Posts with tag: ‘3d cad computer’

Benchmarks: Time to Put your CAD Workstation to the Test

We showed you in an earlier post how to build your own customized CAD workstation from the ground up at an affordable cost, but even the best tool is only as good as what it is used for.

Now is the time to put your customized CAD workstation to the test and see what it can really do!

The day of reckoning is at hand - the money and toil poured into your CAD workstation must now face judgment. Sure, you might be sporting 2688 CUDA cores that can pump out 187 billion texels per second. A righteous sounding number, if you were paid by the texel that is. Spec dropping can quickly escalate out of hand, thanks to the internet. Who cares that your workstation leverages a tetra-bat of graphics to muster 70 billion more gigaflop-joules-per-fortnight-squared or that it might do the Kessel run in less than 14 – or perhaps 12 – parsecs? Before someone furrows their brow and disapprovingly folds their arms at your outlandish claims of CAD performance, it's high time to remove all doubt. Prove it.

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CAD workstation performance tip: chuck those hard drives in the trash

The age of hard drives has come and gone; the time of solid-state drives (SSD) is upon us. We made this point with our kick-ass workstation recommendations a few months back, but a few of you were understandably skeptical. As engineers we have a special affinity for reliable technology, but such respect is not so easily earned. So are SSDs reliable? Let’s end that debate and understand that it’s well past time to chuck those hard drives. Yep. In the trash. See you in hell, magnetic platter.

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Overclocking for CAD: let’s get dangerous

You’ve heard the stories: buy a cheap CPU, throw some insane cooling on it and boost it into the stratosphere. Such is the promise of overlocking, pushing CPU processors past their design specs in the name of edging out extra performance for low, low prices. But these aren’t the heady days of the Celeron 300A, where the megahertz flowed freely. With the invention of improved configuration aware microarchitecture, overclocking’s gone a bit corporate these days. There’s still some fun to be had, but more importantly, does it still make sense for your CAD workstation?

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Why ECC RAM matters, but probably not for most CAD design

When we put together a self-build kick-ass CAD workstation a couple weeks ago, we managed to raise a few eyebrows in our seemingly reckless disregard for random access memory. We didn’t bother to spec a system with ECC RAM, and some of you questioned why populate a CAD workstation with “the cheap stuff?” To get to the bottom of this we’re going to have to talk about billions and billions of bits, uncorrectable errors, hyperactive bananas, and supernovae. Quick, someone tweet at Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Engineering Your Own Kick-Ass CAD Workstation Build on a Budget

You want a professional-quality CAD workstation but you don't want to break the bank? Fear not, this article will offer you a number of tips, tricks, and advice to build a  customized CAD workstation to suit your needs without going broke in the process.

An engineer is particular about his/her tools, and there's no more important or personal an engineering tool these days than the CAD workstation. While you could just fork over your hard-earned cash for a turnkey CAD configuration designed for corporate sensibilities, you want a PC engineered your way. You want serious CAD power, but at reasonable prices. We can build it. We have the technology.

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