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Alex Herrera


With more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, and management experience in the semiconductor industry, Alex Herrera is a consultant focusing on high-performance graphics and workstations. Author of frequent articles covering both the business and technology of graphics, he is also responsible for the Workstation Report series, published by Jon Peddie Research.


Intel’s New Rocket Lake S Offers Full Round of CAD Platform Gen Updates Article
Intel’s New Rocket Lake S Offers Full Round of CAD Platform Gen Updates    22 Jul, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Following up on releases from NVIDIA and AMD, Intel has followed suit, giving CAD professionals a complete set of new CPUs and GPUs from which to choose.

AMD’s RDNA2 Architecture Arrives for CAD Professionals Article
AMD’s RDNA2 Architecture Arrives for CAD Professionals   17 Jun, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Cadalyst looks at the two new Radeon Pro models first out of the chute.

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CPU Boost & Base Clocks: Testing CPUs for CAD, Part 2   20 May, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: This month we test and analyze two systems with three different SKUs, weighing the specifications for core count, base clock, and boost clock when evaluating a CPU for CAD.

NVIDIA Releases High-End GPUs Article
NVIDIA Releases High-End GPUs   22 Apr, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Annual GTC ’21 Show Report, Part 2: New RTX GPUs support Omniverse and bring next gen computing power.

NVIDIA’s Omniverse Platform: Game-Changing Potential for Large-Scale CAD Article
NVIDIA’s Omniverse Platform: Game-Changing Potential for Large-Scale CAD   21 Apr, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Annual GTC ’21 Show Report, Part 1: NVIDIA unveils Omniverse along with new RTX GPUs to support the platform

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CPU Boost & Base Clocks: Why They Vary and How They Impact CAD Computing Performance   15 Apr, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Explore the often overlooked differences in clocks as a function of core count, and why boost clock specifications deserve your attention.

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Graphics Drivers—Purpose-Shaped for CAD Use   18 Mar, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Keep up to date with CAD-oriented drivers and get the power you need to drive your designs.

NVIDIA’s Ampere GPU for CAD and Beyond Article
NVIDIA’s Ampere GPU for CAD and Beyond   18 Feb, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

The first professional Ampere GPU foreshadows advancements to come for all CAD visualization professionals.

Ryzen 5000 and Zen 3: Benchmarking Performance Measures for CAD Article
Ryzen 5000 and Zen 3: Benchmarking Performance Measures for CAD   21 Jan, 2021
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: Should you equip your CAD workstations with AMD processors? This exercise provides some performance data for comparison, plus insights about examining a CPU’s clock rates.

AMD CPUs Check All the Boxes for the Range of CAD Computing Demands Article
AMD CPUs Check All the Boxes for the Range of CAD Computing Demands   16 Dec, 2020
By: Alex Herrera

Herrera on Hardware: The company’s Ryzen 5000–generation CPUs solidify its resurgent competitive edge, particularly when it comes mainstream CAD.

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