SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014 - David vs Goliath. Avis vs Hertz. In CAD graphics, it's AMD graphics vs NVIDIA. NVIDIA claims to have 80% share of graphics cards for CAD users. Of course, this makes AMD to try harder.
I can count on Antoine Reymond, Sr Strategic Alliances Manager at AMD, to provide me the latest advantage AMD has gained. At SolidWorks World 2014 Antoine presses into my hand the latest the latest benchmark. It is the result of SPECviewperf 12. I see why Antoine is eager to spread the news. On a AMD brochure wherein it states "AMD dominates NVDIA across the board, from the entry level and mobile, up through the mid-range and into the high end ," the AMD FirePro cards seem to have beaten their NVIDIA counterparts by as much as 46% (AMD FirePro W5000 vs NVIDIA K2000) when running SolidWorks 2013.
A good journalist would corroborate the story, I remind myself. The official SPECviewperf site show results not quite as good as the AMD document, but AMD FirePro is still significantly better when comparing their two midrange cards, which is probably what most SolidWorks users would buy. I calculate a 41% more frames per second with the AMD FirePro W5000 compared to the NVIDIA K2000.
Chart based on data from from SPECviewperf 12 SolidWorks test
At the time of this writing, the AMD FirePro W5000 was available in Amazon for $515 but the NVIDIA K2000 seemed to be on "special" at $404. Both had 2GB of memory.
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