Design Workstation : Select the best
The world is a much better place if you have one of the best workstation desk available. The fact that all the design software are always hungry for the resources of your system, forces the companies to develop best in class performance chips for the users. But these technologies come at a cost which is not affordable for the common user like freelancers, small-scale industries, institutions, students etc. For us, we have “Personal Computers”. But we need to select wisely in order to get the best out of the resources available to us.
In this blog, we will help in selecting the best rig available for your work and budget, and best of all, we update it continuously so that you are always having the latest technology with you.
Last Updated: 1st March 2018
The main governing hardware for running our software is
- GPU (Graphics card)
Other than these, following hardware are also important in your daily ergonomics
If you are planning to buy a Desktop, you can opt for an assembled PC and go through the guide to buy the required hardware and assemble them.
For Laptops, you can directly go to the end of this post and select the enlisted Laptops which are filtered based on this guide and some personal experience.
But always remember that laptops have no match over desktops. Desktops performance is always better are more preferred.
All the design software keep CPU at the highest priority for their demand. No CPU power is enough for them, specially for rendering and simulation, CPU power is always 100% consumed.
We have divided available CPUs into three segments mainly depending on their price.
For Beginners and students
Intel i3 with good clock speed can be a good start. Go for Intel 3.9 GHz LGA 1151 core i 3 7100 Processor. This is a 7th Gen Intel dual processor with top clock speed of 3.9 GHz which gives enough power to run Modelling, Simulating and rendering software easily. This processor will come at the cost of approx. Rs 10,000. The only limitation is that you have to compromise with the processing time in simulation and rendering.
For Professionals and rich kids
If you don’t want to compromise much with your time, you can go for the big brother of i3 i.e. i5. The latest player in i5 processor is Intel 2.8 GHz LGA 1151 Core i5-8400 BX80684I58400 Processor. This is an 8th Gen Intel Hexa Core CPU with a top clock speed of 4 GHz. That means it is more that 3 times faster than the above i3 processor. But it comes at a cost that everyone doesn’t like to spend. You can get it for Rs 16,500. But it is worth spending this much money on it because you can recover easily by getting more jobs done in lesser time.
Heavy utility Industries
Now these are the big daddys. The fastest available CPUs. There are three CPUs available, sorted in increasing order of their cost and processing power.
It is a 4.2 GHz Quad-core CPU. Its main advantage is its high cache memory. It costs around 27.5 k
2. Intel 4.3 LGA 2011 I9 Processor (Recommended)
It is a new entry in processor family. The first i9 series. This is a Deca Core 4.3 GHz processor with hyperthreading. Which means each core works as 2 CPUs. The L3 cache is also 14 MB which makes it a complete beast. This is one of the best CPU available in the market.
This is the elder brother of above CPU with 12 Cores and similar hyperthreading.
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
The role of GPU is very critical in modeling and simulation. Not only in graphical representation but also as a processing unit. Each design software has a different requirement of GPU, thus selection becomes a bit difficult.
Before going to selection, one needs to understand that there are basically of two types. Or I should say that there are two types of processing any graphics card needs to do and any card can’t do both accurately at the same time. I know it sounds like Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. There are Surface Triangles and Frames Per Second (FPS). And graphics cards are made to process accurately only one of these. We need accurate Surface triangles which we don’t get in Gaming Graphic card which are most widely available like NVIDIA Geforce or AMD Radeon.
For us we have NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro. Now let’s see which suits best according to your need.
For students, beginners and small scale industries
Frankly telling, there is no use of Graphics card for beginners, because any graphics card won’t make any sense. And those which makes sense are not affordable. But still, if you want to go for a graphics card, you can go for NVIDIA Geforce. But it will give only a satisfaction that you have a graphics card.
You can tweak NVIDIA card to use Real View in SolidWorks, so this is the only advantage of having a graphics card for us. Anyhow you can choose between these cards, they will add a charm to your system and you can enjoy games when you are tired.
- Zotac NVIDIA GT 730 1 GB DDR5 Graphics Card
- Zotac NVIDIA geforce gt 710 2 GB DDR3 Graphics Card (Recommended)
- Zotac NVIDIA GT 730 4 GB DDR3 Graphics Card
For CAD based Industries
We have professional GPUs for us. NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro are professional GPU series by the two brands. Out of NVIDIA and AMD, I have my trust on NVIDIA due to its proper support and experience in the world of graphics cards.
|P400||256||2GB||Entry-Level 2D Graphics||AutoCAD|
|P1000||640||4GB||High-End 2D & Mid-Range 3D Graphics||AutoCAD, SolidWorks.|
|P2000||1024||5GB||High-End 2D & Mid-Range 3D Graphics||AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA, 3Ds Max|
|P4000||1792||8GB||High-End 3D||SolidWorks, CATIA, 3Ds Max, Autodesk Inventor|
|P5000||2560||16GB||Very High-End 3D||CATIA, 3Ds Max, Autodesk Inventor, Blender|
|P6000||3840||24GB||Ultra High-End 3D & Simulations||CATIA, 3Ds Max, Autodesk Inventor, Blender, Ansys|
|Tesla K40||2880||12GB||Ultra High-End 3D & Simulations, can be used for rendering or compute while you continue to work using seperate NVIDIA Quadro card for visualisation||CATIA, ANSYS, Blender|
RAM (Random Access Memory)
Minimum Required RAM for Design Software to run smoothly is 4GB. Nut even in 4GB, you cannot run two software at same time. So If you want to do 3D modelling and simulation simultaneously, you need atleast 8GB of RAM.
But if your 3D models are complex or your simulation models have fine mesh or complex boundary conditions, you should not opt for less than 16GB.
For Beginners, 8GB is recommended and for Professionals, 16GB or even higher is best suitable.
- Kingston VALUE DDR4 4 GB (Dual Channel)
- Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3 8 GB (Dual Channel)
- Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB (Quad Channel)
- Kingston ultra DDR4 16 GB (Single Channel)
Laptops as Workstations
As promised earlier, We have filtered some best available Laptops in three ranges, each laptop is selected based on their hardware and software specifications and our past experience with these laptops.
For Beginners and Students
|HP NOTEBOOK Core i5 8th Gen||Core i5 8th Gen 2.3 GHz + 4GB RAM + 1TB HDD-Windows 10||₹40,000|
|Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series Core i5 7th Gen (Recommended)||Core i5 7th Gen 3.1 GHz + 4GB RAM + 1TB HDD-Windows 10||₹39,000|
|HP Pavilion Core i5 6th Gen 15-au003tx||Core i5 6th Gen 2.8 GHz + 8GB RAM + 1TB HDD + 2GB Graphic-Windows 10||₹49,000|
|Lenovo Ideapad Core i5 7th Gen (Recommended)||Core i5 7th Gen 3.1 GHz + 8GB RAM + 1TB HDD + 2GB Graphic-Windows 10||₹46,000|
For entry level professionals
|Dell Inspiron Core i7 7th Gen 7567||Core i7 7th Gen 3.8 GHz + 8 GB RAM + 1TB HDD + 4GB Graphic-Windows 10||₹80,000|
|MSI GL Series Core i7 7th Gen GV72 7RE-1464IN (Recommended)||Core i7 7th Gen 3.8 GHz + 8 GB RAM + 256GB SDD + 1TB HDD + 4GB Graphic-Windows 10||₹82,000|
For Industrial level professionals
We’ll soon come up with what suits you best! contact us if you need help with that!
So this was a complete guide to select your Workstation. We will keep on updating it with new models. Our workstation is our tool so choose it wisely. We are always there for you. If you still have any confusion in selecting, comment on the post, or contact us through Contact us. We will respond you in no time. Thanks for reading this post. This is FEADesign – Where Imagination is Reality.