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Solidworks is a heavy-hitting CAD and CAE software package that covers just about every aspect of product design and production. This software is an example of a “solid modeling” solution where physical fidelity is given top priority. This is one of the main reasons Solidworks is favoured in design work where the final product will be an actual, physical object.

After more than 20 years of development Solidworks is not a finely tuned tool that takes the realities of design and manufacturing into account. It automates many difficult design and engineering calculations and allows users to automate many changes that need to be made when certain aspects of a design are changed.Various Solidworks packages also include extensive simulations of things like heat and physical stresses, which allow you to check your design’s performance before creating physical prototypes.


SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS:

Solidworks provides us with a pretty clear idea of the sort of hardware it requires. 8GB of RAM is the absolute bottom and we would recommend at least double that. Most importantly, Solidworks should be used with GPU cards that have been certified to work with it. In other words you should use Quadro or FirePro card that has been certified for use with Solidworks, to ensure that you get 100% accurate and reliable results.

Based on benchmarking results we can see that Solidworks prefers speed over core count, so fast hyperthreaded quad cores are preferable. Nvidia Quadro cards also seem to outperform the competition when used with Solidworks in particular. So that is the product line we recommend:

Recommended computer for SolidWorks

Titan X151
Intel Core i7 (the faster the better)
Nvidia Quadro P2000 or better
At least 16GB Memory DDR4
256GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10

Titan X4K
Intel Core i7 (the faster the better)
Nvidia GTX 1070 or better
At least 16GB Memory
DDR4-2133
256GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10
Titan X299 Vulcan
Overclocked Intel Core i7
Nvidia Quadro P4000 or better
16GB-32GB Memory DDR4-2133
256GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 7 or 8.1

Alternative and case specific configurations

Those who work in design and manufacturing often have to make changes on the fly while in the actual production facility or environment. Alternatively you may have to take your design work with you for business reasons or to collaborate with your peers at conferences.

Whatever reason you have to take your work on the road, we can offer portable solutions that provide performance comparable to desktop professional workstations and recommend these systems for that purpose.

Titan X4K-M
Intel Core i7 (the faster the better)
Nvidia GTX 1070 or better
At least 16GB Memory DDR3 ECC Reg
128GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10


Titan X150M
Intel Core i7 (the faster the better)
Nvidia Quadro P3000
At least 16GB Memory DDR4
256GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10



Operating systems supported by SolidWorks 2016

Windows 10 64-bit Professional
Windows 8.1 64-bit (Pro)
Windows 7 64-bit (Professional and Ultimate)


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