SketchUp Pro - configure your CAD workstation
The 2D and 3D modeling program SketchUp Pro is a powerful and inexpensive CAD tool for three-dimensional solutions in architecture, product design, advertising and graphic design. SketchUp Pro is easy and intuitive to use.
The right CPU for Sketch Up
SketchUp Pro uses a single processor core for 2D and 3D designs. The higher the clock frequency of this processor, the better the performance in SketchUp. For 3D modeling, we recommend an Intel Xeon 4- or 6-core with a high MHz frequency starting at 3.00 GHz. A good alternative is an Intel i7 or i9 with a turbo boost from 4.00 GHz. If you use your workstation for photo-realistic renderings and simulations at the same time, you will benefit from every single processor core. Business workstation with Intel i7 9700 with 8 cores and 4.70 Ghz or Intel i9 10900X with 10 cores and 4.50 GHz offer a balance of CPU cores and threads. These all-around processors ensure that you have strong SketchUp 3D modeling performance while also having large core counts to speed up your renderings.
The optimal RAM configuration for Sketchup Pro
Per CPU core it is recommended to use up to 6 GB RAM per existing processor core for computationally intensive CAD programs. If you choose a server CPU, an Intel Xeon 4-Core, we recommend that SketchUp Pro uses at least 16 GB of memory with automatic error correction (ECC). By using ECC memory, single-bit errors are automatically detected and corrected. The more memory is used, the higher the risk increases. An absolute must-have for all professional servers and workstations with focus on design, development, modeling, simulation and analysis. For more demanding tasks, such as rendering, we recommend using 32GB and more of memory in perspective think about 64GB RAM. Business workstation usually have 8 memory banks. If their CPU supports the use of quad-channel allocation of RAM, 4x8 modules are working better than 2x16GB modules. The higher data transfer rate can increase performance by up to 10%.
The right graphics card choice for Sketchup Pro
The graphics card plays a minor role in SketchUp. There are no major advantages for 3D modeling to using high-end graphics cards. When using integrated graphics cards, faulty screen displays occur due to inadequate Open GL support. We recommend using Quadro or GTX series nVidia dedicated graphics cards. The benchmark test from PassMark has proven itself as a performance index. SketchUP recommends graphics cards from 2,000 Passmark points. If you use other CAD applications, make sure to choose a graphics card that is also suitable for these programs. We recommend an NVIDIA Quadro P2000 with 5GB VRAM for 3D modeling in Sketchup. If you plan to do GPU rendering, consider choosing a higher-end NVIDIA GeForce graphics card to speed up the performance of your renders. An NVIDIA Geforce RTX2080, Geforce RTX3060, Geforce RTX3070, or Geforce RTX3080 are our recommendations. Since the performance of your graphics card in SketchUP is strongly coupled to the graphics card driver, we recommend updating the graphics card driver at regular intervals.
Hard disk speed-up
Due to our very positive experiences with solid state hard disks we can recommend SSD hard disks without restrictions. Our tip: Install the operating system and the CAD programs on an M.2 SSD and use a second SSD for fast access to your project data. If you need additional larger storage space, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB S-ATA hard disks are suitable as a cost-effective alternative.