I'd like to start using Autodesk Design Review with my company, and we are going to purchase new computers to use the software but a few things are not clear for me.
- What are the recommended system requirements? I have read through the minimal system requirements and they are not very high.
- How about x64 compability? Because we run the program currently on one x64 OS and it is not very stable. It somethimes hangs etc.
And 2 important questions:
- Would a core i7 processor be overkill? Which processor should we choose which is fast enough to run the program well?
- And how about an NVIDIA Quadro 2000 video card? (It is about $500 here, really expensive). or would a Quadro 1800 be ok ($450) or perhaps another card which is cheaper...(about $250 would be much better).
The costs are important so if you could advice me here... (it is important that the videocard can output 1920x1080 on FOUR screens at the same time.
I have a 4 year old HP with the Quadro FX1800 card. I run Revit, Autocad, and Design Review split across 2 identical 20" screens at 1600x900 without problems. Some of our bigger models get a little slow, but they seem to run slow on all of our machines - my guess is that is related to other things, not the graphics.
Also, the machine is running Window 7 64 bit. It was orginally ordered with Windows ME 64 bit, but was upgrade to Win 7 x64 when it became available. All of that worked surprisingly well considering the flack MS caught for Win ME.
As for the processor, my thought is there is no such thing as overkill, but maybe others will have input on that. I would think sticking with Intel's Haswell technology should give you more flexibility than Sandybridge for future upgrades whatever they maybe.
I'm an architectural engineer with about 4 years experience running this software day in and day out (I spent 10 years running just AutoCAD before that).