Chandra Sekaran
Ansys Employee

With SSD drive it should be fast. Have you saved the project to the SSD drive before executing SOLVE? Otherwise the solution is done on a scratch directory elsewhere.

You can do a trial run by adding "outre,all,none" as a command snippet. This basically should prevent anything from being written to the rst file. See if this is still slow.

You can also add a "*GET,CPUTIME,active,,time,cpu" and "*GET,walltime,active,,time,wall" as a command snippet that is active for all load steps. Then when you look at the solve.out file (or Solution Information in Mechanical) it may give you an idea.