System requirements

System Requirements

Operating System:
Cadwork® supports Windows® 10, Windows® 8.1 and Windows® 7 (except Starter and Home Basic) all in 64 bits editions. Cadwork® recommends Windows® 10 (64 bits).

Cadwork® supports all Intel® processors that are equal or above the Intel® Core™ i5, 3rd generation. Cadwork® recommends an Intel® Core™ i7, 5th generation. Cadwork® also recommends processors with a high base clock speed of 3,5GHz (Workstation) or 2,5GHz (Laptop). Typically, clock speed is preferred over core count.

Graphics Card:
Cadwork® supports NVIDIA Quadro® or NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 10XX series graphics cards. Graphics cards should have at least 2GB of memory. All other graphics cards have not been tested and could therefore have graphics display or performance issues. Experience has shown that multiple monitors are significantly increasing efficiency and comfort while using Cadwork® or while doing other tasks on the PC. Therefore, graphics cards with multiple video outputs are suggested. It's important to make sure the resolution is at least HD 1920x1080 pixels. 4K monitors do not give any specific advantages at the moment. On all monitors and at all time, the Windows® scaling factor should be kept at 100%.

Memory (RAM):
The bare minimum recommended memory is 16GB. Cadwork® recommends at least 32GB for optimal results. Memory should not be neglected.

Hard Drive:
Nowadays, the operating system and frequently used programs should be installed on an SSD to reduce saving, writing and reading time.

Internet and Network:
Cadwork® recommends a high-speed internet connection for weekly updates of the software and online technical support via TeamViewer. At least one computer in the office should have access to that internet connection. For saving on a server or sharing catalogs and user files, a Gigabit network is recommended.

A mouse with at least 3 clickable buttons is required for Cadwork®. Left, Middle and Right clicks are used everywhere in the software. For laptops, a keyboard with an integrated numpad is highly recommended, same goes for an external keyboard.

Superior Range

Processor:              Intel® Core™ i7-8850H 2.60 GHz (4.3GHz)

Memory:                 32GB or 64GB

Hard Drive:              512GB or 1TB SSD

Graphics Card:         NVIDIA Quadro® Mobile P4000 8GB

Medium Range

Processor:               Intel® Core™ i7-8700k 3.70 GHz (4.7GHz)

Memory:                 32GB

Hard Drive:              1TB SSD

Graphics Card:         NVIDIA Quadro® P2000 5GB,
                               NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1070, 8GB

Minimum Range

Processor:              Intel® Core™ i5 3GHz

Memory:                 16GB

Hard Drive:              512GB SSD

Graphics Card:         NVIDIA GeForce® GTX Series with 2GB RAM


The required specifications for a computer depend enormously on the type of work (student, professional, Mass timber, Panelized construction) and the size of projects that will be worked on. With higher hardware performances, bigger projects can still be handled with a decent speed.
Before buying a new PC or a new piece of hardware, Cadwork® suggests to contact the technical support team with detailed technical specifications of the future purchase in hand.


January 2019

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