Professional Land Surveyor News: NVIDIA Quadro Lets AutoCAD 2011 Designers Achieve Maximum Productivity.
NVIDIA has announced improved workflows for AutoCAD 2011 designers using NVIDIA® Quadro® certified graphics processing units (GPUs). NVIDIA promises visual accuracy, fast 3D performance and high reliability with their Quadro professional graphics solutions.
About NVIDIA and Autodesk
NVIDIA first shook up the computer graphics industry in 1999 by inventing the GPU. This new visual computing standard provided enhanced interactive graphics on a wide range of devices including tablets, portable media players, notebooks and workstations. NVIDIA’s expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible.
Autodesk and NVIDIA are strategic partners collaborating extensively, yearly investing thousands of hours of collective engineering, to certify the Quadro GPUs for AutoCAD. NVIDIA has also invested more than 10 years in application specific optimizations to optimize AutoCAD performance.
With the release of the AutoCAD 2011 line of software by Autodesk, and all of the new features and visual styles designers can implement in 2D plans or 3D models, the NVIDIA professional-class Quadro GPU promises to let designers expand upon the complexity of their designs. The ability to better visualize our designs using the AutoCAD 2011 should bring increases in productivity and eliminating waste as we move closer to BIM.
Guri Stark, Autodesk vice president, AutoCAD and Platform Products, said:
“Autodesk certifies and recommends NVIDIA Quadro for use with AutoCAD 2011,” said Guri Stark, Autodesk vice president, AutoCAD and Platform Products. “By upgrading to a Quadro, millions of AutoCAD users worldwide can take full advantage of the application’s newest 3D features, experience superior image quality, and realize true interactive performance.”
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Designers running AutoCAD 2011 on Quadro professional GPUs should realize the following performance increases and benefits.
- Up to 6x higher performance in ‘3D Hidden’ visual style.
- Up to 3x faster interactive manipulation of models in ‘Conceptual’ visual style.
- Up to 2x gains in speed with the ‘Realistic’ and new ‘Shades of Gray’ visual styles†.
- Experience dramatically higher image quality using the ‘Smooth Lines’ option (enabled by hardware anti-aliasing) in all of the visual styles in AutoCAD 2011.
- When zooming, panning, and spinning, Quadro GPUs maintain interactivity and deliver a visually accurate model all of the time without simplifying the model or losing visual fidelity.
According to Jeff Brown, NVIDIA General Manager, Professional Solutions Group:
“For designers who spend a portion of their day working with AutoCAD, Quadro is a smart, cost-effective investment that increases productivity,” said Jeff Brown, NVIDIA general manager, Professional Solutions Group. “Streamlined workflows can easily save a designer 30 minutes a day, and for a firm with five designers, this translates to a benefit of more than $100,000 over three years.††”
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NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics are designed to enhance the complete Autodesk AutoCAD 2011 software portfolio, including:
- AutoCAD Architecture 2011.
- AutoCAD Electrical 2011.
- AutoCAD Mechanical 2011.
- AutoCAD MEP 2011.
Quadro graphics solutions are engineered, built, and tested by NVIDIA to:
- Provide maximum performance and reliability.
- Extended 24-36 month product life cycle.
- A three-year warranty.
- IT managers can standardize on a supported Quadro system for a longer period of time.
NVIDIA Quadro solutions are available from major workstation manufacturers and system integrators, and are featured in the newly introduced, sub-$1000 systems designed for AutoCAD:
- Dell Precision T1500
- HP Z200
- Lenovo ThinkStation E20.
Quadro products are also available through reseller partners via:
- PNY Technologies in the Americas and Europe
- Leadtek throughout Asia Pacific
- ELSA in Japan.
† Performance increases in visual styles relative to consumer graphics cards, based on the Autodesk graphics benchmark shipped with AutoCAD 2011.
†† Benefit calculated based on a pay rate of $55 per hour x ½ hour of time saved each work day per designer, x 5 designers, x 5 work days per week, x 50 weeks per year, x 3 years.