AMD FirePro W7000 vs Nvidia Quadro K5000 Rendering Performance in SolidWorks 2013





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Published on Mar 5, 2013

This video compares rendering performance in SolidWorks 2013 using the AMD FirePro W7000 ($899 MSRP) vs the Nvidia Quadro K5000 ($2249 MSRP).

These are videos of identical SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013 test with real-world models under real-world rendering and lighting conditions (i.e. not artificial benchmarks).

The 10 graphics-oriented tests in SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013 use three SolidWorks view settings - RealView, ambient occlusion (AO) and shadows - in combination with shaded and shaded-with-edges display styles.

Cut to the chase: the FirePro W7000 is done rendering the content at 9:06, while the same content on the Quadro K5000 isn't complete until 13:48 -- in other words, the W7000 is about 30% faster in SolidWorks 2013 rendering.

If you are a SolidWorks user, this comparison might be a bit of an eyeopener.

In addition to rendering performance, the FirePro card also benefits from PCI Express 3.0 offering up to twice as much data throughput. Also the FirePro card can simultaneously handle rendering and compute (e.g. FEA/CAE). The Nvidia K series is rendering only.


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