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I have been hunting what causes daily "memory critically low" - errors and eventually crash. I'd like to hear if someone else is experiencing similar issues and perhaps have found solution. This is what I have found and learned:

  • GDI do not hit the bottom when memory error appear, it can be below 5000 or sometimes just 2000
  • GPU memory is not close to hitting bottom, it can be about ~50% or less
  • RAM used is typically below 50%
  • If I make drawings I receive memory error sooner than just on modeling space
  • Memory error disappeared when I changed resolution to HD for some time and returned back to 4k. This I tried once yesterday and will repeat once next error appears. Solidworks WAS NOT restarted in between resolution change and model WAS NOT reloaded. I guess key for the problem is this.
  • Solidworks is 2016 SP5.0
  • GPU drivers was first official SW2016 certified and now 2017 certified. I don't see any difference.


  • After hours of error free design I got "memory critically low" when opened first drawing
  • Only thing I did to get rid of warning was that I changed screen resolution to 1920x1080 for a while and error message was gone.


Categories: Modeling and Assemblies

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