So I have been using Solidworks pretty well on an older i5 laptop, that was never anything special. I have also been using it on a much beefier i5 Desktop, and have had super crappy performance. It is so bad I haven’t wanted to spend too much time designing parts. I swear it used to work so much better on windows 8.1…and then I found this.
I spent the last 2 days piecing together a new build with a workstation card instead of the “gaming” card I currently have. I have been through all the specs and nothing is all that much better than what I have other than the workstation cards…and solidworks. I decided not to spend the $1800 on a tiny upgrade to what I currently have.
I remember some old driver hack for solidworks to get realview to work on non-quadro cards but I don’t really care to have realview so I kept poking around. Turns out if you just add the solidworks exe file to the gaming list in catalyst control center for the video card and change nothing else, BAM!!! This this is super fast and fluid now, I’m starting to get all conspiracy theory on this stuff now.
If you look at the build guides and FAQ’s at, https://www.pugetsystems.com/, the only time they really recommend the Quadro $$$$$$ cards is for solidworks, lame use of money. I rarely render but would rather have the horsepower of a “gaming” card for that than using solidworks realview.
Maybe it’s time for me to switch to onshape or fusion 360. What an ordeal. If that “gaming” fix didn’t do the trick I was going to buy a quadro…