Yes, Virtually all applications will benefit from a high clock speed
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Does the application benefit from high clock rate CPUs?
Does the application benefit from a high number of CPU cores?
This application is mostly single threaded and will not benefit from multiple cores. Higher clocking speed will be the biggest influence on application performance.
Additionally, other applications that are running in the background and the OS itself are reasons to consider added cores in a CPU.
For reasons stated above and threading recommendations below, Actineon recommends high clock speed CPUs with 6 to 10 cores for good all-round performance.
Does hyperthreading (Intel) or simultaneous multithreading (AMD) help or hurt application performance?
As a single threaded application, the number of cores will not influence its performance and does not benefit from hyperthreading. Having hyperthreading disabled will improve single thread performance.
However, hyperthreading may be beneficial to help other operations and to increase the responsiveness of your computer for any background programs you may want to run.
How much memory do you recommend
While the exact amount you need is going to depend on your particular projects, for we generally recommend a minimum of 16GB. Very complex projects may need up to 32GB of RAM, although it is rare to require more than 32GB.
In extreme cases, if you will be doing a large amount of complex, high resolution rendering, you may need 64GB or even more RAM. Actineon recommends installing a minimum of 32GB of DRAM.
ECC Memory or Non-ECC Memory
This comes down to the purpose you choose to use it for. ECC(Error-Correcting code) detects and fixes errors in the code. This would be very important for industries where data errors are unacceptable. ECC slows down performance very slightly ~2%.
While not necessary, our Actineon specialists will always recommend having an ECC memory card for workstations dealing with sensitive data and of high importance.
What disk storage is recommended?
SSDs are always a good choice, they transfer information much faster than other disk drives. The Gen 3 (Intel) and Gen 4 (AMD) drives have roughly 5x and 10x the transfer rates of SATA 3.0 drive respectively, so all Actineon systems include at least one NVMe SSD.
Two striped NVMe drives (RAID 0) can significantly improve system performance over one drive so some users may want to consider using two smaller drives to achieve the overall desired disk capacity instead of one large drive.
SATA SSDs (and rotating disks) are slower but cost less than NVMe drives and are therefore good candidates for secondary storage such as local project (or system) backup and retrieval.
Actineon recommends at least 500 Gigabytes for a new workstation purchase. We support configurations of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB of primary storage using one or two NVMe SSDs; and secondary SATA disk storage of up to 8TB of SSD in our GoStation, or 16TB of storage in our DeskStation.
What GPU is recommended?
Actineon recommends the NVidia Quadro RTX 4000 card or better as a good all-round GPU capable of extracting high performance out of graphics intensive tasks while also offering good support for rendering. If ECC is demanded for your system (including the GPU) you will need to upgrade a step further to a Quadro RTX 5000 at a rather significant step up in costs.
What OS do you recommended?
For professional Workstation use, we recommend Windows 10 Pro. Make sure to check the compatibility of the version of your Application if you plan to use other Operating Systems.
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