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Getting the Best Desktop Virtualization Experience for CAD

Posted by mediashower1

Dec 10, 2014 9:45:54 AM

Desktop virtualization technology has advanced greatly in recent years and is beginning to offer the robust performance, superior graphics, and quick response times required by users of CAD and other compute-intensive applications. On top of those benefits, virtualization brings other benefits to the CAD user. For instance, virtualization allows remote workers to do their jobs anywhere while maintaining a high level of security for the data stored back on site. It is also perfect for remote file viewing and collaboration, as the speed issue isn't as bothersome as it is during the actual work process. With the right tools, you can create a virtualized CAD experience that is as good as a desktop CAD workstation. Here's how.

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, desktop virtualization, CAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Much RAM Should You Buy for a CAD Workstation?

Posted by cadhardware

Mar 20, 2012 12:51:20 PM

Memory size and speed, or RAM, can significantly impact performance, and depending on the application, could influence throughput more than anything else in your CAD workstation. Usually there's a sweet spot. To find it, start with the minimum recommendation for your primary software, then get a feel for how much more memory you'll get with incremental spending.

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, Hardware, Memory, CAD

Q&A with CADspeed: Remote Graphics versus Virtual Desktop

Posted by cadhardware

Jan 12, 2012 3:48:33 PM

Editor's Note: Q&A with CADspeed answers CAD hardware questions from our readers. This question was a response to Tony DeYoung's recent blog series about remote graphics.

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Remote Graphics, AutoCAD, Graphics Cards, Connectivity, CAD

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