I'm am in need of a new graphics card and wondered if there is a list of supported cards yet?
SOLIDWORKS Visualize performs well on any machine out of the box, regardless of hardware. To achieve break-neck render speeds and performance, we highly suggest upgrading to an NVIDIA graphics card. There are several options from NVIDIA, but Richard is right about maximizing the CUDA core amount for your budget. The more CUDA cores, the faster the renders!
Visualize supports NVIDIA Professional series cards, Quadro, which perform the best hands down. They are a little more expensive than the GeForce gaming cards from NVIDIA, but I believe you receive more/better support from NVIDIA when purchasing Quadro cards. We suggest and Kepler or Maxwell series cards from NVIDIA. With that said, a single M4000 will give you a great experience, and obviously using multiple NVIDIA cards will exponentially increase your render performance. A top-of-the-line M6000 might be overkill for the typical SOLIDWORKS user, but is the standard for the automotive industry, for example.
Hope this help!
It is pretty much the same as bunkspeed. The list at the Bunkspeed website is a bit old, nVidia profesional series with lots of cuda cores and if you plan to use on a daily basis buy four of them.
Great thanks guys! I know that the current Bunkspeed version doesn't work with Maxwell cards so just wanted to double check that Visualize would work with it before I buy one.
But if it's about the CUDA cores, then surely it's cheaper to get gamin cards GTX they have much more CUDA cores than a while ago, and are way cheaper than Quadro (but only by that comparison)
Yes but the problem there would be if you want to use SOLIDWORKS and Visualize on the same PC then you would want the Quadro range for stability and hardware acceleration of graphics (plus realview) Visualize can be installed on a different PC to the SOLIDWORKS seat and in that case if you are sure you won't use SOLIDWORKS on there then I believe the Geforce gaming cards would be a better bet price wise, certainly this was the case for Bunkspeed and i don't think the requirments have changed, sure Brian can tell me if i'm wrong!
As he also mentioned the Quadro workstation class graphics support tends to be better when you do run into issues.
yeah, I guess if you're to buy another desktop to save on Quadro card, then that's not really a saving
Hah, I take your point! I was thinking if the person doing the rendering ins't the same as the person doing the engineering, e.g. marketing department.
yes, but usually (at least in my company) the most powerfull machines are in CAD department, etc... sales/purchase are standard desktops
Hi Alan, you are correct. Like Bunkspeed, SOLIDWORKS Visualize looks at the number of CUDA cores for GPU-rendering acceleration.
Hi Wojciech, SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a new product that markets beyond the typical SW user. We will find out a lot about what department these non-SW users are from, which will help us better market Visualize. There will be a small learning curve in the beginning, enabling Sales/Marketing teams with more powerful machines for those that want to use Visualize. We are always looking into the benefits of virtual machines and cloud rendering to enable anyone with any level machine professional-grade render speeds. More on this in the near future.
But isn't Visualize linked to SW licence, as it comes with SW premium and professional? which then means if it is, someone using Visualize would use SW licence (and those don't hang free around)
Nope it's completely separate from what we have been told, so it can be activated on different PC to the SOLIDWORKS license or the same, whatever the user prefers.
Not sure how network licenses are going to be handled but i would assume they will just get a serial number or have to re activate their server to get X number of Visualize licenses to match the number of Pro/ Premium licenses. However this is just speculation, will have to wait for official announcement or someone to comment here.
Not long left then. only 4 days:D
You are correct. The complimentary license of Visualize Standard for SW 2016 Pro & Prem users on active Subs can be installed on any machine within the company, even machines that do not have SW CAD installed on them. This is a separate stand-alone license and does not tie up the SW CAD license.
For the Visualize 2016 product, as many node-locked licenses of Visualize Standard will be provided as the number of network (floating) seats of SW CAD. Therefore, if a customer has 10 seats of SW Pro floating, they will receive 10 node-locked seats of Visualize Standard. We aim to support floating licensees in this manner with our 2017 product.
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