as we need a new cad-workstation in our company, i am thinking of this config:
Is this setup ready for intensive solidworks use or does anyone have better suggestions?
In my experience ( 10 yrs SW, CSWP '06), you want the speed in your Processor, Drives & Ram. In that order of importance.
3.4GHz is good but not great, there are several I7's that do better (Intel Core i7-4790K Processor - Quad Core, 4.0GHz (8MB Cache, up to 4.10 GHz), 2 Memory Channels, 16 Max PCI Express Lanes - BX80646I74790K).
For your OS drive, the Samsung is good. Their are better SSD's, but not something you would notice. You could get (2) drives and run them RAID 0 (striping) to boost the speed some as well. It is good to remember that the SSD only helps if that is what you are using for everything. So if your parts and assemblies are on the 1Tb drive, it dictates performance. At work I Pack-n-GO projects on and off my SSD as required for space.
RAM is all about speed, get as fast as you can afford. 16GB is a good starting point, and should handle most moderate sized things, SolidWorks will let you know if you need more...
What you do with SW is important to figuring out what to spend your money on in terms of hardware.
You can never have too much processor speed. The latest i7 from Intel runs at 4Ghz. Each update SW releases increases the demand on the processor.
Also, if you are doing a lot of FEA, Rendering, or other processor intensive work, the processor is even more important.
Memory, 16 Gig is a good place to start. You can always add more. If your work requires large assemblies, or FEA, more is better.
Storage Device. I saw you specified the 250 EVo. If you compare the specification of the 250 to 500, you will see a significant increase in performance. Having just put together a new workstation, I have seen that regardless of how much RAM your system has, the workstation will still page fault, meaning that it is still pushing information from RAM to the Harddrive. I'm told that this is just how Windows works. So, I highly recommend upgrading to the 500. It is especially important for Large Assemblies but I suspect you will see huge performance increases everywhere you go.
I'm not an expert on graphics cards, we had some extra Geforce 780's laying around so I went with it. In Real Graphics mode, it takes 10 seconds for the screen to refresh. If you operate in Real Graphics mode, you will need something better. Still it's working well for me.
I went from a workstation that boots in 7 minutes, loads SW in 6 and a large assembly in another 7 to a system that boots in 40 seconds, loads SW in 10 seconds and the same large assembly in under a minute.
ASUS MAXIMUS VII GENE LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-4790K Haswell Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I74790K
SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW 2.5" 500GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C7Q-32GTX
EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified 1000W Active PFC ATX12V v2.31/EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready ECO ...
Geforce 780 Graphic Card
The only issue I ran into in assembling this system was the need to update the Bios on the motherboard to the latest version (easy to do with the ASUS hardware). Run's like a top now!
Hope this helps,
I would refer to this discussion as a baseline for your system. The discussion's OP, Charles Culp , is one of the go-to people for computer specs in the SWx community and I would trust his recommendations without question.
Also, while George's system is fast, the graphics card he's using isn't approved and may cause you issues. It may not but, if it does, you'll be hard-pressed to get support from your VAR.
Your list looks good but I would fallow the advise of the others and go with the much faster i7 processor. Solidworks still only uses a Single Core for all its processing. I would recommend going with a cheaper Graphics Card like the ATI FirePro V4900. Its a 1Gb DDR5 but more then enough for doing most work that is under the Thousands of parts. The card runs around $150. Use the $300 in savings towards a faster processor. I use an i7 4790 overclocked to 4.5Ghz with a self contained water cooling. Start up time is about 20 seconds and less to start Solidworks. May I also recommend Xicomputer.com. We've gotten all our workstations thru them. They are priced well and have a great selection to choose from for components for a CAD Workstation.
Good Luck on your build.
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