One of the most common questions we receive is in regard to how SolidWorks uses processors that support Multi-Threading and if Multi-Threading should be enabled via a computers BIOS or not.
In addition to the well known advantages with Simulation and Rendering, other operations within SolidWorks that can take advantage of Multi-Threading include:
- File Open
- File Save
- File Conversion
- Line generation
- Mass properties
- Body check
- User Interface Activities (dialog box interaction, redraw, etc…)
- The Swbgproc.exe process which silently updates HLR drawing views to High quality from draft.
In prior releases with older P4 class machines it was suggested that Hyper-threading be disabled in the BIOS to streamline performance. With modern “Nahalem” processors (Core i3, i5 & i7) this additional step is not required.
Read more on multi-core processors & SolidWorks in Scott Durksen’s post here.