here are 3 tips:
1) when you hide parts do the following: right mouse on the main assembly and select unload hidden components
the hidden parts are then removed from the ram memory
2 Solidworks is all about single core cpu performance. That's why I always recommend a processor with more then 3ghz in speed.
( my laptop has a turboboost to 3,8 ghz)
3 buy the following book from the solidworks store Improving Large Assembly Design Book | SolidWorks Merchandise Store
it will be worth the investment
with kind regards
I was thinking about upgrading the processor but didnt want to go that route until I heard from the professionals lol. Thanks for the advice, I will look into it. Can I get the book on Kindle? j/k Ill look into it.
SolidWorks Performance Test Results
Graphics: 22.1 Seconds
Processor: 72.5 Seconds
I/O: 32.1 Seconds
Rendering: 47.2 Seconds
RealView Performance: 69.7 Seconds
Working on local drive or network?
Counter-intuitively, don't use Windows Max Performance setting, make sure you have an Aero (translucent) theme enabled - search around the forums for explanations why, long story short it's just better.
Switch to running locally and you should see a pretty significant performance boost.