We're seriously considering upgrading (read: replacing) a small handful of workstations (desktops) for our department at work. No in-house IT, so I'm asked to do a suggestion myself.
The workstations will mainly be used for EPLAN (including Pro Panel, 3D) and AutoCAD, which are poorly optimized and primarily running single-threaded. So most of it is fairly straight-forward, except I'm not sure what kind of GPU to put into it.
The company behind Eplan suggests a Quadro 600 (don't laugh, it sports a whopping 640 MHz GPU clock) on their website. Which makes little sense, since that card was released 10 years ago and has been end-of-life for quite some time now. I know that specific card is more of a minimum-requirement than an optimal one anyway, so we need more power than that. Probably a little under the range of a GTX 1060, but that's primarily aimed at gaming and a bit expensive (cheapest one currently goes for 225 euros). Perhaps an RX 570? Probably still overkill and I have no experience with that series.
We don't need to run Crysis at 60 FPS. We need some dedicated RAM, but not that much. We need 1 monitor that draws 3D relatively smooth and 2 others for secondary tasks. Preferably all on DisplayPort, but 2 DP and 1 HDMI will work fine too. Preferably something that's still in production and a good bang-for-your-buck ratio. Perhaps a professional version (with 3 monitor connections) of a GT 1030 makes sense?
My gut tells me we need a base clock speed of 1250 MHz or higher, but I couldn't tell you why if I wanted to.
- Render 3D for CAD applications
- 3 monitor connections (preferably 3 DP or 2 DP and HDMI, all 3 1920x1080)
- Cheap (at most 150 EUR (180 USD) at today's NLD price, preferably less (under 110 EUR))
- ATI/AMD or nVidia
- Stable drivers (no shenanigans, we'll be using these cards 40 hours a week)
- Outshine by a decent amount, and more modern than a Quadro 600
The rest of the system is still flexible, so there's not many limitations. If it needs PCIe 3.0 x16, I'll get a board that supports it.