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    Jim Wilson

    The following is an index of various hardware that we in User Success have had in our possession and have tested personally. The purpose of this list is to give users an idea of what hardware will and won't provide them with a good experience when using Vectorworks. This is NOT the same as the minimum hardware requirements, which can be found HERE.

     

    An explanation of the charts below, click to expand:

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    GPU / Graphics Card:

     

    Below, this list is sorted by the GPU score, which is an indicator of how well Vectorworks will perform when in 3D wireframe, openGL and in Top/Plan.

     

    Computer Model Operating System CPU (Processor) CPU
    Cores(c) / Threads(t)
    Cinebench R15
    CPU Score
    Cinebench R15 CPU Score
    Single Thread
    GPU
    (Graphics Card)
    Cinebench R15 GPU Score OpenGL
    Performance
    (GPU Based)
    Satellite A505-S6004 Windows 8 64bit i3 M 330 2c / 4t 155 61 Intel HD 1.13 Poor
    Dell Optiplex 990 Windows 7 64bit Core i7 2600 @ 3.4GHz 4c / 8t 614 132 Radeon HD 6450 14.2 Poor
    Apple Mac Mini 6,2 OS X 10.9.5 i7 3720QM @ 2.6Ghz 4c / 8t 589 126 Intel HD 4000 17.35 Poor
    Lenovo Y510p Windows 8.1 64bit i7 4700MQ @ 2.4Ghz 4c / 8t 640 95 Intel HD 4600 18.8 Poor
    Surface Book Pro Windows 10 i7-6600U @2.60GHz 2c/4t 309   Surface Book NVIDIA GPU 20.15 Poor
    Apple Mac Mini 7,1 OS X 10.10.2 i7 4578U @ 3.0GHz 2c / 4t 313 126 Intel Iris 21.9 Poor
    Apple Mac Pro 3,1 OSX 10.10.3 Xeon E5462 @ 2.8GHz 8c / 8t 566 79 GeForce 8800 GT 27.2 Poor
    Dell Optiplex 745 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo 4400 @ 2.0GHz 2c / 2t 94 50 Quadro FX 3800 30.16 Average
    Apple iMac 12,1 OS X 10.9 Core i5 2400S @ 2.5GHz 4c / 4t 344 109 Radeon HD 6750M 36.38 Average
    Apple iMac 12,1 OS X 10.10.2 Core i5 2400S @ 2.5GHz 4c / 4t 342 103 Radeon HD 6750M 36.92 Average
    Dell Precision T3400 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz 2c / 2t 140 72 ATI Fire Pro W5000 37.12 Average
    Fujitsu Siemens M470 Windows 7 64bit Xeon W3520 @ 2.67Ghz 4c / 8t 435 87 Quadro FX 3800 41.37 Average
    Dell Precision T3400 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz 2c / 2t 146 76 GeForce 9800 GTX+ 42.45 Average
    Fujitsu R650 Windows 10 Xeon E5440 @ 2.83GHz x2 8c / 8t 572 78 Quadro FX 3800 44.11 Average
    Lenovo W530 Windows 7 64bit i7 3920XM @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 643 136 Quadro K2000M 46.24 Average
    Lenovo P310 Windows 10 64bit Xeon E3 1275 v5 @ 3.6Ghz 4c / 8t 807 155 Intel Graphics P530 47.31 Average
    Apple MacBook Pro 9,2 OS X 10.9.2 i7 3720QM @ 2.6Ghz 4c / 8t 529   GeForce GT 650M 48 Average
    Lenovo ThinkPad 550s Windows 7 64bit i7 5300 @ 2.3GHz 4c / 2t 145 81 Quadro K620M 50.02 Good
    HP Z400 Windows 7 64bit Xeon W3520 @ 2.67Ghz 4c / 8t 493 88 Quadro 2000 50.29 Good
    Fujitsu Siemens R640 Windows 7 64bit Xeon E5440 @ 2.4 Ghz x2 4c / 8t 590 79 GeForce GTX 560 50.73 Good
    Apple iMac 14,3 OS X 10.9.4 Core i7 4770S @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 700 144 GeForce GT 750M 56.88 Good
    Lenovo ThinkPad 550s Windows 8.1 64bit i7 5600 @ 2.60GHz 2c / 4t 283 86 Quadro K620 58.19 Good
    Asus G55V Windows 7 64bit Core i7 3610MQ @ 2.4GHz 4c / 8t 558 117 GeForce GTX 660M 60.84 Good
    Apple MacBook Pro 10.10.4 i7 4870HQ @ 2.5GHz 4c / 8t 627 132 Radeon R9 M370X 61.22 Good
    Apple iMac 14,3 OS X 10.10.0 i7-4770S @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 680 138 GeForce GT 750M 61.62 Good
    Apple Mac Pro 6,1 OS X 10.9.2 Xeon E5-1650 v2 @ 3.7Ghz 4c / 8t 660 136 FirePro D300 62.79 Good
    Apple MacBook Pro 11,1 OS X 10.10.4 Core i7 4870HQ @ 2.5Ghz 4c / 8t 603 128 R9 370X 63.35 Good
    Dell Precision T7610 Windows 7 64bit Xeon E5-2697 v2 @ 2.7Ghz x2 12c / 24t 2984 104 Quadro K2000 74.03 Excellent
    Lenovo Y510p Windows 8.1 64bit i7 4700MQ @ 2.4Ghz 4c / 8t 640 95 GeForce GT 750M 75.57 Excellent
    Orbital C1000 Windows 7 64bit i7 4790 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 773 158 Quadro K620 78.8 Excellent
    Apple Mac Pro 6,1 OS X 10.9.2 Xeon E5-1650 v2 @ 3.5Ghz 6c / 12t 965 137 FirePro D500 79.93 Excellent
    MacBook Pro 13,3 15" Touch Bar macOS 10.12.2 i7 6820HQ @ 2.7GHz 4c / 8t 706 146 Radeon Pro 455 80.13 Excellent
    Lenovo P300 Micro Tower Windows 7 64bit Xeon E3-1276 v3 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 768 160 Quadro K620 80.49 Excellent
    Apple iMac 5K 10.10.4 i5 4690 @ 3.5GHz 2c / 4t 534 141 Radeon R9 M295X 83.63 Excellent
    Lenovo P300 Full Tower Windows 7 64bit Xeon E3-1276 v3 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 764 154 Quadro K2200 122.84 Excellent
    Custom Windows 7 64bit i7 5930K @ 3.5GHz 6c / 12t 1081 129 GeForce GTX 970 162.15 Excellent
    Custom Windows 7 64bit i7 5930K @ 4.5GHz 6c / 12t 1265 169 GeForce GTX 970 (Overclocked) 191.78 Excellent

     

    Cinebench can be downloaded HERE and run on your machine for comparison.

     

    CPU / Processor:

     

    The same list re-sorted and trimmed down here by CPU score, indicates the Renderworks capability of the various tested hardware ranked from extremely poor to one of the best CPUs available in a consumer desktop:

     

    Computer Model OS CPU CPU
    Cores(c) / Threads(t)
    CB R15 - CPU Score
    Dell Optiplex 745 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo 4400 @ 2.0GHz 2c / 2t 94
    Dell Precision T3400 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz 2c / 2t 140
    Lenovo ThinkPad 550s Windows 7 64bit i7 5300 @ 2.3GHz 4c / 2t 145
    Dell Precision T3400 Windows 7 64bit Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz 2c / 2t 146
    Satellite A505-S6004 Windows 8 64bit i3 M 330 2c / 4t 155
    Lenovo ThinkPad 550s Windows 8.1 64bit i7 5600 @ 2.60GHz 2c / 4t 283
    Surface Book Pro Windows 10 i7-6600U @2.60GHz 2c/4t 309
    Apple Mac Mini 7,1 OS X 10.10.2 i7 4578U @ 3.0GHz 2c / 4t 313
    Apple iMac 12,1 OS X 10.10.2 Core i5 2400S @ 2.5GHz 4c / 4t 342
    Apple iMac 12,1 OS X 10.9 Core i5 2400S @ 2.5GHz 4c / 4t 344
    Fujitsu Siemens M470 Windows 7 64bit Xeon W3520 @ 2.67Ghz 4c / 8t 435
    HP Z400 Windows 7 64bit Xeon W3520 @ 2.67Ghz 4c / 8t 493
    Apple MacBook Pro 9,2 OS X 10.9.2 i7 3720QM @ 2.6Ghz 4c / 8t 529
    Apple iMac 5K 10.10.4 i5 4690 @ 3.5GHz 2c / 4t 534
    Asus G55V Windows 7 64bit Core i7 3610MQ @ 2.4GHz 4c / 8t 558
    Apple Mac Pro 3,1 OSX 10.10.3 Xeon E5462 @ 2.8GHz 8c / 8t 566
    Fujitsu R650 Windows 10 Xeon E5440 @ 2.83GHz x2 8c / 8t 572
    Apple Mac Mini 6,2 OS X 10.9.5 i7 3720QM @ 2.6Ghz 4c / 8t 589
    Fujitsu Siemens R640 Windows 7 64bit Xeon E5440 @ 2.4 Ghz x2 4c / 8t 590
    Apple MacBook Pro 11,1 OS X 10.10.4 Core i7 4870HQ @ 2.5Ghz 4c / 8t 603
    Dell Optiplex 990 Windows 7 64bit Core i7 2600 @ 3.4GHz 4c / 8t 614
    Apple MacBook Pro 10.10.4 i7 4870HQ @ 2.5GHz 4c / 8t 627
    Lenovo Y510p Windows 8.1 64bit i7 4700MQ @ 2.4Ghz 4c / 8t 640
    Lenovo Y510p Windows 8.1 64bit i7 4700MQ @ 2.4Ghz 4c / 8t 640
    Lenovo W530 Windows 7 64bit i7 3920XM @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 643
    Apple Mac Pro 6,1 OS X 10.9.2 Xeon E5-1650 v2 @ 3.7Ghz 4c / 8t 660
    Apple iMac 14,3 OS X 10.10.0 i7-4770S @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 680
    Apple iMac 14,3 OS X 10.9.4 Core i7 4770S @ 3.1GHz 4c / 8t 700
    Lenovo P300 Full Tower Windows 7 64bit Xeon E3-1276 v3 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 764
    Lenovo P300 Micro Tower Windows 7 64bit Xeon E3-1276 v3 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 768
    Orbital C1000 Windows 7 64bit i7 4790 @ 3.6GHz 4c / 8t 773
    Lenovo P310 Windows 10 64bit Xeon E3 1275 v5 @ 3.6Ghz 4c / 8t 807
    Apple Mac Pro 6,1 OS X 10.9.2 Xeon E5-1650 v2 @ 3.5Ghz 6c / 12t 965
    Custom Windows 7 64bit i7 5930K @ 3.5GHz 6c / 12t 1081
    Custom Windows 7 64bit i7 5930K @ 4.5GHz 6c / 12t 1265
    Dell Precision T7610 Windows 7 64bit Xeon E5-2697 v2 @ 2.7Ghz x2 12c / 24t 2984

     

    A machine from the list above with a score of 1265 can be expected to render scenes nearly twice as fast as a machine with a score of 627, for example.

     

    Edited by JimW

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    Great list. Do we have a new one for 2018?

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    2 hours ago, Scott Parker said:

    Great list. Do we have a new one for 2018?


    I plan to update it after we get a few more machines to test in house. We have an iMac Pro on the way for instance that I'd like to include!

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    I can get my hands on a relatively cheap 27 inch mid 2011 Imac with a AMD HD6970M 1024 mb GPU.

    Any idea which gpu score this one would give? I can only find test with older cinebench versions :(

     

     

    Owh wait found this:

     

    http://cbscores.com/

     

    A score of 70 so it would more than twice as fast as my current gtx 555m 3gb

    But those the difference in gb make allot of difference?

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    5 minutes ago, Bas Vellekoop said:

    I can get my hands on a relatively cheap 27 inch mid 2011 Imac with a AMD HD6970M 1024 mb GPU.

    Any idea which gpu score this one would give? I can only find test with older cinebench versions :(

     


    it looks like that card was mostly popular in the era before the modern Cinebench version. However, I was able to find a score done specifically on that model:

     

    http://cbscores.com/ (search the page for "6970")

    A score of 70 is what it ended up with, so honestly if the screen is still 1080p or more likely 1600x1200 it should do well as long as its only driving that single display. Im fairly certain there were no Retina displays at the time, but if it has a 4K+ screen or if you have a file with a LOT of complex geometry it might choke because of having only 1GB VRAM.

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    haha thanks @JimW

    I found the site seconds later :)

     

    Thanks for the advise. In doubt about getting a complete new windows desktop with Ryzen 1700x and a 1070gpu or the mid 2011 Imac with Apple OS....

    Though choice 

     

     

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    Just now, Bas Vellekoop said:

    In doubt about getting a complete new windows desktop with Ryzen 1700x and a 1070gpu


    That setup would easily trounce the iMac not only for its GPU, but in renderings as well. 

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    I can buy 3 of those Imacs for the same money as the 1070 setup :)

    3.5 to be exact, haha

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    Ok, last question @JimW:

     

    If I look up the gtx 1070 on cbscores I get 3 results from 96 up till 141.

    How are such big differences possible?

    The difference with the HD 6970 seems to be small if you take the lowest score.

    But maybe the dedicated GB makes a big difference?

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    19 minutes ago, Bas Vellekoop said:

    If I look up the gtx 1070 on cbscores I get 3 results from 96 up till 141.

    How are such big differences possible?


    It can be a combination of things. The most likely factor is how much the GPUs have been overclocked. If you look at the last two entries on the top chart in the article, you will see that they are both GTX 970s (this was my gaming rig before I updated the GPU) but one has a much higher GPU score. I always overclock my graphics cards at least a little bit on Windows machines to get at least a little extra performance, but on the one I marked "Overclocked" I overclocked it as far as I could without it becoming unstable. Seeing a spread of 30-40 points in the GPU scores for similar models would not surprise me, especially since the types of people that post their benchmark results are also the type to overclock their hardware.

    The GTX 900 and GTX 1000 series from Nvidia are both VERY receptive to overclocking.

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    Ok bought something completely different :), a XPS 15 with a gtx 1050

    Score Opengl score of 90fps, whoopwhoop!

     

     

     

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