Keri Prasky

SolidWorks Performance Benchmark Test

Blog Post created by Keri Prasky on Nov 22, 2011

If you haven’t already run the SolidWorks performance benchmark test and shared the results – now is the time to do it!  The Share Your Score test is a performance test to help test your system for performance, share your score on the Share Your Score site, and compare your score with other users.  The reason this benchmark was designed was to address to answer the question ‘How fast is my computer compared to other computers?’.  This gives you tangible metrics due to the fact the tests are run in SolidWorks, in a repeatable manners across different computers.


The performance test pushes your computer hard and geared toward the comparison of CPU performance. The I/O is also represented well with the performance test. One area where you will not see significant differentiation is graphics. The reason for this is that the test is run without RealView on due to the fact that some systems cannot run SolidWorks with RealView on. If a system cannot run RealView, the score cannot be viewed/reported in comparison to systems that are running RealView. For this reason, RealView is turned off for all tests.


For more information on benchmarks, visit the Benchmarks page on


The Test

  • From the Windows start menu navigate to: All Programs --> SolidWorks<version> --> SolidWorks Tools --> SolidWorks Performance Test and select to ‘Start Benchmark’
  • Or from the Windows start menu navigate to: All Programs --> SolidWorks<version> --> SolidWorks Tools --> SolidWorks Rx and then change to the Add-in tab in SolidWorks Rx and select to ‘Start Benchmark’
  • This tests following areas; CPU, I/O, Graphics, and RealView. Each step of the test (described below) is meant to exercise a specific area of the computer using SolidWorks.
  • Out of the box, standard settings are used to insure consistent settings are used to run the tests.
  • The general tasks for the all datasets are as follows. The areas test are listed in [] after the test step:

            - Open the file [I/O] 

            - Force a rebuild [CPU]

            - Rotate and zoom [Graphics]

            - Open drawing [I/O w/Multi-Threading]

            - Rotate and zoom [Graphics]

            - Add sheet [CPU] & [Graphics]

            - Add view [CPU] & [Graphics]

            - Render (parts only) [CPU w/Multi-Threading]

            - Rotate and zoom with RealView [RealView]

  • Results for the performance test are stored in the My Documents \ SW Log Files directory. The files start with SWPTResults1.txt and new tests have a new filename (SWPTResults2.txt, SWPTResults3.txt, …).


Share Your Score Site


The Share Your Score site lists other machines. You can filter the listing by SolidWorks version, and computer type (laptop or workstation). You also have the option at the end of the performance test to share you score with other on this site.



  • You cannot have more than one test results for the same computer/SolidWorks version. The most current entry is used.
  • When you share your score, you will be asked for a name for your system. You can search for this name later, so use something you will remember. Also, note that this is the only item that is displayed that shows anything personally identifiable. All other information is generic system information like CPU type, ram size, OS, SolidWorks version, etc. For more details, see the Terms & Conditions on the Share Your score site for details.
  • The list is sorted by CPU score. You can sort by other categories by selecting the top column cell.
  • Filter the results by SolidWorks version or computer type (laptop or workstation) to so only the results that are meaningful to what you are comparing.
  • Links are also provided to the Administrator section of the SolidWorks Forums. This is a good place to share comments and questions with other users.

There also is a Compare your Score report that allows you to see how your computer stacks up against others scores. The Compare Your Score report is for Subscription Service members.



The SolidWorks Performance Test is a useful tool that helps you understand, and quantify how fast your computer will generally (in respect to CPU speed) running SolidWorks compared to other systems.



A special thanks to Anna Wood of Auer Precision ( for the dataset and her feedback during the development of the performance test.