AutoCAD and Revit Workstations

AutoCAD and Revit workstations are designed for optimal performance to give you the power you need to efficiently complete your work. We can build and custom configure workstations to meet your requirements. Expensive is not always the best and as a refurbisher we use our knowledge of the resale market to maximize value vs performance. Requirements and recommendations listed below:

Processor (CPU)

CPU Clock Speeds directly affects how many operations a single core can complete in a second. For Revit and AutoCAD, the faster or better. Recommend 3GHz or higher

  • 3GHz or Higher

The number of cores is how many physical cores there are within a processor. Revit and AutoCAD uses only a handful of cores for most tasks such as designing and modeling (2D). However higher core counts are ultized when rendering (3D).

  • AutoCAD: 4 Cores or Greate
  • Revit: 6 Cores or Greater

Because of their substantial performance benefits, Autodesk strongly recommends CPUs that include an L3 cache. Larger L3 caches of 3MB and beyond can provide performance benefits for computationally-intensive operations such as model regeneration.

  • 5MB or Higher

Memory (RAM)

Amount of RAM depends on the size of the model. Autodesk recommends 8GB for both programs however since most users will be running other tasks other at the same time, we recommend at least 16GB of RAM. 20x of your compacted central project file is a good rule of thumb.

  • 16GB or Greater

Higher speed low latency dual channel RAM yields significant performance benefits. True latency is roughly the same for 1333Mhz to 2666Mhz, so look for greater speeds to improve performace. For more info check out: Speed vs Latency

  • 1333Mhz or Higher

Storage (SSD/HDD)

Installation requires 4GB. Drive speed affects the performance during model load, local model save, and hard disk swapping managed by the Microsoft Windows operating system. Fast drives will have a higher performance during these operations, however, this improvement is a considerably lower priority when compared with performance enhancements related to CPU speed and increasing available RAM. Since SSDs improve overall workstation responsiveness, we recommend using a SSD for your Operating system and program loading, and HDD for file storage.

  • SSD - 250GB or Greater

 

Graphic Card (GPU)

Dedicated video cards supporting DirectX 11 or later are strongly recommended. Avoid on-board GPU as they share the computers memory. For 2D low and mid teir GPU perform just as well as a highend GPU For 3D work, faster the better.

  • 2D: 512MB or Higher.
  • 3D:4GB or Higher

Consider video cards designed to support CAD applications such as Nvidia Quadro so you will be able to get support from AutoDesk if you every have a software issue . For a list of ceriftifed cards see: www.autodesk.com/hardware.

  • Nvidia Quadro
  • AMD FirePro

Other Factors

Operating System: Windows 7 and 10, 32 and 64-bit versions. Note that 32-bit versions can only ultilize up to 4GB of RAM.

  • Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit

Networking:  Revit Server is the foundation for server-based worksharing for Revit projects. All recommended workstations below come with gigabit nics however for workshard projects, serve the gigabit threshold at all stages of the network (Cat 5e or 6 cabling, switches, gigabit at the data storage device)

  • Gigabit

Recommended Configurations

Entry Level

  • Xeon E5-1620 3.6Ghz Quad Core CPU, 8 Threads
  • 16GB (4x 4GB) of 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM
  • 256GB 6GB/s SSD
  • Nvidia Quadro K2000 2GB Graphic Card
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Professional

  • Xeon E5-2643v2 3.5Ghz Six Core CPU, 12 Threads
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 1866Mhz DDR3 RAM
  • 512GB 6GB/s SSD
  • Nvidia Quadro K4000 4GB Graphic Card
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

High Performance

  • 2x Xeon E5-2637v3 3.5Ghz Quad Core CPU, 8 Cores, 16 Threads
  • 16GB (8x 8GB) of 2133Mhz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 6GB/s SSD
  • Nvidia Quadro M4000 8GB Graphic Card
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

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