looking into upgrading to Inventor 2013 from 2012 - what are your thoughts? does it seems to run faster to you? we have a very fast computer with 32GB RAM but it stills seems VERY sluggish....
Any input is appreciated
From what I understand Autodesk does not officially support Windows 8 at this point in time.
I barely noticed a near negligible difference, but I don't work with very many large files. However, I also have problems with server lag and, if anything, the lag is worse.
2012 was a horrendous cluster of instability for me, so it was a huge sigh of relief when I upgraded.
we have a very fast computer with 32GB RAM but it stills seems VERY sluggish....
I also have 32 GB of RAM (windows 7 64 bit and two 6 core dual processors), but I have a HDD and not a solid state hard drive, so this limits my "windows experience level" to a 5.9 (two 7.8 scores and two 7.4 scores otherwise).
When I first installed and worked with Inventor I was surprised how sluggish it was. Not all the time, primarily when constraining parts in assemblies that require constant zooming in/out and rotating views. I found out through google'ing and searching the forums how to set up levels of detail, multi level subassemblies in large assemblies, monochrome for the visual styles, no fancy appearances applied, and different workflows in general. This definitely helped some of the larger assemblies, but it will still pause for this new massive assembly I am currently working on.
Based on what I've read on this forum and from google searches, I have come to the conclusion that although my machine is much more capable than anything I've used before, the limiting factor is the HDD.
Those 12 cores aren't doing you any good in the assembly and modeling environments. Inventor only uses 1 core for these operations. What's the clock speed of the individual cores? If it's a small number, then this is likely your bottle neck.
I'd call that a 'bingo'. CPU speed for heavy duty CAD applications should be on the order of 2.8 - 3.0 GHz or faster. Machines for very heavy lifting should be 3.4 GHz or factory-overclocked to faster.