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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Difference Between Server and Desktop

There are desktop computers and then there are server computers but how different are they exactly well any computer actually has the same basic components like processor 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, I mean sure this core i7 runs at 3.8 gigahertz and Xeon runs at 3.8 gigahertz but it costs way more, well hold on in just a second on the core i7, sometimes there's more to it than gigahertz and gigabytes, so let's get this list of differences.

1. We just discovered server gear is much more expensive for specifications that often appear similar or even worse at times but why??, well 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, 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 ram error might cost little Sally 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.

2. 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 are not the kinds of things that server clients will want to spend money on which doesn't mean that they're cheap 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.

3. 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 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, 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.

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