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System Requirements Imaris 9.3

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

Please Note: Windows 7 and 8 are not any more supported due to problems with graphic board drivers. If you still need old Windows versions please use only cards and drivers from 2015 and earlier.

Platform Windows

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 is required.

Minimum System Requirements (for evaluation with small datasets only)

  • Windows 10 x64
  • 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, not 4K
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

Recommended System
 

  • Windows 10 x64
  • RAM: 16-32 GB
  • 3.3 GHz CPU (Intel) 4 Core
  • Graphics: NVIDA Quadro P2000 5 GB
  • Multiple Fast Hard Disks or SSDs
  • Monitor: single 1280 x 1024 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1200, not 4K
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

High End System
 

  • Windows 8.1 x64 / Windows 10 x64
  • RAM: 64-256 GB
  • 3.7 GHz CPUs (Intel) total 8 core
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro P4000 8 GB
  • Multiple PCIe SSDs
  • Monitor: single 1280 x 1024 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1200, not 4K
  • Mouse: 3 button wheel

Platform MAC

  • Mac OS X 10.9 - 10.13

Minimum System Requirements (for evaluation with small datasets only)

  • OS: OS X 10.9 - 10.13
  • CPU: Intel with 2 GHz, 2 core
  • RAM: Minimum 8 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), not 4K
  • Mouse: 3 buttons

Recommended System
 

  • OS: OS X 10.9 - 10.13
  • CPU: Intel with more than 3 GHz, 4 core
  • RAM: 32-64 GB
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GT 755M 2 GB (slow triangle rendering)
  • Monitor: single 1440 x 900 pixels up to dual 1920 x 1080 (scaled), not 4K
  • Mouse: 3 buttons

High End System
 

  • OS: OS X 10.9 - 10.13
  • CPU: Intel with 3,5 GHz, 6 core
  • RAM: 64-256 GB
  • 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), not 4K
  • Mouse: 3 buttons

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.

Macs running MacOS 10.14 will use OpenCL despite the presence of an NVidia card as there is not yet a supported driver for this operating system.

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.

For visualisation 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 in-house as working:

Other variants of the same series might work as well.

AMD (ATI) Game Boards

  • AMD RADEON RX Vega56
  • 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

Professional AMD (ATI) boards

  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
  • AMD FirePro W9100
  • AMD FirePro W8100
  • AMD FirePro D700
  • AMD FirePro W7000
  • AMD FirePro W5000
  • AMD FirePro V7900

Professional Nvidia Boards

  • 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 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 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 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'.

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 open.bitplane.com please check the prerequisites in the description of the XTension.

Status at 09-Apr-2019