I've started with a new company and I've started modeling more in OpenRoads with SS4 and Geopak. OpenRoads is new to me, but I do have experience with InRoads modeling. I've been watching another engineer working on his station recently and noticed how slow it is to process and how he has to separate the model to allow the computer to keep up. I have some other colleges at other firms that do modeling that have killed multiple computers modeling and have convinced their firm to get them a high end gaming computer.
I'm curious what everyone else is using and get an opinion on what is economical and efficient for working in modeling with OpenRoads.
The computer they just got me is an Intel Xeon 3.3GHz with 16 GB of RAM on Windows 10. This is similar to the other engineer using a Xeon 3.6 GHz with 16 GB of RAM on Windows 7 mentioned that separates everything.
Thank you in advance.
Unfortunately no one we have talked to at Bentley was able to give us a straight answer regarding requirements for OpenRoads. It doesn't seem that any documented benchmarking has been undertaken and there doesn't even seem to be any CONNECT benchmarking tools as we have had with v8i to benchmark ourselves. I do know that our local road authority is doing some quite comprehensive benchmarking at the moment and hopefully I can share some info if it becomes available,
Personally I would suggest having a mnimum of 32Gb RAM as there are some processes that can eat up all your memory, like putting together large Reality (Scalable) Meshes - ive had it use up to 24Gb quite regularly working with these. Graphics is also a big deal now, but still looking into this one.
Also, it seems best to focus on core CPU speed (vs total multi-core) as apparently ORD doesn't utilise additional cores until there are something like 100+ template drops of a corridor or so ive been told...