I am tasked with the job of specifing a few workstation machines to last for the next several years and could greatly use the input of some experts running more current hardware.
The work will be mostly Creo including fairly complex parts (20-50 features) with their associated detailed part drawings, assemblies (200-500 total parts) and their drawings. Our pdm interface is windchill 10 where the vast majority of files will be created and intefaced with.
Along with Creo, there will be the average use of email/word/excel/etc and such trivial software.
It is likely to run a bit of ANSYS, but for limited sized models of a few parts with basic contact and standard linear material models. The solving will be run on a remote server, so no hard cranking should be involved.
We are sticking with Dell as our unified IT vendor, so below are a couple stations I was thinking of
E31245 (3.3Ghz) processor
8Gb ECC ram
Quadro 2000 Graphics (1Gb)
250GB 7200rpm 3.5 Inch SATA Hard Drive with NCQ and 8MB Cache
W3565 (3.2Ghz) processor
12Gb ECC ram
FirePro V5900 Graphics (2Gb)
250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ and 8MB Cache
The pricing is close between the two with the T3500 about $300 more.
Assuming the memory is something we can easily on our own, they are close in specs. I am curious of any suggestions regarding the graphics...the FirePro has good specs and double the memory, but I have always run Nvidia products. Any real world suggestions from the trenches? Also regarding the processors, I don't really need more than 4 cores as Creo is mainly single threaded. The E31245 appears to beat the W3565 quite handily in benchmark testing, but how does this compare in application?
From my experience all that memory you can get with your 2nd listed workstation is meaningless while running Creo.
You could get 4 GB RAM (actually dont do that), graph card with 500 MB memory and SSD drive. That would actually beat both of your workstations easily if you only consider running Creo.
SSD drive makes way too big difference.
thanks guys! I think we took your advice and went with the T1600 but upgraded the processor to the E31270 and added a SSD main drive.