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Graphics Hardware Requirements

Houdini requires an OpenGL 3 compliant graphics card and a driver that provides OpenGL 3.3 support. 2GB VRAM or more is recommended.

Supported Pro Graphics Cards


  • Nvidia Quadro GV100
  • Nvidia Quadro P6000, P5000, P4000
  • Nvidia Quadro M6000, M5000, M4000, M2000
  • Nvidia Quadro K6000, K5000, K4000, K2000, K600
  • Nvidia Quadro K5200, K4200, K2200
  • Nvidia Quadro 6000,5000,4000,2000,600
  • Nvidia Quadro FX 5800, 4800, 3800, 1800, 580
  • Nvidia Quadro FX 5700, 4700, 3700, 1700, 570
  • Nvidia Quadro FX 5600, 4600, 560

  • AMD FirePro W9100, W8100, W7100, W5100, W4100, W2100
  • AMD FirePro W9000, W8000, W7000, W5000, W600
  • AMD FirePro V7900, V5900, V4900, V3900
  • AMD FirePro 3D V9800, V8800, V8750, V8700, V7800, V7750, V5800, V5700, V4800, V3800, V3750, V3700
  • AMD FireGL V8650, V8600, V7700, V7600, V5600, V3600




Supported Consumer Graphics Cards


  • Nvidia GEForce 1080, 1070, 1060
  • Nvidia GEForce 980, 970
  • Nvidia GEForce Titan, Titan X, Titan Black
  • Nvidia GEForce Titan Z (single GPU for rendering or compute only)
  • Nvidia GEForce 780 Ti, 780, 770, 760
  • Nvidia GEForce 690, 680, 670

OpenCL 1.2 is no longer supported with the latest driver for Fermi architecture cards.

(http://uk.download.nvidia.com/Windows/378.66/378.66-win10-win8-win7-desktop-release-notes.pdf)

(Quad buffer stereo not available on GEForce cards)

  • AMD WX 9100, 7100, 5100, 4100, 3100
  • AMD Fury X, Fury, 390X, 390, and 480
  • AMD Radeon R9 series (290X, 290, 280X, 280, 270X, 270)
  • AMD Radeon 7990, 7970, 7950, 7870 (plus Boost, XT, and GHz Edition variants)
  • AMD Radeon 6990, 6970, 6950, 6930
  • AMD Radeon 5970, 5870, 5850 2GB


Supported Intel Graphics

  • Intel Iris, Iris Pro (all models)
  • Intel HD Graphics P5700, 5600, 5500, 5300, 5200, 5000, 4600, 4400, 4000, 2500
  • NOTE: It is very important to get the absolute latest driver for Intel cards from the Intel website. Without them, you'll experience hangs/crashes.
  • NOTE: Intel cards are NOT supported on OSX. See below for Supported OSX Graphics cards.


Mobile GPUs


  • Mobile GPU should be mid-to-high end, performance-wise, for production work. 
  • Nvidia Quadro FX x600M and up (eg, 1600M, 3600M, 1700M; second digit in Quadro model number indicates the generation).
  • Nvidia Quadro M series (eg 4000M), Quadro K M series (eg Quadro K4000M)
  • Nvidia GEForce 8000M series, 9000M series, GT 650M to 900M series. x50 or higher (eg, GTX 650).
  • (OpenCL 1.2 is no longer supported with the latest driver for Fermi architecture cards.)

  • AMD FirePro M series
  • AMD Mobility Radeon 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000 series (x700M and up, eg 7740M, 7987M or 8850M)
  • AMD Mobility Radeon M200 series (M260 - M295)


Supported OSX Graphics Cards


OSX 10.10.2 or 10.10.3 (Yosemite)

  • Nvidia Quadro K5000
  • Nvidia Quadro 4000
  • Nvidia 650M and 750M

  • AMD FirePro D300, D500, D700
  • AMD Radeon 5770
  • AMD Radeon 5870
  • AMD Radeon 7970




Supported Windows/Linux Drivers


  • Nvidia Quadro/GEForce 390 or higher
  • AMD Catalyst Pro 12.104.2 or higher
  • AMD Catalyst 13.3 or higher
  • Intel 10.18.10.3496 (2014-03-11)