Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS

system requirements and current recommendations

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Computer Workstation Setups that run SOLIDWORKS Simulation

System Requirements

Basic System

Processor:       3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i5, i7 or equivalent AMD®
Operating System      : Windows® 10        
Memory:        8GB or more is required
Hard Drive:       Standard or Solid State Drive (SSD) > 250GB, keeping 10% drive capacity free space
Graphics Cards:   NVIDIA® Quadro® P2200

  • System for simple parts, small assemblies (200 or fewer components), and drawings.
  • This system will support part and assembly simulations including linear statics, thermal, frequency, fatigue, and optimization. Gap and contact simulations will run on small assemblies that contain simple components.
  • This system will also support simple flow simulations.
Intermediate System

Processor:       3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i7, Xeon or equivalent AMD®
Operating System      : Windows® 10        
Memory      :        16GB or more as required
Hard Drive:        Solid State Drive (SSD) > 250GB, keeping 10% drive capacity free space
Graphics Cards:   NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX 4000

  • System for complex parts with advanced shapes, large patterns, shells, 200+ features.
  • This system is also for assemblies containing 200-1000 components and drawings.
  • This system will support part and assembly simulations including non-linear, dynamics, random vibrations along with moderate gaps and contacts.
  • This system will also support moderate flow simulations.
Advanced System

Processor:       3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i7, Xeon or equivalent AMD®
Operating System      : Windows® 10        
Memory:        32GB or more as required
Hard Drive:        Solid State Drive (SSD) > 250GB, keeping 10% drive capacity free space
Graphics Cards:   NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX 5000, RTX 6000, RTX 8000

  • System for very complex parts with advanced surfacing features or hybrid modeling.
  • This system is also for assemblies containing 1000 – 200,000 components.
  • This system will support large complex analysis and large flow simulations.

 

Minimum hardware requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2021:

The minimum requirements can be found on the SOLIDWORKS System Requirements website.

Video:

A recommended OpenGL workstation graphics card and driver.
For a listing of recommended graphics cards and driver combinations visit the SOLIDWORKS System/Graphics Card Requirements Website.
https://www.solidworks.com/support/hardware-certification

CPU:

Intel® or AMD® with SSE2 support. A 64-bit operating system required.
SOLIDWORKS can be made to run on Apple Mac® based machines running under Parallels or BootCamp.  It is not a recommended hardware configuration.
http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/11168_ENU_HTML.htm
NOTE:    Non-server products are only supported in the Parallels environment.
eDrawings® is supported on Apple Macintosh®-based machines.

Other:

Mouse or another pointing device.
DVD drive or broadband internet connection
Microsoft Excel 2016, or 2019
Internet Explorer version 11 or Microsoft Edge
Anti-Virus ( http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/AntiVirus_SW.html )

Network:

SOLIDWORKS is tested only with Microsoft’s Windows Networking and Active Directory network environments.
Novell networks and non-Windows based network storage devices are not supported.

OS:

Window 10®  (SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5+)          Note: Windows Home, Small Business, and To Go editions are not supported.

SNL Server Requirements:

Windows 10®
Windows Server 2016®, 2019®
Virtual servers are supported for SNL only for the ones listed here (   http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/11168_ENU_HTML.htm   ).

PDM Professional, Standard:

The system requirements for PDM can be found here,   https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html

End of Life Product Info

http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/solidworks-support.htm?tabshow=2

 

Basic System

Processor:    3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i5, i7 or equivalent AMD®
Operating System   : Windows® 10 and 7   (2020 was the last year for Windows 7 support)
Memory:     8GB or more is required
Hard Drive:    Standard or Solid State Drive (SSD) > 250GB, keeping 10% drive capacity free space
Graphics Cards:  NVIDIA® Quadro® P2200

  • System for simple parts, small assemblies (200 or fewer components), and drawings.
  • This system will support part and assembly simulations including linear statics, thermal, frequency, fatigue, and optimization. Gap and contact simulations will run on small assemblies that contain simple components.
  • This system will also support simple flow simulations.
Intermediate System

Processor:    3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i7, Xeon or equivalent AMD®
Operating System   : Windows® 10 and 7   (2020 was the last year for Windows 7 support)
Memory   :     16GB or more as required
Hard Drive:     Solid State Drive (SSD) > 250GB, keeping 10% drive capacity free space
Graphics Cards:   NVIDIA® Quadro®RTX 4000

  • System for complex parts with advanced shapes, large patterns, shells, 200+ features.
  • This system is also for assemblies containing 200-1000 components and drawings.
  • This system will support part and assembly simulations including non-linear, dynamics, random vibrations along with moderate gaps and contacts.
  • This system will also support moderate flow simulations.
Advanced System

Processor:    3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i7, Xeon or equivalent AMD®
Operating System   : Windows® 10 and 7   (2020 was the last year for Windows 7 support)
Memory:     32GB or more as required
Hard Drive:     Solid State Drive (SSD) > 250GB, keeping 10% drive capacity free space
Graphics Cards: NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX 5000, RTX 6000, RTX 8000

  • System for very complex parts with advanced surfacing features or hybrid modeling.
  • This system is also for assemblies containing 1000 – 200,000 components.
  • This system will support large complex analysis and large flow simulations.

 

Minimum hardware requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2020:

The minimum requirements can be found on the    SOLIDWORKS System Requirements website   .

Video:

A recommended OpenGL workstation graphics card and driver.
For a listing of recommended graphics cards and driver combinations visit the SOLIDWORKS System/Graphics Card Requirements Website.
https://www.solidworks.com/support/hardware-certification

CPU:

Intel® or AMD® with SSE2 support. A 64-bit operating system required.
SOLIDWORKS can be made to run on Apple Mac® based machines running under Parallels or BootCamp.  It is not a recommended hardware configuration.
http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/11168_ENU_HTML.htm
NOTE:   Non-server products are only supported in the Parallels environment.
eDrawings® is supported on Apple Macintosh®-based machines.

Other:

Mouse or another pointing device.
DVD drive or broadband internet connection
Microsoft Excel 2013, 2016, or 2019
Internet Explorer version 11 or Microsoft Edge
Anti-Virus ( http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/AntiVirus_SW.html   )

Network:

SOLIDWORKS is tested only with Microsoft’s Windows Networking and Active Directory network environments.
Novell networks and non-Windows based network storage devices are not supported.

OS:

Window 10®  (SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5+)      Note: Windows Home, Small Business, and To Go editions are not supported.
Windows 7® 64-bit professional or greater editions only      (2020 is the last year for Windows 7 support)

SNL Server Requirements:

Windows 7®, 10®
Windows Server 2016®, 2019®
Virtual servers are supported for SNL only for the ones listed here (   http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/11168_ENU_HTML.htm ).

PDM Professional, Standard:

The system requirements for PDM can be found here,      https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html

End of Life Product Info

http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/solidworks-support.htm?tabshow=2

 

Minimum System Requirements

Processor:  3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i5, i7 or equivalent AMD®
Operating System : Windows® 10 or 7 x64
Memory:   8GB or more recommended
Hard Drive:  Standard or Solid State Drive (SSD) > 250GB, keeping 10% drive capacity free space
Graphics Cards:   NVIDIA® Quadro®   P600, P1000 series

  • System for simple parts, small assemblies (200 or fewer components), and drawings.
  • This system will support part and assembly simulations including linear statics, thermal, frequency, fatigue, and optimization. Gap and contact simulations will run on small assemblies that contain simple components.
  • This system will also support simple flow simulations.
  • Approximate Costs: Laptop – $1600 | Desktop – $1400
Basic System

Processor:  3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i7, Xeon or equivalent AMD®
Operating System : Windows® 10 or 7 x64
Memory :   8-16GB or more as required
Hard Drive:   Solid State Drive (SSD) > 250GB, keeping 10% drive capacity free space
Graphics Cards:   NVIDIA® Quadro®   P2000 series

  • System for complex parts with advanced shapes, large patterns, shells, 200+ features.
  • This system is also for assemblies containing 200-1000 components and drawings.
  • This system will support part and assembly simulations including non-linear, dynamics, random vibrations along with moderate gaps and contacts.
  • This system will also support moderate flow simulations.
  • Approximate Costs: Laptop – $2100 | Desktop – $1800
Advanced System

Processor:  3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i7, Xeon or equivalent AMD®
Operating System : Windows® 10 or 7 x64
Memory:   16-32GB or more as required
Hard Drive:   Solid State Drive (SSD) > 250GB, keeping 10% drive capacity free space
Graphics Cards: NVIDIA® Quadro®   P3000 P4000 series

  • System for very complex parts with advanced surfacing features or hybrid modeling.
  • This system is also for assemblies containing 1000 – 200,000 components.
  • This system will support large complex analysis and large flow simulations.
  • Approximate Costs: Laptop – $3000 | Desktop – $2500

 

Minimum hardware requirements for SOLIDWORKS 2019:

The minimum requirements can be found on the  SOLIDWORKS System Requirements website .

Video:

A certified OpenGL workstation graphics card and driver.
For a listing of tested and certified graphics cards and driver, combinations visit the SOLIDWORKS System/Graphics Card Requirements Website.
http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/videocardtesting.html

CPU:

Intel® or AMD® with SSE2 support. A 64-bit operating system required.
SOLIDWORKS is supported on Apple Mac® based machines running under Parallels.
http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/11168_ENU_HTML.htm
NOTE:   Non-server products are only supported in the Parallels environment.
eDrawings® is supported on Apple Macintosh®-based machines.

Other:

Mouse or another pointing device.
DVD drive or broadband internet connection
Microsoft Excel 2010, 2013, or 2016
Internet Explorer version 8 or higher
Anti-Virus ( http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/AntiVirus_SW.html )

Network:

SOLIDWORKS is tested only with Microsoft’s Windows Networking and Active Directory network environments.
Novell networks and non-Windows based network storage devices are not supported.

OS:

Window 10®  (SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5+)   Note: Windows Home, Small Business, and To Go editions are not supported.
Windows 7® 64-bit professional or greater editions only

SNL Server Requirements:

Windows 7®, 10®
Windows Server 2012® R2, 2016®
Virtual servers are supported for SNL only for the ones listed here ( http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/11168_ENU_HTML.htm ).

PDM Professional, Standard:

The system requirements for PDM can be found here,   http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/PDMSystemRequirements.html .

End of Life Product Info

http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/solidworks-support.htm?tabshow=2

System Samples

Minimum System from Dell®

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Hardware Reccomendations Precision 7520 Summary

Figure 1 – Minimum System Sample from Dell®

Basic System from Dell®

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Hardware Recommendations Dell 7520 Summary

Figure 2 – Basic System Sample from Dell®

Advanced System from Dell®

Hardware Recommendations SOLIDWORKS 2019 Dell Precision 7720

Figure 3 – Advanced System Sample from Dell®

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