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CADspeed -- Optimizing Hardware for CAD Software

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

Q&A with CADspeed: Hardware Upgrade for 3D Modeling

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 25, 2012 2:58:47 PM

Editor's Note: Q&A with CADspeed answers CAD hardware questions from our readers.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Graphics Card, AutoCAD, Processors, GPU, 3D, Graphics 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

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

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

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

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

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

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