Detailed information relating to the optimum system requirements, to get the most out of your software solution.

System Requirements for SolidWorks CAD Workstations

We are often asked to advise on the best hardware to run SolidWorks and your other CAE applications on. The answer will invariably depend on the type of work your company does, the size and the complexity of the models and drawings which you will create.


One thing, however, is certain. The criteria used when selecting hardware for CAE Applications is different to the criteria used when selecting hardware for gaming or for general 'office' applications to run. This is especially the case when selecting a Graphics Card. There are any number of Graphic Cards released each year but only those designed for Workstations / CAD usage should be considered for a CAD / CAE workstation.


If you choose to purchase a turnkey solution from SOLID Applications Ltd. Then with HP and Dell as our preferred Hardware Platforms we can invariably offer a configuration to suit most budgets. Each product, in either the HP or Dell range, will have a base configuration which can be tailored to suit your individual business requirements.


System Requirements

Use this information to ensure you are always working with a SolidWorks supported and optimized system for hardware, operating system and Microsoft products.


Operating Systems SolidWorks 2012 SolidWorks 2013 SolidWorks 2014
Windows 7
Windows 8 (64-bit only)
Windows Vista
Windows XP


Minimum Hardware

RAM 2 GB or more
Disk Space 5 GB or more
Video Card Certified cards and drivers
Processor Intel or AMD with SSE2 support. 64-bit operating system recommended
 
Microsoft Products
Internet Explorer IE 7, 8, 9 IE 8, 9, 10 IE 8, 9, 10
Excel and Word 2007, 2010 2007, 2010 2007, 2010, 2013
 
Network Microsoft Windows networking. Novell networks and non-Windows network storage devices are not supported
 
SolidWorks Network License Server
Windows 7
Windows 8 (64-bit only)
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012


Support for Virtual Environments and Storage Appliances (NAS and SAN)

Due to the many configurations and wide variety of virtual applications, Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Storage Area Network (SAN) appliances, it is not possible for SolidWorks to replicate all the permutations. SolidWorks therefore cannot certify the use of SolidWorks products operating in a virtual environment and on NAS and SAN devices.


The Enterprise PDM Vault, Workgroup Vault, and SNL license servers may operate without issue in these environments, however such configurations are unsupported.


Notes

  • Windows Home Editions are not supported

  • Apple Macintosh®-based machines running Windows using Boot Camp are not supported

  • Office 2010 feature 'Click-To-Run' is not supported

  • We recommend using the latest Microsoft SP of Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and .Net. Check the SolidWorks Release Notes for any exceptions or specific requirements


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