A Modern-Day, Xeon Micro Workstation
You can tailor a custom workstation in an infinite number of ways, but our goal today is to build a device offering powerful performance and strong 3-D rendering capabilities in a small, elegant package that remains cool and quiet, but also looks nothing like your typical tower workstation.
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THERE’S NO BETTER WAY to spend a hot summer afternoon than sipping on a glass of lemonade while cramming a desktop case full of the latest, greatest components needed to build a high-performance Xeon micro workstation.
There can be numerous advantages to rolling your own workstations, as opposed to grabbing something ready-made from one of the popular hardware makers. The ability to keep up with changes in technology is a big one, as OEMs don’t always begin using the newest components the day they hit the market. Having the flexibility to choose exactly what goes in the box lets resellers customize solutions for specific vertical industries and job functions too. Plus, techs who support custom workstations tend to be more familiar with the components inside, which can speed up troubleshooting.
Finally, let’s not ignore another big benefit of the do-it-yourself approach: the ability to create workstations that don’t look anything like workstations. Contrary to popular belief, customers do care about looks, and those who say they don’t are lying. Innovative, creative designs can really help your offerings stand out in a sea of big, bland boxes.
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It’s time to put that generic keyboard out to pasture and treat your fingers to a significantly better typing experience.
Join our technical editor as he whiles away an afternoon assembling a compact, powerful, custom-designed workstation that looks nothing like the big, bland boxes you’re used to.
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