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UNLEASH THE FULL POTENTIAL OF AUTODESK INDUSTRY COLLECTIONS WITH NVIDIA

Model data sets are growing increasingly large and complex and advances in technology such as affordable 4K monitors are facilitating CAD workflows. In addition, the emerging adoption of virtual reality for design workflows is underlining the importance of professional GPUs for leading edge work. This is prompting design and engineering professionals using Autodesk tools to demand increasingly powerful and reliable graphics performance.

 

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

Jon Wells, Senior Designer, Morgan Motor Company

 

The combination of NVIDIA hardware and NVIDIA Iray physically based rendering with Autodesk products gives designers, engineers and architects the power to interactively visualize their models with photo-real renders while they work. GPU acceleration is integral to the Iray rendering engines in 3ds Max, as well as Iray rendering software plug-ins from NVIDIA for 3ds Max and Maya. This scalable, accelerated, physically based rendering helps users remain in their creative flow and iterate on designs by viewing photo-real renders of their modifications in real time.

Autodesk certifies and recommends NVIDIA professional graphics processors, so it’s not hard to see why Autodesk software users rely on NVIDIA Quadro cards more than any other when working on their critical projects.

Also, since Autodesk supports NVIDIA GPU pass-through GRID technology to accelerate graphics for virtual desktops, for AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit, users can now get the same graphics performance and experience in a virtualised environment, as they would expect from their PC or workstation with NVIDIA GRID™.

 

Performance

DO YOUR BEST WORK FASTER

Design professionals using Autodesk software tools rely on NVIDIA® Quadro® professional graphics cards more than any other when working on their critical projects. Increasing adoption of 4K displays and virtual reality for CAD work means designers continue to depend on the power and reliability of professional GPUs to maintain the smooth workflow to which they are accustomed.

Quadro pro GPUs provide exceptional performance for the latest releases of Autodesk® AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max, and Maya. This means you can easily dial up the complexity of your designs, visualise every detail faster, and work out issues earlier in the design cycle.

NVIDIA Iray plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya together with Iray Server distributed rendering software provides rendering scalability so designers, engineers, and architects can photorealistically visualise their design changes on the fly.

By harnessing the power of NVIDIA Quadro VCAs, a network attached appliance equipped with high-end NVIDIA GPUs, users of Autodesk Revit, 3ds Max, and Maya can achieve blazingly fast rendering speeds that were previously unattainable.

For Desktop Workstations

3ds Max 2016

For Mobile Workstations

Iray

AutoDesk Inventor 2016

 

Visualisation

CREATE FAST PHOTOREALISTIC RENDERS

Autodesk® 3ds Max in your Product Design Collection makes creating stunning photorealistic renderings for client reviews or marketing materials faster and easier. Plus, 3ds Max’s Iray renderer takes full advantage of Quadro professional graphics cards, so renders will finish faster. No more waiting overnight and catching mistakes too late.

For even more rendering power, Iray plug-ins from NVIDIA for 3ds Max and Maya deliver the fluid realism and scalability designers need to fully understand their project's appearance and lighting as they craft and present their designs. NVIDIA Iray Server distributed rendering software can then slash the time for creating challenging images by scaling Iray rendering across your network.

NVIDIA Iray plug-ins help product designers visualise predictable digital prototypes at speeds never before possible. They can explore more design iterations in less time with the confidence that they're seeing a lifelike virtual product.

With NVIDIA Iray, architects can interactively show photorealistic representations of their building designs—both exteriors and interiors—in any lighting environment. They can interact in real time with forms, materials, and lights to precisely visualise all aspects of the buildings and structures they’re creating. Design reviews with clients and colleagues are more effective, and architects can explore additional design concepts more quickly, confident that they’re seeing a lifelike virtual model as they iterate.

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Productivity

ENHANCE PRODUCTIVITY WITH NVIDIA GRID

Until recently, the benefits of virtualization weren’t accessible to designers and engineers at manufacturing and AEC firms because a satisfactory user experience with their 3D graphics-intensive design software simply wasn’t possible.

NVIDIA GRID technology leverages GPUs in the data center to deliver 3D applications over the network for a native PC experience, bringing Autodesk software to more users, in more places. AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit users can now access the power of the GPU to get the same highly responsive 3D graphics experience from the cloud that they have with their professional workstation.

Now the latest generation of GRID technology is further expanding the capabilities of accelerated virtual desktops with significant improvements in performance and user density. Autodesk users can be even more productive—from any device, anywhere, anytime. Find out more.

Help me choose

FIND THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR HOW YOU USE AUTODESK PRODUCTS

Whether your workflow includes desktop, mobile, or virtual workstations, 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).

 

Recommended Graphics Solutions for Autodesk AutoCAD

Usage Small assemblies Medium assemblies Occasional use of Autodesk 3ds Max with AutoCAD
For Desktop Workstations Quadro K620 Quadro M2000 Quadro M4000
GPU Memory 2 GB DDR3 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Replaces Quadro K600 or Quadro 600 Quadro K2200 or Quadro K2000 Quadro K4200 or Quadro K4000
For Mobile Workstations Quadro M600M/M1000M Quadro M2000M Quadro M3000M/M4000M
GPU Memory 2 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5
Replaces Quadro K1100M or K1000M Quadro K2100M/K2200M or Quadro K2000M Quadro K3100M or Quadro K3000M / Quadro K4100M or Quadro K4000M
 
 

Recommended Graphics Solutions for Autodesk Inventor

Usage Small assemblies Medium assemblies Large assemblies, occasional NVIDIA Iray rendering in 3ds Max
For Desktop Workstations Quadro K620 Quadro M2000 Quadro M4000
GPU Memory 2 GB DDR3 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Replaces Quadro K600 or Quadro 600 Quadro K2200 or Quadro K2000 Quadro K4200 or Quadro K4000
For Mobile Workstations Quadro M1000M Quadro M2000M Quadro M3000M/M4000M
GPU Memory 2 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5
Replaces Quadro K1100M or K1000M Quadro K2100M/K2200M or Quadro K2000M Quadro K3100M or Quadro K3000M / Quadro K4100M or Quadro K4000M
 
 

Recommended Graphics Solutions for Autodesk Revit

Usage Small models Medium to large size models Very large models, or occasional NVIDIA Iray rendering in 3ds Max for Revit
For Desktop Workstations Quadro K620 Quadro M2000 Quadro M4000
GPU Memory 2 GB DDR3 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Replaces Quadro K600 or Quadro 600 Quadro K2200 or Quadro K2000 Quadro K4200 or Quadro K4000
For Mobile Workstations Quadro M600M/M1000M Quadro M2000M Quadro M3000M/M4000M
GPU Memory 2 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5
Replaces Quadro K1100M or K1000M Quadro K2100M/K2200M or Quadro K2000M Quadro K3100M or Quadro K3000M / Quadro K4100M or Quadro K4000M
For remote rendering workflows NVIDIA Quadro Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)
Specifications 8 NVIDIA high-end GPUs with 12 GB memory per GPU (24,576 CUDA cores)
 
 

Recommended Graphics Solutions for Autodesk 3ds Max

Usage Occasional NVIDIA Iray rendering Occasional NVIDIA Iray rendering Multiple GPUs for frequent NVIDIA Iray rendering or simultaneous rendering and CAD design
For Desktop Workstations Quadro P5000 Quadro P6000 Multi-GPU 6000
GPU Memory 16 GB GDDR5X 24 GB GDDR5X Varies
Replaces Quadro M5000 or Quadro K5200 Quadro M6000 or Quadro K6000 Quadro M6000 or Quadro K6000
For Mobile Workstations Quadro M3000M Quadro M4000M Quadro M5000M
GPU Memory 4 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Replaces Quadro K3100M or Quadro K3000M Quadro K4100M or Quadro K4000M Quadro K5100M or Quadro K5000M
For remote rendering workflows NVIDIA Quadro Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)
Specifications 8 NVIDIA high-end GPUs with 12 GB memory per GPU (24,576 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.

 
 

Image courtesy of Jeff Patton.

 
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