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TurboCAD Pro v19 on 64-bit Operating System: A Case Study on Photorealistic 3D Rendering

Posted by cadhardware

May 17, 2012 10:21:40 PM

The release of IMSI TurboCAD Pro v19 this spring marked the first version of this CAD platform available in a 64-bit version. Previous versions of TurboCAD were only available as 32-bit, which limited the use of onboard memory for opening and manipulating large CAD files and for performing memory-intensive functions such as photorealistic rendering. No longer! Now TurboCAD users can experience the full capacity of the 64-bit versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, TurboCAD, Operating Systems, Operating System, 64-Bit, Windows, CAD

Hardware Requirements Released for AutoCAD 2013

Posted by cadhardware

Apr 24, 2012 3:07:04 PM

Autodesk has released the platform and system requirements for AutoCAD 2013, which was launched on March 27, 2012. You can review the system requirements on the Autodesk website.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, 32-Bit, AutoCAD, Processors, Operating Systems, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, Upgrade, Video Cards, Operating System, 64-Bit, Windows

Detect AutoCAD Type: 32-bit or 64-bit?

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 21, 2011 4:16:26 PM

Mathew Kirkland has put together a routine that will determine whether the version of AutoCAD installed on a particular machine is 32-bit or 64-bit. This is useful if you manage various machines in a mixed environment, because some third-party routines require different files to be loaded depending on the version.

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Topics: Workstations, 32-Bit, AutoCAD, Operating Systems, Operating System, 64-Bit, Windows

Find the Optimal Hardware Configuration for ArchiCAD

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 23, 2011 4:52:40 PM

One of the most common questions our tech staff gets from customers is “What is the best hardware config for ArchiCAD?” It’s easy to go overboard and buy the most expensive of everything, but many times less expensive components are almost just as good. The “optimal” configuration is almost as fast as the “best” configuration, with a more attractive price tag.

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, ArchiCAD, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Multi-Threading, Hard Drive, Processors, Operating Systems, SSD Drive, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, Video Cards, Operating System, 64-Bit, Display, CAD

Optimize AutoCAD Civil 3D Performance: Hardware, Operating System and Workflow Upgrades

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 25, 2011 2:11:55 PM

Many AutoCAD Civil 3D users are aware that upgrading to a 64-bit operating system, preferably Windows 7 and Windows Vista (in that order), will give the biggest return on investment when looking at improving performance. Other opportunities to improve performance also exist.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Multi-Threading, Hard Drive, Processors, Operating Systems, Operating System, 64-Bit, Windows, Civil 3D, CAD

Optimize Your Hardware for Autodesk 3ds Max Design

Posted by cadhardware

Apr 22, 2011 5:03:54 PM

Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk 3ds Max Design software are applications for the creations of special effects for TV and movies, video games and design visualization assets. With such broad capabilities, the software's systems requirements reflect the diverse aspects of this powerful tool.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Multi-Threading, Hard Drive, Processors, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, 3ds Max Design, Video Cards, Operating System, 64-Bit, CAD

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Part 3: Processors

Posted by cadhardware

Apr 13, 2011 4:06:07 PM

In part 1 of Hardware for the CAD Professional, we reviewed the basics of system requirements. In part 2, we defined some commonly used terms. Now let's look at processors in your hardware and how they can affect your workflow.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Multi-Threading, Processors, Operating Systems, Operating System, 64-Bit, Windows, CAD

Hardware for the CAD Professional, Part 1: Requirements

Posted by cadhardware

Apr 11, 2011 9:57:35 PM

At Cadalyst we often hear questions regarding the hardware end of the equation, particularly about the system requirements to do useful work with the AutoCAD family of products. As a result, I’m starting this series of blog posts on hardware for the CAD professional, with each segment focusing on a specific area such as graphic cards, memory and hard disks.

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, Hardware, 32-Bit, Operating Systems, GPU, Video Cards, Operating System, 64-Bit, Windows, CAD

Memory Makes A Difference: Performance of ArchiCAD on 64-bit Versus 32-bit Operating Systems

Posted by cadhardware

Mar 14, 2011 10:21:46 PM

When Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD 14 was released last year, a client called us about upgrading. The upgrade was a significant one, as this company was still using ArchiCAD 10. At this point, the company’s drafters were essentially working around problems with their system, which included “Memory Full” errors when updating elevation sheets and other system timeouts.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, ArchiCAD, 32-Bit, Operating Systems, Operating System, 64-Bit, Dell Workstations, Windows

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