Recommended Solidworks Workstations
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² The full selection of NVIDIA Quadro Professional Video Cards and Nvidia GeForce RTX cards is available with every workstation – select a system above to configure. If you need a card that isn’t listed on the site, contact us.
³ The Intel Core i9 10900K at 5.30 GHz Turbo is an available option with the C2000 Workstation. the C2000 includes the i7 10700K, 8 cores, 16 threads, 5.1 GHz Turbo by default.
CPU / PROCESSOR
The ideal Solidworks CPU should prioritize single-threaded performance, measured in GHz (the higher the GHz value, the faster most Solidworks tasks will be calculated). Solidworks can also make use of multiple cores with to process some tasks in parallel, providing major improvements in calculation speed. Multi-threaded tasks include rendering, most simulations, and heavy multi-tasking. The best CPU for most Solidworks workloads is the Intel Core i9 10900k which has 10 cores, 20 threads, and runs at 5.3 GHz Turbo, making it the fastest factory single-threaded CPU available. We currently do not recommend overclocking CPUs as the decrease in stability is not worth the minor improvements in performance.
MEMORY / RAM
Solidworks is a very memory intensive program. For most people, 32GB of RAM should be enough, but if your workload is particularly large, complex, or detailed, you may want to increase the RAM capacity to 64GB. All Orbital Computers Workstations are designed to be user expandable with non-proprietary memory modules. All RAM used by Orbital comes with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty on parts.
For most users, the Orbital Silenced C2000 is the recommended base workstation for Solidworks. The C2000 is available with the fastest single-threaded Intel Core i7 & i9 CPUs while still maintaining a healthy amount of CPU cores/threads. For Solidworks users who perform heavy rendering and/or simulation, we recommend the C3000 Pro with an Intel Core i9 CPU that offers more cores/threads with a high operating frequency.
The only stable video cards Orbital Computers has tested with Solidworks are the Nvidia Quadro line. Quadro cards have drivers developed in collaboration with Solidworks to ensure full feature compatibility and stability. For light 3D workloads, the Quadro P620 is an acceptable option. For moderate 3D workloads, the Quadro P2200 is ideal. For very heavy 3D workloads, the Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 or RTX 5000 are recommended for their increased video-RAM capacity and greater number of CUDA processing cores which will enable larger, more detailed 3D scenes to be edited and manipulated with higher frame rates.
A fast solid state drive (SSD) is included by default on all Orbital workstations. Fast drives will help improve file loading, saving, and transferring times. For most AutoCAD workstations, we recommend at least a 500GB solid state drive for your operating system and all programs, as well as a traditional hard drive as needed for long-term storage of spare data. We also offer Samsung M.2 NVMe PCI-e SSDs which operate at speeds nearly 5-6 times faster than normal SSDs for maximum storage performance.
Orbital Computers has been a leading professional workstation computer builder for over 7 years. We only build with the highest quality components, providing maximum performance, unbeatable reliability, and industry-leading in-house tech support, free for life. All Orbital Computers Workstations are built and supported in the USA.
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Our engineers test components from all manufacturers and only the best hardware makes the cut and each PC is individually stress tested before shipment.
We never install excess software like the mainstream brands. Just a clean, machine, tuned to perfection and ready to go out of the box.
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