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Autodesk is is generally known for being a worldwide leader in CAD and CAM software. AutoCAD is probably the company’s most famous product, but it actually makes a few design packages beyond the mainstream CAD franchise. One of these is Autodesk Inventor.

While Inventor is a CAD program, it’s more specialized than AutoCAD. Inventor is specifically designed for prototyping with the ability to run simulations on the virtual prototype model in order to see how it performs.

As you can probably guess, any sort of software that aims to simulate reality accurately enough for real world applications is going to eat computing power for breakfast. It turns out that’s true for inventor for the most part, but the situation may be a little more complicated than that.


SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS:
Most of the hardware requirements for Autodesk Inventor are not particularly exotic. A modern 64-bit operating system with 20GB of RAM and just about any DX10 or DX11 GPU card will do nicely. It’s possible to get away with lower specifications, but you won’t be getting an optimal experience. If you are going to work with truly complex models you’ll want to up the RAM to 24GB. A good SSD as the primary system drive is now also now advisable for any computer.

The main difficulty when it comes to recommending a workstation that will be used mainly to run Inventor is the fact that the software is largely single-threaded. Autodesk has added more and more specific components that are multithreaded over the last few years, but apart from some specific rendering tasks you’ll see no benefit from having many CPU cores. At the same time the program hasn’t yet embraced GPU acceleration to aid in its simulations.

Therefore the single most important factor when building a workstation for Inventor is the frequency of the CPU cores. As a rule of thumb, adding more cores usually means having a lower per-core frequency.


Recommended Titan Computers for Inventor

Titan C141
Intel Core CPU (the faster the better)
Nvidia Quadro P600 or better
At least 8GB Memory
DDR4
250GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10
Titan X151
Intel i7 (the faster the better)
Nvidia Quadro P2000 or better
At least 16GB Memory DDR4
256GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 7, 8.1 or 10
Titan X299 Vulcan
Overclocked Intel Core i7
Nvidia Quadro P4000 or better
32GB-64GB Memory DDR4
256GB+ NVMe or M.2 SSD Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10

Alternative and case specific configurations

If you need a portable workstation capable of handling Inventor much better than any regular laptop would then you can consider one of our Titan X4K.

Titan X150M
Intel Core i7 (the faster the better)
Nvidia Quadro P3000
At least 16GB Memory DDR4
256GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10


Titan X4K
Intel Core i7 (the faster the better)
At least 16GB Memory DDR4
256GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10


Operating systems supported by Autodesk Inventor 2017

Windows 10 64-bit Professional
Windows 8.1 64-bit (Pro)
Windows 7 64-bit (Professional and Ultimate)


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