Everyone has different demands towards a computer. In the private sector there are different requirements than in the business segment. Accordingly, the purchase advice must be individual. This is the only way you will actually find the PC that fits your requirements. The way to your own PC leads through a multitude of questions. It is therefore important to ask the right ones.

Performance: An important point

The performance of the PC plays a crucial role. There are several factors that influence the performance of a computer. The processor and graphics card, as well as the memory and storage drive, are critical to performance. It is important to know exactly what your requirements are. In this way it is possible to find the right PC for specific tasks.

The processor – Heart of the PC

Der Prozessor – Rechenzentrum des PCs

The CPU determines how many operations per second the computer performs. More powerful processors therefore ensure a faster working speed. The number of processor cores has further influence. Multi-core processors have now become established in all areas.

The number of processor cores determines how many processes the PC can handle simultaneously. If numerous programs are running permanently at the same time on a computer and require a lot of computing power, a processor with more cores makes sense. On the other hand, servers on which many programs run and which manage large amounts of data benefit from CPUs with more cores.

The same applies to workstations running complex software. In some cases, programs are also optimized for multi-core processors and thus make better use of the available resources. In these cases, CPUs with four, eight or even more cores make sense. Often, however, it is more important to consider the entire package. For many tasks you do not need a high-end CPU.

These top processors trade the high performance with a significantly increased power consumption. This means long-term higher costs due to the operation. However, office computers in particular hardly benefit from such processors. Here, efficient, power-saving processors with two to four cores, as in the PrimeMini 4, are the better option.

The graphics card: performance for special tasks

Die Grafikkarte: Leistung für Spezialanwendungen

The graphics card is responsible for the output and calculation of the video signal. Here there are even greater ranges of performance than with processors. At the same time, the requirements are even more diverse. In many scenarios, however, only limited graphics performance is required.

More important in most cases are the connection options. Digital interfaces such as HDMI are ready for the future. HDMI enables high resolutions and sharp pictures. Several connection options are especially interesting for desktop PCs. So you can realize workstations with several monitors without much effort. With PrimeMini 4 from Prime Computer, for example, you have two of these HDMI interfaces at your disposal.

With servers, however, the interfaces of the graphics card are only secondary. Many servers are controlled remotely, i.e. from another computer via the network. Thus, often no separate monitor is needed. For systems that run around the clock, however, energy efficiency plays an important role. This is why the PrimeServer Pro uses a power-saving onboard graphics chip.

In certain scenarios, however, high-performance graphics cards are required. CAD applications sometimes benefit from a dedicated graphics card. In some cases, this accelerates the calculation significantly and works more efficiently than the processor. In these situations, it is therefore definitely advisable to use a system with a dedicated graphics card. There are also special CAD graphics cards that are optimized for these applications.

RAM and storage

Arbeitsspeicher und Festplatte

RAM is the fastest memory available to a computer. Here active programs are buffered and calculations are performed. A lot of RAM therefore creates more space for programs and enables faster and smoother workflows.

However, fast RAM is also expensive and thus increases the costs for the entire system. It is important to use a modern RAM standard. This provides a high data transfer rate. Prime Computer products use modern DDR4 RAM with a clock frequency of up to 2400 MHz.

The memory bandwidth here is up to 19.2 GB/s, while DDR3-1600, for example, only achieves 12.8 GB/s. In addition, the operating system sets limits. The operating system decides how much memory can be addressed. For systems with a 32-bit operating system, 4 GB is generally the limit.

On most computers, 64-bit operating systems are now used. There are different limits depending on the variant. Windows 10 Home, for example, manages a maximum of 128 GB RAM. The hard disk, however, is the permanent memory. The capacity determines how much data and programs can be stored.

However, the access time and read and write speed are decisive for the performance. The operating system in particular benefits from a fast hard disk. This results in a fast system start and programs that take less time to load.

At this point we are talking about SSD versus HDD:

  • An SSD is based on fast flash memory, but is correspondingly more expensive and offers less storage space for the same price.
  • The classic HDD, on the other hand, has a lot of capacity, but the performance is noticeably worse.

Desktop PCs often require little hard disk space. In companies, data is usually stored centrally. However, it is important to work fluidly, so an SSD has an advantage..

Efficiency & power consumption – Green IT and cost factors

Effizienz & Leistungsaufnahme – Green-IT und Kostenfaktoren

Power consumption and environmental friendliness are factors that are also becoming increasingly important when buying a PC in Switzerland. Essentially, the power consumption of a computer is tied to its processing power. But other characteristics also influence how environmentally friendly a PC is. This ranges from the selection of components to the design.

Power consumption of a PC – an often underestimated factor

In times of rising energy prices, the power consumption of devices plays an increasingly important role. In large companies, electricity costs are an important factor. For many companies, the issues of eco-balance sheets and electricity consumption are put on the agenda. There are indeed big differences even when it comes to computers. If energy-saving systems are used consistently, electricity consumption can be reduced significantly.

Conventional workstations with standard components, where little attention has been paid to the actual requirements, quickly consume more than 100 watts during operation. By contrast, computers optimised for low consumption, such as the PrimeMini 4, only consume around 20 watts. With 25 computers running for eight hours a day, this saves almost CHF 2000 per year at an assumed electricity price of CHF 0.23 per Watt Hour.

The power supply: Guarantor for a stable operation

The power supply is often neglected when buying a PC. However, a PC power supply is important for the computer in several ways. It supplies all components with power. That is why a high-quality and reliable power supply is so important for trouble-free operation.

High-quality power supply units not only ensure stability, they also have an influence on the power consumption of the entire system. Efficient power supplies therefore save energy. The differences can be up to 40 percent. Especially in larger companies or with power-hungry systems, the savings potential pays off. Efficient power supply units are characterized by the 80 Plus initiative label.

The correct dimensioning is just as important. Power supplies work best when they are neither fully utilized nor oversized. If you decide on a Prime Computer device, such as the PrimeMini 4 or the PrimeServer Pro, you don’t have to worry about this point. The systems are equipped with suitably sized and efficient power supplies

Design & Functionality

Design and functionality play only a minor role in many purchasing decisions. However, it often turns out during use that this is a mistake. If the computer systems prove to be impractical or even unsuitable, the entire purchase becomes a bad investment. Space requirements and flexibility are features that you should definitely keep in mind.

Compact, space-saving and flexible

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The modern workplace is ergonomically equipped and offers plenty of space for individual freedom. Clumsy computer systems are out of place there. Flexibility and accessibility are crucial. It is not without reason that tablets, laptops and even the smartphones are increasingly taking over the tasks of a conventional desktop computer.

A feature of Prime Computer’s Mini PCs and servers is their compact design. The PrimeMini 4 is housed in an ultra-slim case. Its handy dimensions are:

  • Width: 18 cm
  • Lenght: 12 cm
  • Height: 5,5 cm

The complete system weighs 1400 grams.

So when making your purchase decision, you should also think about the specifications at your workplace. Small computers are more flexible here and in the best case have no disadvantages. You can even mount the Mini-PCs from Prime Computer behind the monitor to save space. This is possible thanks to the VESA mount.

Fanless design – Silence at the workplace

You probably know the noise level of a computer only too well. The constant whirring of the fans in the case is part of virtually every computer workstation. In server rooms, where there are sometimes dozens of computers, this creates a remarkable background noise.

The fanless designs of Prime Computer show that there is another way. The manufacturer consistently relies on passive cooling systems and cost-efficient components. This makes it possible to get rid of noisy fans completely. This creates a completely new, unusual atmosphere at the workplace. The permanent noise emission of the computers is no longer present. This ensures increased concentration and a better working atmosphere.

Connectivity – The connection to the outside world

Konnektivität – die Verbindung zur Aussenwelt

The times when a computer workstation was isolated and used without communication options are long gone. Network connection and internet connection are now standard. They are also a prerequisite for performing most of the daily tasks.

At the same time there are different ways of integrating PCs into existing networks. Therefore, this point is also important when making a purchase decision. Prime Computer’s PrimeServers Pro offer numerous options for integration into an network. At the same time, high data transfer rates are guaranteed. WLAN is available as an option for the Mini PCs.

This allows you to connect the PC workstation to the network without the need for annoying cables. Interfaces are just as important. USB has established itself as the standard for external devices. More important than the number of interfaces is usually the existing standard. USB ports can be upgraded with a hub if required. As a rule, you rarely need more than four ports – and Mini PCs offer them.

Intended use of the PC

Ultimately, the decisive factor when buying a PC in Switzerland is its intended use. Especially the products of Prime Computer are suitable for very unique applications. In some scenarios small systems are needed, for example in customer service in the hotel industry or gastronomy.

Completely silent PCs improve the working climate in offices. Systems that are protected from dust and dirt are used in production halls. Compact and power-saving systems are particularly in demand in professional, commercial areas. This is where fanless Mini PCs show their advantages. Now take a look at the various Mini PCs and compact servers from Prime Computer, which have their strengths in these areas of application.

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