Revit is a popular BIM and 3D design software package. Whether you work in architecture, design, or construction, you should consider building a specialised Revit computer.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Autodesk Revit.
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 – Frequency
Although your Revit will be used for 3D modelling, which is undoubtedly a visual application, you may be surprised to know that it is not very intensive on a system’s GPU. Revit scales with CPU threads and frequency.
Tasks like modelling are single threaded applications, which means it’s important that the thread being used is able to run quickly.
CPU – Core Count
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 Revit– excellent single thread performance, a lot of cores, and they’re extremely futureproof too.
As we’ve noted above, a Revit computer wouldn’t be very heavy on GPU usage. 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.
You should, however, take into consideration any other applications you may be using. If you plan on using add-ons such as Enscape, Twinmotion, or Lumion, you’re going to want something more powerful.
An RTX series graphics card, such as an RTX2060, or even up to the new RTX3080, may be a great investment for you.
Autodesk recommends at least 16GB RAM for Revit 2022. This is great as a starting point, but larger projects tend to use a lot more RAM. For that reason, we would recommend opting for 32-64GB if it is within your budget. This will allow for optimal performance even on projects like airports and hospitals, and will also leave enough headroom for other applications. It will also make your Revit computer a lot more future proof.
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.
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.
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.
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.