Are servers faster than desktops? Since servers support larger cache memories in their CPU’s, they can fetch frequently requested data faster than desktop computers. Servers generally have a higher storage capacity as multiple disks can be inserted into them.
Can I use a CPU as a server? You can’t slap a desktop CPU into a server platform and you can’t install a server CPU into a desktop platform.
Does a server need a powerful CPU? It depends on the end use, a more powerful processor will allow those accessing the sever faster response times for server based processing requests, but not necessarily for data requests & transfers. A more powerful processor is not necessary if the primary use is file sharing.
Can I use an old PC as a NAS? However, if you are looking for a relatively inexpensive way to improve your computer’s performance without shelling out lots of money, an old computer can make an excellent storage server (NAS). All you need is enough space in your home or office to store an old computer and easy access to it.