quote “I have been asked by a few customers if Revit will cache textures in graphics RAM just like a game system might? … I am happy to say the answer is yes – Revit will fully use this RAM and the graphics team is continually looking to make improvements in memory management.” From Erik at Inside the Factory: Revit and your Graphics Card
Revit 2011 (Mental Ray) utilises all available CPU cores that the OS can ‘see.’ When multitasking, your PC may slow to a crawl after a render begins. You can limit the amount of CPU time that the Render process sees by either:
Adjusting the ‘Affinity’ to limit the amount of cores the render process can access (using Task Manager).
Adjusting the ‘Priority’ to Low to allow other processes to have more overall CPU time.
Simply open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and then right-click on the render process (fbxooprender2.exe). You can now adjust the Affinity and Priority.
Revit is a very acceptable OOTB (out of the box) tool. If you are using Revit OOTB, there are really only two variables that determine your productivity. Assuming you have zero customised content, these variables are:
your own skill and ability
the performance of your computer
We are all working to try and keep our skills on the cutting edge. But is your hardware keeping up its end of the bargain? Our company made a significant investment into some middle to top-of-the-line workstations a few months ago, for which I am very grateful. If you are looking to purchase a new system, or upgrade an existing one, you should definitely review the Model Performance Technical Note (you may have accessed this via Subscription, but this is a direct link to the PDF).
I had a persistent crash when ‘tearing an item off’ the Ribbon, so I logged a Support Request.
The following admission from the Autodesk Support Team representative is quite telling: “So far we have seen some issue with the ribbon performance. The ribbon performance issue has already been logged with the development team and they are trying to address this issue on the web update. “
Well I hope they ‘succeed’ and don’t just ‘try’! The reply from Support also included a number of steps to try and fix the issue – but I think I might just wait for the Web Update.
One interesting tip from the representative was: “Disable or Reduce Tooltip Assistance Set “Options”, “General”, “Tooltip Assistance” to “Minimal” or “None” to increase performance.”