Best Workstations for SOLIDWORKS: Hardware Configurations

Article by GoEngineer on Oct 13, 2021

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 new Precision 3650 Tower or 3361 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Standard are great solutions. 

Dell Precision 3640 Tower Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Standard

Dell Precision 3650 Tower

Price: $2,620.70  $1,829.00

Intel® Core™ i5-10600K

Windows 10 Pro 64bit English

NVIDIA Quadro P1000, 4GB, 4 mDP to DP adapter (Precision 3640)

16GB 2X8GB DDR4 2666MHz or 2933MHz

512GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 M.2 SSD

Dell Precision 3551 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Standard

Dell Precision 3561 Mobile

Price: $3,067.64 $2,139.00

Intel Core Processor i7-11800H

Windows 10 Pro English

NVIDIA Quadro P620 w/ 4GB GDDR5

16GB, 1X16GB, DDR4 3200Mhz Non-ECC Memory

M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

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 New Precision 3650 Tower or 5760 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Visualize are ideal. 

Dell Precision 3640 Tower Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Dell Precision 3650 Tower

Price: $4600.92 $3,219.00

Intel® Xeon® W-1350P

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations (6 Cores Plus) Multi - English

NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000, 8GB, 3DP, VirtualLink (Precision 3650T)

32GB 2X16GB DDR4 2666MHz or 2933MHz

1TB PCIe NVMe Class 40 M.2 SSD

Dell Precision 5750 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Dell Precision 5760 Mobile

Price: $5,031.87 $3,519.00

Intel Xeon W-11855M

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations (6 Cores Plus) Multi - English

NVIDIA RTX A2000, 4GBGB GDDR6

32GB, 2X16GB, DDR4 3200Mhz Non-ECC Memory

M.2 2280 1TB, Gen 3 PCLex4 NVMe, SOlid State Drive

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 5820 Tower or the 7760 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Premium and Simulation are robust enough to handle those demands. 

Dell Precision 5820 Tower Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Premium and Simulation

Dell Precision 5820 Tower

Price: $7,792.29  $5,449.00

Intel Xeon Processor W-2275

Windows 10 Pro for Workstation (6 Cores Plus) Multi - English

NVIDIA Quadro RTX5000, 16GB, 4DP, VirtualLink (XX20T)

64GB 4x16GB DDR4 2933MHz RDIMM ECC Memory

M.2 1TB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

Dell Precision 7750 Mobile Workstation for SOLIDWORKS Premium and Simulation

Dell Precision 7760 Mobile

Price: $8,842.10  $6,189.00

Intel Xeon W-11955M 

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations (6 Cores Plus) Multi - English

NVIDIA RTX A5000 w/16 GB GDDR6

64GB, 4x16GB, DDR4 3200 MHz ECC Memory

M.2 1TB PCIe NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive

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, moving 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 artical was originally published in January 2021 and has been been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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