The Effect of Hardware Upgrades on Maximizing Productivity in SOLIDWORKS

As a professional SOLIDWORKS user, how often are you upgrading your hardware? Every 3 years, every 5 years or more? In this one-demand video DELL and NVIDIA share results of their latest SOLIDWORKS hardware upgrade research and the common myths related to CAD workstation specs.

CAD Workstation Performance Testing

You might have heard that the recommended hardware upgrade frequency in the CAD industry is 3 years and questioned the validity of this recommendation relative to the expected ROI (Return On Investment).

The TriMech Large Assembly Consultants put this assumption to the test, by comparing the performance of a 3-year-old professional DELL workstation equipped with NVIDIA video card and the most current one when opening a large assembly in SOLIDWORKS. Since the specs were very similar (almost the same CPU frequency and entry-level professional video cards) we were not expecting huge differences in performance.

Featured in the SOLIDWORKS On-demand Webinar

In this on-demand webinar Scott Hamilton – Global Industry Strategist at DELL, Don Breda – Senior Alliance Manager at NVIDIA and Alin Vargatu – Large Assembly Consultant at TriMech will share the results of their latest research and confirm or dispel the most common myths related to professional CAD workstation specifications, like:

  • Everyone knows that SOLIDWORKS is single threaded, so the only important factor for performance is the frequency of the CPU. The CPU in my old PC has a higher frequency that what is available in the latest workstations. Why would I upgrade?
  • SOLIDWORKS just needs a certified GPU, so buy the cheapest available. I heard that there is almost no gain investing in a higher-end video card. Is that true?
  • I can build my own PC much cheaper than the cost of a band-name professional workstation. Will I miss anything performance-wise in SOLIDWORKS?

Not all system configurations are right for every engineer, so drilling into what tasks and components of SOLIDWORKS you are using is important. That’s why Dell and TriMech have worked with SOLIDWORKS to recommend ‘easy button’ configurations for everything from SOLIDWORKS PDM, through SOLIDWORKS Professional, SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and SOLIDWORKS Simulation packages.

During this on-demand webinar you will learn:

  • The best time to upgrade your hardware
  • Common myths related to specking professional CAD workstations
  • Where TriMech clients can find exclusive savings of up to 50% for professional workstation

This TriMech Solution Webinar is presented by:

Scott Hamilton – Global Industry Strategist Engineering and Manufacturing at DELL

Scott leads industry strategy for performance PC solutions related the engineering and manufacturing industry. Through his extensive experience starting his career as aircraft engineer and holding various positions working with strategic solution providers such as Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, PTC, ANSYS and many others he focuses on client solutions that optimize workflows for engineers and following industry trends to improve Dell products.

Don Breda – Senior Alliance Manager at NVIDIA

Don manages NVIDIA’s strategic alliance with DS SOLIDWORKS and other software vendors in the manufacturing and architectural software industries. Don combines more than 6 years of experience in the computer hardware industry at NVIDIA with 18 years of experience in computer software, including 15 years in manufacturing software. His previous roles include CAD product manager, direct and reseller application engineer, technical support engineer, and software engineer. Prior to that, Don worked for 4 years in engineering and construction as a design engineer and construction cost estimator.

Alin Vargatu – Large Assembly Consultant at TriMech

As an Elite AE and Senior Training and Process Consultant, with an expertise in Large Assembly and Drawing Management, Alin Vargatu is a problem solver and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS community. He has presented over thirty times at 3DEXPERIENCE and SOLIDWORKS World, twice at SLUGME and multiple times at SWUG meetings, organized by four different user groups in Canada and one in the United States. Alin is also very active on SOLIDWORKS forums. His blog and YouTube channel are well known in the SOLIDWORKS Community. He is the author of the Large Assembly and Drawing Workshop. In recognition for his contribution to the SOLIDWORKS Community, the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network awarded Alin the SOLIDWORKS Reseller AE of the Year award at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021.

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