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Microsoft surface studio as a workstation?

Question asked by Gary Garrison on Jun 23, 2017
Latest reply on Aug 31, 2017 by Ryan McVay

We are looking to make a major update to our CAD station(s). My boss is really enthusiastic about the Microsoft Surface Studio.  I like the concept of a "drafting table" for my work especially for the product areas that I could be moving into.


While most of the specs are pretty good, the Graphics looks to be a big hurdle for serious Solidworks use.

Microsoft Surface Studio review: a pricey desktop that can teach iMac a few good tricks - CNET

Microsoft Surface Studio Specs - CNET

Microsoft Surface Studio review | TechRadar


The top end model has the following specs.  Things seem to built off of mobile/laptop hardware.  Not bleeding edge, but very nice gear at the time this was under development.



Microsoft Surface Studio (Top end model)


Price as reviewed$4,199
Display size/resolution28-inch, 4,500x3,000-pixel touch display
PC CPU2.7GHz Intel Core i7-6820HQ
PC Memory32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz
Graphics4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M
Storage2TB HDD / 128GB SSD
Networking802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Operating systemWindows 10 Pro (64-bit)


What I am trying to determine is whether this could properly run SW.  For the price I can build a monster workstation that should easily outpace this, but it won't have the nifty display.