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How To Test Fusion 360

by Ben K.
04/08/2019

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.

Windows

macOS

Preparation

  1. Find and write down your hardware information using the above tools (*3.) Windows – (*3.) macOS.
  2. If you are on Windows please download and install (*2.) Fraps, If you are on a macOS use (*2.) FPF for macOS.
  3. Download and unzip the test file (*1.).
  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 in the browser (left panel) 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: Windows

  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.
Figure #1

FPS Test: macOS

  1. Before you start, turn-off the Anti-Aliasing: Anti Aliasing (Figure #1)
  2. You can measure the refresh rate in Frames Per Second of onscreen actions and animations on the Mac by using a free developer tool from Apple called Quartz Debug. Click to the guide..
  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 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. Before you start the render, make sure that you have a Stopwatch and when you are ready, click the Render and start the Stopwatch.
  9. Few seconds after the render starts, open the Task Manager and note the CPU Speed.
  10. The rendering should be starting by now and it should show up in the “Rendering Gallery“.
  11. If you can’t see it in the “Rendering Gallery“, then change to “Model Workspace” and back to the “Render Workspace“.
  12. Open the rendering windows from the “Rendering Gallery” and keep an eye on it till its done.
  13. REMEBER to stop the Stopwatch at the same time.
Figure #2
Figure #3
Figure #4

Filling out the "Test Results Form" is very easy, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the "Test Results Form" by clicking on the New icon
  2. Fill out the information as shown in this image:
  3. If you can't find your CPU/GPU in the list, please let us know in the "Support and Troubleshooting" forum.
    Remember! to write the exact model name and Manufacture e.g. "Intel Core i7 xxxx" / "Asus GTX xxx".
  4. When you are done, click Save.
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