AMD FirePro™ Graphics and SOLIDWORKS®

​​​​​​Realistic Design without Compromise

Greater Realism With GPU Accelerated Features Enabled for SOLIDWORKS® 2015 Users

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The latest AMD FirePro™ professional graphics cards were designed for advanced SOLIDWORKS® workflows and simultaneous engineering, combining complex CAD modeling with sophisticated rendering and simulation (CAE). Unlike consumer graphics, the AMD FirePro™ professional graphics cards provide a number of GPU accelerated features and SOLIDWORKS-specific optimizations, delivering increased realism, outstanding performance and greater interactivity for designers and engineers.​

It also features a number of SOLIDWORKS-specific optimizations to ensure designers and engineers get the most out of their workstation. With the latest AMD FirePro™ driver available today, experience the graphics performance of SOLIDWORKS® 2015 when using the new AMD FirePro™ W-series graphics cards.​

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More Accurate Designs With New GPU-Accelerated Transparency Mode

 

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​​​​Order Independent Transparency (OIT) is available for SOLIDWORKS 2014 and 2015. OIT provides a “pixel-accurate” representation of the model and its surrounding geometry and delivers significant performance improvement over traditional blended mode because it is accelerated by the AMD FirePro™ GPU. This creates a more practical transparent 3D viewpoint for designers to continuously work within, helping improve the user’s sense of “design intuition” and aid in better decision-making throughout the product development stages.​

SOLIDWORKS 2015 brings further enhancements to OIT with a new preview feature, allowing users to see parts and assemblies in grayscale, directly from the feature tree, before enabling them for edit. This gives great user feedback on which parts and assemblies you want to enable instead of just a bounding box. The grayscale image is accurate and responsive as the information is stored in the GPU the entire time. OIT is automatically enabled when using the AMD FirePro™ professional graphics card with 2GB GPU memory.

​​“We wish to acknowledge AMD for t​​heir collaborative efforts on the transparency visualization functionality within the SOLIDWORKS 2014 release; given our strong partnership with AMD at the R&D level, the teams worked very well together on the implementation of this functionality."

Vajrang Parvate, Director, SolidWorks Product Development

 RealView®

Powerful Real-time Previews with RealView®

AMD FirePro™ Pro​fessional Graphics unleashes the power of RealView® and brings your models to life. SOLIDWORKS® 2015 offers advanced shading in real time with RealView and Ambient Occlusion, which delivers outstanding depth and realism helping reduce the need for ray-traced rendering.

Accurate designs with Anti‑Aliasing

The new GeometryBoost means high-quality features like Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing (FSAA) can be turned on in SOLIDWORKS permanently.

FSAA helps remove coarse edges from contours of geometries in real-time. This results in high-quality visuals and amazingly accurate representation of designs.

Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing (FSAA)
Composite Score SPECapc 2013 on Solidworks 2013

Advanced Workflow Performance for CAE

The AMD FirePro™ professional graphics cards use the latest generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU architecture from AMD. This design efficiently balances compute tasks with 3D workloads, enabling multi-tasking that is designed to optimize utilization and maximize performance.

In order to leverage the massive parallel processing power of the GPU for engineering analysis and simulation, AMD graphics cards are also optimized for OpenCL™.

Enabled by OpenCL™, the AMD FirePro™ GPU can be used to help accelerate calculations in engineering analysis and simulation – tasks traditionally carried out by a CPU. For example, the time taken to perform a structural and multi-physics analysis in the OpenCL™ version of Abaqus from Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA can be cut significantly using a high-end AMD FirePro™ Professional graphics card, like the AMD FirePro™ W8100 or W9100.

Superior Productivity with Multiple Displays

Product development workflows have changed significantly over recent years. Working with multiple applications is common in many development workflows with design, simulation, data management and collaboration all happening in unison. AMD FirePro™ graphics cards feature AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology that empowers engineers to view multiple applications and product assemblies across three, four or even six high-resolution monitors all from a single graphics card, at up to 4K x 2K resolution for each output². Users can view designs at ultra-high resolutions for increased design accuracy, realism and better insight, or speed up workflow by using the extra screens to view additional applications.

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 Resources

SOLIDWORKS Visualization

A guide to getting the most out of real time rendering with RealView and ray trace rendering with PhotoView 360.

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Solutions Overview

Discover how AMD FirePro™ professional graphics and SOLIDWORKS can help to enable advanced workflows

 Videos

​See the Difference

Live demonstration of performance advantage of a professional AMD FirePro™ GPU vs a similarly priced consumer GPU for SOLIDWORKS 2015.

 SOLIDWORKS & AMD FirePro Recommended Configurations

Tuned, Optimized, and Certified for SOLIDWORKS

AMD FirePro™ professional graphics are thoroughly tested and certified by Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp. to help ensure optimized performance and compatibility. Used with workstations that are also tested and certified by Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp. AMD FirePro™ professional graphics deliver advanced performance and reliability for rapid model creation and rendering. A single unified driver is available for all desktop and mobile AMD FirePro™ products, simplifying system administration and maintenance.

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W8100 graphics

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