn't mean

that you can just grab off-the-shelf

desktop components in like fashion

yourself a server I mean sure this core

i7 runs at 3.8 gigahertz and this Xeon

runs at 3.8 gigahertz but it costs way

more well hold on in just a second hold

off on the core i7 sometimes there's

more to it than gigahertz and gigabytes

and all those gigas so let's get this

list of differences kicked off number

one we just discovered server gear is

much more expensive for specifications

that often appear similar or even worse

at times but why you get inter

compatibility with other server grade

Hardware things like ECC and registered

RAM support a bullet point that's hidden

halfway down the product page for that

CPU from before now while using memory

that is slightly more resistant to

errors might not seem like a big deal to

a typical desktop user it's absolutely

critical for a server in a desktop

environment one little tiny rammer or

caused by like cosmic rays might cost

little Sally they cute picture she made

in ms paint but in a server it could

result in the loss of patients medical

records or who knows what else

not to mention speaking of inter

compatibility that server memory is

available in much higher capacities so

you got to have support for that we find

the next difference in the little

details the characteristics of a product

that don't always find their way onto a

spec sheet for example server and

workstation grade hardware uses higher

quality components and is subjected to

much more rigorous quality testing and

validation they not only are made to

handle heavier duty cycles but also live

longer overall while doing it now on to

features silent operation a bunch of USB

3 ports and like overclocking settings

out the wazoo are not the kinds of

things that server clients will want to

spend money on which doesn't mean that

they're cheapskates

they'll pay big money for stuff like

fancy networking capabilities remote

management interfaces and hardware

redundancy so the machine won't

experience any downtime even in the

event of a hardware failure on something

like a power supply and it's great that

they buy this stuff because it drives

the costs down for us guess top folks in

the future so my next point actually

ties at least partially into most of the

others server hardware is optimized for

different workloads for example on the

desktop our applications aren't heavily

multi-threaded so higher frequency

processors with fewer cores work really

well but a server might run an operating

system and software that takes much

better advantage of multiple processing

cores so we might get much better

results with a lower clocked server CPU

that has more processing cores or even

with multiple CPUs to further spread up

the workload and then finally there are

the optimizations made for the

environment in which a server will

operate for example a consumer and

enterprise grade hard drive might share

much of the same technology it's a bit

of a recurring theme here but a server

hard drive is much more resistant to

wear and tear from vibration something

that doesn't matter for our drive

sitting in the desktop by itself but

that is critical for a drive that's

surrounded on all sides by other drives

spinning and clicking away doing their

own work and there are so many little

things like this a server won't

compromise on power consumption or

increase size unnecessarily to squeeze a

little bit more performance out of the

hardware like a gaming rig would it's

all about how much computing power can

fit in as small a space as possible

while consuming as little power as

possible the general consumer has

different priorities in a big tower that

consumes a couple more watts doesn't

really matter when you got one family PC

in the house or even two or three or

four but if you were buying 5000 of them

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