Best Computer Workstation For SOLIDWORKS

Recommended Computer Workstation For SOLIDWORKS

When it comes to 3D design, only a few are unaware of Dassault Systemes® world-renowned SOLIDWORKS application. SOLIDWORKS users can create 3D or 2D models as well as perform simulations on projects based on real-world conditions before starting to engineer physical products. It is no surprise then that due to the cutting edge features of SOLIDWORKS, the application is one of the world's most popular among engineers.

SOLIDWORKS is a fantastic 3D design software package, but to use the software effectively, you need a workstation with just the right specifications.

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So what characteristics does the perfect SOLIDWORKS workstation possess?

We have years of experience optimising Workstations for SOLIDWORKS for our customers. Using this knowledge, we have identified key characteristics to aid with performance levels. We are going to share our findings with you to help you get the most from your next SOLIDWORKS solution. So let's jump into what you need to know.

CPU Frequency Over Cores:

Processors with many cores are in fashion nowadays. These processors typically contain a larger number of cores and threads on a single chip. What people often do not realise is that because of the nature of tasks SOLIDWORKS performs, it runs better on a workstation with a lower number of fast cores. Modelling is the primary use for SOLIDWORKS, and this is largely a linear task. Therefore Modelling only runs on one core making it vital to get the very most out on that single CPU core.

On the other hand, other processes within SOLIDWORKS such as rendering or simulations, use a higher number of cores. If you use these types of functions regularly, you may be interested in a more expensive multi-core processor options. Keep in mind that you will still want to keep as high a clockspeed as possible for modelling tasks. Since SOLIDWORKS is a predominantly single-threaded application, we highly recommend 'professional overclocked' systems. These solutions have industry-leading single-threaded performance while still being highly capable when performing multi-core workflows.

System Memory/ RAM:

It is crucial to find the right amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) for you. Data sets get larger as your product design incorporates a greater number of parts and features. To deal with the huge data sets that come with your model's design, you need larger capacity RAM. Tasks such as simulation may also require an even higher amount of RAM.

Corsair Memory Modules

To perform complicated calculations, you need to access large data sets. Now, what happens if your RAM does not meet the mark? Hard drive caching might occur, which will result in a lot of time being taken loading and saving data to and from slow hard drives. To prevent glitches and delays, we highly recommend using SOLIDWORKS with at least 16-32 GB of system memory. If your entire project can load into RAM smoothly, performance is dramatically improved. Having 16-32 GB of memory would ensure that you can run SOLIDWORKS in combination with other applications too.

Graphics Card/ GPU:

Deciding which graphic card is right for you is important as well. Should you go for a Professional NVIDIA Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro WX graphics? Yes, complicated tasks like RealView, Wire Frame View and Relative View require more refined graphics. 'Gaming' graphic cards (like Nvidia Geforce or AMD Radeon) work, however, they will likely cause graphical glitches and make some features of the application such as Realview Graphics inaccessible.

NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro WX are great graphics card options for SOLIDWORKS users. These graphics cards have high capacity onboard memory, and they run off of drivers specifically optimised for SOLIDWORKS. Dassault Systemes® fully ISV (Independent System Vendor) certified these graphics options guaranteeing strong performance and high levels of stability within SOLIDWORKS.


Solid State Drives (SSD) are more expensive than traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD), but many SOLIDWORKS users now opt for these storage options as standard. SSD's are incredibly beneficial when loading projects, saving files and launching applications. Replacing an HDD with an SSD could even be considered as an upgrade option to your existing computer infrastructure.

Samsung SM961

We recommend all our customers should install there operating system and applications to an SSD and possibly project files as well if your budget allows. If you want to make your SOLIDWORKS workstation the best it can be then, you should pick a Fast M.2 NVMe SSD storage device. The fantastic reading and writing capabilities of these Solid State Drives are known to give the best performance possible to SOLIDWORKS users.

What If I Use Many Applications?

One of the advantages of building a well thought out workstation compatible with SOLIDWORKS is that its uses are not exclusive to SOLIDWORKS. If you choose to run other applications, remember that most applications in the same category are a lot like SOLIDWORKS. So you can effectively use the same workstation with applications from the CAD category like Inventor, Catia and Creo, to name a few.

Our expert sales team can analyse your workflow to find the perfect SOLIDWORKS workstation for you and your company. So if you want to see SOLIDWORKS running at its full potential, get a tailored SOLIDWORKS workstation today.

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