This week, we had a request come in for Revit workstations designed to handle large models yet be as cost-effective as possible. The budget we had to work with was around R28 000…challenge accepted! 🙂
The client made it clear that they work predominantly in the MEP field, and don’t use add-on programs for visualisation like Enscape, which would normally require a larger portion of the budget to be allocated to the graphics card than with just pure Revit modeling and rendering.
With this in mind, we managed to squeeze an Intel Core i9 CPU, clocked at 5Ghz as well as a massive 64Gb of RAM to handle their large models. On the graphics processing side of things, a GTX1660Ti was added to take the graphics processing load off of the CPU.
We find Revit predominantly “bottlenecked” by CPU’s and less-so on the GPU side of things, making the GTX1660Ti 6Gb a great card for Revit modeling purposes when not using VR or add-on programs like Enscape as mentioned.
As with all Vulcan and Hydra computers, the CPU and RAM are overclocked and optimised for peak performance, along with an upgraded cooling solution, giving you incredible value for your money. As always, our workstations are backed by our 3 year warranty and LIFETIME hardware support.
Below is a simple comparison showing “before” and “after” overclocking benchmark results using PC Mark – a world renowned benchmarking software package which helps give you real-world performance numbers on your computer for comparative purposes (Download it for free and give it a try yourself – post your numbers and spec in the comments below!)
As can be seen, the above overclock not only increases the overall system score, but also reduces the amount of time programs take to open, the speed at which the computer boots up and the general functioning of the workstation.
We also did another quick test involving a basic, high quality Revit render. Despite what one might think, rendering in Revit is handled almost exclusively by the CPU, and can also scale according to the number of cores the CPU has. So in other words, when it comes to rendering in Revit, the more cores the better!
Although this particular CPU being used is advertised as “5Ghz” by Intel, what the majority of people don’t know is that in stock form, this is only achieved on only 1 of the 8 cores.
So when it comes to the standard, stock clock speeds of the Intel Core i9, this would be 3.6Ghz, but it can bump one processor core to 5GHz as mentioned above, four cores to 4.8GHz, and all eight to 4.6GHz (if you are lucky!) – on 8 cores we normally only see 4.2Ghz in stock form at best.). If a big task is running on one core, that one kicks up to 5GHz, while the others slow down to minimize the heat output. Rendering in Revit for example drops the total CPU speed all the way down to 4.1Ghz on all cores in stock form.
Our optimised and overclocked Vulcan CPU used in this build on the other hand, has the CPU cores in sync, and has you working on normal modeling single core tasks at 5Ghz and rendering at 4.7-4.8Ghz on all cores, all the time! This can be achieved safely and reliably thanks to many years of technical know-how as well as the latest in CPU cooling technologies used by Modena Computers.
Below is the before and after render times for the stock VS overclocked Vulcan workstation.
Revit Render: Stock
Total Render Time: 0:00:36:55
Revit Render: Overclocked
Total Render Time: 0:00:30:31
Remember that this was just 1 high quality still-image render. If you were rendering an animation at the same settings, your total time saved for a 30 second video animation clip at 25 frames per second for example would be a whopping 75 hours saved! That’s over 3 days less! It begs the question, how much is your time worth to you? This type of increase in time saved will easily help pay for your workstation in no time at all.
We would love to hear from you regarding your requirements. Please feel free to get in touch with us for a free consultation.