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May 1, 2015
Time is money. It’s a cliché, but one that also happens to be true. Design engineers are well versed in the time requirements for working with large CAD models, running simulations and completing renders. The bigger the model, the longer it takes. Switching between daily office tasks like checking email and working in spreadsheets to more processor-intensive design engineering tasks can be frustrating. Waiting wastes money.
However, there’s a safe, economical solution to boost your productivity when using professional design and simulation software packages.
Maxing out cores and memory doesn’t always deliver optimal performance improvements across the board, so instead of adding more hardware, one of the most productive ways to improve productivity is to get the right hardware and make it run faster.
Not every CPU is the same. A processor sold with a listed frequency of 3.9GHz may actually be fully and safely capable of running at 4.5GHz. Processor manufacturers identify the processors that are capable of running at a higher frequencies and BOXX Technologies overclocks them so that they actually run at these faster speeds. In fact, in order to ensure that their workstations are within the proper parameters of safe overclocking, BOXX works very closely with Intel.
Combining overclocked processors with high-performance components creates the most effective workstation. This includes power phase-matched motherboards, premium memory, efficient power supply units, and data-center quality cooling systems to maintain and extend the lifespan of the overclocked CPU.
In CAD applications like SolidWorks, if you’re not doing frequent rendering, odds are that single-threaded performance is all that matters. This means that adding cores, or going to a dual CPU system will not give you better performance, nor will upgrading your GPU. Increasing processor frequency via overclocking is the only way to get that extra performance you need, and it’s less expensive than you think.
Safe, Reliable, Powerful
Overclocking has been happening for years, especially in the computer game industry. At first, it was “unauthorized.” These days, Intel is not only fully aware of the practice, it now proactively markets processors capable of overclocking.
When you combine these fully endorsed and authorized overclockable CPUs with the same processor cooling technology found in corporate data centers, you get quiet, reliable performance that’s more than 20% better than out-of-the-box systems. Those productivity gains are possible while maintaining the same workstation lifespan backed by the same warranty and support that you’d get from a non-overclocked processor. So, it’s never been safer to use overclocked processors. It’s win-win.
The only way you’ll know there’s an overclocked processor in your workstation is the added performance you’ll see every day.