System Requirements

Please contact us for detailed recommendations or if there are any doubts which hardware to chose:

PLEASE NOTE    Imaris 8.0 will no longer support 32-bit operating systems

Platform Windows

  • MS Windows 8.0 x64, 8.1 x64
  • MS Windows 7 x64

Minimum System Requirements

(for evaluation with small datasets only)

  • MS Windows Windows 7 x64 / Windows 8.1 x64
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • 3 GHz CPU (Intel or AMD) dual core with 64 bit support
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 250 2 GB
  • Monitor: 1280 X 1024 pixels or better
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

Recommended System

  • MS Windows 7 x64 / Windows 8.1 x64
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • 3.3 GHz CPU (Intel) 4 Core
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 290 4.0 GB
  • Multiple Fast Hard Disks or SSDs
  • Monitor: 1280 X 1024 pixels or better
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

High End System

  • MS Windows 7 x64 / Windows 8.1 x64
  • RAM: 64 GB or more
  • 3.4 GHz CPUs (Intel) total 8 core
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 290X 4.0 GB
  • Multiple Fast Hard Disks or SSD
  • Monitor: 1280 X 1024 pixels or better
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

Platform MAC

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel based MAC

Minimum System Requirements

(for evaluation with small datasets only)

  • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
  • CPU: Intel with 2 GHz, 2 core
  • RAM: Minimum 4 GB
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 650M 1024MB (slow triangle rendering) or Intel HD 4000 graphics or later (OSX only!!)
  • Monitor: 1280 X 1024 pixels or better
  • Mouse: 3 buttons

Recommended System

  • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
  • CPU: Intel with more than 3 GHz, 4 core
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 755M 2 GB (slow triangle rendering)
  • Monitor: 1280 X 1024 pixels or better
  • Mouse: 3 buttons

High End System

  • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
  • CPU: Intel with 3,5 GHz, 6 core
  • RAM: 64 GB or more
  • Graphics: AMD FirePro D700 6 GB
  • Multiple Fast Hard Disks or SSDs
  • Monitor: 1280 x 1024 pixels or better
  • Mouse: 3 buttons

Tested Graphics Accelerator Boards

Untested graphics boards often cause instability and lead to decreased Imaris performance. It is recommended to install and use the latest drivers specified on website(s) of the graphic board's vendor(s).

Multi-GPU solutions for graphics boards (SLI and Crossfire) are NOT recommended for use with Imaris due to performance decrease and system instabilities.

In general the AMD Radeon gaming/consumer boards provide the best value (low price, high performance), and then we find AMD FirePro are slightly less expensive, and slightly faster than the Nvidia Quadro boards. Finally, if there are no other options, the Nvidia Geforce Boards work, but have slower graphics. The professional boards are recommended only when stereo displays will be attached. If you go for a high end graphic board (no matter gaming or professional) please be sure your machine has a strong enough power supply and it fits physically into the case.

Newer boards are shown on top of each list.

Tested as working:

AMD (ATI) Game Boards

  • AMD RADEON R9 290(X)
  • AMD RADEON R9 280(X)
  • AMD RADEON R7 250
  • AMD RADEON HD 7970
  • AMD RADEON HD 7950
  • AMD RADEON HD 7670M
  • AMD RADEON HD 6970
  • AMD RADEON HD 5870
  • AMD RADEON HD 5850
  • AMD RADEON HD 5670
  • AMD RADEON HD 4870 (X2)
  • AMD RADEON HD 4650
  • AMD RADEON HD 3870 (X2)
  • ATI RADEON X1950
  • ATI RADEON X1900
  • ATI RADEON X1800
  • ATI RADEON X850
  • ATI RADEON X800
  • ATI RADEON X700

Professional AMD (ATI) boards

  • AMD FirePro W9100
  • AMD FirePro W8100
  • AMD FirePro D700
  • AMD FirePro W7000
  • AMD FirePro W5000
  • AMD FirePro V7900
  • AMD FirePro 3D V3800
  • ATI FireGL V7350
  • ATI FireGL V7300
  • ATI FireGL V5600

Professional Nvidia Boards

  • NVIDIA Quadro K5200
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2200
  • NVIDIA Quadro K6000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 6000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 600
  • NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
  • NVIDIA Quadro 3000M
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 (slow)
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800 (slow)
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4400
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500 M
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 2500 M
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 770 M
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 700

Nvidia Game Boards

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan(slow triangle rendering)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780(slow triangle rendering)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT750M
    (slow triangle rendering)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670(slow triangle rendering)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 330M
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9800
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7950
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7900 (Go)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7800 (Go)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT 512 MB
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 (Go)

Not working (not exhaustive list):

  • NVIDIA GT335M in combination with INTEL HD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 4 series
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8500
  • NVIDIA Quadro NVS all series
  • NVIDIA TESLA all series
  • ATI RADEON series with no character before the number e.g. ATI RADEON 9500, ATI RADEON 8500 ..
  • ATI Fire GL V5100 and older
  • ATI Fire GL X series
  • ATI RADEON HD 5970
  • Intel on board graphics ALL
  • Matrox all series
  • Diamond Fire GL all series

If a graphics board is not listed here it does not mean that it works but it means Bitplane does not know.

Multi Core/Processor Support

Imaris has extended support for multi core/processor machines since 6.2.0. Most image processing functions are multithreaded. Tests are done with up to 8 cores where Imaris still scales nicely. ImarisBatch scales even better because each job runs in its own Imaris.

Status at 24-Apr-2015

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