Sponsor Spotlight: PCs Versus Workstations – Making the Right Choice

August 26th, 2011

PCs versus workstations. For many companies, the choice often comes down to price. But with so much riding on the systems that drive your design and development processes, which option delivers the greatest return on investment?

For organizations that use Autodesk® applications, the decision to choose workstations is easy. That’s because today’s applications require large memory capacity, higher-end graphics capabilities, and advanced processor power that PCs just can’t deliver.

When it comes to performance, your users are looking for systems that are optimized to deliver some of the highest levels of computational power and application performance. And with workstations, they can find what they’re looking for. For example, HP Z Workstations feature a range of dual- quad-core and six-core processors(1), as well as performance-improving technologies such as Intel® QuickPath, Intel® Hyper-Threading(2) and Intel® Turbo Boost(3). And select HP Z Workstations offer Intel® Xeon® processors featuring Intel® vPro™ Technology that improves manageability and security.

Your Autodesk users also require professional graphics options that support their development, animation, and visualization processes. HP Z workstations support the most powerful graphics options from Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD that can help your personnel create and visualize complex 3D designs. And HP Remote Graphics Software allows them to collaborate with colleagues by enabling access to 2D, 3D, video, and media-rich applications.

Another key concern is related to memory capacity, which is needed to support your complex design and development processes. Unlike standard PCs, HP Z Workstations feature enterprise-class memory technology, including a choice of ECC memory configurations that help ensure data integrity and higher system uptime.

Of course reliability is important to any PC or workstation user. And that’s where RAID technology comes into play. HP Z Workstations support different levels of RAID functionality that help protect your systems against data loss by improving backup redundancy and speeding data retrieval.

And finally, the ability to work in a stable systems environment is a key requirement of any designer or developer. To help ensure that stability, the entire family of HP Z Workstations is fully certified and tested to run Autodesk applications.

So much of your success depends on the systems you use on a daily basis. For companies around the world, choosing HP Z Workstations has allowed their personnel to work better, smarter, and faster.

Learn about some of the special deals on HP Z Workstations for Autodesk Subscription customers. To learn more about the HP Workstations, visit the HP for Autodesk website.

 

(1) Multi-Core is a new technology designed to improve performance of multithreaded software products and hardware-aware multitasking operating systems and may require appropriate operating system software for full benefit. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology.

(2) Intel HT Technology (HT) is designed to improve performance of multi-threaded software products and requires a computer system with a processor supporting HT and an HT-enabled chipset, BIOS, and operating system. Please contact your software provider to determine compatibility. Not all customers or software applications will benefit from the use of HT. See http://www.intel.com/info/hyperthreading for more information.

(3) Intel Turbo Boost technology requires a PC with a processor with Intel Turbo Boost capability. Intel Turbo Boost performance varies depending on hardware, software and overall system configuration. See www.intel.com/technology/turboboost for more information.

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