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Intel's Ivy Bridge Processors Hit the CAD Workstation Marketplace

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 13, 2012 4:58:34 PM

The incessant pace of progress and innovation for workstation technology never slows.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, Multi-Threading, Processors, Graphics Cards, Sustainability, Intel, Dell Workstations, CAD

Processors for CAD Hardware: Find the Balance Between Multiple Cores and Increased Single-Thread Performance

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 6, 2012 11:23:54 AM

Several years ago processor vendors began backing away from a sole focus on cranking up clock frequencies and otherwise striving to squeeze every last possible bit of performance from single-thread processing. That path was heading down the road of diminishing returns and leading to other problems, most notably excessive power consumption and thermal output.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Multi-Threading, Processors, CAD

The Best Hardware Configuration for SolidWorks CAD Software

Posted by cadhardware

Nov 10, 2011 3:55:05 PM

Optimizing hardware for SolidWorks is essential for getting the most out of this heavy-hitting CAD application, as we've discussed on CADspeed previously. So we were thrilled when the SolidWorks forum addressed this very issue recently on their forums.

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, SolidWorks, Hardware, Graphics Card, Multi-Threading, Hard Drive, Processors, SSD Drive, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, Backup System, Video Cards, CAD

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

OpenCL Will Rock the CAD World, Part 4: What You Should Do About It Now

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 2, 2011 2:37:04 PM

So far in this series, we've talked about why you want OpenCL, how it works, and how it will affect your CAD workflow. The question remains: what should you do about OpenCL right now?

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Topics: Workstations, Graphics Card, Multi-Threading, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, CAD

OpenCL Will Rock the CAD World, Part 3: How It Will Affect Your Workflow

Posted by cadhardware

May 31, 2011 6:15:55 PM

The first post in this series discussed why you want OpenCL. The second post described how it works. This post discusses how OpenCL will affect your workflow.

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Topics: Workstations, Graphics Card, Multi-Threading, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, Mobile Workstations, Connectivity, Video Cards, CAD

How Advances in Mobility Technology Will Affect the CAD Workplace, Part 2

Posted by cadhardware

May 26, 2011 4:07:49 PM

In my last post, I theorized how advances in mobility technology will affect the CAD workplace. Now, what are these wandering CAD minstrels going to work on? Oh, that is the beauty of it all.

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, Accessories, Hardware, Multi-Threading, Hard Drive, Processors, Operating Systems, GPU, Graphics Cards, Mobile Workstations, Connectivity, Backup System, Video Cards, Dell Workstations, Windows, Display, Mobile, CAD

OpenCL Will Rock the CAD World, Part 2: How It Works

Posted by cadhardware

May 20, 2011 12:25:25 PM

The first post in this series discussed why you want OpenCL. This post will describe how it works.

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Topics: Workstations, Graphics Card, Multi-Threading, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, CAD

OpenCL Will Rock the CAD World, Part 1: Why You Want It

Posted by cadhardware

May 18, 2011 2:00:42 PM

Most CAD users don't have any reason to be familiar with how graphics languages like OpenGL 4 and DirectX 11 actually work. All that 99% of us care about is that our CAD applications and video cards support the latest versions so we can benefit from high-performance 2D/3D rendering and visualization.

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Topics: Workstations, Graphics Card, Multi-Threading, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, OpenCL, CAD

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