Best Computer For Autodesk ReCap

ReCap is used for point clouds, which can be quite heavy on your computer’s resources. For a dedicated ReCap workstation, we’d recommend some high performance components.

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

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 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.

The Intel’s thrive in single-threaded workloads, but AMD’s Ryzen platform still has the upper hand in multi-threaded tasks.

CPU – Core Count

A ReCap workstation would benefit greatly from a higher number of cores, but whether a greater core count or higher speed is more important depends on your particular workflow.

Some large workflows need a massive number of cores – more cores than are available in overclockable CPUs. In this case, you would want to go for an AMD Threadripper, or Intel’s X299 platform, or potentially a Xeon.  

CPU – Frequency

We would recommend a high core count for any ReCap workstation, but this program does have a lot of single threaded processes that benefit from higher CPU frequencies rather than cores. If your workflow involves a lot of these processes, you might prefer an overclockable CPU with around 8 cores or more.

GPU

ReCap benefits from a strong graphics card to a certain extent, but this is not a priority. Depending on what other programs you plan on working on with your system, you would probably get the most value out of an RTX3060.

RAM

ReCap projects can get quite large, and for this reason, we would recommend no less than 32GB RAM. You might even want to consider 64 to 128GB RAM for your ReCap workstation.

If you find that your workflow needs a high number of cores that would only be available from an HEDT CPUs from Intel and AMD, you would also open up the option to work with even more RAM.

If you’re interested in the kind of performance you can get out of a system like this, feel free to take a look at the blog post about one of our huge CFD builds..

Storage

Solid State Drives are known to be much faster than mechanical hard drives, but they’re also seen as pretty expensive.

You may need to allocate a large portion of your budget to storage, as ReCap projects can take up a lot of space on your disk. 

You could get away with a 1TB SSD for all your active files and a large HDD for long term storage, but you would probably benefit from a 1920GB SSD from the start, adding in more storage later on when you need it.

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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