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I was reading an article posted on the Microsoft's site about "5 ways to speed up your PC" and wanted to add some comments:


  • System Maintenance- If you aren't doing this today, you should be. The items listed (i.e., temp clean up, defrag, disk errors) are all good, sound practices that help insure your system run efficiently. Also of note here is that system maintenance is not a one time thing. Create a scheduled task (it's Windows feature) that runs these utilities on a regular, scheduled basis. SolidWorks Rx does all of this for you (see next topic).  
    For more information seeImprove reliability and performance through routine system maintenance (subscription service access required).


  • SolidWorks Rx- There is tab within SolidWorks Rx that performs the valuable tasks described within Microsoft's article and also some additional SolidWorks aware cleanup.
  • Readyboost- I personally would never recommend using non-volatile flash memory as a replacement for adding more RAM to your system. As a CAD user, you need to insure you have enough RAM, and an operating system that can address it, to do your job. If you need access more than 2GB of RAM for all applications you have running, a 32bit operating system will not need your needs. More on this topic later...


A CAD workstation gets pushed hard and needs proper care. If you aren't doing some this today, check out this article or just open SolidWorks Rx and setup regular system maintenance on your computer.

This article describes the information behind the Graphics Card Drivers page. This page is used to help you find the right graphics card driver for your system to insure system performance and stability. SolidWorks tests and certifies graphics card driver for each version of SolidWorks and supported Operating Systems.


The difficult part of determining the "correct" driver for your system is that it is dependant on whether your graphics card came from a computer system vendor, or if it was purchased separately. The system vendor do not always use the same or latest version from the graphics card manufacturer. The other issue is your system/graphics card/operating system/SolidWorks version combination may not be one the certified list.


Using the Site:

There are two main options for displaying driver results; list system by computer vendor (if your graphics card came with you system), or browse for graphics cards because you purchased your graphics card separately or your system combination is not listed on the pull-down list when browsing by computer vendor.


After you have selected computer vendor, additional selections are displayed and you can either display all valid combinations or continue to filter by selecting computer model, graphics card model, operating system, and SolidWorks version.


If you are just browsing graphics cards, or your system is not listed, select Any System Vendor from the Computer Vendor list and then you can select a graphics card vendor and model.



When the results are displayed, there is a key at the bottom of the results describing the test results. If a card has limitations or notes they will be indicated within the results.


The limitations is with cards which have programmable shader capabilities but are not up to handling all of the features used by RealView. Most often, features are backed off due to performance (i.e., self-shadows and/or reflections). The pre-2008 is for cards which we used prior to SolidWorks 2008 with RealView, but cannot be used for the newer features. These would be limited to only visual effects which can be done with OpenGL environment textures.