System hardware requirements will always vary according to what kind of CAD software you are using, but CPUs play an integral role in overall performance. To learn more about our workstations and how to choose the right one for your needs, read on!
How Does CPU impact CAD
When looking for a CPU to run CAD software, there are two major factors that need to be considered; core count and frequency. Most CAD based programs require only one thread of execution at a time, so frequencies – typically denoted as GHz – should be the priority. The higher the CPUs’ clock-speed, the better it will handle these tasks.
Note: Current generation processors have a feature called Turbo Boost, which is an overclock of one core that the system automatically provides depending on how much work it needs done. You shouldn’t overlook this specification when you’re looking for a processor for CAD (Computer Aided Design) since Turbo Boost clocks are much more important than stock speeds.
Best Budget CPU for CAD
For CAD software, the most effective processors are those that offer the highest clock speeds at a given price point.
From the Intel side, there is a new Core i5-11600k on offer which has six cores and twelve threads with 3.9/4.9GHz speed for less than $300. Despite the price point, you won’t find higher single clock speeds in the i7 or i9 ranges, so it’s a great option even for professional CAD work.
AMD Ryzen also provides some great options for people with high-demand tasks such as CAD. Our recommendation is the new AMD Ryzen 5 5600X chip, which has six cores and twelve threads running at 3.7/4.6GHz at an affordable price point just like its Intel counterpart – yet these MHz speeds are slightly lower. Still, performance is improved from AMD’s latest architecture; we found that CAD programs actually ran faster than their Intel equivalents during our tests! Though this difference may seem minuscule to some people, it really depends on what you’re looking for when deciding what processor to purchase – though we personally recommend going with the newer model if possible.
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Best Overall CPU for CAD
For high-performance CAD work, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your CPU. For this kind of performance, nothing beats Intel’s newest release – the i9-11900k chip. With speeds up to 5.3 GHz and support for PCIe 4.0 and DDR4 RAM, it has superior computing power even when compared with other chipsets designed specifically for heavy use like gaming PCs or video editing stations which can often struggle when working through particularly intensive tasks that call for rapid calculations – so needless to say it’ll give your team an edge against competition.