Need help testing iMac Pro capability as CAD workstation

I happened to get low-spec iMac Pro for review... wanted to ask somewone familiar with CAD tools and experience in that whole area for help in testing iMac Pro's capability as workstation computer.

Any ideas what I could test (using models available in GrabCAD'd library)? To get comparisons between Windows PC would be also great.

Also... if sombody from community happen to be Estonian and is willing to give me a call to chat about these thing a little, please let me know :)

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A Mac will work pretty much the same as a PC. The biggest limitation will be if you need to run the CAD software on a virtual machine of Windows. In that case, you'll lose a bit of CPU and RAM for the host.

From what I have seen, Macs are pretty much PCs these days. Intel CPU, Standard RAM, and hard drives, NvIdia graphics card... The main difference is the OS, and with the leaps that virtual machines have made in recent years, that is really not much of an issue either. Install the maximum amount of RAM, and you'd never know it was a virtual machine.

For testing, try:
- Open a single small file, make sure it rotates and displays correctly.
- Open a dozen different, small files at the same time to see how thing go.
- Open a few dozen different, small files at the same time to see how it goes.
- Open a large assembly file with a thousand parts or more. Having a large number of unique files in the assembly is a better test than having only a few parts which are used repeatedly.

Other tests depend on what you are trying to compare:
Analysis time?
Rendering time?
File open/saving time?
Graphics performance?

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I principally run cad over microsoft remote desktop running on an iMac connecting to a server (PC) running solidworks. Works great.

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I've never much cared about the OS so much as the computer's ability to run every suite of engineering software I need without sacrificing performance.

Our workstations are all multi-core Xeons and there are a lot of advantages that come with the synergy that Windows 10 for Workstations delivers in regard to large remote SMB file shares. If you're utilizing RDMA capable network adapters; lower latency, lower CPU overhead, more throughput.

If I were building an engineering workstation, I'd be really hard-pressed to choose the OS first, since it's probably one of the least important aspects of "getting more work done", especially in a networked environment.

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