Solidworks

Solidworks

SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program.

Component Recommendations

Processor

Design, Modeling

Selecting the number of processing cores in your workstation is critical. 2D design and 3D modeling within the software relies primarily on a single processor core. Since the clockspeed of that core determines performance more than any other variable, a workstation with less cores (but higher clockspeed) is ideal. Therefore we recommend a 4- to 8-core processor with a base clockspeed of 3.0GHz and above.

Rendering, Simulation

If you plan on using the workstation for rendering/simulation in addition to design and modeling, then the more cores the better.

Rendering is a highly multi-threaded process and will take advantage of all the CPU cores available in your system. It's important to consider how often you will utilize multi-threaded features like rendering. If you rarely utilize this feature, then a single 4 to 8 core processor might be a better choice.

Memory

If you select a 4-core processor and are working mostly with 2D models, we recommend at least 16GB RAM, but ideally 32GB RAM.

If you select a 6- or 8-core processor and 3D modeling plays a large part in your workflow, 32GB RAM is most common. 64GB is recommended if your designs / projects are very large.

Storage

Majority of CAD workstations are fine with one 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB NVMe SSD.

If your CAD projects are extremely large and you want to maximize performance, we recommend two SSDs:

  1. Primary Drive: NVMe SSD for the operating system and applications
  2. Secondary Drive: NVMe SSD for active projects; a dedicated SSD will offer optimal performance

For long term storage, backup, or infrequently accessed files, we recommend a 2TB or 4TB SATA SSD. If you require larger storage, you can also go with a 4TB to 18TB hard drive.

M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD performs at ~2500MB/s
2.5-inch SATA SSD performs at ~500MB/s
3.5-inch SATA Hard Drive performs at ~250MB/s

Graphics

For manufacturing, product design, architecture and engineering applications, we recommend an NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards as opposed to GeForce cards. Quadro cards are officially tested and supported by companies like Autodesk and Dassault. Most importantly, unlike GeForce cards, they have double precision floating point calculations (FP64) capability enabled, which is essential for these types of applications.

If working mostly with 2D models, we recommend the Quadro P1000 4GB or Quadro P2200 5GB.

If 3D modeling plays a large part in your workflow, we recommend a Quadro A2000 6GB, Quadro A2000 12GB, or Quadro RTX A4000 16GB.

Configuration Recommendations

HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Xeon W-2235 (3.8 GHz base frequency, 6 cores)
  • 64GB (4x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX A4000 16GB

$5,450

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HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Xeon W-2225 (4.1 GHz base frequency, 4 cores)
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX A2000 6GB

$4,150

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HP Z4 G4 Workstation

  • Intel Core i7-9800X (3.8 GHz base frequency, 8 cores)
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2666MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive

$2,800

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HP Z2 G5 Tower Workstation

  • Intel Core i7-10700K (8 cores, 3.8GHz base, 5.1GHz turbo)
  • 32GB (2x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 1TB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX A2000 6GB

$3,650

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HP Z2 G5 Mini Workstation

  • Intel Core i7-10700 (8 cores, 2.9GHz base, 4.8GHz turbo)
  • 32GB (2x 16GB) of 2933MHz DDR4 Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro T2000 4GB Graphics

$2,525

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HP Z440 Workstation

  • 6-Core 3.6GHz Intel Xeon Broadwell E5-1650 v4 [6-cores / 12-threads]
  • 32GB (4x 8GB) of 2400MHz DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 512GB NVMe M.2 Solid-State Drive
  • NVIDIA Quadro P4000 8GB

$3,200

Configure & Buy

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Condition

New: Purchased new from a HP authorized distributor. Never used. Ships in original manufacturer packaging.

Refurbished: Pulled from corporate environment in working condition. Tested upon arrival at our location and also after customization. Cosmetically grade A or B. Overall in good condition, but could have light scratches / scuffs. Ships in double-wall brown box with durable packaging material.