AutoCAD

AutoCAD

AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. Developed and marketed by Autodesk. AutoCAD is used across a wide range of industries, by architects, project managers, engineers, graphic designers, and many other professionals.

Component Recommendations

Processor Processor

Design, Modeling

Selecting the number of processing cores in your AutoCAD workstation is critical. 2D design and 3D modeling within the software relies primarily on a single processor core. Since the clockspeed of that core determines performance more than any other variable, a workstation with less cores (but higher clockspeed) is ideal. Therefore we recommend a 4- to 8-core processor with a clockspeed of 3.0GHz and above.

Memory Memory

In general, 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core is recommended. For example, if you select a single 12-core processor, 32GB will suffice for basic tasks or 64GB for more demanding workloads.

Storage Storage

We recommend a solid-state drive (SSD) for the operating system, software and project files.

Graphics Graphics

Autodesk recommends the professional series NVIDIA Quadro. According to the benchmark results, these are the ideal graphics cards.

1st (best): Quadro RTX 4000 8GB
2nd: Quadro P4000 8GB
3rd: Quadro P2000 5GB
4th: Quadro P1000 4GB

Chassis Chassis

The HP Z8 G4 Workstation is recommended if you would like dual processors and/or multiple high performance graphics cards.

The HP Z6 G4 Workstation is recommended if you would like to start with a single high-end processor and single high-performance graphics card with the potential of upgrading in the future. With the Z6 G4, you can add a second matching processor and double the memory using the optional second processor riser. The power supply will also support two mid-range graphics cards.

The HP Z4 G4 Workstation is recommended for majority of workflows. Since Intel now produces single Core i9 and Xeon processors with up to 18-cores and high clock speed, there is no need for dual processors unless you will have heavy CPU rendering or intensive tasks demanding more than 18-cores. Also, the HP Z4 G4 has an optional 1000W power supply that will support the most powerful graphics cards inluding the GeForce RTX 2080Ti and Quadro RTX 6000.

Configuration Recommendations

HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Xeon W-2235 (3.8 GHz base frequency, 6 cores)
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Registered Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 8GB

$4,100

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HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Xeon W-2225 (4.1 GHz base frequency, 4 cores)
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Registered Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 8GB

$3,650

Customize & Buy

HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Core i7-9800X (3.8 GHz base frequency, 8 cores)
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro P4000 8GB

$3,300

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HP Z440 Workstation

  • 6-Core 3.6GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-1650 v4 [6-cores / 12-threads]
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Registered Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro P4000 8GB

$2,750

Customize & Buy

HP Z2 G4 Tower Workstation

  • Intel Xeon E-2244G (3.8 GHz base frequency, 4 cores)
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC Registered Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro P2200 5GB

$2,300

Customize & Buy

HP Z2 G4 Mini Workstation

  • Intel Core i7-9700 (3.0 GHz base frequency, 8 cores)
  • 32GB (2x 16GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 SODIMM Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB

$1,800

Customize & Buy

Condition

New: Purchased new from a HP authorized distributor. Never used. Ships in original manufacturer packaging.

Refurbished: Pulled from corporate environment in working condition. Tested upon arrival at our location and also after customization. Cosmetically grade A or B. Overall in good condition, but could have light scratches / scuffs. Ships in double-wall brown box with durable packaging material.