Issue: With the large number of computing options available today, it can be quite challenging to select a system that will deliver optimum performance and capacity at a reasonable price. Instead of recommending the "minimum" computing specifications to run Simulation CFD, we are listing the specifications of the computers used by the Application Engineers at Autodesk.
Model: HP Z620 with Intel Xeon E5-2680 @2.7Ghz (8cores)*
Video: Nvidia Quadro 4000
Hard Drive: 15K RPM Hard Drive
*If more speed is needed add a 2nd E5-2680 for a total of 16cores
Model: HP EliteBook 8570w with Intel i7-3820m @ 2.7 GHz (4 Cores)
Video: Nvidia Quadro K1000M
Hard Drive: SSD
See Also: The Simulation CFD Solver only uses 2^n cores. This means that we only solve on 1,2,4,8,16,32, ... cores. Generally the performance/value marker starts to end around 16 cores with the 2014 solver. There are still some performance gains with 32 cores, but not much for the cost.
Products: Simulation CFD