Best Workstations for SOLIDWORKS: Hardware Configurations

Article by GoEngineer on Apr 20, 2023

For designers and manufacturers, the end goal is usually the same - to make products stronger, cheaper, and lighter and to iterate designs that are easier to manufacture. To do this, many engineers use SOLIDWORKS Simulation software for testing and running analyses as well as realistic rendering software like SOLIDWORKS Visualize to portray real-life products for customer demonstrations and marketing initiatives. But without the right computer hardware, running these powerful tools can cause crashes, lag, and unwanted downtime. 

Exciting as it is to get a new system, investing in a new workstation can seem confusing, requiring answers to questions like:

  • What processor should I get? 
  • What’s the difference between HDD and SSD? 
  • What type of RAM do I need and how much? Will it pair well with the applications I have?

How do you know what hardware is the best fit for the software you use, and the tools you need to create your products?

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Best Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Standard

If you’re working mostly in SOLIDWORKS CAD on assemblies containing less than 500 parts, and your everyday workflow doesn’t require heavy use of SOLIDWORKS Simulation or Visualize, the Precision 3260 Tower or 5770 Mobile Workstation   for SOLIDWORKS Standard are great solutions. 

Dell Precision 3260 Tower Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Standard

Dell Precision 3260 Tower

Price:   $3,266.96 $2,278.75

  • 13th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-13700 
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • NVIDIA® T1000, 4 GB GDDR6, low profile, 4 mDP to DP adapters
  • 32 GB
  • 1 TB, M.2, Gen 4 PCIe NVMe, SSD

Dell Precision 5770 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Standard

Dell Precision 5770 Mobile

Price: $5,871.81 $4,101.50

  • 12ᵗʰ Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700H
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • NVIDIA® RTX™ A3000
  • 32 GB, DDR5
  • 1 TB SSD

Best Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Visualize

If you’re a SOLIDWORKS user who regularly works with large assemblies (up to 2500 components) and occasionally use Visualize and Simulation, the Elite Precision 5820 Tower  or Ultimate Precision 7670 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Visualize are ideal. 

Dell Edite Precision 5820 Tower Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Dell Elite Precision 5820 Tower

Price: 7,574.71  $5,300.15

  • Intel® Xeon® W-2275
  • Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
  • NVIDIA® RTX™ A4500
  • 64 GB, DDR4
  • 1 TB SSD

Dell Ulimate Precision 7670 Workstatation

  • Price:   $7,633.22  $5,337.22
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • NVIDIA® RTX™ A4500
  • 64 GB, DDR5
  • 512 GB SSD


Best Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Premium and Simulation

If you’re an engineer who works with large assemblies, creating motion animations, renderings in SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and perform Simulations regularly, the Precision 7820 Tower or the 7770 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Premium and Simulation are robust enough to handle those demands. 

Dell Precision 7820 Tower Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Premium and Simulation

Dell Precision 7820 Tower

For pricing and configuration details for this system please, visit the dell website

Dell Precision 7770 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Premium and Simulation

Dell Precision 7770 Mobile

  • Price:   $9,707.46   $6,787.58
  • 12ᵗʰ Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12950HX
  • Windows 11 Pro (Dell Technologies recommends Windows 11 Pro for business)
  • NVIDIA® RTX™ A5500
  • 64 GB, DDR5
  • 1 TB SSD
  • 17.3-in. display Ultra HD (3840X2160)

Why Choose Dell & Nvidia?

Dell is the number one workstation brand in the world and has continuously evolved their machines into powerful mobile and tower systems. Graphic Processing Units have continued the trend toward more performance in smaller packages, requiring less power. And Dell has incorporated the best NVIDIA GPU products into their desktop and mobile workstations.

Over the years, tools like SOLIDWORKS have made good use of these hardware advancements by adopting GPU acceleration into their software engineering flow, m oving what had been single threaded processes on CPUs over to GPUs for better performance. SOLIDWORKS has also optimized the OpenGL rendering pipeline in 2019 and it’s on by default in 2020 resulting in a smoother experience manipulating large assemblies and complex models. 

With Dell, NVIDIA, and GoEngineer, you’re guaranteed the best tool for the job. To learn more about these solutions, or for questions about pricing please contact us.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2021 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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