SOLIDWORKS has very specific requirements for use related to the CPU and RAM.
- [Instructor] When using SOLIDWORKS as your main design tool, it's important to understand the CPU and RAM requirements that SOLIDWORKS has. By creating a machine that ideally exceeds these requirements, you have a better chance of increased productivity and less failures while working in SOLIDWORKS. Let's take a look at the SOLIDWORKS CPU and RAM requirements. Going to SOLIDWORKS.com, clicking on support, and then clicking on hardware and system requirements, we now find our SOLIDWORKS system requirements.
Here you see SOLIDWORKS list the requirements for all their software packages as well as when they stop supporting Windows software. We're only concerned with this top section right now. As you can see, they list Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. All of these are still supported. They also list SOLIDWORKS 2016, 2017, and 2018 because these are all also supported. It's good rule of thumb to work inside of the software packages that still have support available.
Going down below we first see our RAM requirement, which is eight gigabytes or more recommended. I would suggest going to 16 gigabytes as a minimum. And if you can, upgrade to 32 or even higher up to 64. This will depend on the system that you choose and the funding that's available to build your system. But these are just the base minimums and eight gigabytes isn't going to get you very far. Moving on, we see our processor down here, our CPU.
Here they list Intel or AMD with SSE2 support, 64-bit operating system required. This doesn't really give us a lot of information. We know that it's an Intel or an AMD processor. That could be a lot of processors. So what I suggest is shopping around online, Amazon, Newegg.com, whatever resource you use to source your CPUs, and then do a comparison at the one's you're looking at at PassMark.
PassMark is a software benchmark website. So they do CPU benchmarks, video card benchmarks, hard drive benchmarks, RAM benchmarks, and complete PC system benchmarks. They also have a portion for phones as well. But what we want to focus on is the CPU benchmarks. So now if you already have an existing system and you don't know what you're using, the way to find that is to go down to the Windows Explorer, right-click on this PC, and go to properties.
Here you're going to see the process that you're using. So I went ahead and did a comparison of the CPU that I'm using. The dual CPU Intel Xeon E5 2643 version four at 3.4 gigahertz, looking at their guide down below when compared to the top 10 CPUs on the market right now, it scores very well, almost twice in value. But when looking at the price, you can see here that it scores very poorly because an expensive CPU.
The pricing history below shows how the price has changed over time as well. Also it shows us how the baselines have changed for the CPU over time. So this gives us some good information about this specific CPU, but you'll have to see what's available to you and do comparisons. Looking back on our requirements for SOLIDWORKS, you can see that they're not extreme considering the technology that's out there right now. But you'll definitely want to go above and beyond these requirements to get your productivity and performance up.
- How your workstation's hardware functions
- Adjusting System Options settings
- Modeling best practices
- Creating custom configurations
- Fixing your assemblies
- Using SpeedPak
- Increasing modeling performance with Instant2D and Instant3D