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av8errr (Automotive) (OP)
7 Jun 11 15:50
Does anyone know if documents created in 64 bit versions of solid edge are compatible with 32 bit versions (with respect to ST3/4)?
Also, anyone come across minimum system requirements for ST4 yet?
I know windows 7 in a must, but what memory wise and graphics card could I expect.
I have heard 2GB Ram, and at least a 512 graphics card.

thanks in advance...

-av8errr
Solid Edge ST3
xw46003GB
RAM2Quad CPU
3.00GHz  
 

Helpful Member!  Raaden (Mechanical)
8 Jun 11 1:19
Yes they are fully compatible if created with the same SE version.

ST4 will probably not be that much more demanding on the hardware than ST3, but that's me guessing.

2GB of RAM isn't that much these days when you take all the other programs that are running on your computer together with SE into consideration. Besides SE I always have Outlook, Smarteam (PDM), Mozilla Thunderbird (for SE newsgroup), Google Chrome with something like 20 tabs running, Spotify, Skype and a bunch of other small programs open. I would never dream of running all that without at least 4GB.
 
Helpful Member!  beachcomber (Mechanical)
8 Jun 11 4:20
In my last contract we had ST2 on 32-bit workstations with 4GB ram installed. The assemblies were very large (100K parts at top level) but we coped pretty well.
It was obviously much better when I got an upgrade to a 64-bit with 6GB ram, and this is what I'd recommend. I think it had an FX1800 graphics card in it.

2GB ram isn't really enough unless you are doing simple parts and small assemblies of just a few parts, and its not just the video memory that counts - you should really try to use an approved 'cad' graphics card.

bc.
2.4GHz Core2 Quad, 4GB RAM,
Quadro FX4600.

Where would we be without sat-nav?

av8errr (Automotive) (OP)
8 Jun 11 9:47
Thanks to both of you.
We have been trying to see where to invest in technology.
We currently have 6 seats, with all users having a "CAD" graphics card between 512KB and 1.5GB.
However, RAM is the area we struggle in, as two users have 3GB, whle everyone else slugs along at 2GB. (we are all 32 bit at this time)
Program wise we are looking at SE, Excel, Outlook, and our production managment tools.
I have seen SE close due to low memory much more often now that we went from V19 to ST3 though.
Assemblys rarely exceede 150 components, but face counts do go up on occasion.

Thanks again, and I will keep your comments in mind when upgrading in the near future.

-av8errr
Solid Edge ST3 MP5
xw4600
3GB RAM
Core2Quad CPU 3.00GHz
NVIDIA Quadro FX4800     
 
 

beachcomber (Mechanical)
8 Jun 11 10:33
To be honest I'm not that impressed with ST3 on Windows 7.
I have more crashes here than I ever did in my last contract (and most others before that). I ran out of memory doing a drawing of a 6K part assembly (there was a huge pattern in it).
There always seems to be a large chunk of memory used up, and I can't figure out where.
At the moment I have a small assembly open (<500 parts) and task manager is showing 355MB for SE and 137MB for Internet Explorer with a total of 2.18GB used out of 6GB.
They are the only 2 applications I have open.
I think some of the problem here is down to a poor network.

bc.
2.4GHz Core2 Quad, 4GB RAM,
Quadro FX4600.

Where would we be without sat-nav?

KENAT (Mechanical)
9 Jun 11 15:44
beach, I saw similar issues during training on ST3 (on Windows 7) last week.  It seemed crash happy and ran out of memory on a rendering exercise.

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beachcomber (Mechanical)
10 Jun 11 7:51
Kenat,
Training on ST3 !!!!!!!!!!
I thought you were stuck on V18 or 19.
wink

bc.
2.4GHz Core2 Quad, 4GB RAM,
Quadro FX4600.

Where would we be without sat-nav?

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