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SoldWorks Performance Issues
12 days ago

I am trying to use solidworks on the New Surface Pro(2017)  i7  8gb RAM and I am running into some really weird performance issues.  I can barely make files.  It struggles to make the first sketch.  The client freezes up and crashes. Once i get into the sketch I can work without any issues but when i try to go back and edit them solidworks freezes again and crashes.  What I find weirdest is Solidworks is only using 200mb of ram at that point there is 4 more gb to use and the there is plenty cpu left.  Open GL box is checked and I couldn't uncheck it if I tried.  None of the safe modes made a difference.  Any other cad I run (Inventor and Fusion) work fine.

Categories: General

Last comment By: Eric Hamm   Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:36:54 GMT
Re: SoldWorks Performance Issues

To toggle the Use OpenGL check box, have SolidWorks running Without any files open.


Turn off RealView, Shadows, etc.  May want to turn down the Anti-Aliasing options as well.


What video card is in the machine?  May look into a different video card driver.

By: Anna Wood  Sun, 10 Sep 2017 05:02:32 GMT
Re: SoldWorks Performance Issues

Hi Eric,

There are some tips listed for Surface Book on the video card testing page.  Also, please check Windows update to make sure that you have the latest graphics card driver.  There were some issues with GeForce GTX drivers late last year and early this year: Slow performance with GTX960m in SW2016


So you might want to see about manually downloading from the NVIDIA website and updating it that way.

By: Kevin Berni  Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:04:40 GMT
Re: SoldWorks Performance Issues

There technically isn't a video card but people have solid-works running fine on surfaces. At minimum it shouldn't be crashing on first sketch creation

By: Eric Hamm  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:36:54 GMT
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