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Are Intel's CPU-integrated GPUs Good Enough for CAD? (Part 1)

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 11, 2012 4:42:15 PM

Intel had been promising that its latest generations of graphics-enabled CPUs would make CAD professionals think twice about paying extra dollars for a discrete graphics card on their next workstations. And it appears those promises are holding true … not in dramatic fashion, but valid nonetheless.

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

GPU-Accelerated Transparency for 3D CAD with Creo Parametric 2.0 and AMD FirePro

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 27, 2012 2:45:40 PM

Order Independent Transparency (OIT) in computer graphics programming terminology denotes any technique that can correctly render overlapping semi-transparent objects without having to sort them before they are being rendered. Rendering semi-transparent objects has always been a problem because the blending operation is order dependent: when a semi-transparent fragment is rendered, the underlying color (i.e. the background) is crucial for the final color to be correct.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, GPU Accelerator Technology, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Creo Parametric, 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

Share Your FirePro Graphics Experience and Win a AMD FirePro V5900

Posted by cadhardware

Feb 13, 2012 4:12:58 PM

Nothing gets us more excited at CADspeed than the idea of free hardware, so check out AMD's Experience FirePro! Sweepstakes from February 13-27, 2012. AMD wants to hear unbiased reality from end users — from the single designer using PhotoShop CS5 to the multi-person CAD shop using a range of DCC and CAD/CAE apps.

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Topics: Workstations, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD

Remote Graphics and the Professional CAD Workstation, Part 4: Sustainability

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 11, 2011 3:05:43 PM

We're talking about remote graphics in this series. We've outlined the potential benefits for CAD users, the reduced hardware costs and the security advantages. This post will wrap up this discussion with some details about sustainability as well as some final comments.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, Remote Graphics, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Connectivity, Upgrade, CAD

Remote Graphics and the Professional CAD Workstation, Part 3: Security and Service

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 4, 2011 3:17:31 PM

We're talking about remote graphics in this series. We've outlined the potential benefits for CAD users and the reduced hardware costs, and now we're going talk about the benefits for the heavy-duty 3D users.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, Remote Graphics, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Connectivity, Upgrade, CAD

Remote Graphics and the Professional CAD Workstation, Part 2: Reduced Hardware Costs

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 29, 2011 1:07:54 PM

We're talking about remote graphics in this series. We've outlined the potential benefits for CAD users, and now we're going to get more specific.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, Remote Graphics, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Connectivity, Upgrade, CAD

Remote Graphics and the Professional CAD Workstation, Part 1: Will It Work for You?

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 27, 2011 3:55:34 PM

There is a growing demand for portability, energy conversation and cost savings in the CAD world — hence the movement to small form factor devices use of the cloud for review and commenting. But there still remains the need for complex 3D graphics, security and high performance computation. Hence killer workstations and professional graphics cards like the FirePro or Quadro.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, Remote Graphics, GPU, Graphics Cards, AMD, Connectivity, Upgrade, CAD

How to Keep Your Workstation Graphics Card Updated, Part 3: Rules of Thumb

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 11, 2011 2:17:03 PM

In this series, we've talked about why it's so hard to keep your graphics card driver updated and what to do about it. In this post, I'll give you my rules of thumb for updating.

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

How to Keep Your Workstation Graphics Card Updated, Part 2: What Should You Do?

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 9, 2011 2:01:16 PM

My last post talked about why it is so hard to keep graphics card drivers updated. This post will help you figure out what you should do about it.

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

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