Prerequisites and System Requirements for SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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With the SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 SP3 release, SOLIDWORKS Visualize no longer supports GPU acceleration of graphics cards based on the Kepler generation (CUDA compute capability of version 3.X).

Before installing SOLIDWORKS Visualize and SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost, you must have the following prerequisites for each machine:
  • A SOLIDWORKS Visualize serial number
  • A SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost serial number
Each computer running SOLIDWORKS Visualize or SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost must meet these requirements:
  • Windows® 10 (64-bit)
  • Minimum: Dual core CPU. Recommendation: Quad core.
  • Minimum: 8GB RAM. Recommendation: 16GB.
  • Minimum: 2GB free disk space. Recommendation: 5GB.
  • Minimum: 2GB or more GPU RAM. Recommendation: 4GB.
  • HDR Light Studio connection: HDR Light Studio v5.3.3 or newer, except v5.4
  • 4GB of video memory or more required for the Denoiser feature
For NVIDIA iRay GPU support:
  • NVIDIA® graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro®/NVIDIA GeForce®/Tesla™ with at least NVIDIA Kepler™ chip; Dual-GPU setup with at least NVIDIA Maxwell™ cards for the best experience
  • NVIDIA driver support for CUDA® 10.2 or newer required
    • Recommendation: NVIDIA driver version 441.22 (or newer)
    • For RTX enabled Turing cards (Turing™ TU10x), a driver version of 442.19 (or newer)
For AMD ProRender GPU support:
  • Recommendation: Radeon™ or FirePro™ series workstation cards.
If an applicable GPU is not found, SOLIDWORKS Visualize defaults to the central processing unit (CPU) and does not use the installed graphics card for GPU-acceleration. Also, NVIDIA cards based on Fermi™ architecture no longer support GPU acceleration.

See SOLIDWORKS Hardware Certification for more information on specific graphics cards and drivers.