SOLIDWORKS 2020 System Requirements
We get a lot of support inquiries dealing with what kind of PC is the best to run SOLIDWORKS. Here are a few tips from the CATI tech staff on selecting your next SOLIDWORKS system. You can also download our latest PDF on SOLIDWORKS system requirements on the right.
- Supported Systems:
- Windows 10, 64-Bit
- Windows 7 SP1, 64-Bit (End of Life: SW2020 SP5)
- Not Supported Systems:
- Windows 8.1, 64-Bit
- Windows 8.0, 64-Bit
- Windows 7 SP1, 32-Bit
- Vista Business x64 SP2
- XP x64
- 32 bit Windows
- 16 GB or more, SOLIDWORKS
- 32 GB or more – recommended for large assembly work and Simulation
- Visit solidworks.com/sw/support/videocardtesting.html for a list of certified cards and drivers.
- Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro or AMD Radeon Pro.
- Intergrated Intel HD graphics and gaming cards (Nvidia GeForce for example) are not certified and not recommended.
- Quadro NVS are not recommended; they are 2D only cards.
- While a certified video card is important SOLIDWORKS is a CPU bound application, you’ll see more performance gains from a faster CPU.
- For SOLIDWORKS 2019, the new performance pipeline requires Nvidia Quadro series cards Kepler, Maxwell, Pascal and Volta that support OpenGL 4.5.
- 3.3GHz or Higher
- Current generation Intel or AMD with SSE2 support processor – as fast as you can afford.
- The Intel i7 Generation 8 Coffee Lake series are the fastest CPU’s today.
- SOLIDWORKS will take advantage of multi core and multi CPU architectures up to 4 cores.
- All SOLIDWORKS Simulation products take advantage multi core and multi CPU architectures.
- Sata Controlled SSD (solid state drive) recommended at minimum.
- New PCIe M.2 drives are strongly recommended for use for the primary drive.
PDM Contributor or Viewer: 10 GB or more
PDM Web Client or Web Server: 5 GB or more
PDM Archive Server or Database Server: 50 GB or more
SOLIDWORKS Manage: 10 GB or more
|Microsoft Products||Start of Life||End of Life 1|
|Windows 10, 64-bit||2015 SP5||Active|
|Windows 8.1, 64-bit||2014 SP1||2018 SP5|
|Windows 7, 64-bit||2010 SP1||2020 SP5|
|Windows Server 2019||2019 SP3||Active|
|Windows Server 2016||2017 SP2||Active|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||2014 SP3||2019 SP5|
|Windows Server 2012||2014 SP0||2018 SP5|
|SQL Server 2017||2018 SP0||Active|
|SQL Server 2016||2017 SP0||Active|
|SQL Server 2014||2015 SP0||2021 SP5|
|SQL Server 2012||2013 SP2||2019 SP5|
|IE 11||2014 SP3||Active|
|Excel, Word 2019 (64-bit recommended)||2019 SP2||Active|
|Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended)||2016 SP3||Active|
|Excel, Word 2013||2013 SP4||2020 SP5|
|Excel, Word 2010||2010 SP5||2018 SP5|
|macOS Catalina (10.15)||eDrawings 2020||Active|
|macOS Mojave (10.14)||eDrawings 2019||Active|
|macOS High Sierra (10.13)||eDrawings 2019||Active|
|macOS Sierra (10.12)||eDrawings 2017||eDrawings 2019|
|OS X El Capitan (10.11)||eDrawings 2017||eDrawings 2018|
|OS X Yosemite (10.10)||eDrawings 2015||eDrawings 2018|
Very few laptops that have the certified graphics cards for SolidWorks:
- Boxx MXL Laptops.
- Dell Precision mobile workstations.
- HP EliteBook mobile workstations.
- Lenovo Thinkpad W series.
SOLIDWORKS has created a benchmark to gauge system performance.
See what other SOLIDWORKS users have for hardware and their performance to make a better informed decision.
Though these recommendations are a good starting point for specing out a SOLIDWORKS machine, it is always a good idea to conduct your own hardware/software tests before purchasing any workstation, computer hardware, or video card for SolidWorks.
- End Of Life (EOL) corresponds to the last SOLIDWORKS release where a Microsoft product is supported (This is synchronized with the Microsoft Mainstream Support End Date). SOLIDWORKS releases after the EOL are not supported for the said Microsoft product and SOLIDWORKS installation is blocked in the case of an operating system.
- SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle defines the End Of Support for SOLIDWORKS versions.
- SolidWorks recommends using the latest Microsoft update of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.
- SolidWorks supports each Windows 10 release for applicable SOLIDWORKS releases as long as it is still covered by both the SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle and Microsoft Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet.
- SolidWorks recommends using a Windows Server operating system for all SOLIDWORKS server-based products.
- Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported.
- Apple Mac ® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported.
- SOLIDWORKS 2018 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 requires the Microsoft April 2014 update
- It is not recommended to install any instances of other applications on the SOLIDWORKS PDM Archive or Database Server. For PDM Professional, it is recommended the Archive and Database servers are two separate, dedicated machines.
- To ensure optimum performance, it is not recommended to install antivirus software on the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault computer.
- SolidWorks does not test or certify VPN (Virtual Private Network) solutions but provides best-effort support. Users may be directed to work directly with their VPN provider to resolve issues on a case-by-case basis.
- Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2020, DVD distribution media will only be provided on request. Please contact your Reseller.