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The Best Hardware Configuration for AutoCAD 2013, Part 4: Processor, Video Card, RAM and Hard Drive

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 31, 2012 2:37:24 PM

So far in this series, I've discussed how to determine if your hardware can handle the AutoCAD 2013 upgrade, how to outline your current and future needs and how to find new hardware if you decide it's time for a new system. If you are looking for new hardware for AutoCAD 2013, here's some specific components to look at closely.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, RAM, Hardware, Hard Drive, AutoCAD, Processors, Operating Systems, RAID, Upgrade, Video Cards, Operating System, Windows, CAD

The Best Hardware Configuration for AutoCAD 2013, Part 3: Review Recommended Hardware

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 24, 2012 4:42:15 PM

AutoCAD 2013

As I mentioned before, you will be better served if you treat the recommended specifications as the minimum requirements. So let’s say you have determined that you need new hardware to run AutoCAD 2013. How do you pick the proper hardware?

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Hardware, AutoCAD, Operating Systems, Upgrade, Operating System, Windows, CAD

The Best Hardware Configuration for AutoCAD 2013, Part 2: Current and Future Needs

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 18, 2012 2:10:00 PM

AutoCAD 2013

We started this series by looking at our current hardware and if it’s up for the job. Next, let’s examine if your hardware will still work with your future needs, which may include going from 2D to 3D or adding cloud computing and mobile devices to the mix.

2D vs. 3D

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Hardware, AutoCAD, Operating Systems, Upgrade, Operating System, Windows, CAD

The Best Hardware Configuration for AutoCAD 2013, Part 1: Can Your Current Workstation Handle The Upgrade?

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 10, 2012 3:53:46 PM

AutoCAD 2013

Autodesk releases a new version of its flagship design software AutoCAD every year, as it has since AutoCAD 2004 came out in 2003. This yearly cycle poses a dilemma for CAD and IT managers because new software may require new hardware. Before you install AutoCAD 2013, you need to know if your current hardware can handle it. Budgets are tight (when aren't they?), and production cannot stop.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Hardware, AutoCAD, Operating Systems, Upgrade, Operating System, Windows, CAD

Vectorworks Cloud Services: Reduce CPU Computing Times, Improve Collaboration in 3D Workflows

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 3, 2012 11:58:45 PM

When people think of cloud computing, benefits such as convenience and portability often come to mind. After all, the cloud may or may not deliver a faster experience for users of CAD solutions when compared to desktop processing. With this in mind, why then is cloud computing garnering so much attention these days?

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Hard Drive, Processors, Operating Systems, Building Information Modeling, Mobile Workstations, Connectivity, Operating System, Laptops, Vectorworks, Mobile, CAD

Dell Releases Four New CAD Workstation Models

Posted by cadhardware

May 30, 2012 1:20:56 PM

Spring has arrived, and the annual release of new CAD hardware is as dazzling as the blossoms on the trees outside. This season marks new beginnings, and the sense of renewal makes the CADspeed editors feel like digging into the latest releases and watching our hard work grow into something new and spectacular.

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Topics: Dell Business Workstation, Workstations, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, AutoCAD, Processors, GPU, Memory, Graphics Cards, AMD, Video Cards, Operating System, Dell Workstations, Windows, CAD

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

Installing Autodesk 2012 Software? Prep Your System First!

Posted by cadhardware

Nov 1, 2011 1:59:49 PM

Autodesk has released it's juicy new 2012 software upgrades, and you finally have that software license in your hand. Here's a few tips from the Autodesk folks on preparing your system before installing Autodesk software.

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

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

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