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Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Workstation

Whether you need a completely new system, or just a few minor tune-ups, here are the top 5 reasons to upgrade your workstation.

1)      Slow Boot Drive. Many older computers are still booting up with SATA or even IDE hard drives. A workstation equipped with an SSD will likely boot in seconds and not minutes. SATA hard drives require time to speed up and will continue to be slower than a solid state drive during regular operation. SSD drives will not only boot faster but also launch applications faster. The extra time saved with the performance boost might be worth the extra cost of a SSD.

2)      Outdated Operating System. If a workstation is still running a 32-bit operating system there are serious limitations to consider. For these older machines, the maximum size of the physical memory (max 4GB) is usually less than the amount needed for all running programs. Applications running on a 64-bit edition of Windows should experience an increase in performance because of the larger amount of memory available. Some newer chipsets allow for up to 128GB of memory.

3)      Lack of Current Peripheral Interfaces. There have been a lot of recent changes to computer interfaces. If your computer is a just few years old the fastest interface type might be FireWire 800. Since then, many new interface types have been introduced like USB3, eSATA 600, and Thunderbolt 2 which can offer speeds more than 20 times faster than FireWire 800. Loads of new hardware is now being introduced to take advantage of these new technologies.

4)      Software Requires Updated Hardware. It is important for a designer or editor to keep up with the latest software available. With every new software update come a new set of system requirements. Memory, OS, processor and graphics card requirements are constantly being raised. Exceeding the minimum requirements will ensure seamless operation and ultimately save time and headaches.

5)      Expandability Maxed Out. If you have an older workstation it is likely that your memory and PCIe slots are maxed out or limited. Newer motherboard chipsets feature extra slots for memory and PCIe expansion cards. Further, these chipsets might also allow for faster memory types such as DDR3 1866. PCIe standards have also recently been updated with the introduction of PCIe Gen 3.

If you’d like to discuss your options, please free to give us a call at (800) 544-6599. You may also visit our workstation configurator page here: http://www.sharbor.com/build-yours/

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