Build 138 – Experiment 227: CAD Workstation

Experiment 227 is a CAD workstation, designed around a 12-core i7-12700K processor and an RTX A4000 16GB video card.

Description

Experiment 227 is a CAD workstation, designed around a 12-core i7-12700K processor and an RTX A4000 16GB video card.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 12-core i7-12700K processor and an RTX A4000 16GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload that would last a long time.

This system is designed for use in Revit, AutoCAD, Risa, SAP 2000, and Trimble Business Center.

This customer also purchased Rocket Powered Dirt.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-12700K

CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4

Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x16GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): Samsung 970 Evo Plus 512GB

Storage (SSD): Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB

Video Card (GPU): NVIDIA RTX A4000 16GB

Power Supply (PSU): Enermax Revolution DF 850W 80+ Gold

Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow Black

Fans: 3x Noctua NFF12 Black PWM

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Design Rationale

  • The i7-12700K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for modeling, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, air cooling with a dual-tower cooler is recommended. Liquid cooling is more powerful, but not needed.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 32GB of RAM, 64GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer was fine with our default storage setup, preferring to save some money with older drives.
  • For best stability in CAD software, a professional-grade video card was recommended. The RTX A4000 16GB delivered an excellent performance at a good price.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 850W power supply was recommended.
  • We used our default mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our default fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

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