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While software like AutoCAD serves the vast majority of design needs for large sections of the design and engineering industry, there is still a lot of scope for truly high-end design applications.

Siemens NX brings these highly specialised, high-end CAD, CAM,CAE and PLM functions to desktop workstations. This means that NX is more than just a design package, but also a system for engineering simulation and manufacturing. As soon as a piece of software needs to accurately simulate real-world physics we move into the realm of high-performance computing and therefore choosing the right machine to run NX is a very important consideration if you want to complete job in a timely fashion.


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Recommended Titan Computers for Siemens NX
NX will run on Mac OS, Unix-like systems and any Windows version from XP onwards. What really matters to NX is not your OS, but the hardware you give it to work with.

Unlike AutoCAD which will run on very modest machines and is for the most part single threaded, NX is a well-threaded application. It is appetite for threads is not unlimited however, so single threaded performance still matters a lot. The problem is that the more cores you have on a single die the lower the available thermal limit is for each active core. So a Xeon processor with a 3.5Ghz turbo frequency will only achieve those speeds if you are only using a fraction of its cores. If all cores are fully loaded they may drop down by nearly half as much in terms of frequency.

It is therefore worth looking for a processor that has a small difference between its turbo speed and nominal minimum. This usually means Xeons with 12 or 8 cores. Of course another strategy is to use better cooling on high core-count CPUs to allow for more thermal leeway.

NX also makes a strong case for a dual socket computer where the thermal load is spread between two separate CPU dies. This means that you can both a high core-count AND high clock speed. The ideal money-is-no-object¯ configuration would be a dual socket system with many cores and high-performance cooling to keep single-thread performance as high as possible.

Since NX is core hungry you will need a system that can feed all the threads with data. A high-speed SSD as a primary drive and at least 16GB (32GB preferred) of RAM will be needed.


Titan W161
Intel i7 (the faster the better)
Nvidia Quadro P1000 or better
At least 8GB Memory DDR4
256GB+ Pro SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 8.1 or 10

Titan W422
Intel Xeon (the faster the better)
Nvidia Quadro P2000 or better
At least 16GB Memory DDR4
256GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10

Titan A599
Two Intel Xeon E5 (E5-2643 or E5-2687W)
Nvidia Quadro P4000 or better
At least 16GB Memory DDR4 ECC Reg
128GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 8.1 or 10



Operating systems supported by Siemens NX:

The following operating systems are certified and the minimum recommended for NX 10.0.1. Newer versions and service packs are certified as they are released.

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro and Enterprise editions
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server/Desktop 1 1 SP1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server/Desktop 6.0

Windows XP and Vista
Windows XP support from Microsoft has ended and V ista was rarely deployed so these two versions of Windows are not supported by NX 10. Siemens PLM Software has not performed testing on these versions and cannot resolve any issues related to NX 10 running on these operating systems. If NX 10 is deployed on these versions of Windows, any issues will have to be replicated on Windows 7 before filing an incident report with GT AC.

Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows 8 and 8.1 were certified with NX 8.5.2 and are supported for that version and all subsequent versions of NX including NX 10.

Microsoft Windows 7
NX supports Windows 7 64-bit only; NX does not support Windows 7 32-bit. NX supports the Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise editions only . Windows 7 requires considerably more resources (memory , disk, and so on.) than Windows XP , so it may be necessary to increase memory or disk, upgrade your graphics adapter , or even replace your workstation, to achieve the same performance available under Windows XP.

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