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help choosing a solidworks card

nerdman94

11 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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  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The Quadro P1000 seems like a good option

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Visualize will get you a huge performance hit.

https://www.pugetsystems.com/pic_disp.php?id=41777&width=600

Rotate assembly is more forgiving on lower end Quadro GPUs.

https://www.pugetsystems.com/pic_disp.php?id=46048

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

Spec comparison between Quadro GPUs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_Quadro

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.
  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/SOLIDWORKS-2018-GPU-Comparison-What-Is-the-Meaning-of-This-1112/

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.

https://www.javelin-tech.com/blog/2017/11/solidworks-2018-hardware-recommendations/

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.

https://technical.city/en/video/Quadro-P1000-vs-Quadro-P600

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.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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