First post, by ptr1ck
I'm head of a CAD department that needs to upgrade workstations. We only upgrade about every 3 years. Last time we got some Dell Precision 3630s in 2018, which are desktops. This year, I am looking to go mobile. Software and cloud services are finally up to snuff when it comes to mobile friendly workflows. It is the way of the future. Historically, my company has been committed to Dell, but my IT director will entertain other system builders for these high performance machines.
We currently mainly use AutoCAD and Navisworks. We are migrating to Revit this year as well as our primary drafting platform. These applications are not built to fully utilize multi-thread.
12th Gen Intel - highest clock and IPC we can get (I'd settle for an i7 if clocked higher than i9 for example)
2- NVME drives - boot/applications and other for storage such as 3D point clouds which are HUGE
Nvidia graphics - 3060 or better or Quadro equivalents (A2000?)
17" screens with ability to support 3 external when "docked"
Windows 11 Pro
We currently have some quotes on Dell Precision 5770 for about $4300 each and I have looked at some Origin machines for around $4000.
What system builders or particular machines do any of you recommend?