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Solidworks 2011 to Xeon or not to Xeon...

January 18, 2011 7:02:22 PM

So its time to upgrade/replace our solidworks machines and I'm looking for a bit of advice.

Video - Should I keep the FX580's we currently use or upgrade to the newer Quadro 2000? or is there a better option in between?

CPU - Single CPU or Dual CPU's? Just about everyone multi-tasks these days so with Solidworks running in the background all day long would it be beneficial to have Multiple dual or quad core Xeon CPU's?

Memory - 12-16 GB

O/S - Windows 7 64

My Experience thus far-
Running Solidworks 2010 has a tendency to bring all of our current machines to their knee's at times. We have one i7 920 that does slightly better than our older Core2 Duo's but I wouldn't say its significantly better. We had a couple of AMD Phenom's for a year or so but they crashed far more often than the Intel based systems and were replaced. Everything we currently has runs 6-8GB of ram and either Vista 64 or Windows 7 64.

Any advice is much appreciated, Thanks.