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UNLEASH THE FULL POTENTIAL OF AUTODESK
PRODUCT DESIGN SUITE WITH QUADRO GPUs

Design professionals using Autodesk software tools rely on NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics cards more than any other when working on their critical projects.

 

[With an] NVIDIA Quadro graphics card, the outputs are very realistic, very fast and very powerful.

Jon Wells, Senior Designer, Morgan Motor Company

 

Accelerate your designs and discover new levels of interactive realism and rendering with NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards in your workstation or NVIDIA GRID™ for virtual environments. Bring your most demanding work to life with blazing 3D modeling performance. All without sacrificing quality or speed.

 

Performance

DO YOUR BEST WORK FASTER

NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics cards provide exceptional performance for the latest releases of Autodesk® AutoCAD, Autodesk® Inventor, and Autodesk® 3ds Max. This means you can easily dial up the complexity of your designs, visualize every angle faster, and work out issues earlier in the design cycle.

3ds Max 2015

 

QUICKLY PREPARE FOR DESIGN REVIEWS

NVIDIA enables you to work faster in Autodesk® Showcase® as part of the Autodesk Product Design Suite for reviews and product walkthroughs. The more graphics horsepower you have, the faster Showcase will run. So you no longer need to worry if you have enough time to set up that perfect scene.

Autodesk Showcase

Visualisation

CREATE FAST PHOTOREALISTIC RENDERS

Autodesk® 3ds Max in your Product Design Suite makes creating stunning photorealistic renderings for client reviews or marketing materials faster and easier. Plus, it takes full advantage of your graphics card, so your renders will finish faster. No more waiting overnight and catching mistakes too late.

 

SEE YOUR DESIGNS AS QUICKLY AS YOU ENVISION THEM

The NVIDIA® Iray® renderer used in Autodesk 3ds Max gives 3D artists an intuitive way to create images that rival photographs—in a fraction of the time of traditional workflows. Now, you can use materials and lights that correspond and react like those in the physical world to quickly bring your visions to life, rather than juggling a variety of computer graphics controls to merely approximate it. Immediately experience edits as you adjust and perfect your camera, lighting, materials, and geometry with the ActiveShade interactive rendering window in 3ds Max. The Iray renderer takes full advantage of your graphics cards and delivers scalable performance, so the more GPU resources you have, the faster your renders will be completed.

This solution lets you render up to 14x faster using NVIDIA Multi-GPU Technology while still working with all your other software applications. This helps reduce, or even in some cases eliminate, creation of expensive and time-consuming physical prototypes and photo shoots.

Autodesk Showcase on GPUs greatly simplifies interactive design reviews and the quick rendering speeds of the Iray renderer in 3ds Max make final customer proofing faster and easier.

  • Interactive Modeling – Experience the highest performance for visualization of complex models.
  • Advanced Realism – Unleash the design review experience with fully realistic visuals.
  • Professional Rendering – Explore photorealistic rendering with advanced shadows and global illumination.

Productivity

EMPOWER MORE USERS WITH NVIDIA GRID

The NVIDIA GRID portfolio of technologies leverages the power of the GPU to deliver 3D applications over the network for a native PC experience. Choose from two options to match your specific IT infrastructure, bringing the Autodesk Product Design Suite to more users, in more places:

  • NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 boards can be added to existing Citrix, VMware, or Microsoft VDI environments
  • The NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) provides a turnkey solution for companies with limited IT resources.

With either NVIDIA GRID option, Autodesk Product Design Suite users can enjoy the same highly responsive experience they get at their desk—from any device, anywhere. To find out more, visit www.nvidia.co.uk/grid.

Help me choose

FIND THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR HOW YOU USE AUTODESK PRODUCTS

Whether your workflow includes desktops, workstations, mobile workstations, or remoting, NVIDIA has a solution for you.

NVIDIA has a history of the industry's best performance on leading Design and Manufacturing applications. This includes:

  • Driver quality and stability – by working closely with the leading software companies, NVIDIA develops mission-critical drivers certified on 100+ applications.
  • Preferred, trusted brand – the vast majority of today's design work is done on Quadro professional graphics cards.
  • Compute leadership - leading solutions for GPU rendering and simulation rely on NVIDIA CUDA® parallel computing technology.
  • Workspace and IT management – NVIDIA tools designed for professional display management and infrastructure include Mosaic, nView®, and NVIDIA Enterprise Management Toolkit (NVWMI).

 
 

Autodesk AutoCAD

Usage Small assemblies Medium assemblies Occasional use of Autodesk 3ds Max with AutoCAD
For Desktop Workstations:
  Quadro K620 Quadro K2200 Quadro K4200
GPU Memory: 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5
Replaces: Quadro K600 / Quadro 600 Quadro K2000 / Quadro 2000 Quadro K4000 / Quadro 4000
For Mobile Workstations:
  Quadro K610M Quadro K2100M Quadro K4100M
GPU Memory: 1 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5
Replaces: Quadro K500M Quadro K2000M / Quadro 2000M Quadro K4000M / Quadro 4000M
 

Autodesk Inventor

Usage Small assemblies Medium assemblies Large assemblies, frequent use of Autodesk Showcase or occasional NVIDIA Iray rendering in 3ds Max Very large assembly Iray rendering
For Desktop Workstations:
  Quadro K620 Quadro K2200 Quadro K4200 Quadro K6000
GPU Memory: 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 12 GB DDRS
Replaces: Quadro K600 / Quadro 600 Quadro K2000 / Quadro 2000 Quadro K4000 / Quadro 4000 Quadro 6000
For Mobile Workstations:
  Quadro K610M Quadro K2100M Quadro K4100M  
GPU Memory: 1 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5  
Replaces: Quadro K500M Quadro K2000M / Quadro 2000M Quadro K4000M / Quadro 4000M  
 

Autodesk 3ds Max

Usage Occasional Iray rendering Very large assembly Iray rendering Multiple GPUs for frequent Iray rendering or simultaneous rendering and CAD design
For Desktop Workstations:
  Quadro K5200 Quadro K6000 Multi-GPU
GPU Memory: 8 GB GDDR5 12 GB GDDR5 Varies
Replaces: Quadro K5000 / Quadro 5000 Quadro 6000 Quadro K5000 / Quadro 5000
For Mobile Workstations:
  Quadro K5100M    
GPU Memory: 8 GB GDDR5    
Replaces: Quadro K5000M / Quadro 5010M    
For Remote Rendering Workflows:
  NVIDIA Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)
Specifications: 8 NVIDIA Top-End GPUs with 12 GB memory per GPU
(23,040 CUDA cores)
 

Videos

See what everyone is talking about!
Watch architects and designers talk about their experiences with AutoCAD software and Quadro graphics.

Dave Geist, Celebrity Custom Homes, tells us why he is using Quadro for Autodesk applications.

Dave Geist, Celebrity Custom Homes, tells us why he is using Quadro for Autodesk applications.

Lynn Allen, Autodesk Evangelist, talks about Quadro and Dell Precision™ workstations with AutoCAD.

Lynn Allen, Autodesk Evangelist, talks about Quadro and Dell Precision™ workstations with AutoCAD.

 

  • Cole & Associates
    By leveraging the strengths of Quadro GPUs and AutoCAD, Cole has seen 25 percent productivity gains.
  • Layton Construction
    AutoCAD, Navisworks and Revit enable Layton to view and modify projects in real-time.
  • Neenan Company
    With Quadro-powered Autodesk software, Neenan can more quickly and efficiently achieve its design and LEED ratings goals.

 

AUTOCAD DESIGN SUITE

Download the AutoDesk AutoCAD Solution Overview (1.3 MB)

 

Download the AutoDesk Inventor Solution Overview (2.4 MB)

 

Download the AutoDesk 3ds Max Solution Overview (1.2 MB)

 
 

Image courtesy of Jeff Patton.

 
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