Best Computer Workstation For Autodesk Revit

With more and more hardware options becoming available these days it can be a daunting task sieving through reviews and benchmarks to know exactly what you should be investing your hard earned money on to get the most out of your software. This is where our Recommended Computer Workstation series of posts are designed to break this down for you. In this post we are focusing on Autodesk’s very popular Architectural application Revit.

When deciding which Workstation is right for you the first factors to consider are how intensive are the models you design, whether you need to create photorealistic renders of these models, the form factor you require (i.e. desktop tower or mobile solution) and of course the budget you are working within. So let’s delve right in to the questions you need answering.

Which Processor is best for Autodesk Revit?

There has always been a lot of processor options available to Workstation user from the Intel Core i5, Core i7 & now the Core i9 range right through to the Enterprise Xeon and Dual Xeon option. To further complicate matters AMD have now made a big splash in the processor pool introducing their very competitive Ryzen, Ryzen Threadripper & AMD Epyc processors. So let’s have a look at what Revit benefits from to determine the perfect processor choice for you.

Revit traditionally has been a more single threaded application meaning a high frequency would be ideal but with each update the program is taking advantage of multiple cores and threads more and more. Vector printing, Autodesk Raytracer, Loading elements into memory and colour fill calculations are just a few of the types of processes that Revit performs across many cores. With this in mind we would suggest a processor that has a nice balance between cores and threads and frequency for your modelling tasks.

The Intel Core i7, Core i9 and AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors all fit this bracket well. When choosing between the Intel offering we would suggest considering your available budget. An Intel Core i7 8700K (6 Cores, 12 Threads) is in the region of £320 and the Core i9 7900X (10 Cores, 20 Threads) is in the region of £900 at the time of writing. So should you consider the AMD Ryzen Threadripper? It has 16 Cores, 32 Threads and is roughly £920 which looks very attractive compared to the Intel Core i9 but due to a lower frequency it is likely to be slightly slower than the Core i7 and Core i9 at modelling but faster at multi core processes such as rendering. Depending on the focus of your workflow this could be a very good option.

Which Graphics Card is best for Autodesk Revit?

As Autodesk Revit is a highly advanced piece of software and is often critical to businesses we would only recommend an ISV (Independent Software Vender) certified graphics card. AMD and NVIDIA both work closely with Autodesk to have their Radeon Pro WX and Quadro range of graphics cardsrespectively fully tested and optimised to work exceptionally well in the Revit environment. Selecting a mid-range card from either of these ranges such as an NVIDIA Quadro P2000, NVIDIA Quadro P4000, AMD Radeon Pro WX5100 or AMD Radeon Pro WX7100 should put you in good stead for most Autodesk users.

However for those who wish to take advantage of GPU rendering technology made available via third party rendering plugins such as Chaos Group’s VRay RT, then some more powerful multi GPU performance would be required. Check out our "Is It Time To Invest In GPU Rendering?" post for more information.

Other Key Components to Consider

To round off your new system to have a well-balanced configuration for a Workstation for Autodesk Revit you should consider the System Memory capacity and Storage Drives. We would recommend 16GB system memory for light users, 32GB for average users and 64GB for heavy users. Ideally you want to have enough memory so that it doesn’t fill up and page out to your hard drive as this will dramatically slow performance however, having too much can become costly and you will not see any performance benefits. Try monitoring your system resources on your existing system via utilities such as Task Manager whilst using your models on Revit to gauge a sufficient amounts of memory for you.

With regards to your Storage drives we would recommend two separate drives. Firstly a modern NVMe Solid State Drive which offers the very best performance available today for your Operating System and applications. This ensures your system in very responsive and loading times are kept to a minimum. We would also recommend a larger cost effective standard Hard Disk Drive for the storage of your data and files.

Want a Mobile Workstation For Autodesk Revit?

If you’d like the flexibility to work on your models whilst on the move then here at Workstation Specialists we have a range of Mobile Workstations to suit your needs. These options offer the same ISV certified NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics technology mentioned above, high performing Intel Core i7 processors, up to 32GB system memory and NVMe Solid State Drives with room to spare for a Hard Disk Drive for your data storage.

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