Updated on April 27, 2022
A good graphics card can make the difference between a poor SOLIDWORKS experience and a wonderful one. SOLIDWORKS-approved graphics cards ensure that your system runs smoothly and that your designs load appropriately.
If you want your SOLIDWORKS drawings to look their best, you’ll need to do some research before purchasing a graphics card.
Incorrect cards might have a negative impact on your computer’s stability and increase the likelihood of a crash. SOLIDWORKS will not work properly with gaming GPUs, for example. For engineering workflows, you’ll want a card designed just for that purpose.
Check out SOLIDWORKS’ recommended system hardware.
The most important component of your computer should be a high-performance CPU with lots of RAM. Without a robust system, a top-of-the-line graphics card has little value. If you’ve found the correct graphics card, the next step is to find a compatible one.
Because of this, there is no “one size fits all” option when it comes to graphics cards. SOLIDWORKS can be put to a wide range of uses. Simple and complex modelling require Open GL-compliant workstation GPUs.
Here are two product categories to get you started:
There are both basic and high-performance NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro cards.
SOLIDWORKS Graphics Card Testing
If you don’t have the time or a willing intern to help you out, SOLIDWORKS’ graphics card testing page is a decent alternative.
A more realistic version of eHarmony for graphics cards. From the dropdown menus, select your computer model, graphics card type, and SOLIDWORKS version. It will tell you if it’s a match.
If you still aren’t sure what graphics card is right for your system, leave us a comment below.