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SOLIDWORKS design professionals everywhere rely on the world's most trusted graphics cards to ensure they can do their best work.

NVIDIA and SOLIDWORKS have forged a strong over the years. Each generation of product has gone through rigorous testing and QA which has resulted in continuous improvements to performance, quality, and reliability of 3D graphics for SOLIDWORKS and Quadro users.

Take NVIDIA Quadro accelerated SOLIDWORKS to the next level with 4K. Whether you're working in 2D or 3D, the dramatically higher screen resolution of 4x HD enables superior image quality, a larger visual workspace, and greater productivity. Learn more about SOLIDWORKS and 4K Monitors.

 

Performance

Get incredible performance in every design mode

Experience better results in all your SOLIDWORKS projects, a whole lot faster, with NVIDIA professional graphics solutions.

NVIDIA GRID™ and Quadro professional GPUs provide exceptional performance in all SOLIDWORKS applications with smoother, more realistic performance in every design mode.

 

For Desktop Workstations

SOLIDWORKS performance advantage with NVIDIA Quadro Graphics.

Dassault Systemes Solidworks Performance.

 

For Mobile Workstations

Dassault Systemes Solidworks Performance

 

Visualisation

As designers increasingly choose to work in more realistic modes, more demands are made on GPUs to ensure a smooth design workflow. With NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics cards, SOLIDWORKS users get the highest-quality, most realistic images. There's no need to be concerned about tradeoffs between better looking graphics and reductions in productivity. You can use the most realistic display modes and still experience better performance than possible using simple display modes on older GPUs.

Enabling FSAA removes jaggies from contours of geometries for smoother, more realistic models

 

REALVIEW GRAPHICS FOR MORE REALISTIC MODELING

RealView 3D mode modeling with Quadro graphics cards
Standard 3D mode (RealView, FSAA turned off)
Image is void of real-world reflections and textures and jagged edges ("jaggies") are visible.

 

RealView 3D mode modeling with Quadro graphics cards
Enhanced 3D mode (RealView, FSAA turned on)
A more realistic and detailed model. Shadows, reflection, and textures appear as they would in real life, with much smoother edges.

 

Precise edges and shading performance for more accurate images

With NVIDIA graphics cards, you can turn on all the advanced modes—including Shaded with Edges and Shadows—with no loss in performance.

Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing (FSAA) for fast, clean line art

With NVIDIA Quadro® professional graphics under the hood, you'll get the highest-quality, most realistic images.

 

Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing with Quadro Graphics Cards
With Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing (FSAA) turned off, it's difficult to see details of your model.

 

Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing with Quadro Graphics Cards
Enabling Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing (FSAA) removes jaggies from contours of geometries for smoother, more realistic models.

 

Order Independent Transparency (OIT) faster performance

In the past, applying transparency to components or faces in an assembly could cut SOLIDWORKS display performance in half when using RealView. Recent improvements in SOLIDWORKS leverage the GPU during OIT, so transparency performance no longer slows you down.

Discover superior real-time photorealistic rendering

SOLIDWORKS® Visualize (formerly known as Bunkspeed) provides a suite of standalone software tools with NVIDIA Iray® technology natively integrated, which helps designers and engineers see their products in photo-real quality as early in the development pipeline as possible. By leveraging NVIDIA Iray technology and Quadro GPUs, users can interactively visualise design changes during their workflow, with the confidence that they’re seeing a lifelike, photorealistic virtual product.

Discover superior real-time photorealistic rendering

 

Use eDRAWINGS In Stereoscopic 3D

SOLIDWORKS popular add-in eDrawings is valuable for sharing native SOLIDWORKS files for design or marketing reviews. eDrawings also works in 3D to offer tremendous opportunities for displaying extreme detail in stereoscopic 3D to really give your customers and managers the truest representation of your design.

Productivity

Remotely deliver SOLIDWORKS with workstation performance

Until recently, the full benefits of virtualisation weren't accessible to SOLIDWORKS users because a satisfactory user experience with CAD software simply wasn't possible. With NVIDIA GRID™, designers and engineers at manufacturing companies can now leave behind unacceptable levels of lag and display degradation and take advantage of all the benefits of accelerated 3D graphics virtualisation.

NVIDIA GRID graphics processing units (GPUs) and NVIDIA drivers are fully tested and supported in SOLIDWORKS to ensure users have the same user experience in a virtualized environment as they get from their professional workstation.

Now, the second generation of GRID technology is further expanding the capabilities of accelerated virtual desktops with significant improvements in performance and user density. SOLIDWORKS 2015 users can be even more productive—from any device, anywhere, anytime. Find out more.

 

Help me choose

FIND THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR HOW YOU USE SOLIDWORKS

Whether your workflow includes desktops, workstations, mobile workstations, or remoting, NVIDIA has a solution for you.

NVIDIA has a history of the industry's best performance on leading Design and Manufacturing applications. This includes:

  • Driver quality and stability – by working closely with the leading software companies, NVIDIA develops mission-critical drivers certified on 100+ applications.
  • Preferred, trusted brand – the vast majority of today's design work is done on Quadro professional graphics cards.
  • Compute leadership - leading solutions for GPU rendering and simulation rely on NVIDIA CUDA® parallel computing technology.
  • Workspace and IT management – NVIDIA tools designed for professional display management and infrastructure include Mosaic, nView®, and NVIDIA Enterprise Management Toolkit (NVWMI).

 

Recommended Graphics Solutions for SOLIDWORKS

Usage Small to medium assemblies with simple parts Large assemblies with simple parts or small assemblies with complex parts Large assemblies with complex parts. GPU-accelerated rendering
For Desktop Workstations Quadro M2000 Quadro M4000 Quadro M5000/M5500
GPU Memory 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Replaces Quadro K2200 or Quadro K2000 Quadro K4200 or Quadro K4000 Quadro K5200 or Quadro K5000
For Mobile Workstations Quadro M2000M/M3000M Quadro M4000M Quadro M5000M/M5500
GPU Memory 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Replaces Quadro K2100M / K2200M or Quadro K2000M / Quadro K3100M or Quadro K3000M Quadro K4100M or Quadro K4000M Quadro K5100M or Quadro K5000M
 

Recommended Graphics Solutions for SOLIDWORKS Visualise Use

Users CAD Modelers Creative Designers Visualisation Experts
Usage Create photorealistic images to quickly communicate project progress and direction Review and change materials interactively to fine tune material library and produce high resolution images Render production images with complex materials and huge model data sets
For Desktop Workstations Quadro M4000 Dual Quadro M4000 / Quadro M5000 3 x Quadro M4000 / Dual Quadro M5000 / Quadro M6000
CUDA Cores * 1,664 3,328 / 2,048 Varies
GPU Memory 8 GB GDDR5 2 x 8 GB GDDR5 / 8 GB GDDR5 Varies
Replaces Quadro K4200 or Quadro K4000 Quadro K4200 or Quadro K5200 Quadro K5200 or Quadro K5000 / Quadro K6000 or Quadro 6000
For Mobile Workstations Quadro M5000M    
GPU Memory 8 GB GDDR5    
Replaces Quadro K5100M or Quadro K5000M    
For remote rendering workflows NVIDIA Quadro Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)
Specifications 8 NVIDIA high-end GPUs with 12 GB memory per GPU (24,576 CUDA cores)

* Used to compute photorealistic rendering
 

VIDEOS

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Case Study Video: MotoCzysz creates electric motorcycles with NVIDIA

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2 Minute Tip Video: Getting the most out of SOLIDWORKS RealView

2 MINUTE TIP VIDEO: Getting the most out of SOLIDWORKS RealView (01:15)

2 Minute Tip Video: The right laptops and drivers for SOLIDWORKS

2 MINUTE TIP VIDEO: The right laptops and drivers for SOLIDWORKS (02:02)

 

CERTIFIED AND RECOMMENDED GPUS

Quadro M4000
  • 4 GB
  • 1664 CUDA Cores

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Quadro M2000
  • 4 GB
  • 768 CUDA Cores

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Quadro M4000M
  • 4 GB
  • 1280 CUDA Cores

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Quadro M3000M
  • 4 GB
  • 1024 CUDA Cores

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