Nowadays you can purchase a pre-configured Personal Computer (PC) from many convenient outlets, including from the comfort of your couch through an online retailer. And a reasonably configured, sub $1,000 PC will run your CAD software. So, why should you buy a CAD Workstation instead?
There are numerous components to the answer to such question but it all boils down to one thing: productivity. A professional CAD Workstation will quickly pay for itself in increased productivity because it allows you to work a lot faster and is significantly more reliable.
Let’s break down all the elements that make a CAD Workstation the right choice for professional design software users.
The most obvious negative impact on productivity derives from poor reliability. A malfunctioning computer is the ultimate time wasting situation. This is why High Speed Computing builds CAD workstations only from top quality components and designs them for maximum reliability, not just speed. Minimizing downtime is a key advantage of running a professional CAD Workstation instead of a PC built for consumers with low cost components.
CAD software is computationally intensive and can take advantage of all the advanced features that modern high-end CPUs and motherboards offer. High clock speed, multithreading, and multiple cores can significantly speed up calculations therefore reducing design cycles. Complex modeling operations, realistic rendering, and simulations will perform significantly faster on a professional CAD workstation then they do on a consumer PC. The benefits of getting results sooner and being able to develop more design variants in the same time are obvious.
Furthermore, CAD Workstations come with more memory and expandability than consumer PCs allowing for the handling of very large data sets that are now very common.
In order to further improve performance and reliability CAD Workstations are equipped with advanced cooling systems that allow for sustained use at peak CPU load without overheating electronic components.
For even higher performance CAD Workstations can be overclocked (i.e., run at a higher clock speed than the standard one) and equipped with a liquid cooling system that prevents overheating therefore retaining maximum reliability at a higher performance level.
The demands of CAD and graphics software far exceed the capabilities of consumer PCs graphics systems. Very large 3D models require specialized graphics cards that can sustain real time interaction and reliable dedicated software drivers optimized for CAD to prevent malfunctioning or even computer crashes. Furthermore, an increasing number of simulation software products can take advantage of dedicated graphics hardware to speed up computation adding to the benefits of running a specialized CAD Workstations.
Today’s CAD datasets tend to be very large and mechanical hard drives typically found in consumer PCs are a well-known cause of poor performance when loading/saving CAD data. Specialized CAD workstations come with Solid State Drives (SSD) that dramatically improve performance when dealing with stored data. Reliability is also greatly enhanced because SSDs are solid state electronic components that are significantly less prone to failure than mechanical hard drives. And as an added benefit SSDs contribute in making the computer quieter because they have no moving parts.
Computers from mainstream manufacturers are notorious for being loaded with so called “bloatware” (i.e., generally unwanted software included on a new computer) that can negatively impact performance and is very tedious to remove.
High Speed Computing CAD Workstations come with a clean, pre-installed, copy of Windows 10 with no additional software for maximum-performance and simplified system administration.
In addition to all the technological benefits to productivity that CAD Workstations offer, High Speed Computing offers complete product customization. Your workstation will be designed and built based on your specific needs, requirements, and budget. Our experts will help you navigate the complexity of configuring a Workstation that maximizes the performance of your software at the right price.
Call us at 1-877-261-5889 and give us the opportunity to help you create your next Workstation.