Siemens PLM NX 7.5
NX is the flagship CAD/CAM/CAE PLM-system that is extensively used in engineering, so we just couldn’t help including it into our test session, especially as standings of the professional cards from AMD and Nvidia are different from what we’ve seen in most of the previous tests.
The AMD FirePro W series cards can offer much higher performance here than their Nvidia competitors. The W8000 is 37% faster than the Quadro K5000 whereas the W7000 is 35% faster than the Quadro K4000. The K4000 is for some reason slower than the K2000 which, considering its price, seems to be quite an attractive option for NX.
It’s even more interesting to check out the speed of the professional cards in different application modes rather than in terms of the overall performance indexes.
The FirePro series is fantastically fast in the wireframe mode: almost twice as fast as the Quadro series. Well, the FirePro W8000 is very good in the rest of the visualization modes, too. The FirePro W7000 is not as fast, only competing with the Quadro K2000. The Quadro K4000 is no good at all for Siemens NX: its performance in this application doesn't match its price.