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October 9, 2012 6:33:32 AM

Hello,
by what percantage the workstation cost would be higher than the desktop with the same spec
October 9, 2012 5:50:21 PM

It would depend on the vendor, but by and large with workstation units most of the added price comes in the form of service. Things like next day service if something breaks, no matter where you live.
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October 9, 2012 6:34:36 PM

In general, "workstation" class systems use server grade motherboards and chips. Often you will see things like XEON processors and dual socket boards. Some of them have dedicated PCIe RAID controllers.

Percentage is impossible to calculate because it depends on the specs and workstation vendor.

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October 9, 2012 6:54:55 PM

My view on it is that a workstation is product that is designed for a work/business environment so things like remote access, wake on lan and long term availability of the parts are important. It is less important to maximum support for all the different hardware on the market. While a desktop doesn't have to have all the remote access but it does need a lot of flexibility for support for different hardware configurations.

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October 9, 2012 7:11:37 PM

Hi :) 

200 TO 300 %

All the best Brett :) 
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October 9, 2012 8:25:31 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
My view on it is that a workstation is product that is designed for a work/business environment so things like remote access, wake on lan and long term availability of the parts are important. It is less important to maximum support for all the different hardware on the market. While a desktop doesn't have to have all the remote access but it does need a lot of flexibility for support for different hardware configurations.



Most desktop class systems designed for business have loads of management features and functions and keep long product cycles, too. That's what a business wants when it has 5000 desktops to manage. A workstation is merely a business computer designed to maximize performance for certain demanding apps.

There is plenty of overlap. If you maxed out a desktop class i7 system with 32GB of RAM and a couple solid state drives it will outperform a lower end XEON 3000 series with a SAS drive. And most mid-tier business class systems are very reliable.
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