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Revit 2014 performance with VMware

July 27, 2014

I’ve been running Revit on a Mac for some time now. I run it though VMware Fusion and every once in a while things don’t go as smoothly as I would like. Revit 2013 for example had such poor performance I skipped using this release in it’s entirety.  2012 worked just fine and I was elated to find that 2014 worked just as well as 2012.  For the most part I attribute the hit in performance to the emulated video drivers that VMware provides.  Autodesk Revit does not recognize this generic driver as an acceptable video card to run Revit with the “Use Hardware Acceleration” setting.

At some point I played with tweaking the Revit.ini and possibly another file to override some of the settings.  I don’t recall exactly what it was but it made performance even better.

Now, just recently Revit 2014 issued Update Release 3 and I figured no harm could come from what will likely be the last update for 2014.  Well, I was wrong.  I installed it and started working on projects but the program took another performance hit.  Zooming, panning, selecting were all slower.  This lead me to think that my Revit.ini was reset to factory settings.

After digging around for a few minutes on the internet I ran into this post on the What Revit Wants Blog. I followed the instructions to rename the specified file and bam! the performance is now back. I can even turn on “Use Hardware Acceleration”.

I will likely try the same settings for Revit 2015 in the near future.

Your results may vary, I am currently using:
OSX 10.9.4
VMware Fusion 6.0.4
Revit 2014 UR3
Windows 7 Pro Service Pack 1

Revit 2014 hardware acceleration


Building a Revit Production Platform

March 1, 2012

At our February 2012 SARUG Meeting,  Ted Moeller, principal electrical engineer at GLHN brought in one of his desktop computers that he had recently built and let us test drive it.  Quinn put it through its paces and it performed exceptionally well.  Consequently we’ve all added the “Moeller Monster” to our Christmas list. 

Ted updated me later that this assembly was not the Monster he envisioned but a “respectable machine for daily Revit production”  Ted gave me the recipes for both the “Monster” and the “Not the Monster , but Close” machines.  Let’s start with the tamer of the two.

Motherboard: ………..P8Z68-V              (ASUS LGA1155 Z68 HDMI Sata 3 US)
Case: …………………….CM690-II                      (Coolermaster 690 V2 All Black)
Processor:……………..i7-2600KBox                   (Intel Core i7  3.4 Ghz 8Mb L4)
Optical Drive: ……….SH-S223B           (22X Samsung DVD +/- RW Sata Drive)
Video Card:………….100315L                (Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1Gb GDDR)
Ram:…………………… 2X4Gb-1600GS              (8GB Kit (2X4Gb) DDR3 1600 MH)
Solid State Boot
Drive & Software:……..AGT325SAT3120G                 (120Gb OCZ Agility 2.5”)
Data Hard Drive:………WD5000AAKX            (W/D 500Gb Blue 7200 RPM 3.5”)
CPU Fan:………………….Freez7ProV2                   (Freezer 7 Pro V2 CPU Cooler)
Power Supply:………… CMPSU650TX           (650W Corsair ATX12V/EPS12V SL)

Cost:  $1481.00 w/ Tax (Feb 2012) Parts Only
Source: SWS Electronics, Tucson, Az.

  1. That’s 16 Gigs of on board RAM with another 1 Gig dedicated on the Video
  2. This cost did not include:
          a.  the Operating System Software which was Windows 7 ($140 retail),
          b.  assembly (By Ted),
          c.  keyboard, mouse or monitor

The MONSTER makes the following upgrades:

i7-3930k Processor____add $350
X79 Motherboard _____add $200
GTX 580 Video Card___add $300

Cost: $2300

Ted Notes: “This build is superior to a comparable AMD based machine, using Crosshair V Formula motherboard and an FX-8120 8-core processor”.  He also mentioned that AMD and Intel are comparable products and it takes a year or so for the manufacturer’s to reach peak performance optimization so don’t be so quick to get the new generation processor.  Just recently the older AMD product was out performing the new Intel processor. Now with some time in the market the Intel product is now out performing the newer AMD product.

Cost Saving Options for the first system profile:
  1.  i5-2500k Processor________deduct $100
  2.  500-550W Power Supply___ deduct $40
  3.  8 Gb Ram_______________ deduct $60
  4.  Eliminate Data Hard Drive__ deduct $100  
                             (Assumes you have a local Server storing Data)

I was able to record the conversations surrounding this part of the meeting which you can view at the SARUG Livestream:  select the “Revit Computer Build Recommendations” web clip.  Pandora was running in the background and I was unaware that the audio signal accompanied the first 9:38 minutes of the presentation so advance to the 9:39 mark to get beyond the Pandora overlay.  It essentially covered the information posted above.  You can see Quinn putting the 65 Mb file through its paces.

Thanks Ted, we look forward to the next build.