1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 15, 2014 9:29 AM by Charles Culp

    Is the FirePro W5000 worth it?

    Scott Scarpinato

      Hey all! I am currently building my own desktop for Solidworks and the GPU is the hardest thing to figure out. I know I want to go with a firepro (I don't want this to be an area for firepro vs nvidia but suggestions will be taken into consideration).

      http://fireprographics.com/ws/products/comparison/index.asp Lists some good side by side specs of all their main cards but I am wondering how effective those features are in Solidworks.

      I want to go with the W5000 (nice balance between price and performance) but I don't know if it is actually that much better than the V4900.

      I would appreciate the help of anyone who has experience and/or konwledge and not just an opinion. Thanks!!



      This is what I'm getting for my desktop:

      • AMD FX-8350 CPU
      • AMD FirePro W5000???
      • 1 TB HDD (Maybe a 256 GB SSD as well)
      • ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
      • 8 GB RAM @ 1866
      • 550W power supply
      • Rosewill Galaxy-01 tower

      (Suggestions accepted)

        • Re: Is the FirePro W5000 worth it?
          Charles Culp

          Heavy on video card and light on processor. I would swap, and get the fastest processor you can, and cheapest video card you can.


          I suggest Intel Core i5-4670K, SSD, and an AMD V4900.


          Here is my information on video cards: https://forum.solidworks.com/message/340783


          Summary: Video card performance depends more on CPU performance than the video card itself. We should have better data on SW 2014 by the end of this month, Anna Wood is working on some benchmarks right now. SW2014 will see an improvement with the more expensive cards, but my general statement still stands.