Ansys is a program used for engineering simulation, and is applicable to virtually any field of engineering. As such, a specialised PC for Ansys would be a useful tool for any engineer.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Ansys.
Why choose us?
Parts like CPU cooler, Power Supply Unit, and chassis are often glossed over when putting together a system like this. Surprisingly, these parts have a massive effect on the lifespan and performance optimisation of the CPU, GPU and RAM. We only use parts that guarantee excellent cooling, airflow, and power delivery.
We’ve also got a lot of experience in putting these systems together, and our cable management is flawless. This not only means dust will be a lot less of an issue, but it will be much easier to work with when you eventually need an upgrade. This will only happen several years down the line, of course. Not to mention our cases just look fantastic.
Each Modena Computers Workstation is tailored to the personal needs of the user, but the features below would make for a great starting point for a workstation PC for Ansys.
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CPU – Frequency
Ansys benefits from both CPU frequency and core count.
It is recommended that you opt for the fastest CPU with a high core count available within your budget.
In a PC for Ansys, we would recommend an AMD Ryzen CPU. These CPUs boost up to high frequencies, and also feature great IPC.
CPU – Core Count
As mentioned above, Ansys needs a lot of cores as well as high CPU frequencies.
Ryzen CPUs are excellent for their high speeds, but it’s possible that you’ll need even more cores than a Ryzen 9 can offer.
This is especially true when we consider that hyper threading does not add to performance, and this software benefits from physical cores.
For these reasons, you may want to consider a Xeon or Threadripper if your budget allows for one (or even two). You should still aim for the fastest Xeon CPU/s available.
A strong GPU is not necessary in a workstation PC for Ansys. We should also point out that it is not necessary to use a Nvidia Quadro graphics card for this application. We have found greater performance from regular Nvidia GeForce graphics cards, and these cards also have the benefit of being more affordable than Quadro cards with similar specifications.
As such, a GTX1650 will have you covered, and also makes working with multiple monitors a lot easier.
16GB is the minimum requirement for this software. This is a good starting point, but for software like this, we would suggest throwing in all the RAM you can afford.
64GB seems to be a great sweetspot, although depending on the size of your projects, you might even want to consider 128GB. This will also make your computer a lot more futureproof, and make multitasking a lot easier.
Storage technology has come a long way over the past decade. Solid State Drives are known to be much faster than mechanical hard drives, but they’re also seen as pretty expensive.
It was pretty common to install the OS on a 120GB SSD, and everything else on a 1TB HDD, so that you could at least start up your PC super quickly.
Recently it’s become more viable to just use a larger SSD, from around 500GB to 1TB, and this is exactly our approach with our PCs. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to save and load programs, and also transfer data, at incredible speeds. The SSDs we use are M.2 form factor and use the NVMe protocol, which means they take up no additional space in your case, and are even faster than standard 2.5” SATA drives.
These drives save a lot of time, and that means the PC will pay itself off a lot faster. You also still have the option of adding in some HDDs if you need to.
As we said before, each Modena Computers Vulcan Workstation is custom built to the workflow and budget requirements of its user. It’s important to consider other programs you may want to use with this workstation.
During our consultation process, you can let us know exactly which programs you want to use with your machine, and we’ll be happy to help you understand what you need.
Keep in mind that opting for higher performance right out of the gate offers much greater value than getting exactly what you need right now. A higher performance PC won’t need downtime to upgrade any time soon, and will also allow you to complete more work in less time. It could pay itself off a lot sooner than a more affordable option.
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