Your guide to Processors, Solid State Drives, Graphics, Memory, & More.
If you’re in the market for a SOLIDWORKS workstation, you should begin by asking three basic questions about your workflow:
- How big are my assemblies?
- How many geometric surfaces do I have?
- How complex are my parts files?
> Based upon your responses, you can begin to formulate a plan.
Start with Core(s)
Selecting the number of processing cores in your workstation is critical. SOLIDWORKS is a frequency bound application (meaning that it predominantly uses only one core). Since the frequency of that core determines performance more than any other variable, a workstation with less cores (but higher frequency) is ideal. If you’re running only SOLIDWORKS and absolutely nothing else, you could actually get by with as little as two cores. But realistically, since you have an OS, you’ll need two cores dedicated to the OS and two to run SOLIDWORKS.