This workstation is designed for professional use, running software that can take advantage of as many CPU cores as possible. With up to 16 Cores and 32 threads, multi-threaded applications will run much faster than on a quad core CPU. Examples include 3D-rendering software, desktop publishing suites, and video editing software. Specific examples include Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas Pro, Lightworks, Blender, 3ds Max, Solidworks, and many more. If are not sure if the software you use can benefit from 8 cores and 16 threads, check the recommended system requirements on the software website. For instance, the Sony Vegas website recommends 8 cores if you are using 4K video.
Is this system good for gaming? Yes, it is OK at gaming, but is noticeably slower that our other offerings designed for gaming. If all you plan to do is game, then it is not the best choice. For the best choice for gaming, we would point you to an unlocked quad or six core Intel i5 or i7 found in our gaming and flight simulation systems. Gaming, for the most part, only utilized 2-3 cores and would prefer you have 4 cores running at higher clock speeds than 16 cores running at a lower clock speed.
The 16-Core processor is power-hungry, being fed by TWO 8-pin power lines direct from the power supply. This requires a high-end power supply to feed this beast along with the big graphics card. 1200 Watts should do nicely.