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    Default Happy with your Hardware?

    I am upgrading my machine and I don't want minimum specs.
    I am using MEP 2009 and 2010 vertically.
    If there is anyone happy with the computing power they have, can you please let me know what your specs are.
    I am doing research, but I would like some user feedback.

    Does a dual CPU have any advantage?
    Does a solid state hard drive have any advantage?
    2009-->OpenGL, 2010-->DirectX, is there a Excellent choice for a video card?

    Who's machine out there rips?
    Is anyone using a MAC with parallels, bootcamp or crossover?

    I don't work on small projects. The last 3 projects were a 14 floor downtown skyscraper, a 6 floor medical research building and a 11 story courts building. These files get huge and performance really suffers. I need something that rips.

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    Default Re: Happy with your Hardware?

    Heres what you have to do, go to Hill Valley and find a man there named Doctor Emmett Brown. He has a time machine that will take you into the future where you can get a PC with a 16 terahertz 32 core cpu....

    I too would like to know if anyone has found an answer to speed revit up on the hardware side.

    P.S. Don't buy any sports almanacs on your adventure.

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    Default Re: Happy with your Hardware?

    Well, Doctor Emmett Brown says not to bother purchasing his outrageously priced machines. He tells me no matter what I do, nothing will improve the performance of Revit. It's a software issue not a hardware. I kinda figured so, but was optimistic that somebody out there has the magic combination of hardware.

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    Default Re: Happy with your Hardware?

    64-bit dual core 8gb RAM and 750mb or 1.5gb video card would be my recommendation. I do not know all the other specifics you are asking about, sorry. However getting a flux capacitor could also do the trick. =)

    Also use 2010 revit MEP, good performance gains on large projects from 2009.

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    Default Re: Happy with your Hardware?

    Quote Originally Posted by james.klatt View Post
    8gb RAM
    Only 8GB?! For a machine that "rips" I would say at least 12GB.
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    Only reason I say that is we moved from 3GB with 32 bit (3GB switch) to 8 GB with 64 bit and the speed of the machine did not drastically improve. So I do not see the need for overloading the RAM. The extra RAM did prevent us from running out of RAM and crashing.

    This was on a project that was about 75MB MEP file and over 500MB in linked models. With all that loaded we still only clocked the RAM usage at 5 GB and that is 3D fine detail/shading w/ edges. 350k sq ft new model and 350k sq ft existing model.

    So based on that experience throwing a lot of RAM at the software will not fix the problem.

    Just my .02.

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    Default Re: Happy with your Hardware?

    Good to know.
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    Default Re: Happy with your Hardware?

    Thats what we encountered. We have a new station that has 16GB of ram and it actually runs Revit slower than my 3GB. I am getting the feeling that anything above minimum has no impact on performance.

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    Default Re: Happy with your Hardware?

    It has always been my experience that you run out of computing power before you run out of ram. As long as you have at least 3gb of memory I would say get the fastest processsor you can.

    Also I have not played too much with 2010, but was the ability to utilize multiple cpu cores added?

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    Default Re: Happy with your Hardware?

    Don't trust Dr, Emmett Brown. He works for Charles Widmore. They're currently using all the 16gb machines to find the island.

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