CAD applications for architecture and civil engineering make specific demands on their hardware. For a fast implementation of your plans and models, the perfect fusion of hardware and software is crucial for a successful working process of your new workstation. Below you will find our recommendations for architecture and engineering professionals:
To configure your workstation for Revit
The Revit CAD program has been specially developed for Building Information Modelling (BIM) and enables architects, building technicians and civil engineers to access a common database for each project.
More processore cores = more performance?
For single thread tasks, such as building data modeling (BIM) or for the animation of entire building complexes, a single CPU core with a high clock frequency is an advantage. Multi-thread tasks, such as scene rendering, are accelerated exclusively by the use of multiple processor cores.
"The more cores my workstation has, the more processing power I have" This simple formula is only correct if the following conditions are met:
1. the CAD software used is able to use all available cores (multithreading)
2. each processor cores must have the same performance
Despite the different hardware requirements of the CAD software, our workstation can be configured in such a way that all tasks can be carried out optimally. Whether you need one or two processors with a high clock rate, a processor with many cores or a workstation with a powerful graphics card, Uli Ludwig Computer has the right configuration for every application. Due to the close cooperation with our customers in the field of architecture and engineering as well as the software developers of the individual CAD programs, we are able to offer practical hardware solutions for the most different CAD programs.
In order to use the CAD program Revit as efficiently as possible, a single, strong CPU core is required. Revit loads the required work files into memory. For this reason, a workstation with enough memory is extremely important for this program.
The magic formula for memory
Revit uses approximately 20 times the size of the project file of RAM when loading a model.
Formula: (file size) x 20 = Size of the memory required to load the file.
Example: The file size is 800 MB x 20 = 16,000 MB - your workstation needs 16 GB RAM to load a file with 800 MB.
We recommend to use 4-8 GB RAM per CPU core. For example, if you choose a single six-core processor, 32GB of memory is enough for basic tasks and 64GB for more demanding tasks.
CPU instead of GPU
The graphic card is hardly used with Revit. Most tasks are processed by the CPU. In our opinion, it is advisable to focus on a powerful CPU. A certified nVidia graphic card with directX 11 support is all you need.
Choosing the hard disk affects Revit's performance. The loading times of models and the saving of local models are essential. You can increase the performance of these processes by using an SSD with fast access times. When point-clouds are used in a project, a Solid State Drive (SSD) offers significant performance improvements in the display. Hardware recommendations for other CAD programs on request: