What is the best workstation pc for Revit?
Updated: Jun 7, 2020
With multiple options for workstation available these days, it can be difficult to find the best workstation for Autodesk Revit. The first step is to define the need for the pc as some factors will be unique to you, such as the model sizes, rendering and collaboration with multiple files.
The guide below will help to define your requirement for the best workstation for Revit.
Let’s start with the best configuration for Revit computers and you can reduce the specification based on your budget.
In your research, you need to choose the following items:
Desktop tower or a laptop
The best processor for Revit
The best graphic card for Revit
Enough memory (RAM) to support complex Revit projects.
Fast Hard Drive with enough space to install all softwares and data.
Desktop Tower or Mobile Workstation For Autodesk Revit
Depending on your requirement, you can choose a desktop tower or a mobile workstation. Both options can provide the same performance but the desktop tower will have more options to upgrade in the future.
In the desktop tower, you will have more connective options for multiple monitors and devices.
Laptops are great for mobility but the weight could increase depending on your specification.
Which Processor is best for Autodesk Revit?
Revit is mainly a single-threaded software that means a fast processor is better for Revit performance.
Some processes in Revit utilise multiple cores and threads such as vector printing but the multi-core functionality within Revit has a cap of 16 Cores, so you will not see benefits above 16 cores.
You have 3 options for processors type:
Intel (i) series i5, i7 and i9
Let’s first select the processor type:
Intel Xeon: The IT teams from Architectural and Engineering companies prefer to use Xeon type based on the processor durability. The Intel Xeon is more expensive than the Intel (i) series type.
Intel (i) series i5, i7 and i9: The Intel (i) series i5, i7 and i9 are typically used for personal consumers or companies that are happy to use it instead of the Intel Zeon. The Intel (i) series can be faster and cheaper than the Intel Zeon.
AMD Ryzen: The AMD Ryzen processor could be a good option to reduce cost and provide good performance in Revit.
Overall, we would recommend the Intel processor for Revit.
Now, let’s select the fast processor for Revit which is based in the high-frequency.
You need to select the processor that has the highest frequency (GHz) for best performance in Revit.
There are 2 aspects that you need to consider.
Processor Base Frequency (GHz)
Processor Maximum Turbo Frequency (GHz). It is typically referred to as the Turbo Boost Technology.
Let’s analyse the Intel processor i9-10900X
Processor Base Frequency: 3.70 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency: 4.50 GHz
To select the best processor for Revit, you need to look the Max Turbo Frequency. More speed is the best!
Depending on the processor, the Base Frequency can be slower (3.50 GHz) but the Max Turbo Frequency is faster (4.60 GHz)
In this case, the processor with fast Max Turbo Frequency is the winner.
For the comparison above, I have used the i9-10920X which has the Max Turbo Frequency of (4.60 GHz).
To resume, you should always look at the Max Turbo Frequency to choose your processor speed for Revit. More processor speed per core is the best for Revit.
Tips and Tricks: Type on Google the processor code to find the full specifications and the Max Turbo Frequency.
Which Graphics Card is best for Autodesk Revit?
We can use Autodesk Revit to produce rendering images and videos with very good quality and most companies are using plugins to get better results quickly.
If you want to take advantage of GPU rendering technology and use third-party rendering plugins such as Enscape, then you should invest in a better graphic card.
You can buy graphic cards from NVIDIA and AMD but we advise to use NVIDIA graphics cards.
For Revit workstation, we will recommend 2 types of NVIDIA graphic card: