Hello, I am considering to build a new workstation using the AMD Threadripper. Is SolidWorks 2017 (I am using the Students Edition 2017-18) be compatible with this new CPU? Thanks.
Having 16 separate cores is somewhat overkill for the purposes of SOLIDWORKS. Most of the program is single-threaded so you would be having one thread maxed out and 15 (or 31) threads sitting idle or running background processes. The clock speed itself on the Threadripper is good but you would be just as good buying a CPU with fewer cores and the same clock speed for less money. If you have other endeavors for having a 12 or 16 core CPU, that would be the only reason to consider this CPU.
Hi Ryan, thanks for letting me know that most of SW is single-threaded. Yes, I have other endeavors for having more core CPU. I just want to make sure that the Threadripper will also work with SolidWorks. I read that this CPU is not compatible with AVX-512. Does SW use AVX-512?
Seeing as I can't find AVX-512 in the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base I doubt the question has even been asked of them. Your guess is as good as mine on that.
Most of solidworks is single threaded (modeling, viewport, drawing, etc). However, solidworks simulation and flow sim are indeed multithreaded, and perform at its best at 8 to 10 cores. I just don't know how Threadripper stacks up next to intel's multicore offerings. The chip is so new that there aren't any benchmarks.
Anybody from SW knows if AVX-512 will be used in future versions of SW?
I think that chip would scream through renderings! I've got an eight-thread chip---at 4GHz---that eats renderings like popcorn.
But getting an answer to the rest of your question will be the trick, eh? Can you spell out what AVX-512 means?
Anybody using SolidWorks with Threadripper?
AVX-512 - Wikipedia
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