MicroStation on Surface Pro 3

I am considering moving to a Surface Pro 3 for working computer. Does anyone have experience using MicroStation on a Surface Pro 3? I would also like to know which model you have used.

Thank you,

Paul 

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  • Hi,

    I have no hands-on experience, but based on reviews and what a couple of friends told me (but they use Surface Pro not for CAD work):

    I guess the issue can be graphic card. There is only integrated Intel HD available, depending on processor type it can be HD 4200 / 4400 / 5000. All they support DirectX 11 I guess, so it would be fine, but it's not dedicated card with optimized HW architecture and own memory, so especially in 3D the performance will be not extra high. Despite of Intel has enhanced HD graphics a lot in last few years, they are more optimized to general business and multimedia usage and are roughly equal to basic destop gaming cards.

    There are some others limitations also: Display size, how external monitor(s) can be attached (there is Mini DisplayPort, not HDMI), memory (I guess 8 GB is max and you have to dedicate some from it to graphic card), limited HD capacity etc. Of course what Reginald wrote about Windows version support is also valid.

    You did not write for what type of job you want to use MicroStation on Surface Pro 3. If it's about 2D drafting with some references and rasters attached, it would be fine. Especially if you travel a lot and you need to work with drawings on site, portability is more important than limited performance. But if you work with large datasets (e.g. plenty of aerial pictures), in 3D or you even make some visualizations, Surface Pro 3 is not good enough tool in my opinion.

    With regards,

    Jan
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  • Hi,

    I have no hands-on experience, but based on reviews and what a couple of friends told me (but they use Surface Pro not for CAD work):

    I guess the issue can be graphic card. There is only integrated Intel HD available, depending on processor type it can be HD 4200 / 4400 / 5000. All they support DirectX 11 I guess, so it would be fine, but it's not dedicated card with optimized HW architecture and own memory, so especially in 3D the performance will be not extra high. Despite of Intel has enhanced HD graphics a lot in last few years, they are more optimized to general business and multimedia usage and are roughly equal to basic destop gaming cards.

    There are some others limitations also: Display size, how external monitor(s) can be attached (there is Mini DisplayPort, not HDMI), memory (I guess 8 GB is max and you have to dedicate some from it to graphic card), limited HD capacity etc. Of course what Reginald wrote about Windows version support is also valid.

    You did not write for what type of job you want to use MicroStation on Surface Pro 3. If it's about 2D drafting with some references and rasters attached, it would be fine. Especially if you travel a lot and you need to work with drawings on site, portability is more important than limited performance. But if you work with large datasets (e.g. plenty of aerial pictures), in 3D or you even make some visualizations, Surface Pro 3 is not good enough tool in my opinion.

    With regards,

    Jan
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