Solid Edge is an extremely proficient hybrid system for both 2D and 3D design work. To make the most of this extremely proficient software, we would recommend a specialised Solid Edge workstation.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Solid Edge.
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 Solid Edge workstation.
3D Modeling & Design
CPU – Frequency
Although this program is used for visual applications, you may be surprised to know that it is not very intensive on a system’s GPU.
Tasks like modelling are single threaded applications, which means it’s important that the thread being used is able to run quickly.
For your Solid Edge workstation, we would recommend an AMD Ryzen CPU. These CPUs boost up to high frequencies, and also feature great IPC.
CPU – Core Count
A high core count is not a necessity in a Solid Edge workstation. Keep in mind though, that if you plan on using this computer for other programs, it may be worth it to consider a CPU with more cores.
The latest generation of AMD Ryzen CPUs feature far more cores than earlier processors, with the Ryzen 5 being a 6-core, 12-thread processor. The Ryzen 7 takes this up to 8 cores and 16 threads, and the Ryzen 9 CPUs have as many as 32 threads. They’re also a lot more affordable than Xeon CPUs with similar specifications, and are much, much faster. This means that with AMD Ryzen CPUs, you’ll be able to get the highest core count and frequency in any given price range.
It’s recommended that you use a Nvidia Quadro GPU for this program. Generally we find that this kind of recommendation is overstated, and that GeForce cards work just as well, but this may not be the case for Solid Edge.
This software officially supports Quadro graphics cards, and it’s a much safer bet to use one of these in your Solid Edge workstation. GeForce cards have been reported as being a little glitchy, although they will still work if they are the only options available.
Programs like these can consume a lot of RAM as your projects get larger. It’s generally recommended that you install at least 16GB RAM in your Solid Edge workstation. This would be a great starting point, and you may even want to consider an upgrade to 32GB if your projects tend to be on the larger size.
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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