NVIDIA Quadro M6000 Review: Maxwell Goes Workstation

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PTC Creo, Sony Vegas Pro 13

PTC Creo is another 3D CAD application used for parametric modeling, product development and design. AMD prominently talked up PTC Creo 2.0 when it launched the W9000 2.5 years ago. NVIDIA came back strong last year, with a win for the K6000, does the M6000 extend the company's lead?
PTC Creo

The W9100 performs competitively against the K6000, but the M6000 takes the lead in almost every category. AMD holds a narrow edge in the shader composite test, however. AMD does continue to have a strong price/performance argument in Creo -- remember, the M6000 is a $5000 GPU compared against a $3100 GPU. However, you want top performance currently, the Quadro M6000 is the way to go.

Sony Vegas Pro 13:

Let's switch gears and talk about file encoding and multimedia processing. Sony's Vegas Pro is the company's software package for non-linear editing (NLE). We tested it using a project that Sony initially distributed for benchmark and testing purposes back in 2011. We encoded that project in three different formats, all of which were capable of using the GPU -- a MainConcept AVC codec, XDCAM-EX, and a Sony XAVC codec. All three formats were encoded in 1080p at default detail levels and project settings.

VegasPro

Last time around, the W9100 had edged out the K6000 in all three tests. This time, it's the M6000 leading in two benchmarks and tying in the third. All of the cards in question, however, benchmark very similarly. The 15-20s difference in XDCAM-EX and XAVC encode times has to be balanced against the cost of the GPUs themselves. At $3000 - $5000 for high end solutions, some content creation professionals will choose to spend the cash elsewhere and settle for slightly longer encode times via midrange GPUs.

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