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Qimera System Requirements

The following table lists the minimum and recommended hardware specifications for PC machines running Intel Based hardware. For information on which operating systems and platforms are supported, see our Qimera Platforms Overview page.

Minimum Machine Configuration (see below for our recommended specifications)
CPUIntel i3 2.4+Ghz / AMD equivalent.
Graphics Card
  • Nvidia 100 series or better (GeForce 100M or newer for mobile)
  • AMD HD4xxxx or better
  • Intel HD2000 or better
  • Support for OpenGL 3.0+
MonitorA resolution of 1280x1024 or better.
Mouse2 Button with Scroll Wheel, 3 button mouse or trackpad with equivalent functionality.
Recommended Machine Configuration
CPUIntel i5 or i7 2.6Ghz+ / AMD equivalent
Storage DeviceSolid State Drive (SSD)
Graphics Card
  • Nvidia GeForce 700, 900, or 10xx series or better (GeForce 600M or better for mobile)
  • AMD R5/R7/R9/RX or better
  • Support for OpenGL 4.1+
MonitorA resolution of 1600x1200 or better.
Mouse2 Button with Scroll Wheel or 3 button mouse.
Extra notes
  • When choosing hardware, please be aware that spending thousands on Workstation class components may not result in marked performance benefits when compared to a fast gaming processor and video card.
  • Qimera is designed to maximize CPU core utilization and many operations will use as many CPU cores as available and as a 64 bit application will utilize whatever memory is available (when appropriate). That said, testing has shown that gains from having additional threads available may drop off after 8 to 12 threads. Due to disk I/O limitations, having many many threads will not necessarily result in better performance. It is not advisable to invest in a processor with extremely high numbers of cores / threads purely for processing with Qimera.
  • Support for two or more displays is highly desirable especially in demanding data processing tasks.
  • Ensure that any external monitors are plugged into the graphics card ports rather than the onboard ports.
  • Having multiple hard disks/SDDs to separate source data and project data onto separate drives can substantially boost processing performance.
  • Reference for Nvidia and AMD graphics cards and Intel integrated Graphics including information on the supported OpenGL versions:

  • Windows Remote Desktop does not support 3D OpenGL Applications very well so running Qimera through Remote Desktop connection can cause unforeseen issues.  If you are utilizing an NVidia card they have made available a small application that enables support for this. It can be downloaded from NVidia's site at  Once downloaded you will be required to run it once and reboot your machine and the feature should be enabled.

Qimera Platform Overview