Architecture Workstation



My girlfriend is in architecture school at RPI and is finding that her school provided XPX laptop (i7 - 1050) isn’t really as efficient as she would like for rendering. I am also in need of a new workstation. We are thinking we could build a new one with the power shes going to need and we can split the cost. I’ve put together a hardware list that I think will be adequate for what she needs.

Software she is running is VRay, Rhino, Auto-CAD, Adobe CC products and Photoshop.

The GTX 980ti I have selected is in my current PC and we would just swap it over to the new system. Will the 980ti be good enough for now or should we not even consider it?

What monitor setup should we go with? Dual 4K 27"s or a 4K ultra-wide?
Other thoughts about this build?


Aaaaaanybody have thoughts? :slight_smile:

(John Brock) #3

I don’t run Rhino very hard in my testing a tech support role.

I have a Quadro P2000 running two 27" displays at 2560 x 1440.
16GB RAM, i7 processor, and a medium size SSD.
The performance is really good.

This is in a desktop so the price was good too.
I don’t use any of the other applications you listed; just Rhino.



The list you provided will most likely be overkill for most architecture school work. You should be able to get a moderately powered workstation for under $3,000 if you are going to build it yourself from parts. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti will be more than enough to run the software listed above.

I would recommend looking at some of the bundled tower options that Newegg has.

Best Regards,


Do you by any chance know how my 980ti would stack up against something like a P2000?

Thank you for your input. :slight_smile:

(John Brock) #6

I do not.
Maybe someone else that is watching this category will have an opinion.
We just don’t do much hardware testing.


Thank you for the advice! I was concerned the 980ti would not be the best option for modeling and rendering.

I am thinking I might bump the CPU down to an i7 EX edition. I just like crazy hardware LOL

Thank you again!

(John Brock) #8

That said, for V6, I would choose the Quadro as the GeForce drivers in the past have been intentionally throttled when used for OpenGL applications like Rhino. The GeForce cards are intended for DirectX based gaming>

I do not now if the throttling is still true or not.
I have a P2000 and it’s really sweet.


I’m speaking outside of my expertise here, but I believe the GPU isn’t where V-ray will draw from in processing a rendering. I recall the CPU cores playing the vital part in that operation.



That really depends on whether you have a GPU that can do the render processing, and choose that over a CPU.

If you are interested in comparing how different hardware compares with one another, I would suggest the following sites for benchmarks:
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Note that each benchmark may or may not reflect what you intend to compare. For example, the GTX 980 TI is ranked #17, whereas a P2000 is ranked #42.

One thing to point out is that the GTX 980 TI has a 250W Thermal Design Power (TDP), whereas the Quadro P2000 has a 75W TDP, so its not a fair comparison.

(System Comparison/CPU comparison)

Best Regards,