my colleague is using a 3 year old workstation with Inventor.
As her computer admin I'd like to buy a new one for her.
The old one is very slow when it comes to big assemblies. Inventor is using 1.3 GB Ram with these and working with the old workstation is very annoying:
Intel Xeon E5530, 2.40 GHz, Quad-Core
12 GB RAM
PNY QuadroFX 3800, 1024mb gddr3
128mb SSD (system)
1 tb HDD (project files)
Is there anybody here using such big assembly files as we do?
If you're doing fine working with such projects: What's the specifications of your computer?
Thanks in advance,
exactly how big are the assembies. Any funky numbers?
Can you be specific? Are the objects complex?
The 1230v2 offers great value for money and backed by 16 Gigs of Ram
it does all the jobs quite well. Graphics are done by a Quadro 2000, SSD
for System and programs makes working smoother.
I do assemblies with thousands of objects. Showcase uses about 6 gigs of ram
when I import them. Takes some time though but once it´s loaded it works well.
I see great improvement compared to the 4 Core pre Nehalem Xeon i used before.
Thanks for your reply.
I'd love to give you some funky numbers, but I don't know where to get them. The assembly file is 200 kb big and I have no idea how to ask Inventor to give me some numbers of the assembly.
The only way I found was to check the RAM which is used by Inventor (as mentioned above).
The thing is: we have money. We want everything to run smooth.
I guess I go with a E3-1280v2, which should be pretty fast, 16 gb ecc ram (i guess ecc is important, right?), a Quadro 4000 and a big SSD.
That should do it or what do you think?
I think the machine won´t let you down. We do Racks and conveyers and the 1230V2 manages to
do really big arrays. As i said memory usage in Showcase is very high and it takes some time.
I would recommend you to look for benchmarks, even if i would be fine with your hardware,
it´can´t be wrong to compare. When it comes to rendering Cinebench 11.5 numbers are very reliable.
It´s free and it offers a direct comparision between you actual CPU and others.
Plus there are many sites on the Internet on which results are shared.
ECC is important i think, it´s one of the Key features seen in Xeon processors and stability can´t be important
Keep one thing in mind. The 130V2 is limited to one CPU per computer. If there´s an extra buck for
a dual CPU setting it´s not the right choice. Many tasky in Inventor don´t use multithreading as good
as it should be used but max out just one core. Therefore a higher clockspeed will be better at select
tasks than more cores.
If you like you can share a dataset and i look how well it runs on my machine for you. I´ll just look it up
and delete it afterwards.
Hope this will help so far
If you don't need OpenGL graphics for other applications, you are wasting money on the Quadro 4000. Inventor uses the DirectX graphics system used by most games, so you can get a blazing fast game card with huge amounts of memory (Nvidia GTX 690, for example) that will put the 4000 to shame on both performance and price.
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