Why Apple Silicon Isn't Ready To Replace Your Workstation
Despite its impressive performance and energy efficiency, there are several reasons why Apple Silicon isn't yet ready to replace traditional workstations fully.
One of the main reasons is the lack of support for certain professional software applications that are commonly used on workstations. For example, many professional video editing and 3D modeling applications are not yet optimized for Apple Silicon, which can limit their performance and functionality.
The lack of third-party GPU support on Apple Silicon computers means that these computers cannot use external graphics cards, which are often used by workstation users for demanding tasks such as machine learning and virtual reality.
Without the ability to use external graphics cards, the performance of these tasks on Apple Silicon computers may be limited, making them unsuitable for many workstation users who require high levels of performance.
Additionally, the lack of external GPU support may also limit the capabilities of professional software applications that rely on graphics processing.
Limitations Of Apple Silicon
In addition to the limited software support, there are several other limitations of Apple Silicon that prevent it from fully replacing traditional workstations.
Apart from the aforementioned lack of third-party GPU support, Apple Silicon's memory and storage capabilities are currently limited compared to workstations, which can affect the performance of resource-intensive tasks.
The lack of customizability and upgradability on Apple Silicon computers can make them unsuitable for professional workstation users who need the ability to customize and upgrade their computer hardware to suit their specific needs. Unlike traditional workstation computers, which often allow users to easily upgrade and replace components such as the CPU, RAM, and storage, Apple Silicon computers are designed to be more closed and difficult to upgrade.
This means that professional workstation users who need to customize their computer hardware for their specific workflows and requirements may be better served by a traditional workstation computer that allows for more flexibility and upgradability.
The PC Is Still King For Workstations (For Now)
Overall, while Apple Silicon offers impressive performance and energy efficiency, it is not yet ready to fully replace traditional workstations. Until more professional software applications are optimized for Apple Silicon, and the technology addresses its current limitations, it will not be able to replace the power and capabilities of traditional workstation computers fully.
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