Build 189 – Blackbeard: CAD Workstation

Blackbeard is a CAD workstation.


Blackbeard is a CAD workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 24-core i9-13900K processor and an RTX 3090 24GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new CAD workstation to handle their growing professional workload with drone-captured aerial imagery and 3D LIDAR models that would last a long time.

This build is designed for Reality Capture, DJI Terra, Pix4D suite, Terrascan, Civil 3D, Infraworks, Revit, Recap Pro, Unreal Engine, Twinmotion, Virtual Surveyor, Sketchup.

This build was influenced by The Dirt Jedi.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-13900K

CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Celsius S36

Motherboard: Asus ProArt Z690-CREATOR WIFI

Memory: Kingston Fury Beast 4x32GB DDR5-4800

Storage (SSD): Kingston KC3000 1TB

Storage (SSD): Kingston KC3000 2TB

Video Card (GPU): Zotac GeForce RTX 3090 24GB GAMING Trinity OC

Power Supply (PSU): be quiet! Straight Power 11 1000W

Case: be quiet! Pure Base 500DX

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120T30

OS: Windows 11 Pro

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Design Rationale

  • The i9-13900K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for modeling and gaming, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, liquid cooling with a 360mm AIO is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality and 10G networking.
  • The customer wanted to max the build out with 128GB of RAM, and didn’t want last-gen tech.
  • The customer was fine with our default storage setup.
  • The customer was fine with our default video card
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1000W power supply was recommended.
  • We used our default mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our highest-performing fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

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