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    Specs for Revit 2011

    Dear All,

    We are trying to spec computers for our office. We might have models in RAC, RST and RMEP in the range of 300-800MB, since we work on a variety of projects. We do use Navisworks and 3DS Max Design occasionally.

    I have the following spec in mind.

    i7 950
    Gigabyte X58UD3R Motherboard
    16GB Kinston DDRIII Memory
    128GB SSD
    1TB Sata Hard Disk/ DVD Writer
    Gigabyte ATX Casing/Gigabyte 720W Power Supply
    Nvidia Quadro FX1800 768MB Video Card

    I did read Iru69's post on the graphics card, and wonder if i would get any performance boost, if i use a 1GB Geforce card than the Quadro FX1800? We might do a lot of rendering, and is Geforce as good as the Quadro here?

    Please let me know your thoughts on this spec. I think its a bit overkill, but we would like it to last us about 2-3 years.

    thanks a lot!
    Winn:thumbsup:

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    If you are under suscription, check Matt Stachoni´s class at Autodesk University 2010 about this subject:
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      #3
      I have the FX1800 in my workstation and experience several times a week video issues. I would not recomend getting a FX18000.
      -Alex Cunningham

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        #4
        Winn,

        It's not at all overkill at all. I have a few comments/questions.

        It kind of looks like you're building this computer yourself, or working very closely with a system builder? Is this just one computer or how many?

        For the size of projects you're discussing, I would recommend a faster CPU. Preferably get the i7-980X. 6 cores at 3.33GHz - great for rendering as well. If the price gives you a heart-attack, step up to the i7-960 (or 975X if you can get it cheap). For the amount of extra money relative to the fees being collected for projects of that size, the cost should be trivial.

        16 GB of RAM does not make sense with the i7-9xx series. It's triple-channel, which means RAM modules should be installed in threes. The MB has (very likely) 6 DIMM slots, which would typically mean (for the range of RAM your discussing), 12 GB, 18 GB or 24 GB. Some triple-channel MB also support dual channel, in which case the 16GB would make sense, but then there's zero point in spending the extra money on the i7-9xx series - might as well go with the i7-8xx series. What memory speed was specified?

        If you know, what SSD was specified?

        I can't speak for compatibility (with the right drivers, it should be okay according to Autodesk), but the FX1800 seems a little underpowered for the size of projects you're talking about. You could step up to the FX3800, but it would be a better value to be looking at a GeForce card such as the GTX460, in my opinion. Also you mention whether a Quadro or GeForce would be better for rendering?... I'll quote myself from the Video Card post you referred to...
        Originally posted by iru69 View Post
        Common Misconceptions
        “Get a fast video card for rendering.” By far, the most common misconception is that the video card processes renderings. While completely understandable, it’s completely untrue… at least in regards to Revit. Rendering performance in Revit relies solely on the CPU and available RAM. Now, about that “at least for Revit” part. Up until recently, no rendering program used the video card… but recently, some third-party rendering programs are making special use of the video card for rendering… but so far Revit rendering engine doesn’t do anything like that.

        In retrospect, I can see there could be some confusion if the reader doesn't realize I'm first quoting the misconception before explaining why it's wrong. Is that confusing or did you skip that part of the post? If you got confused, I'll rewrite that to make it clearer.

        If budget is a serious constraint in upping the CPU, maybe skip the SSD?

        But that's all nit-picking - looks like a nice system even as is.

        That's my 2 cents.

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          #5
          What Windows version and what driver version are you using?

          Supported drivers that should work are:
          6.14.11.9703 (197.03) : XP
          8.17.11.9703 (197.03) : Vista/7

          Originally posted by Alex Cunningham View Post
          I have the FX1800 in my workstation and experience several times a week video issues. I would not recomend getting a FX18000.

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            #6
            I agree with iru69 here. SSD is going to buy you faster Windows and Revit launch, and not much else. Really nice icing on the cake, but I would address other things first. And a Quadro FX 1800 is a large expense and poor performance compared to a GeForce GTX card. A GTX 250 at maybe $100-$150 is going to be comparable to that $500 Quadro. Better than the old days where the price difference could be X10, but still, for $500 I would be looking at a GTX 580, which is going to be the performance equivalent of a Quadro FX 6000, or even faster. Or spend $300 and get a GeForce GTX 470 that will cost less and perform better than the FX 1800.

            Gordon
            Pragmatic Praxis

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              #7
              Originally posted by iru69 View Post
              What Windows version and what driver version are you using?

              Supported drivers that should work are:
              6.14.11.9703 (197.03) : XP
              8.17.11.9703 (197.03) : Vista/7
              attached the spec print out
              Attached Files
              -Alex Cunningham

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                #8
                Looks like you've got the right drivers installed. That's a drag it's not working well. What kind of the "issues" are you experiencing?

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                  #9
                  I am eager to hear how well the GTX 570/580 performs with Revit. Any chance you've got some of those laying around to test out for us? ;-)

                  Originally posted by Gordon Price View Post
                  ... for $500 I would be looking at a GTX 580, which is going to be the performance equivalent of a Quadro FX 6000, or even faster. Or spend $300 and get a GeForce GTX 470 that will cost less and perform better than the FX 1800.

                  Gordon

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by iru69 View Post
                    I am eager to hear how well the GTX 570/580 performs with Revit. Any chance you've got some of those laying around to test out for us? ;-)
                    I am hoping to get approval for some new machines next week. Gotta offset that tax burden, just doing my part!

                    If that happens, we will do 470s for the team, and one 580 for me to test, and if it offers a real improvement, it would then go to a designer. As it is I am on a GTS 250.

                    Gordon

                    EDIT: more exciting to me is the fact that my new 27" i7 iMac will be here Friday! Woooo oooo ooot!
                    Last edited by Gordon Price; December 16, 2010, 12:20 AM.
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