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System Requirements Imaris 9.9

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

Please Note

Platform Windows

No former or later Windows versions are supported.

Server versions are not supported but if you use them on your own risk please note that due to the multi-user capability of the included terminal server an Imaris Floating License Manager is required. With all configurations, using a 4K or larger monitor at full resolution will reduce live interaction FPS.

Minimum System Requirements (for evaluation with small datasets only)

  • RAM: 8 GB
  • 3 GHz CPU (Intel or AMD) dual Core with 64 bit support
  • Graphics: NVIDA Quadro P400 2 GB
  • Monitor: single 1280 x 1024 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1200
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

Recommended System

  • RAM: 16-32 GB
  • 3.3 GHz CPU (Intel or AMD) 4 to 6 Cores
  • Graphics: NVIDA Quadro P2000 5 GB
  • Multiple Fast Hard Disks or (SATA) SSDs
  • Monitor: single 1280 x 1024 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1200
  • Mouse: MX Master Mouse by Logitech (with thumb wheel)

High End System

  • RAM: 64-256 GB
  • 3.7 GHz CPU (Intel or AMD) 8 cores or more
  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX A4000 16 GB
  • Multiple PCIe SSDs
  • Monitor: single 1280 x 1024 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1200
  • Mouse: MX Master Mouse by Logitech (with thumb wheel)

Using Imaris in Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) Sessions

If you are using Windows 10 Build 1903 and newer, you can use Imaris in Windows Remote Desktop session (RDP) if you have an nVidia Quadro card of at least the M-Series. Remote Desktop session with AMD cards of any series (Radeon, RadeonPro or FirePro) will also work with the Windows build 1903 and newer. The oldest AMD card we have tested successfully in with RDP is a FirePro V7900 (released in 2011). 

nVidias Geforce and Titan cards do not support OpenGL acceleration in RDP sessions on any Windows version (Info March 2020). There is no known way (not even with ‘gpedit’) to make this work. 

If you are using earlier Windows 10 build (180x and earlier) or Windows 7/8 or 8.1, the only way to get Imaris working in RDP sessions is to use an nVidia Quadro M-Series or newer (e.g. M4000, P4000,...).  The Quadro card driver supports OpenGL in RDP independent of the Windows version. 

If your system configuration of Windows and graphics card does not support OpenGL acceleration, you can try if another remote desktop solution, like TeamViewer, Anydesk or the like, will work for you. Please, consult your IT department before installing one of these other remote desktop solutions as there might be network restrictions in place, that prevent these tools from working properly. 

Platform MAC

  • Mac OS X 10.12 - 10.15*, 11.x

*To install on 10.15 please use Finder’s contextual ‘Open’ command

M1 SoC using computers are supported. More specific hardware advise will follow later

Please note rendering mode Surfaces - Slice is disabled on macOS in versions 9.7 and earlier.

Please note Imaris does not support MacPro workstations with dual GPUs.

Minimum System Requirements (for evaluation with small datasets only)

  • OS: OS X 10.12 - 10.15, 11.x
  • CPU: Intel with 2.2 GHz, 6 core
  • RAM: Minimum 8 GB
  • Graphics: AMD 2GB
  • Monitor: single 1440 x 900 pixels.
  • Mouse: 3 button with scroll wheel
  • Current Apple offerings: 13” Intel MacBook Pro or 21.5” Intel iMac

Recommended System

  • OS: OS X 10.12 - 10.15, 11.x
  • CPU: Intel with more than 3.2 GHz, 6 core
  • RAM: 32-64 GB
  • Graphics: AMD 4GB
  • Monitor: single 1920 x 1080 pixels.
  • Mouse: MX Master Mouse by Logitech (with thumb wheel)
  • Current Apple offerings: 16” MacBook Pro or 27” iMac

High End System

  • OS: OS X 10.12 - 10.15, 11.x
  • CPU: Intel with 3.0 GHz, 10 core
  • RAM: 128-256 GB. Currently only the iMac Pro can be configured with 128GB of RAM or more
  • Graphics: AMD 8 or 16 GB
  • Multiple Fast Hard Disks or SSDs
  • Monitor: dual 1920 x 1080 Monitor Resolution
  • Mouse: MX Master Mouse by Logitech (with thumb wheel)
  • Current Apple offerings: Mac Pro

ClearView Deconvolution

Imaris Preferences will show the user the supported GPU processing mode: CUDA or OpenCL. Up-to-date graphics card drivers are required for GPU-accelerated deconvolution.

NVIDIA cards with driver 411.31 or later will use CUDA for the processing.  All AMD cards and NVIDIA cards running older drivers will use OpenCL.

Older machines or graphics cards may not support GPU-accelerated deconvolution.  CPU deconvolution will be used instead.

Tested Graphics Accelerator Boards

Incompatible 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 supported.

Imaris ClearView supports CUDA and OpenCL beside CPU based processing. It shows best performance on CUDA. CUDA needs an NVIDIA driver of version 411.31 (date 2018.9.27) or later. CUDA does not work on macOS 10.14 since Apple does not support it, it uses OpenCL instead.

The Nvidia Geforce Boards work, but have slower graphics. The Quadro boards are recommended when stereo displays will be attached and for remote access. 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 in-house as working:

Other variants of the same series might work as well.

AMD (ATI) Game Boards

  • AMD RADEON RX Vega56
  • 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 6970
  • AMD RADEON HD 5870
  • AMD RADEON HD 5850
  • AMD RADEON HD 5670

Professional AMD (ATI) boards

  • AMD FirePro W9100
  • AMD FirePro W8100
  • AMD FirePro D700
  • AMD FirePro W7000
  • AMD FirePro W5000
  • AMD FirePro V7900

Professional Nvidia Boards

  • NVIDIA RTX A4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro P4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro P600
  • NVIDIA Quadro M4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro M2000M
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5200
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4200
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2200
  • NVIIDA Quadro K3100M
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
  • NVIDIA Quadro K6000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5000(M)
  • NVIDIA Quadro K4000
  • NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
  • NVIDIA Quadro K2000

Nvidia Game Boards

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT750M 
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT650M
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 330M
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

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
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
  • AMD FirePro W7100
  • 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 been expanding support for multi core/processor machines since version 6.2.0. Currently, most image processing functions are multithreaded. Tests are done with up to 8 cores where Imaris still scales nicely.

Matlab for XTensions

The Matlab XTensions (plugins) installed by default with Imaris only need Matlab and no additional Matlab Toolboxes. This XTensions are available as compiled (.exe) and not compiled (.m-file) versions. To run the compiled version a free Matlab Runtime is sufficient.

For the XTensions made available by the Imaris community on please check the prerequisites in the description of the XTension.

Status at 14-April-2022