How to configure your workstation for Revit
The CAD program Revit 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 processor cores = more power?
For Business CAD Workstation there is a wide range of processors, Intel Core i7, Intel Core i9 series Enterprise Single Xeon E5, Dual Xeon E5, Single and Dual Xeon W-series up to Dual Xeon Platinum CPUs. AMD has thrown more processors into the ring with the introduction of its very competitive Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper series. Autodesk Revit is traditionally a single-threaded application. What does that mean in terms of CPU? Ideally, a high-frequency processor would be the best choice. With each version update, the Autodesk Revit program is taking more and more advantage of multiple CPU cores and threads. Operations such as building information modeling (BIM) or loading elements into memory can be performed by Autodesk Revit using multiple cores. Multi-core functionality is limited to 16 cores. We recommend paying attention to a balance between CPU cores and MHz clock speed for their modeling tasks. Intel Xeon E5, Intel Core i7, Intel Core i9 and AMD Ryzen are ideal for these purposes. For 3D modeling we recommend an Intel Xeon E5-1650 V4 with 6 cores and up to 4GHz, an Intel Xeon W2125 with 4 cores and up to 4.5 GHz in turbo boost. Depending on the focus of your workflows, an AMD Ryzen may be the better choice for renderings.
The magic formula for the working memory
Revit uses about 20 times the RAM size of the project file when loading a model. Formula: (file size) x 20 = size of RAM 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 opt for a single six-core processor, 32 GB of RAM is sufficient for basic tasks or 64 GB for more demanding tasks.
The right graphiccard for Autodesk Revit
We recommend using a graphics card that is certified for Autodesk Revit. NVIDIA and AMD developers work closely with Autodesk to thoroughly test and optimize their Quadro and Radeon Pro WX series graphics cards for Autodesk Revit. We recommend an NVIDIA Quadro P2200 or an NVIDIA Quadro RTX4000. Alternatively, an AMD Radeon W5700 or an AMD Radeon Pro WX8200. Another indicator would be the use of graphics cards with more than 5,000 benchmark points. You can find a corresponding overview here.
The selection of the hard disk affects the performance of Revit. The loading times of models and the saving of local models are decisive. You can increase the performance of these processes by using an SSD with fast access times. If point clouds are used in a project, a Solid State Drive (SSD) offers significant performance improvements in the display.