Hardware Recommendations for SOLIDWORKS 2020

system requirements and current recommendations

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Computer Workstation Setups that run SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Basic System

Processor:    3.3GHz or faster, Intel® Core i5, i7 or equivalent AMD®
Operating System   : Windows® 10 and 7      (2020 is 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 is 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 is 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

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