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CADspeed -- Optimizing Hardware for CAD Software

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

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

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

Optimize ArchiCAD 3D BIM Models to View on Mobile Devices

Posted by cadhardware

Feb 29, 2012 2:27:49 PM

BIMx is GRAPHISOFT’s solution to explore, present, communicate and share design. BIMx enables architects and their clients to walk through professionally rendered 3D models with an easy-to-use navigation interface.

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Topics: ArchiCAD, Hardware, Graphics Card, Building Information Modeling, Graphics Cards, Mobile Workstations, Video Cards, Mobile

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

How Much Should You Spend on a New CAD Workstation? Part 2: Mid-Range and High-End Systems

Posted by cadhardware

Nov 22, 2011 2:41:49 PM

This series focuses on helping our readers understand what CAD workstations cost and how much they are going to have to spend to find a machine that meets their CAD production needs. The first part focused on entry-level systems. This post will discuss mid-range ($2,500 to $7,000) and high-end (more than $7,000) systems.

Mid-Range and High-End

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Topics: Workstations, RAM, Hardware, Graphics Card, Hard Drive, Processors, Memory, Graphics Cards, Video Cards, Display, 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

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

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