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SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP5 AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPU Performance

Written on December 17, 2020 by William George

AMD's Ryzen 5000 Series processors have shown stellar performance across a wide range of applications so far, and now we have the opportunity to test them head-to-head against Intel's Core series in SOLIDWORKS 2020. 


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Best Workstation PC for SOLIDWORKS (Summer 2020)

Written on July 17, 2020 by William George

A short article covering some of the best computer system configurations for design in SOLIDWORKS.


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SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 Intel Core 10th Gen CPU Performance

Written on June 26, 2020 by William George

Intel recently updated their mainstream Core processor series, and since we had tested SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 pretty recently we thought it would be good to run these new CPUs through the same testing to see how they compare with other Intel and AMD models.


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SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 CPU Performance

Written on February 28, 2020 by William George

With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2020's first service pack, as well as multiple new CPU launches from Intel and AMD in the past few months, we thought it would be a good time to do a roundup of processor performance in modeling, rendering, and simulations within SOLIDWORKS.


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SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP1 GPU Performance

Written on February 28, 2020 by William George

With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2020's first service pack, we thought it would be a good time to do a roundup of NVIDIA Quadro video card performance with regards to modeling in SOLIDWORKS.


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SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP3: AMD Ryzen 3 vs Intel 9th Gen Core

Written on August 28, 2019 by William George

AMD recently launched an updated generation of their mainstream Ryzen processors, with increases to both core count and clock speed / per-core performance. We've already tested these chips on a wide range of applications, and now it is time to look at how they handle a professional engineering program: SOLIDWORKS.


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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Quadro RTX Series in Enhanced Graphics Performance Mode

Written on March 18, 2019 by William George

Despite how popular SOLIDWORKS is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. This is especially true for SW 2019, because it adds a new mode that changes how the video card is utilized when displaying parts and assemblies. This feature is still in beta, and not yet ready for production use, but we rounded up the full Quadro RTX line of video cards to see how they perform at both 1080p and 4K resolutions.


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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Intel Core i9 9990XE Performance

Written on February 19, 2019 by William George

Dassault Systemes recently updated SOLIDWORKS 2019 with its first service pack (SP1), and we did a roundup of Intel CPUs looking at how they perform in this popular engineering application. We found that both core count and clock speed play a role different aspects of SOLIDWORKS performance, so when Intel released their new Core i9 9990XE with very high clock speeds and a respectable number of cores (14, plus Hyperthreading) this seemed like a good application to test on it.


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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Intel CPU Performance

Written on February 8, 2019 by William George

Dassault Systemes launched the initial version of SOLIDWORKS 2019 late last year, but with the recent release of SP1 we expect that customers will soon be using it in production environments. In preparation for that, we have tested the field of current Intel Core series processors to see how they compare across a wide variety of tasks within SOLIDWORKS.


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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Quadro GPU Performance

Written on February 6, 2019 by William George

Despite how popular SOLIDWORKS is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. This is especially true for SW 2019, because it adds a new mode that changes how the video card is utilized when displaying parts and assemblies. To see how this new mode affects GPU performance, I tested multiple graphics cards from the Quadro P and RTX series at both 1080p and 4K resolutions.


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SOLIDWORKS 2018 GPU Comparison: Monster (Sized) Model

Written on March 6, 2018 by William George

Following up on our previous article about SOLIDWORKS 2018 GPU performance, we have been provided with an extremely complex assembly that finally shows some performance difference between low- and high-end video cards within the same family. Armed with this 4372 part, 40.9 million triangle model we ran through testing on multiple Quadro and Radeon Pro graphics cards to see how they handle such a monstrously large project.


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SOLIDWORKS 2018 GPU Comparison: What Is the Meaning of This?

Written on February 21, 2018 by William George

Despite how popular SOLIDWORKS is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. For this article I tested multiple graphics cards from the Quadro, GeForce, and Radeon Pro families at both 1080p and 4K resolutions - and quickly found that either things are now a lot simpler than in my past experience, or else something is no longer up to snuff regarding how we have tested SOLIDWORKS GPU performance in the past.


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SOLIDWORKS 2018 CPU Comparison: Coffee Lake vs Skylake-X vs Threadripper

Written on February 4, 2018 by William George

Dassault Systemes launched the initial version of SOLIDWORKS 2018 (SP0.1) late last year, but with the recent release of SP1 we expect that customers will soon be using it in production environments. In preparation for that, we have tested the field of current Intel Core i7 and i9 processors to see how they stack up in SW 2018. We hadn't yet had a chance to test AMD's Threadripper processors in SOLIDWORKS either, so they are also included in this round of benchmarks.


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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Coffee Lake CPU Comparison (i7 8700K, i5 8600K, i3 8350K)

Written on October 13, 2017 by William George

The latest Core processors from Intel have launched: the 8th generation of this series, code named "Coffee Lake". This brings with it the first six-core CPUs in Intel's mainstream processor line, so we are taking a look at how they perform in Solidworks 2017. For comparison, we also have results from our previous recommendation for modeling and CAD: the Core i7 7700K "Kaby Lake" chip.


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SOLIDWORKS 2017 AMD Ryzen 7 1700X & 1800X Performance

Written on March 2, 2017 by Matt Bach

Whenever there is a new generation of CPUs launched, the main question everyone wants to know is how fast they are. While most reviews focus on gaming performance with a smattering of production benchmarks, in this article we will be looking exclusively at how Ryzen performs in SOLIDWORKS.


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Is CPU Overclocking in Solidworks 2017 worth it? (i7-7700K)

Written on January 31, 2017 by Matt Bach

Overclocking your CPU can result in higher performance in Solidworks, but there are a number of risks you run when doing so. In this article we will be benchmarking Solidworks 2017 with an overclocked Intel Core i7 7700K CPU to determine exactly how much better performance you can achieve while also presenting the main downsides associated with overclocking.


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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Intel Core i7 7700K & i5 7600K Performance

Written on January 5, 2017 by Matt Bach

With the new Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, the main question everyone wants to know is how much faster they are compared to the old CPUs. In this article, we will be tackling this question in terms of SOLIDWORKS performance by examining how the new Intel Core i7 7700K and the Intel Core i5 7600K perform compared to the previous generation Intel Core i7 6700K and Intel Core i5 6600K. In addition, we will also look at a number of "High-End" Core i7 CPUs including the i7 6850K, i7 6900K, and i7 6950X.


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Solidworks 2016 CPU Performance: Skylake-S vs Haswell-E/EP

Written on December 31, 2015 by Matt Bach

Intel has a number of different CPU product lines available which are currently primarily using one of two different CPU architectures. In this article we will be looking at how much of a difference the architecture makes to help determine if there is a performance advantage to using one line over another.


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Network Rendering in Solidworks 2016

Written on December 31, 2015 by Matt Bach

If you have a subscription to Solidworks, you have access to a feature called network rendering which allows you to split up a render across multiple machines. In this article we will be examining how effective this is and comparing the performance to a dedicated Dual Xeon workstation that has been optimized for rendering.


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Why you should use a Quadro video card in Solidworks 2016

Written on December 22, 2015 by Matt Bach

Despite how popular Solidworks is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. In this article we will be looking benchmarking multiple video cards at both 1080p and 4K resolutions to determine exactly what GPU you should use in Solidworks.


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Solidworks 2016 NVIDIA Quadro Performance

Written on December 16, 2015 by Matt Bach

Despite how popular Solidworks is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding what video card you should use. In this article we will be looking benchmarking multiple video cards at both 1080p and 4K resolutions to determine exactly what GPU you should use in Solidworks.


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Solidworks 2016 Multi Core Performance

Written on December 16, 2015 by Matt Bach

Despite how popular Solidworks is, there is a lot of outdated and simply inaccurate information on the web regarding how many CPU cores it is able to effectively utilize. In this article we will be looking at the multi-threaded portions of Solidworks to determine whether having a high core count CPU is worth the investment.


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Is CPU Overclocking in Solidworks 2016 worth it?

Written on December 16, 2015 by Matt Bach

Overclocking your CPU can result in higher performance in Solidworks, but there are a number of risks you run when doing so. In this article we will be benchmarking Solidworks with an overclocked CPU to determine exactly how much better performance you can achieve while also presenting the main downsides associated with overclocking.