Imaris Software from Bitplane | System Requirements

System Requirements

Please contact Bitplane Support for help in choosing the appropriate hardware.

PLEASE NOTE:    On MS Windows 7 no AMD graphic boards from 2016 or later are supported!

Platform Windows

  • MS Windows 10 x64
  • MS Windows 8.0 x64, 8.1 x64
  • MS Windows 7 x64 with at least Service Pack 1 (no up-to-date AMD boards!)

Minimum System Requirements

(for evaluation with small datasets only)

  • MS Windows Windows 7 x64 with at least Service Pack 1 / Windows 8.1 x64 / Windows 10 x64
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • 3 GHz CPU (Intel or AMD) dual core with 64 bit support
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 250 2 GB
  • Monitor: single 1280 x 1024 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1200
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

Recommended System

  • Windows 8.1 x64 / Windows 10 x64
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • 3.3 GHz CPU (Intel) 4 Core
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 4.0 GB
  • Multiple Fast Hard Disks or SSDs
  • Monitor: single 1280 x 1024 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1200
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

High End System

  • Windows 8.1 x64 / Windows 10 x64
  • RAM: 64 GB or much more
  • 3.4 GHz CPUs (Intel) total 8 core
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon
    RX 480 8.0 GB
  • Multiple PCIe SSDs
  • Monitor: single 1280 x 1024 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1200
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

Platform MAC

  • Mac OS X 10.9 - 10.12

Minimum System Requirements

(for evaluation with small datasets only)

  • OS: OS X 10.9 - 10.12
  • 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: single 1440 x 900 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1080 (scaled)
  • Mouse: 3 buttons

Recommended System

  • OS: OS X 10.9 - 10.12
  • CPU: Intel with more than 3 GHz, 4 core
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 755M 2 GB (slow triangle rendering)
  • Monitor: single 1440 x 900 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1080 (scaled)
  • Mouse: 3 buttons

High End System

  • OS: OS X 10.9 - 10.12
  • CPU: Intel with 3,5 GHz, 6 core
  • RAM: 64 GB or much more
  • Graphics: AMD FirePro D700 6 GB
  • Multiple Fast Hard Disks or SSDs
  • Monitor: single 1440 x 900 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1080 (scaled)
  • 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

R7, R9 and RX Series not supported on Windows 7!
  • AMD RADEON RX 480
  • AMD RADEON R9 Fury
  • AMD RADEON R9 390(X)
  • 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)

Professional AMD (ATI) boards

Use old (year 2015) drivers on Windows 7!
  • AMD FirePro W9100
  • AMD FirePro W8100
  • AMD FirePro D700
  • AMD FirePro W7000
  • AMD FirePro W5000
  • AMD FirePro V7900
  • AMD FirePro 3D V3800

Professional Nvidia Boards

  • NVIDIA Quadro M4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5200
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2200
  • NVIDIA Quadro K6000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5000(M)
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4200
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 6000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro 600
  • NVIDIA Quadro K3100M
  • NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
  • NVIDIA Quadro 3000M

Nvidia Game Boards

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 07-Feb-2017

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