The Best Graphics Cards for SOLIDWORKS [UPDATED]

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.

SOLIDWORKS Graphics Cards

Why You Need a Good Graphics Card

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.

Recommended Graphics Cards

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

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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.

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If you still aren’t sure what graphics card is right for your system, leave us a comment below.

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