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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.

 

[With] the new NVIDIA Quadro Kepler architecture and SOLIDWORKS 2014 we can now simulate our projects much faster, and with a higher quality
than ever before.

— Jonathan Wells, Mechanical Engineer
Sage Cheshire Aerospace

 

NVIDIA® and SOLIDWORKS have forged a strong partnership which has grown 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 NVIDIA Quadro® graphics card users.

 

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 graphics card solutions take advantage of the powerful, yet power-efficient NVIDIA Kepler™ architecture to provide exceptional performance in all SOLIDWORKS applications. You now have an easier, faster way to mimic the real-life manipulation of how you use your models on a daily basis. This means smoother, more realistic performance in every design mode.

Changes have been made in SOLIDWORKS 2014 to better leverage the GPU for large assemblies. As you can see below, you can get an average of 2x faster performance with assemblies larger than 500 components compared to SOLIDWORKS 2013.

SOLIDWORKS 2014 performance advantage with NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards

 

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.

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.

 

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 jagged edges ("jaggies") from contours of geometries for smoother, more realistic models.

 

Order Independent Transparency (OIT) faster performance

Before, applying transparency to components or faces in an assembly could cut SOLIDWORKS display performance in half when using RealView. Now, with improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2014 to leverage the GPU during OIT, transparency performance no longer slows you down. In fact, it performs up to 2x faster in SOLIDWORKS 2014 compared to 2013 when using RealView.

Discover superior real-time photorealistic rendering

Bunkspeed is an easy to use yet powerful design visualization software intended to help designers and engineers see their products in photoreal quality, as early in the development pipeline as possible. Bunkspeed directly integrates with SOLIDWORKS Standard, Premium or Professional by managing design revisions through monitoring time stamps of SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies. If existing geometry changes in SOLIDWORKS, that geometry will automatically update within Bunkspeed – without having to re-import anything and without having to re-paint the model. For the easiest interface producing the highest quality renders in the shortest amount of time, look no further than Bunkspeed. Explore the new line of products by Bunkspeed.

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.

Help me choose

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
For Desktop Workstations:
  Quadro K2200 Quadro K4200 Quadro K5200
GPU Memory: 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Replaces: Quadro K2000 / Quadro 2000 Quadro K4000 / Quadro 4000 Quadro K5000 / Quadro 5000
For Mobile Workstations:
  Quadro K2100M Quadro K4100M Quadro K5100M
GPU Memory: 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Replaces: Quadro K2000M / Quadro 2000M Quadro K4000M / Quadro 4000M Quadro K5000M / Quadro 5010M
 

VIDEOS

Traverston Motorcycles has been able to stand out using NVIDIA

VIDEO: Traverston Motorcycles has been able to stand out using NVIDIA (03:55)

Case Study Video: MotoCzysz creates electric motorcycles with NVIDIA

CASE STUDY VIDEO: MotoCzysz creates electric motorcycles with NVIDIA (03:24)

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 K4200
  • 4 GB
  • 1,344 CUDA Cores

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Quadro K2200
  • 4 GB
  • 640 CUDA Cores

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Quadro K4100M
  • 4 GB
  • 1152 CUDA Cores

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Quadro K2100M
  • 2 GB
  • 576 CUDA Cores

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