Upgrade your SOLIDWORKS Software & Dell Hardware for Maximum Productivity

Article by Rod Mackay updated November 28, 2022


Watch our on-demand webinar with Alin Vargatu – Large Assembly Wizard at TriMech, Scott Hamilton – Global Industry Strategist at DELL and Don Breda – Senior Alliance Manager at NVIDIA to witness how assemblies are opening four times faster after performing a “routine upgrade” of Dell hardware and SOLIDWORKS software.

Like all users of SOLIDWORKS large assemblies, you hate wasting time looking at the little blue circle while waiting for your assemblies to load or for the graphics data to be regenerated. You have likely heard many “experts” proclaiming that the evolution in CPU technology has reached a plateau and probably suspect that upgrading your 3-year-old workstation would provide a minimal improvement in performance.

What about the software? Do you have high hopes that your assemblies will open much faster should you upgrade to the latest version of SOLIDWORKS?

Let’s dispel the most common myths related to specking professional CAD workstations, 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 than 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 brand-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.

SOLIDWORKS Performance Comparison

SOLIDWORKS Performance Comparison

During this SOLIDWORKS Dell Hardware on-demand webinar you will learn:

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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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.