I understand there has been some discussion of the best computer setup for sketchup modeling, but wonder if there is any value in discussing the ideal specs for a workstation geared toward making LayOut run smoothly, which seems to me to be a bigger obstacle than making SketchUp run smoothly, which it seems to be very capable since 2015 with little to no lag.
LayOut, however, is quite a bit more difficult to keep running smoothly. It feels ‘heavy’ to me - with lag on zoom and pan- especially with inferencing turned on - which makes things really slow. I’m working with multiple stacked viewports too, so need to experiment with just what the right number of those are too.
Currently I’m running two 24" screens on a Macbook Pro 2.5GHz i7 16GB ram NVIDIA GeForce GT750M 2048MB and things are much better than my Mac Pro tower with 1GB video card but faster processors, so I’m thinking the video card has a fairly significant role to play - think of all the vectors needed to be rendered. So what is the right amount of horsepower? I think if layout ran twice as fast as it does now, that would save me 5 hours or so per project - at billable rates, that’s $500 per project - so upgrading the computer would quickly pay for itself in billable hours, not to mention client satisfaction.
Do I go to something with 2 video cards - 2x2gb? Should I run a bigger video card for my ‘layout’ screen and a smaller one for my support/scrapbook screen? Does it matter or does the computer split the video card resources based on demand?