How to configure your workstation for Siemens NX 2312

The CAD software NX from Siemens (formerly Unigraphics) is used for mechanical design, vehicle and tool construction and product development.  The components NX CAD for design, NX CAM for manufacturing and NX CAE for simulation offer the possibility to optimize the development process of your products. Below is our hardware recommendation for the current version Siemens NX 2312 from December 2023 :


The right Processor Architecture for Siemens NX Version 2312

For the CAD program Siemens NX you can use an Intel Core 7 from the 12th generation as a basis, for performance tasks an Intel Core i9 from the 12th generation or alternatively an Intel Xeon from the W-series, the decisive factor is always a high gigahertz clock rate. Intel Xeon processors are preferred in professional servers and workstations due to their stability and long-life cycle. Since Siemens NX is a compute-intensive program, we recommend a high-frequency Intel i7 or Intel i9 up to 5.80 GHz. Alternatively an high Core Intel Xeon in combination with ECC (Error Correction Code) memory modules. ECC RAM is able to detect memory errors and correct them automatically, system crashes are avoided. If you mainly want to speed up 3D rendering processes, we recommend a powerful Business workstation with dual CPU and the highest possible clock frequency that your budget can afford.


How much memory for Siemens NX 2312?

Since Siemens NX uses its own system for storage management, the so-called Base Storage Manager (BSM), it is always advisable to provide sufficient RAM. We recommend the use of 32 GB RAM. The allocation of the memory bars to the memory channels has a considerable influence on the performance of their main memory. Ideally, four modules of the same size are always active in identical memory channels. We recommend 64 GB RAM for 3D rendering of larger assemblies with 1,000 or more components.


Powerful graphics cards for Siemens NX 2312

The two leading graphics card manufacturers AMD and Nvidia provide a range of certified graphics cards for Siemens NX. As Siemens NX uses the performance of the graphics card for calculations, we recommend using a certified graphics card with at least 6-8 GB and DirecX 12 support right from the start. As a base graphics card, we recommend an Nvidia Quadro RTX A2000 with 6 GB VRAM GDDR6 or a Quadro P4000 with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM and 1,792 Cuda cores.  As a performance graphics card, we recommend an Nvida Quadro RTX 4000 with 8 GB DDR6 VRAM or an Nvidia Quadro RTX A4000 with 16GB VRAMN. If you want to perform simultaneous 5-axis processing in Siemens NX, we recommend using an Nvida Quadro RTX 2000 ADA with 16 GB GDDR6 VRAM, Open GL 4.5, DirectX12 and 2816 Cuda Cores, for complex tasks an Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000 ADA with 20GB GDDR6 VRAM and 6,144 Cuda Cores. Difference GDDR5 ./. GDDR6 Video RAM: The transfer rate of GDDR 5 VRAM is 8GB per second, while GDDR6 can transfer data at a rate of 14-16GB per second. From AMD, we can recommend the following graphics cards: An AMD Radeon Pro W6600 with 8GB VRAM and 1,792 stream processors for simple projects and an AMD Radeon Pro W6800 with 32GB GDDR6 VRAM and 3,840 stream processors for more complex tasks.

The right SSD performance for Siemens NX 2312

We recommend using a high-speed M.2 NVMe SSD with 500 GB as the primary drive. The access times to an M.2 NVMe SSD are enormously time-saving. Take the ultimate network and non-network comparison test. This test can detect and eliminate further performance brakes. Edit your project data locally and use a second M.2 NVMe SSD for your project data. If your project data is located on a server, we recommend exchanging data via a 10 GB network connection to increase the data transfer rate and minimise the bottleneck.

Recommendations for Siemens NX