My assemblies are pretty simple (<200 prismatic parts). I don't use realview. Also, any suggestions on i5 or i7 and 8GB or 16GB? Thanks!
There is already a similar thread in forum areas..can't remember where.
Anyway, unless you need to run 3-4 other programs at the same time as SW you won't need an i7 processor. CAD programs are primarily single core processing so your best performance happens with a fast CPU. I would recommend an i5 with 8GB or 16GB of memory. You can save yourself some money and go for the SP3 i5, 8GB configuration- if you can find one.
Since you are running Windows 10 you are looking at SW 2015 SP5 or 2016 SP0.1 for official support. I did have SW 2013 and EPDM installed awhile back and it was fairly stable- with the excepting of the fast clicking that SW and EPDM don't like!
You can run multiple monitor using the Displayport and then daisy-chain your monitors (this requires DP out ports on your monitors).
You are not going to want to run SW on the SP screen only! You won't be happy.
The image below is running SW 2013 on the left screen with a 60 part assy and SE with 1500 components along with Outlook and OneNote. I'm using a Bluetooth mouse. The SP3 is an i5, 4GB configuration. For the most part it works fine but I would recommend an 8GB system if you want to use a newer version of SW. THe monitors are Dell U2414H ultrasharp monitors with Mini-DP+ DP inputs and one DP output. This allows you to run a single cable from the Surface to the first monitor and then a second cable from monitor to monitor. So when it's time to leave I disconnect my mini-dp, fold up my Surface and walk away. Oh, I'm using wi-fi for network connectivity or I could use the USB3 to network adapter to get full speed.
Yeah, I've read every post on this forum on the topic but haven't heard anything about the pro 4. Anyhow, I ran the benchmark on my W530 lenovo laptop and compared it to the pro4 benchmarks and that was just too big of a performance drop for that much money so I decided to upgrade my laptop to an SSD drive instead.
It is all cpu throughput. GPU are usually waiting for the CPU to pass information.
I did some digging and the i7 SP4 is going to be running a Skylake at 2.6Ghz to 3.4Ghz (using Speed Shift) compared to a mobile workstation like a Dell at M3800 running at 2.3 to 3.3Ghz. That's very comparable. The Dell will run you MSRP $2,200 or discounted to $1,500. Your Lenovo is running at top speed of 3.70Ghz and low at 2.90Ghz so from a CAD crunching perspective it should be in par as well.
I'm not sure what benchmark you ran but I would expect the a similar results based on CPU frequencies for CAD. If you are getting different results then it might be that SW hasn't certified/supported the Intel Graphics yet and that is your bottleneck.
Either way, the SP4 isn't necessarily a mobile workstation but is definitely a mobile laptop that can handle small-medium CAD assemblies...(using best assy load practices and cad files that aren't all bloated with junk pre-SW15 files!)
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