Server vs Desktop CPUs
As I mentioned above there are some key differences between a server CPU Vs a desktop CPU gaming, I will discuss them below.
Typically, a server CPU doesn’t come with an integrated GPU. So, they may run a little slow. But, one thing for sure, a server CPU is specially designed so that they can continue running without any interruption.
That is the main reason a server CPU always consumes a low level of power. In another word, the overall level of the heat is also low in a server CPU. However, to continue its operation smoothly, a server CPU may need several types of RAM and a motherboard.
On the other hand, when it comes to a desktop CPU is typically designed for desktop computers. In that case, they don’t have any battery life. Because desktop CPUs are always connected to the power supply. They run smoothly with a good rate of power consumption.
Purpose and Build Quality:
There is no denying that both CPUs have many similarities. But, their main differences lie in their purposes. When you talk about a server CPU, it is specially designed to give you a 100% smooth performance in its complete useful life. That is why manufacturers follow strict rules and guidelines to finalize a server CPU.
Only the highest quality materials are used and all of the poor quality parts are removed by the quality control departments. However, I won’t deny that sometimes manufacturers use poor quality parts in some models. Or those parts may be used in the production of desktop CPUs. In a nutshell, you will need to spend a good amount of money to buy a server CPU.
On the other hand, a desktop CPU may not need to go through such a strict quality control process. Because they are made for individuals and desktops are typically shut down when the works are done. Besides, desktop CPUs are a little less expensive than server CPUs.
Additional Internal Components:
Another basic difference between both types of CPUs is you may expect some extra internal components in a server CPU. It can be anything that is required to serve its purpose. For instance, it can be a large internal memory cache to help you to get seamless operation from it.
It can be extra engines that are used for the execution. Or even you can expect a complete additional set for instructions. I won’t be surprised if the manufacturer puts the advanced vector instructions from Intel in the server CPU. These additional internal components are used so that the server CPU can get the job done in time and in the correct way.
It is necessary to have additional hardware elements so that it can conveniently address larger memory arrays. Not to mention, you’ll find terabytes of RAM in a server nowadays. However, when you talk about a desktop CPU, they are not designed to do those heavy-duty tasks. So, they don’t come with additional internal components like a server CPU.
Can you use a desktop computer as a server?
The straightforward answer is yes. A desktop computer can run as a server because a server is also a computer with advanced hardware parts. A server has functionalities that can be shared over a network with many other computers called clients. For example, a desktop computer can act as a file server to share files with clients on the same network. So, capability wise a desktop computer can act as a server, but it is not suggested to do so because the desktop computer hardware is not designed to be server hardware that can run 24/7. A desktop computer is not as secure as a server.