SOLIDWORKS System Requirements

SolidWorks-System-RequirementsSOLIDWORKS 2019 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.

Operating System

  • Supported Systems:
    • Windows 10, 64-Bit
    • Windows 7 SP1, 64-Bit
  • 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

RAM

  • 16 GB, SOLIDWORKS
  • 32 GB, or more – recommended for large assembly work and Simulation

Video Card

  • Visit www.solidworks.com/sw/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.

CPU

  • 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.

Hard Drive

  • Sata Controlled SSD (solid state drive) recommended at minimum.
  • New PCIe M.2 drives are strongly recommended for use for the primary drive.

Disk Space

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 2016 2017 SP2 Active
Windows Server 2012 R2 2014 SP3 2019 SP5
Windows Server 2012 2014 SP0 2018 SP5
Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 2009 2017 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
SQL Server 2008 R2 2010 SP4 2017 SP5
IE 11 2014 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2016 (64-bit recommended) 2016 SP3 Active
Excel, Word 2013 2013 SP4 2020 SP5
Excel, Word 2010 2010 SP5 2018 SP5

Laptops

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.

Benchmarks

SOLIDWORKS has created a benchmark to gauge system performance.
https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/benchmarks.htm

See what other SOLIDWORKS users have for hardware and their performance to make a better informed decision.
https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/shareyourscore.htm

Additional Notes:

1. 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.

2. End Of Life corresponds to the last SOLIDWORKS release where a Microsoft Product is supported. SOLIDWORKS releases after this are not supported and for operating systems, SOLIDWORKS installation is blocked

3. SOLIDWORKS Product Support Lifecycle defines the End Of Support for SOLIDWORKS versions

4. Windows Home Editions and Windows To Go are not supported

5. Microsoft Office ‘Click-To-Run’ feature is not supported

6. We recommend using the latest Microsoft SP of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer
7. Apple Macintosh® based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported