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Processor speed for Solidworks 2021

Question asked by Fred Diaz on Jan 2, 2021
Latest reply on Jan 3, 2021 by Fred Diaz

Hello,

I have just bought my first licence, which will be Solidworks 2021 (Professional, not Premium). I do modelling, surfacing and assemblies (not huge) mostly. I also do some rendering but that is not my job. 

I have the chance to buy a PC, for a good price, but it has a processor 3.0 GHz speed (no boost) whereas the Solidworks hardware page says it should be 3.3 GHz at least.

The rest of the specification of that PC meets the Solidworks recommendation:

Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tower Gen 2 Workstation Desktop PC

Intel Core i7-9700

16GB RAM

256GB SSD

DVDRW NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB

Windows 10 Pro

So I am wondering if anybody has loaded 2021 on the old hardware for previous versions and checked if the software struggled on it.  

I wonder of people who get the new versions of Solidworks have to replace the hardware or whether the hardware can cope with 1, 2 or 3 new versions.

Thanks

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