Recommended Workstation For 3D Laser Scanning

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Recommended Workstation For 3D Laser Scanning Overview

This 3D laser scanning workstation is built around the i9-13900K with an RTX 4090 24GB video card. This combination provides a very powerful overall solution for LIDAR processing and point cloud registration/processing.

This 3D laser scanning workstation is designed for use in applications such as Trimble Business Center, DJI Terra, Faro Connect, Faro Scene, Leica Cyclone, Leica Real Works, LP360, Artec Studio, and Polyworks Inspector. If you need more than 24GB of VRAM, or your application use benefits from a Pro GPU driver, we recommend the RTX 5000 ADA 32GB or RTX 6000 ADA 48GB.

This workstation also excels at photogrammetry in Metashape, Meshroom, Trimble Business Center, Pix4D, Reality Capture, Colmap, ContextCapture, and ReCap Pro. It also tends to work very well in most CAD programs.

Due to support for ECC memory, the design of the CPU, quality of the memory controller, and the ability to gain a significant performance boost from overclocking, we recommend the Xeon platform when you need more than 192GB of RAM for heavy scan processing.

For highly-threaded rendering workloads that don’t need a high-quality memory controller, we recommend Threadripper 7000 or Threadripper Pro 7000 (max 4 DIMMs/channels vs max 8 DIMMs/channels). If Threadripper Pro 7000 isn’t fast enough for your rendering needs, we also have dual-EPYC workstations using liquid cooling, though EPYC is NOT good for single-threaded workloads.

768GB of RAM is the highest we can go on Xeon, without resorting to EXTREMELY expensive 128GB or 256GB DIMMs.

We do have an enterprise-class Xeon motherboard with 16 DIMM slots, but we do NOT recommend this board for workloads needing high CPU clock speeds, ONLY memory-heavy processing workloads that do not need a CPU with a high turbo clock. Please note that this enterprise-class board does NOT offer any audio connectivity or WiFi.

3D Laser Scanning Workstation Limitations

This platform is currently limited to 32 threads, 1 GPU, and 192GB of memory. Please let us know if you need a more robust platform.

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Recommended Workstation For 3D Laser Scanning

Recommended Workstation for 3D Laser Scanning

This 3D Laser Scanning workstation is designed for use in applications such as Trimble Business Center, DJI Terra, Faro Connect, Faro Scene, Leica Cyclone, Leica Real Works, LP360, Artec Studio, Polyworks Inspector, Metashape, Meshroom, Pix4D, Reality Capture, Colmap, ContextCapture, and ReCap Pro

This system uses an i9-13900K CPU, 192GB RAM, 5TB NVME, and an RTX 4090 24GB video card.


Recommended Hardware for 3D Laser Scanning

Processor: Intel i9-13900K

  • High single-core and multi-core performance in several applications
  • Relatively cheap for the performance

CPU Cooler: Phanteks Glacier One 360D30

  • Capable cooling that is recommended to hit full CPU performance
  • Built to run quiet even under full load

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE AX

  • High build quality and excellent power delivery
  • Support for 1 GPU
  • Support for multiple M2 NVME drives, up to 192GB of memory
  • Simple visual design

Memory: Kingston Fury Renegade 4x48GB DDR5-6000

  • 4x48GB DDR5-6000 for maximum capacity

Storage: Kingston Fury Renegade 1TB (OS+Programs) + Kingston Fury Renegade 4TB (Main)

  • High capacity
  • Superior speed
  • Superior reliability

Video Card: PNY GeForce RTX 4090 24GB VERTO OC

  • Very high VRAM
  • Single-GPU cooling performance
  • Long-term stability

Case: Be Quiet Shadow Base 800

  • High build quality
  • Incredible amount of cooling potential

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120T30

  • High build quality
  • Sufficient airflow for stable operation under full load
  • Low noise

Power Supply: Be Quiet Straight Power 12 1200W

  • Solid build quality, capacity, and efficiency

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