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Does Onshape run well on Surface Pro 5 (8gb ram)?

GG1GG1 Member Posts: 3 PRO
Anyone have experience using a Surface Pro 5 (or 6) with Onshape? I am not interested in the touchscreen aspects which I know don't work in the browser but I am just wondering with the graphics card and other specs if it runs it okay. I am considering it for my main computer but am a bit hesitant since it is considered a tablet and I don't associate those with being powerful enough for CAD.

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  • GG1GG1 Member Posts: 3 PRO
    That is a good idea to try it out at the store! With old CAD you can't bring your SW disk, install, and try it out. 
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,878 PRO
    Some of these machines have multiple graphics cards and the performance will be poor if low spec card is running for the browser. 

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  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 2,026 PRO
    Right, that is something you will need to force on a laptop with discrete card.

    Most likely it will be an nVidia card. so here is the quick run down on setting that up.
    Right click the desktop
    go to the nvidia control panel
    manage 3D settings
    select program settings
    choose the web browser (only 1 best buy employee let me install chrome, the others I needed to run edge)
    then select "High-performance NVIDIA processor" as the preferred card.

    Restart the browser and login it to Onshape and do a system check
    It should say something like this under the renderer section:

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