SOLIDWORKS 2021 Enhanced Graphics Performance

Article by Martin Adams on Mar 12, 2021

New in SOLIDWORKS 2021, the Enhanced Graphics Performance option has moved from a 'Beta' to a mainstream system option. This option improves graphical performance and affects rotate, pan, and zoom for parts and assemblies, and the display of drawings that have shaded or draft quality views.

There are cases where the new graphics pipeline option can interfere with the graphics display of an existing installation. In these cases, the option should be unchecked. In the SOLIDWORKS 2021 version, this is enabled by default. Changing the option does require a SOLIDWORKS restart.

Not all graphics issues in an installation can be attributed to this option, however, using the certified graphics card driver is very important for the functioning of this enhancement. This is especially true for users updating to the current SOLIDWORKS 2021 version from other versions of several years ago.

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Where is the Enhanced Graphics Performance Option Located?

This option is selectable in the SOLIDWORKS System Options under the Performance dialog. (Reference Figure 1)

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Enhanced Graphics Performance

Figure 1

Still having issues?

As mentioned previously, there are a number of problems that can occur with the hardware graphics configuration on any system such as Windows updates, Anti-Virus changes, etc.…

Checking your graphics driver version with the SOLIDWORKS Rx tool is a good place to start.

A guide to navigating the SOLIDWORKS video card test website is available here: Navigating the New SOLIDWORKS Video Card Testing Site

In some systems, there are graphics processors built into the CPU. These typically do not offer the same level of performance that a dedicated graphics processor can. Most systems with both will have switchable graphics. For better performance with SOLIDWORKS, the internal CPU graphics can frequently be disabled on some systems.  

Related >> SOLIDWORKS: Disabling Switchable Graphics 

Although this is not a comprehensive troubleshooting guide, these are some common areas to investigate.

Status Bar Not Showing

In some SOLIDWORKS upgrades to the current version, there have been instances of the ‘Status Bar’ not appearing in the graphical user interface. For those that rely on the automatic dimension readout and coordinates, this can be a problem.

Don’t worry, the answer is the status bar visibility in the user interface selections. The following images are two methods for accessing the setting for both with and without a document open. 

Why Status Bar Is Not Showing in SOLIDWORKS

Figure 2: No documents opened

SOLIDWORKS Status Bar Not Showing

Figure 3: With a Document Opened

Either of these two methods should restore a missing ‘Status Bar’.

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