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CPU Intel Core i7 12700K
GPUS(s)
GPU(s) NVIDIA RTX A2000 12GB
RAM
RAM 32GB DDR5
Puget's Take
Puget's Take
  • Great single-threaded performance
  • Ideal for modeling and design in AutoCAD
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Price as Configured

$3,610

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Power Mechanical, Inc.

"I chose Puget Systems because they have a reputation as the best in the business. The Puget customers I spoke with were serious people who needed serious solutions and were beyond satisfied with their machines. That was enough for me."

- Nick Reuter at Power Mechanical, Inc.

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Verrix

"It was important that this would do the job out of the box without any drama. Puget's great sales and support helped me choose the right system to handle the workload, with reliable hardware to minimize downtime."

- Jenna at Verrix

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AutoCAD Workstation FAQ

 

Q: Does having more CPU cores improve AutoCAD performance?

A: Drafting in AutoCAD is not able to utilize more than a handful of cores. We have found that a CPU with the highest operating frequency will give you the best overall performance for general modeling tasks. Intel's mainstream Core i7 12700K currently offers very high single-core clock speed, without a high price, so that is our go-to recommendation.

Q: Do I need to use a Quadro card or is GeForce OK?

A: Autodesk only certifies AutoCAD to run on a short list of tested video cards, which are primarily Quadro models. We have not found any major performance difference between GeForce and Quadro cards in our limited testing, but we do advise following Autodesk's guidelines so that if you have any problems and need their support you won't be stopped by having an uncertified card.

Q: How much system RAM do I need?

A: The amount of RAM you need is going to depend on the complexity of your projects, but in general 8GB is the absolute minimum for AutoCAD. Our computers don't even offer options that low, though, and most users run multiple programs at the same time - so we suggest you would be better off with 32GB of RAM.

Q: Will a solid-state drive help me?

A: Yes! SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives and in many cases can give a noticeable decrease in the time it takes to open and save files. Even without that, though, SSDs greatly improve the overall responsiveness of a computer - and since CAD files are usually not very large, even a mid-size SSD should have plenty of capacity.

Q: Do I need a Xeon CPU?

A: In the past, Xeon CPUs were more robust than their Core-series counterparts. Today, however, there is very little functional difference between the two Intel product families for applications like AutoCAD. Xeons models are not available with as high of clock speeds as well, and since that directly impacts AutoCAD performance we recommend sticking with a Core series CPU.

Q: Should I get an overclocked system?

A: In general, we do not recommend overclocking for any professional workstation. Typically, the modest performance gains are not worth the downsides associated with overclocking which can include instability, shorter hardware lifespan, and potential data inaccuracies.

Q: Will these systems work for other design software?

A: Yes! Most modeling applications have very similar system requirements, so these workstations should also be excellent for almost any CAD, design, or architecture program. In fact, our recommended systems for AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and SOLIDWORKS are all similar for this very reason.

Why Choose Puget Systems?


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