News from AU
February 7, 2019

Building Better Workstations: AU Sessions for Hardware

You can be the best race car driver in the world, but if you’re behind the wheel of an economy hatchback, you’re probably not going to win the race.

The same goes for those who work in the fields of design, manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and construction. Hardware matters. Whether it’s your processor, graphics card, memory, storage, or peripherals, every choice you make can impact productivity. And that can have a big impact on your bottom line.

Software gets better every year—that’s the good news. The bad news? Your system can be taxed more with each improvement. Try running today’s AutoCAD on a tower from the 90s and you’ll understand. And trying to cut costs on hardware can end up costing you much more than the better system. Few things are as expensive as highly paid professionals sitting around waiting for something to render.

Of course, not everyone needs the same rig. 2D is one thing. Intelligent 3D models? That’s another. Advanced rendering and animation? That’s something else. VR? Another thing altogether.

It’s all about knowing the workloads that will be running and what’s needed to do it well. And just spending more money won’t always deliver better performance. Whether you’re doing the work yourself or you’re purchasing and provisioning for a large team, it’s important to know what’s possible and how best to invest.

These recent classes from AU Las Vegas and AU London are filled with practical insight and guidance, clear warnings, and a good measure of wisdom. Because choosing hardware is important, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.

A Hardware Wonk’s Guide to Specifying the Best BIM and 3D Workstations

“No one ever said, ‘This computer is too fast’...”
Take a deep (and entertaining) dive into today’s advanced PC hardware options and grasp all the variables when buying or upgrading your workstation. From optimizing your RAM to the graphics requirements for intelligent 3D modeling, AU expert Matthew Stachoni walks you through how your workstation can affect your productivity.

Buying the Right Workstation for Inventor

“Why is my Inventor running slow?”
It’s not just about throwing money at the most expensive CPU parts—different industries can have vastly different hardware requirements. This AU 2018 class with Neil Cross offers a wealth of information on buying the right workstation for Inventor. Check out the informative handout and fun presentation deck. (And look for Arnold Schwarzenegger!)

Tips and Tricks on Mobile and Desktop Workstation Selection Plus New Technologies

“Think Lewis Hamilton in a minivan...”
Mike Leach knows workstation hardware—whether you’re working in Inventor, Revit, or AutoCAD. In this fun session from AU London, Mike lays out what to select when configuring your workstation hardware and what the latest technologies mean to Autodesk users.

Practical Guide to Running a Windows 10 Workstation and Autodesk Software

“Tune what you already have today...”
Tuning your current workstation is also a great idea. Take a look at AU expert Rob Jamieson’s industry talk, where he explores all the ways your workstation can be optimized before buying new hardware. Rob covers basics like disk and RAM cleanup, and even gets into the serious stuff—like Bios settings and your GPU driver.