Recommended CAD Workstations
Hand-built and supported in the US, Orbital Computers’ exceptionally well-priced Workstation PCs offer industry-leading performance and reliability.
¹ Free shipping to the contiguous 48 states, international shipping available. Sales tax is only collected for orders shipped within Washington State.
² The full selection of NVIDIA Quadro Professional Video Cards and Nvidia GeForce RTX cards is available with every workstation – select a system above to configure. If you need a card that isn’t listed on the site, contact us.
³ The Intel Core i9 10900K at 5.30 GHz Turbo is an available option with the C2000 Workstation. the C2000 includes the i7 10700K, 8 cores, 16 threads, 5.1 GHz Turbo by default.
Orbital AutoCAD Workstations - Built For CAD
Hand-built and supported in the USA by CAD experts, Orbital Computers are designed from the ground up to power through massive 2D & 3D AutoCAD workloads without skipping a beat.
CPU / PROCESSOR
AutoCAD is a primarily single-threaded application that benefits heavily from CPUs with high single-threaded performance such as the Intel Core i7 10700k or Core i9 10900k, both available on the Orbital Silenced C2000. Single-threaded programs will generally only use one or a few CPU cores/threads at a time. The way to speed those tasks up is with a higher operating frequency (value given in GHz). The 10700k runs at 5.1GHz and the 10900k runs at 5.3 GHz, making it the fastest factory single-threaded CPU available. For multi-threaded tasks like rendering and heavy multi-tasking, AutoCAD can make use of multiple CPU cores/threads. These CPUs offer 8 cores/16 threads and 10 cores/20 threads respectively, which perform very well with all multi-threaded AutoCAD tasks including rendering. If you perform a great deal of rendering, it would be worthwhile to upgrade to the Orbital C3000 Pro which is available with up to 18 cores and 36 threads while still maintaining a high operating frequency. Single-threaded speed is key to maximizing AutoCAD performance, including both 2D and 3D AutoCAD workloads.
For most users, the Orbital Silenced C2000 is the recommended base workstation for AutoCAD. The C2000 is available with the fastest single-threaded Intel Core i7 CPU while still maintaining a healthy amount of CPU cores/threads. For AutoCAD users who perform heavy rendering or are working on extremely complex models (e.g. large commercial buildings), we recommend the C3000 Pro with an Intel Core i9 CPU that offers more cores/threads with a high operating frequency.
A fast solid state drive (SSD) is included by default on all Orbital workstations. Fast drives will help improve file loading, saving, and transferring times. For most AutoCAD workstations, we recommend at least a 500GB solid state drive for your operating system and all programs, as well as a traditional hard drive as needed for long-term storage of spare data. We also offer Samsung M.2 NVMe PCI-e SSDs which operate at speeds nearly 5-6 times faster than normal SSDs for maximum storage performance.
AutoDesk specifically recommend the Nvidia Quadro line of professional workstation graphics cards, however, Orbital Computers has found through testing and supporting AutoCAD workstations over the years that Nvidia’s RTX GeForce cards work very well for AutoCAD as well. The GeForce cards provide considerably more performance per dollar as compared to the Quadro cards so feel free to choose either the Quadro or GeForce card for your workstation. For light to heavy 2D AutoCAD workloads, the Nvidia P620 is recommended. For moderate 3D workloads, the Quadro P2200 or GeForce RTX 2060 is ideal. For very heavy 3D workloads, the Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 or GeForce RTX 2080 Super are recommended for their increased video-RAM capacity and greater number of CUDA processing cores which will enable larger, more detailed 3D scenes to be edited and manipulated with higher frame rates. Our RTX-based CAD systems are shipped with Nvidia’s Studio Drivers, which are designed to operate flawlessly with modern high-end CAD packages.
MEMORY / RAM
AutoCAD is a very memory intensive program. For most people, 32GB of RAM should be enough, but if your workload is particularly large, complex, or detailed, you may want to increase the RAM capacity to 64GB. It is important to configure the system with enough RAM such that AutoCAD never runs out of memory capacity. If AutoCAD runs out of RAM, the data spills over to the paging file, which will have a negative impact on performance. All Orbital Computers Workstations are designed to be user expandable with non-proprietary memory modules; that way you can start with a lower RAM capacity to keep costs down and upgrade as needed in the future. All RAM used by Orbital comes with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty on parts.
Orbital Computers has been a leading professional workstation computer builder for over 7 years. We only build with the highest quality components, providing maximum performance, unbeatable reliability, and industry-leading in-house tech support, free for life. All Orbital Computers Workstations are built and supported in the USA.
The Orbital Computers Difference
3+ years parts and 5 years labor coverage included at no extra cost on all Orbital Computers.
Our engineers test components from all manufacturers and only the best hardware makes the cut and each PC is individually stress tested before shipment.
We never install excess software like the mainstream brands. Just a clean, machine, tuned to perfection and ready to go out of the box.
LOWEST PRICES GUARANTEED
Each Orbital computer is purpose-built to match your workload. This is key to making our machines faster and lower priced than the competition.
TAILOR MADE FOR YOUR PROJECTS
Every Orbital computer is configured for the precise types of projects it will be handling. Contact us for a personalized build quote.
Our modular approach allows for fast and easy upgrades and repairs. Our desktops never use proprietary components, and are designed with upgradability and ease of use in mind.
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