Well folks it was a year ago since I posted this but for what it's worth here is some extra info which I think is very critical. If your CAD package does not utilize multi-threading capability, you have no choice but to buy a machine in which has a clock that runs as fast as possible. Hence "Overclocked" systems.. Autocad can not multithread. Solidworks cad only thread in some sort of 2D mode (I am not familiar enough with the package to give details). That makes a multicore workstation kind of a waste of money for these packages, except for the fact your OS will run a bit better as it gets taxed. Now it makes sense why overclocking is so touted with those packages. Those CAD packages haven't caught up with the hardware technology, and the speed ceiling on PC's has been reached.
Parallel processing running at slower speeds is way more efficient. By chance, and luck, TC has multi-threading, and you can set the threads. My latest machine theoretically has 24 threads. My old machine (Intellistation) was a P4 3.2ghz., and #2 (HP Z210) is 8 threader. I want to experiment with some rendering and see how dramatic the speed will be on the Lenovo D30..
Additionally as I understand it, The graphics card takes care of the movement of the object. When you stop moving, the CPU takes over to re-render. GC's with built in GPU's on them will share with rendering and actually become extra cores the machine can utilize, but those are expensive cards (I think high end Quadro's).... So.. TC has made good in that part.
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1) Tcad V20 on HP Z10 Workstation 3.3ghz-4gb- 64bit- Nvidia Quadro 2000 Win 7
2) Tcad V20 on Lenovo D30 Workstation 2x- Xeon, 64bit, 16gb -Nvidia Quadro K2000 Win 8