I have an intel HD 4000 graphics card; the latest model supported is solidworks 2014, but I'm ordering 2015. Will solidworks still work at all or is this just recommended for the newer version?
I believe it will still work, however, I would do a clean install of SolidWorks 2015 leaving 2014 on your box as well. If it doesn't work the way you expect it should, you can fall back on the 2014 until the issue is remedied. Beware though, the earliest versions of 2015 are riddled with bugs/issues.....
OKay, appreciate the advice
Intel HD graphics are not the most performany graphics board you can have for running SW
Would prefer NVidia Quadro
The HD 4000 was never supported, only the P4000. The fact that SW14 worked was more luck than anything else, so there's no guarantee of performance from SW15.
As previously suggested, a certified card from the Nvidia Quadro / AMD FirePro lines is required (or from the Intel P-series).
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