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. That's why we recommend an Intel Xeon Quad- or Six-Core from 3.0 GHz. If you use your workstation for renderings and simulations, you will benefit from each individual processor core. For multithreading processes we recommend a workstation with dual CPU.
Bottle neck Memory
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 Quad-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.
The best graphics card
The graphics card plays a minor role in SketchUp. There are no major advantages 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. PassMark's benchmark test has proven itself as a performance index. SketchUP recommends graphics cards with at least 2,000 PassMark points. Since the performance of your graphics card in SketchUP is very strongly linked to the graphics card driver, we recommend updating the graphics card driver at regular times.
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.