Many businesses heavily rely on computer workstations in general day to day running, and in many cases would be lost without them. Every year, many businesses spend hundreds of thousands on workstations in order for their staff to fulfil their duties. Bigger franchises may even spend millions if they’re stocking offices all over the country, or on a global scale. Here we take a look at why CAD workstations may be a better investment due to the higher performance they offer.
CAD workstations generally require and consume a lot more energy than a regular computer due to heavier workloads, and as a result they pump out a lot more heat. Therefore, your CAD workstation will require better cooling than an average PC, especially as it may well be running flat out for a number of days, as opposed to an office or home use PC that may hit peaks of sustained usage once every so often. Unless significantly cooled, an excessive heat build up could cause premature component failure or even total data loss or data corruption.
You will be require a very fast hard drive in order to keep up with a CAD workstation as they are much quicker than standard office machines. CAD files can be composed of hundreds of parts and therefore require a lot more power to open that something like a standard word document. A simple process that could take about 5 seconds on a high powered workstation could take more than 30 seconds on a slower hard drive. This many not seem like much, but all that lost time adds up to around 40 hours of manpower lost every single year.
Hard drive performance should be the primary thing management and IT departments bear in mind when making any purchase decisions for the business. While they will understandably have their budget concerns, but cutting corners can have an effect on the value of the business. While a CAD workstation may be expensive in the short term, they will last far longer than a regular PC which will inevitably need replacing.
Workstations have their own specially designed graphics cards that work in tandem with software drivers t ensure you’re getting the best performance from your CAD software. Attempting to run CAD software on a regular games card could lead to a number of software crashes, errors and data corruptions. Using CAD software in your business, on appropriate software could save tens of thousands in lost productivity and profitability over the course of a few years.