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post #21 of 32
This is just one of the smaller assemblies. Even this one is taxing on a dual-core laptop (which is what this screenshot was taken from). But I don't imagine you deal with stuff this detailed in a student environment?

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This. Get a 2nd monitor if you're not already running two. Two monitors will greatly improve your productivity. It's estimated that a 2nd monitor helps workers be 20-30% more productive. I doubt the 2600k will come anywhere close
This, as a fellow 3rd year engr student, I'm convinced it increases productivity by at least 50%. My
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AutoCAD/Inventor/Solidworks/Mathlab will not use hyperthreading. I need to look on the newest versions but i dont think any of them use hyperthreading yet.

edit- hyperthreading only helps in the "realistic rendering part"
Edited by m98custom1212 - 7/30/11 at 6:37pm
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As a fellow eng college student, I'd say the difference is not worth the extra $100. Keep the money, and spend it elsewhere. As others have mentioned, the time saved will be minutes at best. In college, you'll never be working on projects large enough where the time saved will be more than 30 minutes (if that even). If you do pursue a job in a field which requires you to use those programs, you'll want something stronger -- but by the time that job comes, you won't be on a college-student-budget anymore!

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hmm what is your schools computer lab still running... p4 xp and 256mb ram?

$300 black friday special laptops will run autocad and solidworks, have to wait a second for them but they do it.
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AutoCAD/Inventor/Solidworks/Mathlab will not use hyperthreading. I need to look on the newest versions but i dont think any of them use hyperthreading yet.

edit- hyperthreading only helps in the "realistic rendering part"
I can't speak for those programs for certain, but for Pro/Engineer...

Quote:
Multi-threaded architecture saves time: multi-processor, dual core support and hyper-threading computes toolpaths faster and allows you to continue working in Pro/TOOLMAKER while toolpaths are calculated in the background

http://www.imakenews.com/channel_3ht...?x=bdCPyLK,0,w

I can't image only one CAD software on the market utilizing HT.
post #27 of 32
Get a i5, OC to >4.5Ghz and you win. The hyper threading would help, but i doubt it would be that great of a difference after overclocking the i5.
A 2nd monitor would help, but I'm not sure if that is really CPU taxing, I would imagine it's more GPU intensive.
Edited by lostmage - 7/30/11 at 6:50pm
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I am a freshman in university now (school starts in 2 weeks) and I too was in the same boat as you. I am going to be an engineering student who will as well use those programs and applications you are using. Ultimately, my decision boiled down to me regretting not buying the 2600K when I knew I could have. I know that I probably won't benefit so much to justify the $100 increase in price, but just the fact that I might regret my decision if I got the 2500K pushed me to get the 2600K. This was in March. Nearly 5 months later I do not regret purchasing my 2600K. I have used applications that did take advantage of the added threads and cache, for example video encoding (I do a lot of editing and transcoding). And frankly, when university starts I think it will justify my purchase even more when I start using those programs that will take advantage of the extra threads and cache. Basically, in my opinion I would get the 2600K if you can afford it. Otherwise, get the 2500K and be done with it You don't absolutely need the extra threads and cache, but it does become useful sometimes

But then again multiple monitors increases productivity tenfold, so maybe the better option is to save the $100 from the 2500K and getting another monitor?
Edited by Aznboy1993 - 7/30/11 at 6:54pm
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The newer AutoCADs should definitely be multithreaded. As for Matlab, it depends on which modules you're using. Many of the modules do support multithreading, but not all.

Is it worth the $100? The 2500k is already blazing fast.. you'll probably save a few minutes here or there (on large files/calculations), but I'd personally go with the 2500k and spend the $100 elsewhere

agree. get a 2500k and oc it, and use the $100 for something else.
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I can't speak for those programs for certain, but for Pro/Engineer...


http://www.imakenews.com/channel_3ht...?x=bdCPyLK,0,w

I can't image only one CAD software on the market utilizing HT.
Yes, they can use dual and quad but not hyperthreading
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