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Understand the parameters that make an ideal Workstation for Bentley:

Updated: May 8

Understand the parameters that make an ideal Workstation for Bentley

What is Bentley?

Bentley is used in the architectural and engineering sectors for 2D and 3D design and drawing. To dependably deliver the most demanding projects, you can model, document, and visualize infrastructure projects of any type, scale, and complexity utilizing a complete set of design and documentation tools.

What makes the greatest Bentley Workstation?

The best place to begin is with your anticipated workstation usage; small 2D models will perform well on a lower-powered workstation, however, bigger 3D models will demand more powerful hardware. Similarly, you should examine if the workstation will be used alone or in conjunction with other design or rendering applications in your workflow.


The workstation will benefit from CPUs with a high frequency and good IPC, whether you work with little 2D or bigger 3D models, thus CPUs with a lot of cores will have minimal influence since the program is largely single-threaded. Taking these factors into account, we suggest AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs for entry-level systems, Ryzen 7 CPUs for mid-range systems, and Ryzen 9 CPUs for high-end systems.


Bentley is a software tool that relies on the CPU for the majority of operations, therefore a simple GPU, such as an NVIDIA T-series, will be sufficient while dealing with 2D models. When utilizing 3D models, especially bigger ones, we recommend a higher specification GPU, such as an NVIDIA RTX GPU, to handle the more complicated visuals, but because Workstation doesn’t rely much on GPU memory, there isn’t much need to invest in a card with huge memory.

We would recommend a professional-grade NVIDIA GPU since, while consumer-grade GPUs may give a comparable performance on paper, they will not be officially approved for Workstation operation, making it difficult to gain help from the GPU maker or Bentley if you have a software issue.


We suggest a minimum of 16GB of RAM for the Workstation. As previously indicated, if you need many models open at the same time, or other apps open at the same time, increasing the memory to 32GB is a good idea. Likewise, if you opt for a higher-end CPU, it makes sense to match the RAM to the CPU capability for a more powerful system all around.


We always recommend utilizing an SSD as the boot disc, which will house your operating system, Workstation, and any active projects you are working on. Because SSDs are so quick, your system can boot, start apps, and load data several times faster than a regular hard drive. Alternatively, if your work projects grow, you may wish to buy a second SSD or greater capacity HDD – depending on your budget – so that your OS, Workstation, and active projects benefit from SSD performance while your archived work uses the HDD where speed isn’t a must and expenses can be reduced. Another option for archiving is to use an external NAS device that allows for sharing and RAID protection.

When it comes to disc capacity, it is very much dependent on the number of files you have and the model sizes. Other apps and their related files will also take up space, so keep that in mind.

Recommended Workstation Specifications:

We offer pre-configured systems that are ready to go or can custom-build a system to your preferred specification. Click here to view the range of workstations.

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