To that end, does anyone know if random Solidworks crashes are related to memory errors?
Charles or others,
I was recently provided with a Lenovo D30 from another project that no longer needs it. The system has a Xeon ES-2640 v2 CPU, 32Mb of Axiom DDR3-1600 RAM, and an ASUS Stryker video card. We run Win7-64 for our OS and currently are running SolidWorks 2015 and I'm hoping to go to 2016 soon.I work doing CADD for a medical device company and do everything from single parts to 1,000+ part assemblies and single page to 20+ page drawing sets. I do some simulation and FEA work but it is not my primary duty. Best Job I've ever had but I'm not sure which graphics card is my best bet. SolidWorks lists drivers for only the Quadro cards (2000, 4000, 5000, and K's) currently. The Nvidia site lists the Quadro K2200 thru the M6000 for workstations but I have allways been partial to AMD products. If the Nvidia products work better with an Intel chip though you gotta do what you gotta do. What would you suggest based on what you are seeing now? I'd rather spend money on a large SSD than on graphics potential I can't utilize. I have budget for both card and SSD I just hate to throw away money, even when it isn't mine. Thanks for everything you and the others have done with this link. The information depth is amazing.
I am in the market for a new workstation... Should I just work through this thread and see the specs or are you coming out with an update soon?
A more detailed explanation of the various components can be seen here:
(I feel that SW tend to hover over some of these)
I think all of us that are using it know this.
Its obvious that SW want you to use their software, and if they can suggest the cheapest system possible to run it they will.
Yes SW will run on the minimum Spec's and they probably know users will end up upgrading as they will soon become fed up by crashes and lagging.
They aint going to tell you that you need to spend £1500 to £2000 on top of the software cost; that you need to spend to get a system that performs to an acceptable level.