Draemon wrote: ↑Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:42 pm
surface pro x
According to wikipedia
you have bought a computer with an ARM cpu not x86. Very bad idea if you want easy access to compatible software. Although their performance is improving all the time, ARM is still a primarily low power energy efficient risk architecture cpu. For power applications like CAD, x86 makes more sense at this point in history.
Also not that (I only just found out) some new computers are now being sold with a cut down/restricted Windows that will only allow you to install applications from the MS application store! So make sure you have a "real" non-restricted Windows on any new machine, or at least understand what you are buying.
I know some here have succeeded in getting FreeCAD up and running on a Raspberry PI 4, which has an ARM CPU, but that is on Linux with a full open source stack, so less issues compiling. I have no idea if anybody has yet or ever will compile for Windows ARM.
At this point in history, the best energy efficiency yet powerful new CPU is the AMD Ryzen series, the latest just release is leaving Intel in the dust for energy efficiency but also outright performance.