What laptop specs support Autodesk Inventor and Solid Cim

Need to order new laptops to support Inventor

3 Answers

I always say if you want a good laptop or PC for engineering software like Inventor or Solid works, look for a computer for gaming as both require plenty of RAM, good graphics cards, and storage.

These are just ones that popped up online for best buy. But if you look at the specs of these, you will want to find one with similar specs and equipment.


For CAD work aim for a workstation/laptop with a professional (i.e. not gaming) video card.
System requirements can be found here: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/inventor-products/learn-explore/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-Autodesk-Inventor-2019.html

Will the programs run on a gaming card? Most likely.
Will you get any support if the gaming card is not working? Probably not. All the "certified" cards look to be professional cards.

I don't know what your budget is for a laptop, but check out the Dell Precision Mobile Workstations. I buy 2-3 year old ones on eBay as they come off of a lease. For about $1,000.00 (US) you can get a great laptop which is designed to run CAD applications.
The M6600. and M6800 are good options now. The 7000 series is still a bit expensive for my taste.

This was all very helpful. I think I am going with the Dell Precision 7000 series. It is a little expensive, but I'm sure it's worth the money. Thanks.