In general most CAD programs love cores and they love clock speed. Hyperthreading, depending on what you're running, can scale anywhere from a few tens of percent to nearly 100% (IE: the additional threads perform as well as another full core). It really depends on how your workload is bound and that is dictated by what application you happen to be running. Some programs, even professional CAD programs, are very branch-heavy and tend to scale nearly linearly with additional threads.
Not yet, but I plan to study mechanical engineering. Would other programs such as AutoDesk Inventor, Matlab, Catia, SolidWorks, Labview, etc. benefit from the i7?
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Thanks! This community certainly seems to be on the smaller side, but is cozy. I like it