1 Reply Latest reply on May 16, 2017 11:59 AM by Ryan Dark

    Solidworks Computer Build

    Joe Pickens

      I am specking out a computer build for Solidworks and Solidworks PDM Pro. If anyone has segestions on a good build for a company solidworks machine let me know. Also is Solidworks have anything in the works for taking advantage of multi-threading.

       

      I am recommending the following hardware.

       

      I7-7700K (4.2GHz) quad core processor

       

      NVIDIA GeForce GTX1080 or Quadro M4000- is there an advantage to having two graphics cards

       

      Samsung SSD 850 EVO-Series 1TB

       

      is there an advantage to getting a NVME SSD Samsung 960 Pro 1TB to run Solidworks and Solidworks PDM Pro from

       

       

        • Re: Solidworks Computer Build
          Ryan Dark

          Hi Joe,

          As far as I have heard there are not any plans for large broad-scale rewrites of the code to take advantage of multiple cores.  Such improvements are likely years away if they can be done at all.  Some places in the software must simple be calculated in a serial manner due to the nature of what they are; like rebuilds of the feature tree as you cannot often cannot build things out of order without building the wrong geometry.  SOLIDWORKS is still very much a CPU clockspeed bound program and you would still want to focus your efforts on having the fastest clock speed that you can get and ignore the number of cores for the foreseeable future.

           

          SOLIDWORKS does not support SLI so there is no point right now in getting two graphics cards to run SOLIDWORKS on a machine.  If you are going to put two GPUs into your system one is going to sit idle while you work in SOLIDWORKS (unless you give it something else to do).  The GeForce GTX 1080 fails certification for SOLIDWORKS at large and, while powerful, may cause other issues that could be summed up as being a "Ghost in the Machine".  The GeForce GTX 1080 does offer some capability for GPU rendering in SOLIDWORKS Visualize but apparently not that much better than the GeForce GTX 1070 as noted here (SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017 GeForce GPU Performance Comparison).  So, there really isn't a huge benefit to the GeForce GTX 1080 even there.  If you are going to pick only one GPU though go with the Quadro M4000.  If you have spare money and want to double the machine as a gaming computer then stick a GeForce GTX 1080 in too.

           

          For the hard drives, I have read conflicting reports on how effective the new PCI/e SSDs are over SATA SSDs so I really couldn't weigh in on that.

           

          I hope some of this helps.