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Do You Really Need ECC Memory for CAD Workstation Computing?

Posted by cadhardware

Jan 30, 2013 10:33:51 PM

I recently read an article by an Intel product manager on the need for “ECC” (error correction code) memory in CAD workstations. From the article: "Corrupted data can impact every aspect of your business, and worse yet you may not even realize your data has become corrupted. Error-correcting code (ECC) memory detects and corrects the more common kinds of internal data corruption."

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, Hardware, Hard Drive, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, AMD, Intel, CAD

Recommended Hardware for CAD, Part 1: AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit and Other Autodesk Applications

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 19, 2012 2:36:29 PM

Here at CADspeed, we get a lot of questions about buying new hardware for CAD applications. While the answer to, "What CAD hardware should I buy?" varies widely based on the person asking the question, it always starts in the same place: with the requirements of the CAD software you plan to use.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, RAM, Hard Drive, AutoCAD, Processors, Revit, GPU, Inventor, Graphics Cards, Benchmark, Mobile Workstations, Video Cards

Multiple Display Support for CAD Workstations

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 12, 2012 3:18:18 PM

The most compelling reason to install multiple GPUs is to drive multiple high-resolution displays. The secret's out that "multi-mon" is the single best way to improve your productivity. Anyone who's gone to two displays (or three — or more!) will tell you they could never go back to one. And more graphics cards can display more pixels across more monitors.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, AMD, Video Cards, Display, CAD

Choose the Right GPU for Your CAD Workstation

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 5, 2012 3:37:19 PM

A GPU manages how your computer graphics process and display and, thanks to parallel processing, is typically more efficient than a CPU. The GPUs that are best optimized for professional graphics-intensive applications, such as CAD, design visualization and analysis, are found in workstation caliber AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, CAD

Buying a New CAD Workstation? Know Your Software System Requirements

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 29, 2012 11:21:45 PM

Where do you begin your quest for the right workstation? This particular hardware search should start with your software.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, Processors, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, AMD, Connectivity, Video Cards, Intel, CAD

AMD's Accelerated Processing Unit: Will It Make Your New CAD Hardware More Affordable?

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 22, 2012 5:28:20 PM

It's about time. After a hiatus from its role as a viable alternative to Intel for workstation-class CPUs, AMD is back. Instead of its traditional server/workstation focused Opteron line, this time the company is — quite wisely — choosing to target the market with a combination CPU/GPU part, what AMD refers to as an Accelerated Processing Unit, or APU.

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Topics: Workstations, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Dell Workstations, CAD

New Accelerated Processing Units for CAD from AMD

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 15, 2012 4:51:24 PM

AMD launched the AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations. Featuring AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, the AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs are designed for CAD and media and entertainment (M&E) workflows.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, AMD, Video Cards, CAD

AMD Introduces New Workstation Graphics Cards for CAD

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 8, 2012 2:37:35 PM

If you've upgraded to the latest CAD software applications and your workstation is feel a little, well, overworked, AMD just might have the answer you've been looking in its latest line of workstation graphics launched this week.

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Topics: Workstations, Displays, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, Mobile Workstations, AMD, CAD

Optimizing Your Revit Workstation for Point Clouds

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 25, 2012 2:22:39 PM

Reality capture is a boom business for the building industry. With roughly 5 million existing commercial buildings in the United States alone, it’s easy to understand why. Laser-scanner-based reality capture is the dominant methodology used today to accurately capture the 3D state of an existing building. However, the typical laser-scan-based point cloud is in the hundreds of millions of 3D points, sometimes even going into the billions of points. With this additional data overhead on top of an already dense Building Information Model, it’s important to optimize your workstation hardware to deliver a productive user experience.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, Processors, Revit, SSD Drive, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, Connectivity, Backup System, Video Cards, CAD

Are Intel's CPU-integrated GPUs Good Enough for CAD? (Part 2)

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 18, 2012 4:47:04 PM

Last week, I talked about why Intel's latest generations of graphics-enabled CPUs might make CAD professionals think twice about paying extra dollars for a discrete graphics card on their next workstations.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Intel, Dell Workstations, CAD

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