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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: 2019 System Requirements

Thuong Tran

This guide is intended to assist in the selection of a system for use of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019. The requirements in this guide are for SOLIDWORKS Visualize and Visualize Boost. These requirements are intended as advice for a general audience.


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Contents

System Requirements

System Recommendations

Support for Non-NVIDIA Based GPUs

Support for Non-Quadro or Non-Tesla GPUs

Support for Multiple GPUs

Benchmark References

 

 

System Requirements

The information below displays the minimum system requirements for the general audience who are casual SOLIDWORKS Visualize users.

 

Operating System Windows 7 or newer (64-bit)
Processor Dual Core CPU
Memory (RAM) 8 GB
Storage 2 GB free disk space
Graphics Card

NVIDIA® graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro®/GeForce®/Tesla™ with at least an NVIDIA Kepler™ chip

GPU Memory 2 GB or more 
Other

NVIDIA driver support for CUDA®9.0 or newer required

 

 

System Recommendation

The information below are recommended system specifications for advanced users who work with large assemblies, heavy animations, complex lighting and reflections, or need to increase their general rendering speed.

 

Operating System Windows 10 (64-bit)
Processor Quad Core CPU
Memory (RAM) 32 GB
Storage 5 GB free disk space
Graphics Card

NVIDIA Pascal or Volta based GPU; Quadro P2000 -

P6000, Quadro GV100/GP100, Titan V

GPU Memory 4 GB  
Other

• NVIDIA driver versions 385.41 (or newer)

• HDR Light Studio connection: HDR Light Studio v5.3.3 or newer, except v5.4

• 4GB of video memory or more required for Denoiser feature

 

Support for Non-NVIDIA Based GPUs

SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a NVIDIA Iray application. More information on the Iray render engine can be found on the official NVIDIA Iray page. Non-NVIDIA cards, such as AMD or Radeon, are not supported to work with SOLIDWORKS Visualize. If a non-NVIDIA GPU is being utilized, please note that Visualize will default to only the CPU for previewing and rendering. Note that SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019 discontinued support for NVIDIA Fermi-based GPUs.

 

Support for Non-Quadro or Non-Tesla GPUs

Cards from NVIDIAs gamer or prosumer products such as GeForce or Titan are technically non-certified for SOLIDWORKS products. However, SOLIDWORKS is still working closely with NVIDIA to provide benchmark data on these GPUs since they will work with Visualize. Benchmark data shows that GeForce and Titan cards perform the same if not better than Quadro cards. However, for users who use SOLIDWORKS CAD and Visualize on the same computer, the Quadro cards are recommended because they are fully supported for both products.

 

Support for Multiple GPUs

Visualize fully supports multiple GPUs and is recommended for improving performance. Combining different NVIDIA products has shown to be successful (Quadro + GeForce/Titan), however the only fully certified multiple GPU setup is an array of Quadro or Teslas.

 

Benchmark References

• https://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/visualize-hardware-benchmarks.htm 

• https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/SOLIDWORKS-Visualize-2017-Quadro-GPU-Performance-Comparison-895/ 

• https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/SOLIDWORKS-Visualize-2017-GeForce-GPU-Performance-Comparison-896/ 

• https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/SOLIDWORKS-Visualize-2017-GPU-Scaling-Analysis-897/ 

 

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