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Buying PC for Autonomous Driving Software and Simulator


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Jul 5, 2022
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Hey guys,

I am currently going to buy PCs for my university for the purpose of using Autonomous Programming Software and the simulator. The simulator we currently use is CARLA and we had an issue where the current PC is very laggy when running CARLA and ROS packages for the Autonomous Driving Software. The specs of the current PC are as below:


Current PC specs

I am planning to get new PC with specs as below:

Processor: Intel Core i7-12700K or i7-12700


GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3080 (12GB) or NVIDIA RTX A2000 (12GB) (12 GB VRAM)

Storage: 1TB SSD PCIe NVMe

I mainly have questions about the GPU. As one of them is GeForce series and another is Quadro series, both are hard to compare for this particular scenario. The system requirement of CARLA only states that it requires 6gb VRAM but prefer 8gb VRAM. If I am going to continue develop the autonomous driving code with CARLA as simulator or maybe any other simulators like LGSVL in the future for maybe 5 years, which gpu is more suitable (I have tried to search online and ask other Pros but I didnt get any good answers as this scenario is too specific) or maybe the processor is not suitable. Please do give any advice thanks.


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RTX 3080 is much much faster than A2000.
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A2000 has certified drivers for professional software speed and stability though.

The A2000 is still significantly faster than what it's replacing.


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Have you tried the forums? Or contacting them?
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CARLA runs on Unreal Engine 4, so its basic requirements are the same:

UE5 System Requirements

The i7-12700K and 32GB RAM are safe bets. If you're planning to implement the new rendering features of UE5 in the future, then an Ampere-based GPU is a must. For reference, the RTX3080 has easily 3x the rendering power of the A2000.
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