I bought a 2013 HP Z600 workstation from my workplace in an auction. It does not come with a graphics card. I am thinking of buying one, but I don't want to spend over $80 on it. My question is, can I use regular, every day desktop graphics cards for workstation? Or is it only compatible with special graphics cards/high-end graphics cards?


  • It should work with either, but the question of which you need will be determined by your applications. if you use CAD software, you need a workstation graphics card. If not, a graphics card that is sufficient to your apps (do you run big games?) will work for you. – Frank Thomas Oct 29 '17 at 2:47

Having worked with workstations and desktops - they're pretty much the same as far as interfaces go. You can load a regular graphics with the right interface into a workstation.

The differences are workstation cards may be better at some workloads (which doesn't matter in your case) but there's little stopping you from tossing a spare quadro or fire into a gaming PC or a gaming card into a workstation.

That said, workstations can be a little unusual - I'd check to see if there's a GPU power connector available (you can convert these from a spare molex, or presumably sata power supply), and your PSU may not be compatible with a standard ATX, especially if you're running dual processors.

At the 80 dollar price range, eh, you shouldn't be running into too much trouble with any common PCIe GPU

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You can use any graphics card that is compatible with the bus type (PCI, PCIe) of the workstation and with your operating system.

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  • 2013 ought to be PCIe.. I'd also check for GPU power, if needed. – Journeyman Geek Oct 29 '17 at 3:21

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