#1 - Turn off Use Software OpenGL as this setting when toggled on forces the CPU to do all graphics processing.
#2 - What are the Image Quality settings on this file? (Options, Document Properties, Image Quality)
#3 - Under Performance in the SolidWorks Options, try running your model with the Level of detail: slider all the way to Off.
#4 - Under the View menu, try running with Sketch, Annotation turned off. Heck, turn off all (Hide All)
#5 - I hate RealView and Instant3d (sometimes) so why shouldn't you. On the Feature toolbar, Unpress the Instant3D button, View menu, Display, RealView Graphics (deselect) or from the graphics area if you're familiar with the golden orb.
After those you should have a pretty zippy system...
Question, do you have helical cuts/sweeps type features in the components of this assembly?
You should install SP2.1 ASAP. There is a fairly serious flaw with SP1.0 and 2.0 if you ever use Photoworks.
As for your question here is something else to look in to:
Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel. Go to the advanced 3D settings. Make sure that vsync is OFF and antialiasing is OFF. Also, there should be a dropdown box for presets, set it to "SolidWorks" or "Dassault Systemes SolidWorks".
If I'm not mistaken, your IT support contacted me this morning and left a voicemail. We'll be sharing a session on your machine today (Wednesday) and should be able to pin down what's going on exactly. :-)
Will update with the results!
Just spoke with the IT guy.
- 300 part assembly (Die Assembly)
- 60% fasteners - lots of bolts, have turned down thread display to minimal (just a cylinder)
1. SolidWorks Options, Performance, Use Software OpenGL OFF (Unchecked)
2. nVidia Control Panel, Manage 3D Settings, Base Profile
3. Level of detail slider to OFF
4. Discussed Image Quality in Parts and Assemblies
5. SolidWorks Options - Display/Selection
Selection of Hidden Edges (Both Off)
Highlight all edges of features (Off)
Dynamic highligh from graphics view (Off)
6. SolidWorks Options - Vier
Everything Fast (They don't care about long transitions, but a short once is nicer than snap/Off setting.)
7. 300 Part assembly with ALL top level mates, no subassemblies - this comes down to modeling practices
8. Lots of imported geometry which may or may not be healed.
Springs with fillets on the edges of the coil, imported fasteners (Not Toolbox parts)
9. Add-Ins. Turned off Simulation, PhotoWorks, Toolbox, etc...
They aren't being used actively in modeling / detailing - so there's no need for them.
So those were some of the things we did, then we created a SolidWorks Copy Settings SLDREG file and ported it across to another computer. Voila! Success. Everything is dandy.
We talked about not showing the model edges and how that affects performance, however once the nVidia was set to a normal setting and Software OpenGL was turned off everything really started to speed up and be useable again.
The largest issue is based around familiarity with SolidWorks Options and modeling, imported model, assembly practices.
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