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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

Four Things to Do With Your Old CAD Hardware System, Part 2: Donating and Recycling

Posted by cadhardware

Dec 1, 2011 12:58:47 PM

We're talking about what you can do with the older CAD hardware systems after an upgrade in this two-part series. The first section reviewed possible internal needs. Now we'll look at what to do with hardware systems that are surplus or simply too outdated to be reused.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Sustainability, Upgrade, CAD

Four Things to Do With Your Old CAD Hardware System, Part 1: Internal Needs

Posted by cadhardware

Nov 29, 2011 2:11:33 PM

Exponential growth in the capabilities of CAD software eventually will require companies to upgrade CAD hardware systems so an organization can benefit from the new design functions. The overall goal of any upgrade should be to maximize these benefits to improve the company's workflow (and the bottom line).

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Sustainability, Upgrade, CAD

The Difference Between a Workstation and Consumer-Grade PC for CAD

Posted by cadhardware

Nov 15, 2011 4:08:31 PM

What's the difference between a workstation or consumer-grade PC, and why should you care? Well, ten to fifteen years ago, no one had trouble distinguishing between one and the other. Workstations were very expensive, high-performance, proprietary, 3D-equipped RISC or UNIX boxes. PCs were lower-cost, lower-quality toys that couldn't handle 3D.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, Sustainability, Video Cards, CAD

Sustainability and the CAD Workstation: Heat, Noise and Power Consumption

Posted by cadhardware

Nov 3, 2011 3:58:19 PM

Price and performance generally increase as you climb the workstation ladder, and so do heat, nose and power consumption. These metrics, which were of low or no concern years ago, are top of mind today.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Processors, Graphics Cards, Sustainability, CAD

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