Of interest, the compettion not only certifies video cards but workstations also.
This is of great interest to me. I would very much like SW to certify an entire workstation if they kept with the drivers. In fact I would pay a premium for that.
However if it is going to be like the 'certified' video cards that we pay a lot extra for(over the equalivelent gamer card) but don't really get anything extra I'm not interested. I would expect that part of the premium we pay for the workstation card is because of the ISV certification, so why are the drivers SW recommends always out of date(I know this is not purely a SW problem)?
I see lots of talk about value in this forum. It seems lots of people lean toward DIY systems, or ones built by small builders, I have no problem with this but it doesn't reflect the reality of a larger company.
I do all the purchasing for my company from a major computer supplier. Based on our volume we get a price that no DIY or small builder can match, plus we get a warranty. If I could get that same system with the system as a whole certified I would go for it.
In fact this could be taken a step farther. I would be willing to buy a SW machine that dedicated to that task and nothing else. Standard office grade desktops(or laptops) are inexpensive enough that the cost is trivial to have a second system for office tasks.SW it the primary productivity tool of our Engineering department, spending money to improve performance and productivity makes sense, however currently there a huge wall of dimishing returns, I think mostly because the software cannot scale properly.
I know the above goes against some the ideals that make SW successful in the first place. The problem now is hardware costs are falling while the performance is increasing however the software just can't keep up. Perhaps if SW only had to target a specific set of HW requirements the scaling would be better.
"I do all the purchasing for my company from a major computer supplier." I am using a new BOXX which comes with a three year warranty so I'm not sure what your reservations might be. The cost of the PC is minimal compared to the time wasted watching the little hour glass on the screen. It will really depend a great deal on what your engineering staff does with SW.
Harold Brunt wrote: "I do all the purchasing for my company from a major computer supplier." I am using a new BOXX which comes with a three year warranty so I'm not sure what your reservations might be. The cost of the PC is minimal compared to the time wasted watching the little hour glass on the screen. It will really depend a great deal on what your engineering staff does with SW.
Harold Brunt wrote:
If I was not clear, this is exactly what I'm getting at. While we do not use BOXX, we do use workstations from a major computer vendor, and perhaps I should have used the word vendor, not supplier.
I have no reservations about buying from a reputable system builder, in fact I would strongly recommend it over DIY.
I suspect I am still missing your point (semantics of vendor vs. supplier) and I am not looking to hassle you. When you say "major" my first assumption and perhaps my mistake is that you are refering to Dell or HP. BOXX does certify their workstations for use with SW and is a development partner: http://www.boxxtech.com/solutions/solidworks.asp
I believe there are several workstations listed in the SW customer portal. When you look up the graphics card the listing option is "Certified Computer System/Graphic Card Combinations". That would imply to me that the Workstations are tested and certified when configured as delivered from the vendor, er supplier, um manufacturer.
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