How to configure your workstation for AutoCAD Civil 3D
The CAD software AutoCAD Civil 3D was developed by AUTODESK for civil engineers, urban planners and landscape planners involved in infrastructure development. With AutoCAD Civil 3D, surveyors for civil engineering are able to display height information of objects in 3D.
Which CPU is right for AutoCAD Civil 3D?
Xeon processors have been in powerful workstation standard for years. Intel Xeon CPUs are preferably used in combination with ECC memory for high-precision calculations. AutoCAD Civil 3D is particularly comfortable with high-frequency single Xeon CPUs with quad or six-core processors from 3 GHz. Another advantage of Intel Xeon processors is the use of stable ECC (Error Correcting Code) RAM.
In order to achieve optimal performance in AutoCAD Civil 3D, memory plays an important role. Standard is at least 16 GB, we recommend the use of 32 GB or even 64 GB RAM with the same memory bank allocation.
Optimal 3D graphics card
In order to work optimally with two screens, we recommend using an nvidia Quadro K2000 with 2GB GDDR5 memory, Open GL 4.4 and DirectX 11 as an introduction. For larger rendering tasks an NVidia Quadro M4000 with 8GB or a Quadro P4000 with Open GL 4.5 and DirectX12 is the better choice.
Speed advantage hard disk
From our experience we can recommend SSD hard disks without reservation. Use a solid state hard disk with 250-500 GB for your operating system and CAD software. You can store your data on the server or a NAS system. A significantly faster data access can be achieved via the PCIe / NWMe interface with M.2 SSD hard disks.
Two 24 inch displays are standard for CAD applications. We recommend the HP Z24n with the optimal resolution for AutoCAD Civil 3D of 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200 pixels. 4K displays with a resolution of 3940 x 2160 pixels are supported from AutoCAD 2017.1, but still deliver unsatisfactory results in many areas.