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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 the new professional card from Nvidia delivers exemplary performance in it.

The Quadro K5000 is up to 60% faster than the Quadro 5000 and many times as fast as the gaming card. So, the Quadro K5000 is a perfect choice for a workstation running NX.

The new card is superior in every scenario but enjoys the biggest advantage at operations with semitransparent models.

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Although professional graphics cards are almost never used for gaming, we still want to run the popular gaming benchmark Futuremark 3DMark 2011 to take a look at our graphics cards from a different angle.

Gaming is different from professional applications, as you can see. The GeForce GTX 680 is much faster than the Quadro K5000, although both are based on the same architecture and even use the same GPU. The GeForce GTX 680 just has much higher clock rates, which cannot but tell on its gaming performance. We didn't see that in the professional applications. Why? Because of application-specific optimizations which can improve a graphics card's performance in CAD applications irrespective of its hardware capabilities.

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