Quadro and Catia

CATIA powered by NVIDIA Maximus

With complex add-on programs and long wait times it used to be that photorealistic rendering was reserved just for the styling and marketing departments. No longer. Realistic models are fast becoming a necessity for designers and engineers for more accurate and faster decisions throughout the entire process.

Now, with rendering integrated directly within CATIA – powered by NVIDIA Maximus technology – Live Rendering provides an intuitive and interactive means for creating images that rival photographs, up to 6x faster³. NVIDIA Maximus-powered workstations are the first to deliver a unified platform that combines the industry-leading professional 3D graphics capability of NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards and the high performance computing power of NVIDIA Tesla graphics cards. The Tesla co-processors automatically take the heavy lifting of rendering, freeing the Quadro GPUs to do what they do best—enabling rich interactive graphics

For more information, visit our Maximus workstation page.
Live Rendering   Live Rendering
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Live Rendering Benchmark Results
You can see how fast Live Rendering can be with the power of NVIDIA Maximus technology. No longer do you need to wait forever for beautiful, print-quality images. As you add Quadro and Tesla GPUs, performance gets exponentially faster. So you actually get more than you pay for.
Maximus Performance for CATIA Live Rendering
Which Quadro Solution is Right for me?
  Quadro 5000 Quadro 6000 or Maximus Quadro Plex 7000
Usage Creative Designers / CAD Modelers
Industrial Design, Engineering
Visualization Experts
Color and Trim, Product marketing
Team and Executive Review
Benefit Single screen, occasional usage of Live Rendering. Single screen, large resolutions.
Intensive usage of Live Rendering.
Rapid ray tracing convergence.
The best choice for fast, interactive ray tracing for rapid team decisions.
CUDA Cores 352 448 1024 (512 per GPU)
Frame Buffer Memory 2.5 GB GDDR5 6 GB¹ GDDR5 12 GB GDDR5 (6 GB/GPU)
Memory Interface 320-bit 384-bit 384-bit per GPU
Memory Bandwidth 120 GB/s 144 GB/s 163 GB/s per GPU
Max Power 152 W 204 W 615 W
Graphics Bus PCI Express 2.0 x16 PCI Express 2.0 x16 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Display Connectors² 2 DisplayPort
1 Dual Link DVI-I
1 Stereo 3D
2 DisplayPort
1 Dual Link DVI-I
1 Stereo 3D
4 Dual Link DVI-I (2 per GPU)
2 Stereo 3D

For CATIA Live Rendering certified configurations and drivers visit Dassault Systemes certified system hardware page at //www.3ds.com/support/certified-hardware/overview/

CATIA Live Rendering is available on all versions of CATIA V6 2011X and above.  For best experience, NVIDIA recommends running CATIA Live Rendering on a CATIA certified platform equipped with the latest generation Quadro and release 259.70 driver or above.  Quadro Plex 7000 is only supported on Driver release 270 and above.

Quadro Plex 7000
> 12 GB
> 1024 CUDA Cores
Quadro 6000
> 6 GB¹
> 448 CUDA Cores
Quadro 5000
> 2.5 GB
> 352 CUDA Cores
Tesla C2075
> 6 GB
> 448 CUDA Cores
> To get the latest CATIA Performance
   drivers for Quadro, click here.

> To view Dassault certified hardware click

CATIA Live Rendering Optimization Guide

Download the Optimization
Guide to see the benefits
of Live Rendering for:

Styling and Marketing
Industrial design
Color and trim experts
Master surfacers
Design Review

3D modelers
Perceived quality engineers
Ergonomic engineers
Light engineers
Packaging engineers

¹ 6GB is supported on Win7 and Linux64 (4GB memory limit on Windows XP64) via Rel 256 driver.
² Two out of any three connectors can be active at a time
³ The comparison presented for Catia Live Rendering is based on industry standard workstation: HP z800 with dual quad core Xeon W5580 CPU @3.2GHz and appropriate CPU or GPU combination, 12GB RAM, Win7-64bit OS. 275.89 Dassault Certified Driver was used in the benchmark running Dassault Catia V6R2012.HF6 ( at 1920x1200 resolution. The comparison shows average frames rendered per second (on a total of 100 frames). CPU-only result is based on 8 CPU cores, and CPU+GPU results are based on 6 CPU cores.

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