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nerdman94 2 months ago

I need help figuring out what a good entry level card for solidworks would be. The use would be for a capstone project for an engineering degree as well as classwork. I was told that the class is advanced, it's an upper bachelor's level class so I don't how advanced it is. I can't spend more than $500, ideally looking for something below that. I have looked at the quadro k2200 and the k4200 and people post that they work better than gtx cards. The problem is I have no idea what cards work better than others. Do AMD's production cards work similar to nvidia's or should I stay away?

Sorry for the wall of text.

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Allan_M_Systems 2 points 2 months ago

In most scenarios for Solidworks, it isn't going to matter if you have a high end or low end GPU, rather, the only important thing is that you have a Quadro or Radeon Pro (FirePro) card, not a gaming card, as there are driver optimizations and support available with these professional cards that you won't get with the gaming cards.

Don't bother with the K series quadro cards, they are 2 generations old!!

The P620 and P1000 are both good value options with enough oomf for solidworks and most other productivity software. Both well under $500. I also like that they are low profile and low power consumption, so can be used in small builds. The Radeon Pro WX 4100 is also worth consideration.

eesti 1 point 2 months ago

The Quadro P1000 seems like a good option

mark5916 1 point 2 months ago

Visualize will get you a huge performance hit.


Rotate assembly is more forgiving on lower end Quadro GPUs.


The K4200 should be a bit faster than the M2000 Quadro GPU.

Spec comparison between Quadro GPUs.


Lastly, i found this about the P1000 vs the K4200.

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro P1000

Much newer (7 February 2017 vs 22 July 2014)
Cheaper ($375 vs $854.99)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (47 vs 108 watts)

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro K4200

0% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (1344 vs 512)
Higher memory bandwidth (172.8 vs 80.19 GB/s)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

So, Quadro P1000 or K4200?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA Quadro P1000 and NVIDIA Quadro K4200. The differences in performance seem too small.
Rin_Itoh 1 point 2 months ago


I hope this makes more sense to you than to me. From what I can gather the P600 (not 6000) might be your best bet unless you have the 500 parts/ 1.5 million triangles.


This is a recommended specs for SolidWorks 2018 (as best I can find quickly, so take it with a grain of salt). The entry level is the p600. It does offer superior price to performance over the p1000, but it also has half the VRAM at half the bandwidth.


I would say that since you have a better grasp on what the class is going to be like you will be the best judge. I would say go with the p600 if you won't hit that 500 part cap or the p1000 if you are going to be close or over that.

Allan_M_Systems 1 point 2 months ago

P620 has been available now for awhile. Basically same price as a P600 but a bit beefier core configuration.