How to configure your workstation for ArchiCAD
ArchiCAD is a process-optimized 3D planning software for architects. ArchiCAD features an intuitive user interface with a focus on building data modeling (BIM). Architects benefit from being able to work with a single file from design to implementation planning. Take a look at our hardware expertise:
The right Processor for Archicad
Optimal conditions are experienced by design processes in ArchiCAD due to a high processor clock frequency. For simple constructions we recommend an Intel Xeon Quad- or SixCore processor from 3.5 GHz. Since ArchiCAD requires a lot of computing power for 3D modeling processes and point calculations, it is important to ensure that the overall performance of the processor cores is as high as possible. To speed up complex 3D rendering processes, we recommend the use of a workstation with Dual Xeon Six- or Octa-Core processors from 2 x 3.0 GHz.
High-Performance ECC workstation memory
For simple project drawings, 16 GB RAM is required. A workstation with 8 memory banks is ideally suited to expand the working memory at any time if required. To save more complex models and run applications in parallel, we recommend the use of 32 GB RAM or 64GB with ECC function (Error Correction Code). With the support of ECC memory modules, DataBit errors can already be detected and corrected during operation without data loss.
Graphics Cards Comfort with three screens
ArchiCAD certifies nVidia Quadro, nvidia Geforce and AMD graphics cards. On request, we will be happy to inform you whether your graphics card is certified for ArchiCAD. In ArchiCAD, the graphics card does not play an important part for rendering. You can get a better overview by using three screens for your work around ArchiCAD. One display for the current ArchiCAD project, the second display for the current statics and with the third display you already answer a new email to leave no wishes unanswered for your client.
To achieve perfect results in 3D modelling, we recommend the use of professional, certified graphics cards from NVIDIA of the Quadro Pascal series, e.g. an NVIDIA Quadro P2000 with 5GB VRAM. From version ArchiCAD 23 onwards, the high-quality CineRender Engine R20 from Maxon has been integrated. With the introduction of version AutoCad 24, the Twinmotion 2020 programme for real-time renderings is available to you as the owner free of charge. Please note that the graphics card is hardly used during rendering and set the focus on a high-frequency CPU. It remains to be hoped that ArchiCad will include the GPU for rendering in one of the next versions. For large residential and commercial buildings, an NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 with 6GB VRAM or a Geforce RTX4000 with 8GB VRAM is suitable, while large projects such as complex residential complexes or hospitals are better served by an NVIDIA Quadro P5000 with 16GB VRAM or an NVIDIA Quadro P6000 with 3840 CudaCores.
HDD Speed up
For fast data access we recommend to install the operating system and its applications on a Samsung 980 PRO M.2 SSD NVMe with enough storage space. The S-ATA 3 standard for 2.5 inch solid state hard drives provides a maximum data transfer rate of 6GBit per second. The maximum read and write speed is limited to 550 MByte per second. The data transfer is up to 5 times faster with M.2 SSD hard disks than with 2.5" S-ATA SSD hard disks. Ideally, you should store your current project data on a second SSD. This increase in speed is clearly noticeable.