Jul 18, 2014

What’s the difference between a PC and workstation?

Are the terms pretty much interchangeable, or is there an actual hardware difference between the two?

Desktop PC Vs. Workstation

"Today, even budget, commodity desktop PCs bought at an office supply store or discount retailer can be very efficient and powerful business productivity tools. Some users, however, require more computing power than a standard desktop computer can provide. These users often pay premium prices for high-end, built to order machines called workstations. Although desktop PCs and workstations can look the same on the outside, they are engineered to meet different user demands and expectations on the inside."

Workstations are essentially powerful PCs built with enterprise users in mind. To quote Dell, “think of them as PCs on steroids.”


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