Graphics Card Drivers for SOLIDWORKS

Blog Post created by Jeremy RIEDEL on Jan 28, 2020

The question on everybody’s mind; what driver should I install?  The simple answer...the one that works! However, life is never so simple and so it is the same with graphics card drivers and your workstation. To simplify your search, we have below a step-by-step process that may assist you in finding the correct driver for your workstation.


If you have an AMD card, SOLIDWORKS will be certifying each quarterly release. The link from the Hardware Certification webpage takes you to the release notes for a specified driver version and allows you to choose your Operating System and download the driver. Allowing customers to choose the latest quarterly release ensures they can receive the latest security patches and hotfixes and maintain SOLIDWORKS support.


If you have an NVIDIA card, SOLIDWORKS will be certifying a specific branch rather than a specific version. On the Hardware Certification page, you will see a note ex. R440 is certified and version 441.66 was used in testing. This means that we recommend installing any driver on the R440 branch after version 441.66. Allowing our customers to choose any driver within that branch ensures they can install the latest security patches and hotfixes and maintain SOLIDWORKS support. Quadro Driver Branch History for Windows | NVIDIA 


Step 1: What Graphics Card do you have in your system? Start > Device Manager > Display adapters

Step 2: Check if your card is on the Hardware Certification list. Hardware Certification | SOLIDWORKS 

Step 3a: Your card was on the page; simply visit the link provided to download the appropriate driver.

Step 3b: Your card was not on the page; go directly to the device manufacturer website for the latest supported driver.


What if the latest driver is not working correctly on my system? Please report this to your VAR and SOLIDWORKS support.