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What does solidworks actually use my video card for?

Question asked by Clyde Gibson on Sep 21, 2015

I have been monitoring my solidworks usage on my GPU, CPU, and RAM the past few days. The video card is never using more then 5% utilization. Yet my processor and ram are running anywhere from 50%-100% on large assemblies. Why does solidworks not use more of this EXPENSIVE Quadro card. I am mainly doing modelling, assembling, and making drawings. I was going to upgrade to the Quadro M4000 but seeing as solidworks is not even using this card why what difference would that make?


I am a bit frustrated that we are told to use these Certified Driver cards that are not being utilized. What benefit does the Quadro give me over an equal spec Geforce card? Also it seems Modeling is only using a single core. Why would this not be fixed by now knowing that CPU companies have hit a max Ghz per core and are now trying to add more cores rather then faster GHZ?


Thanks in advance,




Hardware configuration:

System Model: HP Z620 Workstation

Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1620 0 @ 3.60GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.6GHz

Memory: 16384MB RAM

Card name: NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800

Solidworks 2014 & EPDM 2014