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Enable RealView on gaming Graphics Cards

October 28th, 2011

RealView (top) and No RealView (bottom)

RealView Graphics in SolidWorks (View drop-down -> Display -> RealView Graphics) makes your models look visually impressive on the screen. You get to see the materials and floor reflections in real-time, without having to render the model in PhotoView.

There are certified graphics cards recommended by SolidWorks (ATI FireGL and nVidia Quadro ranges) which have this RealView functionality, however they can be expensive (as they are specifically for CAD Applications, as opposed to Gaming). In saying that, you can get a cheap RealView certified graphics card for ~€125.

Gaming Graphics Card used

A while back, I got a Medion MD8855 computer in Aldi, which had an ATI Radeon™ HD 5670 graphics card with 1024 MB memory. As expected after installing and opening SolidWorks, the RealView graphics icon (View -> Display -> RealView) was greyed out. Also, under Tools -> System Options -> Performance, “Use Software OpenGL” was unticked, as it should be, unless you have an onboard or very poor graphics card.

RealView Icon

Software OpenGL Option








Enable RealView Graphics

If you google, there are two main methods. One is using RivaTuner to adjust your graphics card/drivers, saying your graphics card is actually a ATI FireGL or nVidia Quadro. Another is to modify SolidWorks with a RealHack exe program (which edits the registry settings for SolidWorks). The RealHack program worked perfectly for me with SolidWorks 2011 SP5 x64 on x64 Windows.

  1. Download the RealHack program
    (google realhack rar download) (local copy)
  2. Make sure SolidWorks is closed
  3. Run the exe and click ATI or NVIDIA.
  4. Open SolidWorks. Check for the RealView icon.
    (I didn’t have to reboot the PC)

Note: This didn’t work for me previously on SolidWorks 2010. If it doesn’t work, then there is not much you can do, but to research the references and find out more information. Links to reference websites for RealHack are Ref1, Ref2, Ref3


Using process monitor, you can see what realhack does. It appears to (only) add entries to the registry. There is also a RealHack 2.0 available which supposedly works for SolidWorks 2012 (which has Ambient Occlusion). Again, you can find this with google (local copy). Presumably this app enters different registry entries depending on what your current graphics card is. Of course SW may change things in the future and this app may not work. It is surprising however as to why SolidWorks doesn’t allow RealView to work on more graphics (gaming or other) cards.

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  1. skan
    November 17th, 2011 at 19:38 | #1

    This is a nice application. I don’t like that nVidia doesn’t leave Realview enabled on all cards by default.

    Should I leave this patch activated or just when using Solidworks?
    I mean, is there any drawback?

  2. November 17th, 2011 at 21:57 | #2

    No, there is no drawback. You can leave the patch activated all the time.

    When you are opening large Assemblies, you may want to turn off RealView inside of SolidWorks [View -> Display -> (uncheck) RealView Graphics].
    This will make things a little faster when opening as it won’t have to calculate the realview graphics.

  3. Armando
    November 18th, 2011 at 01:09 | #3

    Great !! the realhack.exe 2.0 worked just fine for me; windows 7 x86, ATI Radeon HD 5500 series.

    It only takes 30 seconds to activate realview.

  4. November 18th, 2011 at 10:31 | #4

    Very good. Thanks for letting us know.

  5. Danny
    December 2nd, 2011 at 07:30 | #5

    This worked perfect. I spent the last 4-5 hours trying to do this on my own, only to stumble upon this one minute fix. Thanks for posting!

  6. navin
    December 4th, 2011 at 13:44 | #6

    v2.0 works very well on my HD5770 .thanks a lot man this really helped

  7. Vikram
    December 6th, 2011 at 05:44 | #7

    This is working fine for me in SolidWorks 2010 and Nvidia. Thanks for help!

  8. Daddy
    December 19th, 2011 at 02:40 | #8

    works great for ati radeon 4850 in sldw 2011. thanks!

  9. Nick
    December 21st, 2011 at 01:04 | #9

    RealHack – works!!!
    Windows 7 x64
    DualCore p8400, 3GB RAM
    GeForce 9600m GT

  10. Evil_Mouse
    December 25th, 2011 at 22:54 | #10

    Windows 7 x64 SW 2011 sp5
    All is works!!!
    Thanks for help!

  11. Nick
    January 30th, 2012 at 09:51 | #11

    Windows 7 x64
    SW 2010 x64
    GPU nVidia 7300 GT
    All is works!!!
    Thanks for help agein!

  12. TheChosenOne
    February 11th, 2012 at 21:32 | #12

    Works Great! I have been searching for a solution for some time.

    Win 7 x64
    SW 2011 sp5
    nVidia GeForce gtx 560m

  13. Mimo
    February 25th, 2012 at 21:38 | #13

    OMG!! Thank you so much! It works nice on HD6870! Wonder what it can do on Nvidia 610M with CUDA!

  14. jon
    March 8th, 2012 at 08:48 | #14

    It’s a racket between Solidworks, ATI, and Nvidia. Solidworks has agreed to only allow high-end cards to utilize realview, thus increasing the profit margin for ATI and Nvidia, and in return Solidworks is given kickbacks by the 2 companies

    its a racket… and I would think under RICO it is illegal

  15. jon
    March 8th, 2012 at 08:50 | #15

    its only a name issue, if you rename the card within its drivers to the name of one of the cards on the “approved” list from Solidworks, its works fine, therefore it has nothing to do with performance because it doesn’t even run a performance check, it simply checks for the name of the card, if its not one they’ve “approved” it won’t allow realview….

  16. solidguy
    March 17th, 2012 at 04:50 | #16

    ati radeon 5750 1024
    win 7 x64
    sw 2012 premium
    about to step out and buy something expensive.
    i can not thank you enough, but i will try.

    thank you x a whole bunch.

  17. Dan
    March 29th, 2012 at 22:08 | #17

    … RealHack not working for me.
    How do you go about doing this?

  18. BekirHan
    April 8th, 2012 at 17:12 | #18

    thanks my friend. i using w7 x64 and i was really needed that tool. good works & best wishes from Turkiye

  19. Tim
    April 17th, 2012 at 22:01 | #19

    FINALLY it took FOREVER to fins eomthing like this, worked perfect. Asus g73SW nvifia geforce 460m, win7 64, PERFECT!!!!

  20. P.J.
    May 1st, 2012 at 11:32 | #20

    SolidWorks 2012
    Windows 7 x64
    ATI Radeon HD5700 series

    Did not work :(

  21. Larry
    June 8th, 2012 at 00:00 | #21

    where can i get real hack 1.5 for X64 win 7??

  22. June 8th, 2012 at 09:10 | #22

    @Larry: As far as I’m aware there is only one version of the real hack 1.5 and it should work for x32 and x64 computers/windows.

  23. Bruno
    June 11th, 2012 at 17:06 | #23

    Excellent!!! Thanks to the creator

  24. vp
    June 12th, 2012 at 04:49 | #24

    i can’t do it..it doesn’t work..My lap have VGA ATI 6630 and 1 onboard but it can’t see them..i don’t understand..help me!!!

  25. Howard Shen
    July 12th, 2012 at 00:00 | #25

    Does anyone know if it works for Solidworks 2013 since the Beta is out?

  26. KW
    July 13th, 2012 at 02:00 | #26

    This worked for me, however, I can’t close any part with the patch active. I have to force close using task manager. When I deactivate, everything is back to normal.

    SW 2011
    Windows Vista x64
    ATI Radeon HD 3200

  27. OH
    July 14th, 2012 at 18:15 | #27

    Hi, it worked well! Thanks for sharing your wisdom…

    my profile:

    Windows 7
    AMD radeon 6970M
    Solidworks premium 2012

  28. Medo K
    August 1st, 2012 at 21:38 | #28

    it work for once and i cant open any part without the openGL mode :S

  29. TT
    August 2nd, 2012 at 13:57 | #29

    Hi, I’m trying to run the realhack 2.0, but it won’t detect my graphics card, only the Intel HD 3000. I’ve tried several ways to disable the Intel / enable the AMD, but nothing works. Anybody got any idea about what to do?


    Windows 7 x64
    AMD Radeon HD7690 XT
    Solidworks Premium 2012

  30. Ben
    August 2nd, 2012 at 20:13 | #30

    Absolutely shocked this worked. Thought this was a virus for sure. I was about to try and order an old 8600 or 8800 to softmod but this will hold me over for a while. Thanks!

    win 7 x64
    gtx 460
    sw 2012

  31. pedro batista
    September 4th, 2012 at 09:54 | #31

    Hi. Realhack 2.0 worked just perfect. It took 10 seconds to install..

    Windows 7
    ATI Radeon HD 4650
    Solidworks 2012


  32. September 6th, 2012 at 02:23 | #32

    How do you rename your graphics card within the drivers and if i rename the card would it effect other programs aswell

  33. September 21st, 2012 at 14:23 | #33

    @Howard Shen
    It does not work on 2013. I tried.

  34. Lochi
    October 1st, 2012 at 17:01 | #34


    I’ve the same problem, anybody knows how to make it work?

  35. bombi
    October 11th, 2012 at 13:58 | #35

    I have tried it on Solidworks 2012-2013 student edition. and it does not seem to work :( UPDATE PLEASE!! (it did work in the older versions).

  36. bombi
    October 11th, 2012 at 14:01 | #36

    ^ Nevermind, i was fkkn with Realhack 1.5 . Realhack 2.0 does work with SW 2012-2013!!@

  37. DigitalDeath
    October 15th, 2012 at 11:08 | #37

    I tried the RealHack 2.0 from the local copy download link posted in the article and it worked flawlesly. I’m using a Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 video card.
    Thanks a lot :)

  38. Sander
    October 24th, 2012 at 16:34 | #38

    If the 2.0 doesn’t work for you(didn’t for me, but I’m using student version 2012..) google realhack 3.5 and you’ll find a download link in solidworksthai website.. It worked for me:)

  39. Tim
    October 31st, 2012 at 19:06 | #39

    SW 2013 and windows 8 64 bit.. Realhack 3.5 is the first and only version that has ever worked for me (tried on older sw and windows versions).. finally!!

  40. Elena T.
    November 4th, 2012 at 00:55 | #40

    V. 2.0 works perfectly on my Nvidia GeForce GTS 450. Really tnx for posting this.

  41. bucho
    November 28th, 2012 at 22:40 | #41


    just used the realhack 3.5, took only 10 sec and now i can enable realview on solidworks 2012. i have a amd radeon hd6850 gygabite edition OC to 820 MHz from the factory and it works smooth….thanx

  42. Paulo Duarte
    January 2nd, 2013 at 14:15 | #42

    Realhack 2.0 works perfecly with radeon 6970, soliworks 2012 64, win Vista 64. Fast and smooth…Thanks

  43. dawnrazor
    January 18th, 2013 at 22:28 | #43

    Holy fruit of eden, this just saves thousands of green paper!
    My GTX560ti makes solidworks fly more or less ^_^

  44. Haydn
    January 23rd, 2013 at 17:15 | #44

    Anyone managed to get this to work in pAralells or VMware on an IMac?

    I have a 27″ Imac with VMware& Paralells I use to run SW2012 &2013. Both work fine but no realview.

    I have tried Realhack 2&3, both report the graphics card as an ATI Radeon HD6970M and report the hack works, but still no realview?

    Limitation of Paralells/VMware?

  45. Mike Hansen
    February 1st, 2013 at 18:38 | #45

    The higher cost for professional cards goes to the development and support for stable drivers and is well warranted. You also can pick up a Quadro 600 for less than $170.00 now. Check out newegg.com

    In a professional environment it is worth the piece of mind to know that I am working with supported hardware.


  46. joe
    February 21st, 2013 at 00:52 | #46

    This works, BUT Solidworks 2012 becomes totally unusable because it makes rotating/moving parts lag, especially assemblies. I have an Intel Core i5-460M, 8GB RAM, HD5650 with the latest drivers, and a SSD, and I have a feeling RealView doesn’t play nice with non-workstation video cards. I ended up uninstalling RealHack (restored) because of the horrible lag.

  47. MetAtroN
    March 5th, 2013 at 23:56 | #47

    Thanks :) I had to download Realhack 3.5 from the ref1 link you provided. That one worked for Radeon HD6870 and SW2013x64

  48. Matt
    March 7th, 2013 at 10:20 | #48

    This didn’t work for me:
    SolidWorks 2009
    NVidia Quadro K3000M (certified card for 2010,11&12)
    Dell M6700

    But I changed the name of one of the other Quadro FX cards to “k3000M” in the registry (see last image above for location) and RealView now works.

  49. Eric
    March 29th, 2013 at 23:54 | #49

    Realhack 3.5
    Windows 7 x64
    SW 2013 x64
    GPU nVidia GTX680
    All is works!!!

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