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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

The Best Hardware Configuration for AutoCAD 2013, Part 3: Review Recommended Hardware

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 24, 2012 4:42:15 PM

AutoCAD 2013

As I mentioned before, you will be better served if you treat the recommended specifications as the minimum requirements. So let’s say you have determined that you need new hardware to run AutoCAD 2013. How do you pick the proper hardware?

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Hardware, AutoCAD, Operating Systems, Upgrade, Operating System, Windows, CAD

The Best Hardware Configuration for AutoCAD 2013, Part 2: Current and Future Needs

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 18, 2012 2:10:00 PM

AutoCAD 2013

We started this series by looking at our current hardware and if it’s up for the job. Next, let’s examine if your hardware will still work with your future needs, which may include going from 2D to 3D or adding cloud computing and mobile devices to the mix.

2D vs. 3D

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Hardware, AutoCAD, Operating Systems, Upgrade, Operating System, Windows, CAD

The Best Hardware Configuration for AutoCAD 2013, Part 1: Can Your Current Workstation Handle The Upgrade?

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 10, 2012 3:53:46 PM

AutoCAD 2013

Autodesk releases a new version of its flagship design software AutoCAD every year, as it has since AutoCAD 2004 came out in 2003. This yearly cycle poses a dilemma for CAD and IT managers because new software may require new hardware. Before you install AutoCAD 2013, you need to know if your current hardware can handle it. Budgets are tight (when aren't they?), and production cannot stop.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Hardware, AutoCAD, Operating Systems, Upgrade, Operating System, Windows, CAD

Hard Drives for CAD Workstations: SATA and SA-SCSI Standards

Posted by cadhardware

Oct 3, 2012 7:17:23 PM

The old adage about getting a hard drive at least twice as big as you think you’ll need still holds true.

The longtime, tried-and-true hard drive remains the backbone of a workstation's storage subsystem, but a new breed of solid-state technology is pushing its limits. Although they share the same basic technology as their ancestors, today's drives are much bigger, faster, and cheaper. Traditional workstation hard-disk drives (HDDs) primarily come in a 3.5" form factor, supporting SATA or SA-SCSI standards.

SATA Drives

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Hard Drive, CAD

Autodesk 360, Part 4: Synchronization With Autodesk 360

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 26, 2012 8:19:03 PM

In Part 3 of this series, I showed you some of the collaboration functionality of Autodesk 360. We are now going to look at how we can synchronize our documents and drawings using Autodesk 360, using a fixed location (PC on a network) and a mobile location (iPad on a remote site with Wi-Fi), like in Part 3.

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Topics: Workstations, Autodesk, Hardware, Facilities Management, AutoCAD, Mobile Workstations, Connectivity, Laptops, Mobile, CAD

Multiple Display Support for CAD Workstations

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 12, 2012 3:18:18 PM

The most compelling reason to install multiple GPUs is to drive multiple high-resolution displays. The secret's out that "multi-mon" is the single best way to improve your productivity. Anyone who's gone to two displays (or three — or more!) will tell you they could never go back to one. And more graphics cards can display more pixels across more monitors.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, AMD, Video Cards, Display, CAD

Choose the Right GPU for Your CAD Workstation

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 5, 2012 3:37:19 PM

A GPU manages how your computer graphics process and display and, thanks to parallel processing, is typically more efficient than a CPU. The GPUs that are best optimized for professional graphics-intensive applications, such as CAD, design visualization and analysis, are found in workstation caliber AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards.

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

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

New Accelerated Processing Units for CAD from AMD

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 15, 2012 4:51:24 PM

AMD launched the AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations. Featuring AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, the AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs are designed for CAD and media and entertainment (M&E) workflows.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, AMD, Video Cards, CAD

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