Choosing a Proper Laptop for Autodesk Fusion 360

Introduction

fusion 360

I have a small confession. I really like Autodesk. I’ve been using AutoCAD since 2008, Fusion 360 a few months ago, and yes – I even have the full professional suite at home (but I never use it). The point is – when talking about hardware for CAD modeling, Autodesk products are something special. This post is about Autodesk’s own design software – Fusion 360.

Should you feel the need to get your hands dirty with 3D prototyping on a laptop – whether you’re an artist or a handyman – this comprehensive guide will be of great help! Plus, many suggestions are also relevant to the permanent workstation in your garage or school classroom. Without further ado – let’s break down the laptop specs and requirements that Autodesk Fusion 360 has on top of a typical NLE setup. As soon as we’re done with basics and more advanced needs – we’ll have a chance to craft a laptop that can do both CAD as well as some gaming comfortably!

So what am I looking for? What does Fusion 360 require from my storage? What kind of processor will handle this task effortlessly? Am I looking for GPUs with rendering capabilities only or general graphics power needed for your Oculus Go? Onward!

Enough with witty intro transitions already! Let’s dive straight into our topic here: what machines would fit best if you want to run Fusion 360 smoothly?

Processor

laptop cpu

If you’re looking to get the best performance out of Autodesk Fusion 360, you’ll need to pay attention to the processor in your laptop. In this section, we’ll go over what’s changed in the processor market and how that affects Fusion users. We’ll also talk about what to look for when choosing a processor for your laptop and give some recommendations for different price ranges.

What’s Changed in the Processor Market?

In the past year or so, there have been some big changes in the processor market. Here are some of the most notable changes:

  • Apple has released MacBooks with their own ARM-based M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max and M2 system-on-chip modules; they offer exceptional performance and battery life
  • AMD has managed to take 20% of the CPU market; AMD has released the 6th generation Ryzen processors
  • Intel has recently released its 12th Core processor generation which has made great leaps in performance
  • – Intel’s 12th-gen processors chips adopted hybrid performance/efficiency core design (based on big.LITTLE) – this means that there are two types of cores in each processor, with one type being focused on performance and the other type being focused on efficiency. This allows for better performance overall while still maintaining good battery life.
How Does Fusion Use the CPU?

The CPU is the most critical component when working with 3D models and assemblies; this is especially true when using real-time rendering or performing complex simulations. If you’re using Fusion 360 in a professional setting – you’ll want to get a laptop with an H-series processor (such as an i7 or even i9) that offers better performance than U-series chips. However, keep in mind that these processors are more power hungry, so make sure to account for that if you need long battery runtime.

I’ll use Cinebench R23 to compare different processors since it’s one of the most popular 3D rendering benchmarks; other benchmarks such as PassMark will yield similar results but will take longer to find the best options since there are fewer results to compare against.

Do You Need a Fast Laptop for 3D Modeling?

If you’re just starting out with 3D modeling, you probably don’t need the absolute fastest laptop on the market. However, if you’re planning on doing any sort of serious modeling work – such as creating detailed models or assemblies – you’ll want a laptop with a good processor. Budget options will likely have some limitations such as limited RAM capacity or a smaller SSD drive size; meanwhile, if you’re willing to spend more money – you can get yourself a much faster CPU without sacrificing anything else in your laptop configuration.

Choosing a Processor – What to Look For (and What to Ignore)

When choosing a processor for your laptop, there are several things you should keep in mind:

  • – The type of tasks you’ll be performing in Fusion 360: If you’re only going to be doing simple tasks such as viewing models or doing basic edits, you won’t need as powerful of a processor as someone who plans on doing complex simulations or renderings.
  • – The number of cores: More cores often means better performance, but it also means shorter battery life. If possible, try to find a balance between the two depending on your needs.
  • – Clock speed: This is how fast each individual core in the processor can run; higher clock speeds mean better performance but also shorter battery life. Again, try to find a balance between the two depending on your needs.
  • – Cache size: This is how much data each core can store locally; larger cache sizes mean better performance but not necessarily shorter battery life like clock speed does.
  • TDP: This stands for “Thermal Design Power” and it’s a measure of how much power the processor uses; higher TDP means better performance but also shorter battery life.
Recommended Processors and Their Expected Price Range

Here are some recommended processors for different price ranges:

  • Minimum: Intel Core i5-12600H / Apple M1/M2
  • Recommended: Intel Core i7-12700H / Apple M1 Pro
  • High-end: Intel Core i9-12900H / Apple M1 Max

Graphics

laptop graphics

When it comes to laptops, graphics performance has always been limited by the power constraints of mobile devices. This has been especially true for thin-and-light laptops, which often rely on low-power versions of desktop graphics chipsets in order to save on space and weight. However, in recent years there has been a shift in the market as more powerful laptop GPUs have become available. This is due in large part to Nvidia’s Max-Q technology, which allows for desktop-class graphics performance in a laptop form factor.

As a result, if you’re looking for a laptop to use for Autodesk Fusion 360, it is highly recommended that you get a machine with a dedicated GPU. While a GPU is not strictly required for Fusion 360, it will make your life much easier if you’re working with complex models or you’re using the rendering engine for visualizing your designs.

When it comes to choosing a GPU for your laptop, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it is important to understand that there is a wide variance in graphics performance among laptops with the same GPU chipset. This is due to the fact that each laptop manufacturer (OEM) determines the exact GPU wattage for their machines. As a result, two laptops with the same GPU may have very different levels of performance.

In terms of raw performance, the best way to compare GPUs is to look at gaming benchmarks such as 3DMark and PassMark (GFX). These benchmarks will give you an idea of how different GPUs perform in terms of graphics processing power.

Based on these benchmarks, here are some recommended GPUs for different budgets:

  • Minimum: GTX 1660 Ti
  • Recommended: RTX 3060
  • High-end: RTX 3080

Memory

computer memory

When it comes to laptops and Autodesk Fusion 360, more RAM is better. This is because Fusion 360 is a resource-hungry application that benefits from having as much RAM as possible. If you’re using other applications alongside Fusion 360, then you’ll need even more RAM to avoid performance issues.

The minimum amount of RAM you’ll need for Fusion 360 is 16 GB. However, 32 GB is ideal if you want to avoid any performance issues. If you’re using other applications alongside Fusion 360, then you’ll need even more RAM to avoid performance issues. The latest-gen Intel and AMD CPUs support DDR4 and DDR5, though DDR5 is still expensive and needs time to mature as a technology.

RAM speed doesn’t matter much in Fusion 360 – a slight performance boost is only noticeable when working with very large files. However, DDR5 vs DDR4 shouldn’t be your primary concern when choosing a laptop – go for one with enough memory capacity instead.

If you’re looking for an upgradeable laptop, then consider getting one with an extra empty slots so that you can add more memory later on without having to buy a whole new RAM modules to replace existing ones!

Here are my recommendations for various price ranges:

Budget: 8 GB RAM

Mid-range: 16 GB RAM

High-end: 32 GB RAM or more

Storage

computer storage ssd

When it comes to laptops, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is what kind of storage to get. This is especially true if you’re a power user or if you plan on using your laptop for demanding tasks like video editing or 3D modeling. In this section, we’ll take a look at the different types of storage available on the market and help you decide which one is right for you.

First, let’s talk about SSDs. These days, SSDs are the standard when it comes to laptop storage. They’re much faster than traditional HDDs and they use less power, which means your laptop will last longer on a charge. In addition, SSDs are more rugged and less likely to be damaged if you drop your laptop.

There are two main types of SSDs available on the market: SATA and PCIe. SATA SSDs are the more common type and they’re usually cheaper than PCIe SSDs. However, they’re also not as fast as PCIe SSDs. PCIe SSDs are the newer type of SSD and they offer much higher speeds. However, they’re also more expensive.

So, which type of SSD should you get? If you’re looking for a laptop that can be used for work and play, then consider getting one with two drives – one for your OS and applications and another one for your files and data (or even better – use an external drive). This will help keep your system snappy even after years of use.

If you’re looking to save some cash by buying a laptop with an HDD instead of an SSD – make sure it has enough storage space (at least 1 TB) so that you don’t run into any issues later on when your project grows in size or complexity; also make sure it has 7200 RPM or higher so that it doesn’t feel sluggish when working on large files or when opening/saving projects frequently throughout the day (HDDs tend to get bogged down when working on large files).

Display

laptop display

When it comes to choosing a laptop for Autodesk Fusion 360, another important factor to consider is the display. I recommend IPS panels since they offer better viewing angles and color accuracy compared to TN panels (which are usually found in budget laptops).

However, there are two main ways to measure a laptop’s display quality – contrast ratio and color gamut coverage (percentage of sRGB or Adobe RGB). While these numbers can be useful when comparing different displays of the same model number, they don’t tell us much about the actual image quality that we’ll experience in day-to-day use. To get a better idea of what to expect from each laptop’s display, I rely on reviews from trusted sources such as DisplayLabs and X-Rite (formerly known as Pantone) which test individual panels instead of relying on manufacturer specifications that could be inflated by including poor quality panels in their average results.

If you’re looking for a portable workstation with great battery life, then you might want to consider getting one with an OLED panel since it consumes less power than LCDs and QLEDs (though those are still quite efficient).

Summary

LaptopPrice (approx)

12 Best Laptops for Autodesk Fusion 360

HP

1
N/A
Price
$770
i5-12450H | GTX 1650 | 16 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 144Hz IPS WA; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Very good display (15.6 144Hz IPS WA)
  • Latest generation Intel CPU (i5-12450H)
Cons
  • Unexceptional GPU (GTX 1650)

Dell G15

2
Great value
Price
$970
Ryzen 7 5800H | RTX 3050 Ti | 32 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 120Hz; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Excellent processor (Ryzen 7 5800H)
  • Up to scratch graphics card (RTX 3050 Ti)
Cons
  • No IPS Panel (worse contrast)

GIGABYTE AORUS 15 KE4

3
IPS level display
Price
$1400
i7-12700H | RTX 3060 | 32 GB RAM | 2000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 240Hz IPS-level; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Very good processor (i7-12700H)
  • Awesome memory amount (32GB)

GIGABYTE AORUS 15P XD

4
Great value
Price
$1470
i7-11800H | RTX 3070 | 32 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 240Hz IPS-level; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Very good graphics card (RTX 3070)
  • Sufficient memory amount (32GB)
Cons
  • Middle-of-the-road processor (i7-11800H)

Apple MacBook Air M2

5
N/A
Price
$1480
Apple M2 | Apple M2 8-core GPU | 8 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | 13.6″; 1600×900
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Latest Apple chip (Apple M2)
  • Featherweight (2.68 lbs)
Cons
  • Substandard memory amount (8GB)
  • No IPS Panel (inferior color reproduction)

GIGABYTE AORUS 15 XE4

6
N/A
Price
$1850
i7-12700H | RTX 3070 Ti | 64 GB RAM | 2000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 165Hz IPS-level; 2560×1440
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Great processor (i7-12700H)
  • Solid graphics card (RTX 3070 Ti)

Apple MacBook Pro 13

7
N/A
Price
$2070
Apple M2 | Apple M2 8-core GPU | 24 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 13.3″; 3840×2160
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Latest Apple chip (Apple M2)
  • High resolution display (3840x2160)
Cons
  • Run-of-the-mill processor (Apple M2)
  • Middle-of-the-road memory amount (24GB)

HP Omen

8
N/A
Price
$2820
i7-12800HX | RTX 3070 Ti | 64 GB RAM | 2000 GB SSD | 17.3″ 165Hz IPS; 2560×1440
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Terrific processor (i7-12800HX)
  • Exceptional graphics card (RTX 3070 Ti)
Cons
  • Weighty (5.98 lbs)

Apple MacBook Pro

9
N/A
Price
$2830
Apple M1 Max | Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU | 32 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | 14″; 3000×2000
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Awesome CPUGPU (Apple M1 Max)
  • Adequate memory amount (32GB)
Cons
  • No IPS Panel (subpar viewing angles)

Apple MacBook Pro

10
N/A
Price
$4230
Apple M1 Max | Apple M1 Max 24-Core GPU | 64 GB RAM | 2000 GB SSD | 16″; 3840×2160
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Superb CPUGPU (Apple M1 Max)
  • Awesome memory amount (64GB)

MSI Titan GT77 12UGS

11
N/A
Price
$4930
i9-12900HX | RTX 3070 Ti | 64 GB RAM | 4000 GB SSD | 17.3″ 120Hz IPS; 3840×2160
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Exceptional processor (i9-12900HX)
  • Exceptional graphics card (RTX 3070 Ti)

MSI Raider GE66-15

12
N/A
Price
$4970
i9-12900HK | RTX 3080 Ti | 64 GB RAM | 2000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 120Hz IPS; 3840×2160
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Splendid graphics card (RTX 3080 Ti)
  • First-class display (15.6 120Hz IPS)
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