The office PC plays a more important role in today’s home office times than ever before. With it you can do your professional tasks on the computer. But the device is also interesting for server applications. Here you can find out what is important when choosing suitable devices for your employees or your own office.

 

Office PC as the center of the office

In the modern office, the computer is usually the center of daily work. You use it to answer e-mails, participate in video chats and work with Word, Excel, and many other applications. To make sure you find the right PC for your needs, you should decide where your work will be focused before you buy it. Then it will be easier for you to determine suitable selection criteria.

In typical office applications, components such as the processor (CPU), the hard disk (HDD or SSD), and the memory (RAM) are crucial. How you should prioritize depends on the most frequently used applications. In most cases, the graphics processor (GPU) does not play an important role in the configuration of office PCs.

The main processor

Der Hauptprozessor

The reaction speed of your office PC depends largely on the CPU equipment. Mid-range models are for example the Core i3 series from Intel. In the upper middle class you will find the Core i5 with more features. For more demanding users, Intel offers the Core i7 with more cores and high clock speed.

The clocking of the processors usually ranges between two and four GHz. While in the past the clocking of the processors was the decisive selection criterion, today the number of cores comes to the fore. The more cores are available, the more processes your CPU can handle in parallel. Professional users therefore look primarily at the number of cores.

The hard disk

Die Festplatte

The experienced buyer takes a close look at the access times on the hard disk of his office PC. Low access times mean that the hard disk can read many small files quickly. This is important, for example, when starting the system or calling up programs. SSD drives are outstanding in this discipline.

They are based on flash memory technology and offer minimal access times. This often accelerates the start of Windows by 50 percent and more. Programs such as the e-mail client open without waiting time. The HDD models, on the other hand, have significantly higher access times. These are the traditional magnetic storage disks.

Even if they cannot compete with SSDs in terms of access times, they have one benefit: the purchase price is significantly lower. Many office PCs are therefore configured with several different drives. The system drive for the fast start of Windows is an SSD.The storage capacity is smaller here to save money.

The other drives are HDD, they provide the necessary storage capacity for large files. So the combination of smaller SSD with large HDD was reasonable. In recent years, the price per gigabyte storage capacity of SSDs has dropped significantly and pure SSD configurations have become the standard for office PCs.

The memory

The memory is used to outsource data. A large memory is especially important for applications like photo editing and especially video editing. As soon as the memory is full, the swapping of files to the hard disk begins.

SSDs and HDDs are significantly slower than the memory in terms of reading and writing. This noticeably reduces the speed of the entire system. Basically, a larger memory is useful for your office PC. But the price also increases..

Besides the size, the speed of the memory also depends on the clock rate. However, this is usually negligible in office applications. Practically all modern PCs for the office today are equipped with at least 4 GB memory. Better models have eight or 16 GB. You range in the high-end segment with your office PC from 32 GB on.

 

A modern office computer meets these other requirements

In practice, a good PC for the office must have an optimal computing speed. In addition, there are other requirements that are similar in almost all offices around the world. Here you can find some of the most important ones.

The level of noise

The level of noise of a PC often influences the way you work with the device more than many users think. The PC is in your immediate vicinity and the fan runs continuously. A quiet operating mode is therefore advantageous.

Particularly in the case of several workplaces lying side by side or in open-plan offices, the sound that comes out of the PC housing can be a nuisance. It disturbs concentration and thus impairs your productivity and that of your employees. Manufacturers are therefore increasingly paying attention to fanless designs and the use of passively cooled components.

The economy

Modern hardware components for the PC are both powerful and economical. Decisive here is the so-called TDP. This specification in watts can be found, for example, in processors. The TDP (Thermal Design Power) indicates the maximum consumption of the component. For the main processor, this is the maximum power consumption that can be expected under load. Cleverly designed PCs for the office minimize the total TDP value.

Not the maximum, but the optimal performance is the right way to reduce power consumption. Choose a system that meets your performance requirements and is not oversized. This often has a double positive effect financially. If you don’t buy absolute high-end hardware, you will save on investment and later on running costs due to lower power consumption.

The ergonomics

An important question with office PCs is: Where can you set them up? In many modernly equipped offices, the tall tower PC with its large footprint has become obsolete. What is needed are smaller and more compact solutions that also fit under the desk or in a niche. Many users want a small and unobtrusive PC that they don’t even notice while working.

 

What accomplishes the PrimeMini 4 in the office?

Was leistet der PrimeMini 4 im Büro?

The current range of Prime Computer products for the classic office in the company or the home office includes the PrimeMini 4, a dedicated office computer designed to meet the needs of office users.

This model has a special feature that is especially interesting for noise-sensitive users: The PC has a fanless design. With this model, you have the choice between the already mentioned processors Core i3, i5, and i7. For productive work, the PrimeMini 4 can be equipped with Windows 10, the current operating system from Microsoft.

Added to this is the Intel vPro technology. It allows the remote maintenance of the PC at BIOS level. This is ideal if you have problems with your device. So you get quick help from the technicians. Your IT service provider can give it to you regardless of your location. Users in the home office also appreciate this. The PrimeMini 4 is designed to resist dust and dirt.

However, the decisive benefit is the absence of fans. Even under load this PC is not audible. Noise pollution is often a factor that makes work unnecessarily difficult, especially in large offices. A silent PC is therefore an important contribution to your work health and that of your employees.

It is also interesting to note that the elimination of fans opens up new areas of application where conventional PCs reach their limits. These include use in medical treatment rooms where noise pollution is unacceptable. Since the PC is dust-tight, it can also be used in dirty production halls. It is therefore more than a pure office PC.

The following list includes some of the most important features:

  • compact form factor
  • fanless and mechanic-free design
  • closed full aluminum housing (dirt resistant)
  • for Office, Accounting, ERP
  • also usable as server

 

PrimeServer and PrimeServer Pro at a glance

PrimeServer und PrimeServer Pro im Überblick

If you are interested in a new office PC, PrimeServer and PrimeServer Pro are two additional devices from Prime Computer. The PrimeServer, just like the Prime Mini 4, completely lacks fans. There is therefore no operating noise.

The PrimeServer is designed for the demanding server use in your office and comes with the appropriate hardware. The offer is aimed at users who are primarily looking for a reliable solution for their server operation. The model features the proven Xeon-D processors from Intel and works with eight cores.

Other features include a 128 GB main memory and space for up to three drives in a RAID array. The requirements for servers differ in part from the requirements for the office PC at the desk. With servers, reliability is above everything else.

Many critical applications run on the servers, for example for the functioning of the website or the online store. Whenever visitors access it, the server must be accessible and provide a response. The PrimeServer ensures accessibility at all times through various technical features.

This includes the use of a redundant power supply. The server has two external power supplies at the same time. Should one of the power supplies fail, the power supply overall is still not at risk. So you can rely on the system to run critical applications.

The Pro version with additional features

Die Pro-Variante mit zusätzlicher Ausstattung

If you need even more power for your server, it’s worth a look at PrimeServer Pro. It is similar to PrimeServer in its basic features. However, it goes a step further in terms of hardware equipment in crucial points.

This includes the use of Intel Xeon D-2100 processors. While the PrimeServer is only available with an eight-core processor, you can equip the PrimeServer Pro with up to twelve cores.

The PrimeServer Pro is designed for expanding SMEs that require additional server performance. High-performance data processing is possible with PrimeServer Pro, as well as web-hosting, and applications for monitoring and security.

You can use the computer as a dedicated backup and development server or as a mail server. As with all Prime Computer products, the hardware of the PrimeServer Pro is placed in a closed full aluminum housing. Since dust and dirt cannot penetrate into the interior, the system stability is additionally increased.

One of the benefits of good server solutions is that they are easy to upgrade. In practice, servers should be as flexible as possible. Then you can react quickly to changing performance requirements. This is useful, for example, when the business and thus the traffic on the server suddenly grows fast.

Here an extension is cheaper than a new acquisition. The PrimeServer is easily upgradeable. For example, critical hardware such as memory can be replaced with larger and more powerful modules. You profit from the fact that you get easy access to the hardware in the case.

The following list contains once again the most important features of the PrimeServer series:

  • completely passive cooling
  • up to twelve processor cores (Intel Xeon D)
  • up to 128 GB memory
  • 6 Hybrid Caddys SAS/SATA for SSDs/HDDs
  • can be placed in a space-saving manner

You want to learn more about Prime Computer’s products and are interested in our Mini-PCs and servers? Then contact us now. We offer you the right hardware for your office.

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