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Will an old graphics card have a heavy impact on SW2016 performance?

Question asked by Chris Berry on Jul 14, 2016
Latest reply on Jul 21, 2016 by Antonio Cavka

I'm currently using a Quadro 2000 1GB graphics cards at work. When working on medium sized assemblies (~600 components), Solidworks (2016 SP3) can slow right down. It can get even worse when trying to put the assembly into a drawing & its nearly impossible to rotate the 3D model in a drawing view as its that bad; however, smaller assemblies are fine & its only larger assemblies that I struggle with.


My other PC specs are:

Windows 10 64bit

Xeon W3565 @ 3.2Ghz

16GB DDR3 Ram

30" Monitor @ 2560 x 1600 + 22" Monitor @ 1600 x 1200


I very rarely exceed 10GB Ram & I believe that the CPU is more than adequate. So, would it be the Graphics Card which is causing the bottle neck & would I see a significant improvement if I were to upgrade to a recently released Quadro M3000?