System Requirements For Topaz Labs Programs

These are the system requirements for our AI-based photography applications such as DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI and our video application Video Enhance AI. Please note that not all computers and hardware are compatible with our software and the requirements may be more stringent than other photography applications you may be familiar with.

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System Requirements for Image Apps
System Requirements for Video Enhance AI


Operating System Requirements For Image Apps

Windows
7*, 8, 10 (64 bit only)
Mac 10.13 High Sierra and above

Big Sur 
DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapxiel AI, Mask AI, Adjust AI, and Studio 2 are currently compatible with and supported on Big Sur. These apps are not yet M1 native, but will automatically run through your Rosetta 2 emulator if you have are using an M1 device.

Jpeg to Raw AI currently does not function on MacOS 11 Big Sur.

Apple Silicon/M1
Plugins for DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI are M1 native and will work natively with Photoshop 22.3 and above, which are M1 native Photoshop versions. Our other plugins will not show up on Photoshop 22.3 or higher unless you run Photoshop through Rosetta 2.

To manually force Photoshop to run through Rosetta 2, right-click your Photoshop application icon, select the Get Info menu option, and look for the "Run with Rosetta 2" checkbox in the Get Info panel.

If you use the suite of Topaz applications as Photoshop plugins, you will have the smoothest plugin experience on an M1 device by keeping Photoshop running through Rosetta 2 for the time being regardless of which version of Photoshop you are using.

Tablets & iPads
Our photo applications do not currently run on iOS or Android devices. A laptop or desktop computer is required.

Linux
We currently do not support Linux-based operating systems.

*Windows 7
As of Jan 14, 2020, Microsoft has ended its support for Windows 7. While we cannot support a manufacturer's unsupported operating system, our photo applications may still function on Windows 7 devices provided other hardware is compatible. Please note that we cannot guarantee a Windows 7 operating system that works with one version of our applications will continue to work with future versions of our applications.


Hardware Minimum Requirements

Processor (CPU) Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 equivalent or above (3.0 GHz and above)
AVX Instructions required
System Memory (RAM) 8GB (16GB and higher is recommended for improved performance)
Graphics Card (GPU) OpenGL 3.3 or higher required.
Nvidia GTX 740 or AMD Radeon 5870 (higher series graphics cards recommended)
Dedicated Graphics Memory (VRAM) 2 GB (6GB or more for optimum performance)
Display (Monitor) At least 1024x768

Special Hardware Considerations For Image Apps
The specifications listed above are minimum requirements to operate the software. More robust hardware will improve overall performance and processing speed. Your computer's ability to process an image may be affected by the size of the file itself, and a large enough file can exceed the resources of a minimally equipped computer and cause errant behavior.

Some computers without a dedicated graphics card may function but errant behavior should be expected. A sufficient dedicated graphics card with OpenGL 3.3 and at least 2 GB of VRAM is our minimum requirement to support the software on your device. We do not support Intel HD Graphics 4600 integrated graphics cards or lower in any configuration.

Graphics Drivers
Outdated graphics drivers may result in faulty performance. Drivers should be kept current through the GPU manufacturer's website or provided software. Windows driver updates are rarely current and newer drivers may be available even when Windows says you are up to date. Our programs use the newest optimizations from both Nvidia and AMD whenever possible.


Operating System Requirements for Video Enhance AI

The system requirements for Video Enhance AI are slightly different than the system requirements for our photography applications.

Many of the requirements are the same or similar to our AI-based image applications, but there are some requirements unique to Video Enhance AI that may be more stringent.

Windows
10 (build 19041 v2004) and above
Mac 10.14 Mojave and above for CPU support
10.15 Catalina and above for GPU support

Linux
We currently do not support Linux-based operating systems.

Windows 7, 8
Video Enhance AI is not designed to run on Windows 7 or 8 and is not supported on these operating systems.


Hardware Minimum Requirements

Processor (CPU) Needs AVX2 Instructions
Intel CPUs from ~2015 | Intel HD 5000 iGPU or above
AMD CPUs from ~2016
System Memory (RAM) 8GB (16GB and higher is recommended for improved performance)
Graphics Card (GPU) Intel HD 5000 if running on CPU
DirectX 12 compatible
Dedicated Graphics Memory (VRAM) 2 GB (8GB or more for optimum performance)

Special Hardware Considerations for Video Enhance AI
AI processing for each frame of video is a resource-consuming task for your computer. The specifications listed above are minimum requirements to operate the software. More robust hardware will improve overall performance and processing speed. Your computer's ability to process a video may be affected by the size of the files and the number of frames. It is possible to exceed the resources of a minimally equipped computer and cause errant behavior.

Some computers without a dedicated graphics card may function but errant behavior should be expected. A sufficient CPU with AVX2 instructions and/or a dedicated graphics card with DirectX12 and at least 2 GB of VRAM is our minimum requirement to support the software on your device. We do not support Intel HD Graphics 4600 integrated graphics cards or lower in any configuration.

Graphics Drivers
Outdated graphics drivers may result in faulty performance. Drivers should be kept current through the GPU manufacturer's website or provided software. Windows driver updates are rarely current and newer drivers may be available even when Windows says you are up to date. Our programs use the newest optimizations from both Nvidia and AMD whenever possible.

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