Autodesk® InfraWorks 360™ is a game-changing preliminary and engineering design tool. With it, you can rapidly generate and evaluate multiple design alternatives using data-rich models of the as-built environment. It’s a powerful Autodesk product, and it’s designed to help you win work by telling compelling visual design stories.
One of the best ways to get the most out of your InfraWorks 360 experience is to also make sure you are taking advantage of the power of modern professional-grade graphics cards. The high processing power and DirectX 11 support of many newer cards provide you with the ability to more seamlessly generate and evaluate design proposals within vivid and accurate 3D models of the real world.
Test your graphics card
- Compare your system with the system requirements for Autodesk InfraWorks 2015.
- Test for an underpowered graphics card: Try to sketch a 3D model in InfraWorks 360 using the City Furniture style catalog. This will frequently cause an unexpected crash if your graphics card is being pushed to its limits or if it does not have sufficient DirectX support.
Recommended graphics cards
In general, we recommend using professional “workstation” grade graphics cards, rather than consumer “gaming” grade graphics cards. Gaming cards are not tested with InfraWorks 360. It is possible that your gaming card(s) may work well with InfraWorks 360, but the development team does not have enough experience running InfraWorks 360 on gaming cards to make specific recommendations.
Companies like NVIDIA and AMD make both gaming and professional workstation graphics cards. NVIDIA’s gaming cards are typically the GeForce line, and their workstation cards are the Quadro line. AMD’s gaming cards are typically the Radeon series and their workstation cards are the FirePro line.
Low-end workstation cards lack full support for DirectX 11, and are low on processing power— which is why we recommend using higher-end workstation graphics cards for InfraWorks 360. If you are using a workstation desktop computer, we recommend using a Quadro or FirePro workstation video card; consider the NVIDIA Quadro 5000 or 6000, or the AMD FirePro W7000 or W8000 series cards. For laptops, we recommend the NVIDIA Quadro 2000M or higher. While we have minimal experience testing gaming video cards, the GeForce GT 650M is also recommended for laptops running InfraWorks 360.
To view benchmark scores of some popular high-end graphics cards, visit this link. *Note that just because a card is on this list does not mean it will work well with InfraWorks 360.
If you use InfraWorks as part of a Suite, or also run other Autodesk products such as AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2015 or AutoCAD® Revit®, we also recommend choosing a professional workstation graphics card over a gaming video card. Running InfraWorks and other Autodesk products on the same machine means that your graphics card must meet the system requirements of all the products you will be running.
To find recommended graphics hardware for other Autodesk products such as AutoCAD or Design Suites, follow this link: http://www.autodesk.com/autocad-graphicscard
- Avoid on-board GPUs as these tend to be too weak.
If your computer has an 'Integrated Graphics' card as well as a Nvidia graphics card running NVIDIA® Optimus™ installed, by default Optimus will use the Integrated Graphics card for InfraWorks. For best results, force your laptop to use the high performance Graphics Processor for Autodesk products.
- We also recommend using a single graphics card.
We are not aware of anyone in-house using CrossfireX or SLI. These are physically linked, multiple card configurations and generally require certified motherboards. These are untested configurations.
~ Many thanks to Autodesk’s Dave Wilson and Willy Campbell, whose expert knowledge made this article possible.