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HP Z800 upgrade?

Question asked by Nick Duerr on Nov 22, 2016

I was recently given a HP Z800 Workstation (see specs below) as a at home PC.  For being a 6+ year old machine it runs fairly fast.  The other 2 CAD/CAM software that I use on it have run well.  However when I an in Solidworks (15 or 16)  it is really slow and slow to to refresh.  When I monitor the CPU and GPU loads nothing is even close to 100%.  The parts I am working with are on the simple to medium size and features and the assemblies are in the same category,  maybe 30 total components.

I believe the video card is a weaker point, and was thinking about upgrading that to a Quadro K1200. 

Is the video card my issue and will the new Quadro card a good one to choose?

Are there any settings that would help with this refresh issue?





HP Z800 - Windows 7

Dual Intel Xeon Quad Core E5620 2.4Ghz

48GB Ram


Quadro 400