Best Computer For Autodesk Inventor

Inventor is Autodesk’s software for mechanical design and product simulation. This program can run on relatively simple hardware. For the best Inventor Workstation, however, we would recommend high performance components.

In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Autodesk Inventor.

CPU – Single-Thread or Multi-Thread?

Different software makes use of the CPU in different ways. To elaborate, certain software has tasks that use multiple cores, but other programs only really use 1 or 2 cores. 

Frequency is often conflated with this kind of performance, but this is not always the case. IPC (Instructions per Clock) is another important factor, and benchmark comparisons are more important than comparing GHz.

This makes it important to have the latest generation processor and platform in your system. Each new generation of processor will have increased single-threaded performance over the previous.

The benchmarks above show how CPU performance can very between generations and platforms. 

Intel’s new Alder Lake platform is a huge leap forward in CPU architecture, and their power is pushed even further with DDR5 RAM compatibility.

A Threadripper is better for multi-threaded tasks, but is outperformed by the much more affordable i7 in single-threaded processes. 

A previous generation i9 costs more than the new i7, but is outperformed in both areas.

CPU – Frequency

This program prioritizes speed over core count. For this reason, we’d recommend an Intel Alder Lake CPU for your Inventor workstation.

These CPUs have incredible single thread performance, making them perfect for Inventor. Their compatibility with DDR5 only pushes this further. 

CPU – Core Count

While it is true that Inventor is generally a single-threaded application, there are some workflows which benefit from having more cores. Rendering is one of these areas, along with view related commands like zoom, pan and rotate. This is also true for a lot of modelling commands, like most geometry modelling and freeform commands.

With pricing on DDR5 RAM being as high as it is right now, you may find that an AMD Ryzen system is a better fit for your personal workflow. If you can afford the premium though, Intel’s 12th gen CPUs are very well balanced for Inventor – excellent single thread performance, a lot of cores, and they’re extremely futureproof too.

GPU

Similar programs like SolidWorks benefit from the features of a Nvidia Quadro card, but this kind of graphics card is not necessary for Inventor. In fact, you would probably get much higher performance from a similarly priced Nvidia GeForce GPU, which is why we prefer sticking to those. Autodesk recommends a 4GB graphics card, so the GTX1650 would be a great choice. This card also lets you connect to multiple monitors or monitors with a higher resolution and framerate.

Depending on what else you plan on using your workstation for, you might want to think about a higher performance graphics card, like an RTX series card.

RAM

Inventor can use a lot of RAM if you are working with large, complex assemblies. We therefore recommend at least 16GB RAM as a starting point, but if 32GB RAM fits in your budget it would be the best choice. 32GB RAM will also leave enough headroom to run other applications, as well as making the computer a lot more future proof.

As mentioned in the CPU section, Intel’s newest CPUs support DDR5 memory which runs much faster than DDR4. Apart from the higher speed, DDR5 features a lot of architectural differences that widen the gap in performance over DDR4.

Storage

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.

Adobe Creative Cloud can be quite demanding on your storage as it needs to constantly load and save media and projects while you work on them so we would say that a SSD is a no-brainer.

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 much faster than standard 2.5” SATA SSDs.

Our Apollo systems currently feature PCIe 3.0 SSDs, and our Vulcan and Hydra system include even faster PCIe 4.0 SSDs.  

SATA vs PCIe

You also still have the option of adding in some HDDs if you need to store projects and media you are not actively working on. We would recommend adding these in at a later stage so you can prioritize parts like the CPU. 

Why choose us?

Often when you purchase a prebuilt system, it hasn’t even been switched on. If you’ve taken a look at our “Why Us?” page, you’ll already be aware of our unmatched assembly and testing processes, our swift and effective customer support, and our extensive technical knowledge and expertise.

Our team is comprised of lifelong computing enthusiasts with backgrounds in computer hardware and software, and we’re able to spot and resolve errors before the system is even shipped. By the time you receive your system, the likelihood of any kind of failure is as close to zero as possible. If you do encounter any issues, we’ll most likely be able to sort it out for you remotely, and in that rare case you’ll need to send the system in, you’ll be covered by our 3-Year (or 4-Year) warranty and lifetime hardware support.

Our systems combine the performance of enthusiast grade components and the stability of professional workstations. Yes, there are other places you can spend your money, but in terms of actual performance and quality, we simply have no competition. 

Conclusion

With each Modena Computers Workstation being custom built for its user, it’s important to consider other programs it may be used for.

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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