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Ben K.
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Fusion 360 (CPU)

Rendering currently is all done on the CPU. 
The only thing a GPU will help with is the model display in the viewport.
A Graphics Card with 40 FPS will give you a good viewing experience.  

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For WindowsFor macOS
  1. Fusion 360 Test File

  2. FPS Monitor – Fraps

  3. CPU/GPU Info. – HWiNFO


  1. Fusion 360 Test File

  2. FPS Monitor – Quartz Debug

  3. CPU/GPU Info. – iStat


  1. Find and write down your hardware information using the above tools (*3. CPU/GPU Info. – HWiNFO) Windows – (*3. CPU/GPU Info. – iStat) macOS.
  2. If you are on Windows please download and install (*2. FPS Monitor – Fraps) Fraps, If you are on a macOS use (*2. FPS Monitor – Quartz Debug) FPF for macOS.
  3. Download and unzip the test file (*1. Fusion 360 Test File).
  4. Open Fusion 360 and create a test folder in one of your projects and upload the Fusion 360 test file.
  5. Open the test and wait for it to load in the ViewPort. At this point, Fusion will create a Cache copy of the file on your local computer.
  6. Please close Fusion 360.

 Open-File Test: 
  1. Prepare a Stopwatch – You can use your mobile phone’s Stopwatch.
  2. Right-click on the test file and select “Open” and start the Stopwatch at the same time.
  3. When the file is loaded in the Viewport, stop the Stopwatch.
  4. Note the time it took the file to open.

 FPS Test: (macOS, please follow THIS instruction) 
  1. Before you start, turn-off the Anti-Aliasing: Anti Aliasing (Figure #1)
  2. Start Fraps (double left-click the shortcut on your desktop) and minimize the window.
  3. Select the Orbit tool, left-click on the center of the model and start moving it around for a few seconds.
  4. Look at the FPS Monitor (top right side in the Viewport) window and note the average FPS.

 Render Test: 
  1. Change to the Render Workspace.
  2. Open the Task Manager (Click more details) and make sure you are on the Performance tab.
  3. When we start the rendering you should note the CPU speed. (Figure #2)
  4. macOS users follow THIS instruction.
  5. In the browser, click the “Named Views” and make sure it is selected. (Figure #3)
  6. Click on “Render” and change the Width x High to 1920 x 1080. (Figure #4)
  7. Click on “Local Render” => “Advanced Settings” and move the slider all the way to “Excellent“.
  8. A few seconds after the render starts, open the Task Manager and note the CPU Speed.
  9. The rendering should be starting by now and it should show up in the “Rendering Gallery“.
  10. If you can’t see it in the “Rendering Gallery“, then change to “Model Workspace” and back to the “Render Workspace“.
  11. When the render is done, open it from the “Rendering Gallery”. Click on the information icon (Top right corner, middle icon) and note the Render Time. (Figure #5)


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