Topaz Studio: System Requirements

While several of you may have already discovered this on your own, we make it no secret that Topaz Studio can be demanding on your hardware. We'd like to clarify what that means, exactly, and why you should read and follow the suggestions we make to enjoy your software to the fullest!

OpenGL Requirements

Many users have asked by we have an OpenGL requirement to use the software. Simply put, we have that requirement because it's necessary for us to create the unique effects you find throughout Topaz Studio. Actually, our OpenGL requirements are not much different from other creative apps, from say, Adobe. See for yourself:

Software OpenGL VRAM  
Topaz Studio 3.3 1GB
Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 2.0 512MB
Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2018 3.3 1GB
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2018 3.3 1GB

Why should I care about OpenGL?

In most cases, photo editing software utilizes a combination of CPU & GPU processing. Topaz Studio uses a much heavier reliance on on your graphics processing unit, also known as your graphics card. This means that your GPU, not your CPU, RAM, or Hard Drive space, will matter the most, where processing speed is concerned with Topaz Studio. This is widely known to be true in video games, where high-intensity processing has been the only place where a GPU could shine, for many years. Now, photo editing software, like ours, has begun to breach the realm of possibilities that such processing can provide to your photos, and we're very excited to share all the hard work that turns concept into reality.

But... everything else is fast! Why isn't Studio?!

As noted above, the majority of other editing software will use a combination of CPU and GPU processing, where a strong CPU will help pick up the slack from a weaker GPU. However, in Topaz Studio's case, we do not do this - we ask your GPU to do most of the work. For users with integrated graphics card solutions, this can mean the processing types that are a bit tougher on the graphics card will highlight any weaknesses the GPU hardware might have, without the compensation from the CPU. This was not a design choice, per se, but rather a decision made to provide our users with the most advanced editing workflows we can create, while still keeping things compatible with mainstream systems. The overwhelming consensus for the future of photo editing is based in GPU hardware, rather than CPU alone or CPU + GPU. We are hedging our bets that the market is correct in this regard, and are excited to provide unique photo editing solutions to our users.

 Please note: If your machine hardware falls between the Minimum and Recommended performance levels, you can encounter issues using Topaz Studio! Reduce the size of your image, or install hardware that meets or exceeds the performance of Recommended hardware, if you encounter problems.

Unsupported Graphics Cards

 Please note: If you are using a graphics card that is on the Unsupported Graphics Cards list, then your hardware will not be supported. This means Studio may or may not work on your system, and we will not be able to make any corrections to address problems you encounter. We do not recommend using Studio if you have any of the hardware on this list:

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Extreme Graphics 1/2
GMA Series (G43/G45/etc)
HD Graphics - Ironlake (Clarkdale)
HD Graphics - Ironlake (Arrandale)
HD Graphics - Sandy Bridge
HD Graphics - Bay Trail / Ivy Bridge
HD Graphics 2000
HD Graphics 2500
HD Graphics 3000
HD Graphics P3000

GeForce 6000 series
GeForce 7000 series
GeForce 8000 series
GeForce 9000 series
GeForce 100 series
GeForce 200 series
GeForce 300 series
GeForce 405
GeForce GT 420
GeForce GT 430
GeForce GT 440
GeForce GTS 450

All NVIDIA cards with <1GB of dedicated VRAM are unsupported

Radeon X1000 series
Radeon HD 2000 series
Radeon HD 3000 series
Radeon HD 4000 series
Mobility Radeon X1000 series
Mobility Radeon HD 2000 series
Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series
Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series

All AMD cards with <1GB of dedicated VRAM are unsupported

Operating System Requirements

~ Windows Macintosh
Operating System Version
  • Windows 7 x64
  • Windows 8/8.1 x64
  • Windows 10 x64
  • Mac OS X 10.11
  • macOS 10.12
  • macOS 10.13
  • macOS 10.14
Display Size 800 x 600 1024 x 640
Application Size 1,250 MB 1,050 MB
Asset Size 1,260 MB 1,260 MB
OpenGL Support Level What's this? OpenGL 3.3

OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is the computer industry's standard application program interface ( API ) for defining 2-D and 3-D graphic images. Prior to OpenGL, any company developing a graphical application typically had to rewrite the graphics part of it for each operating system platform and had to be cognizant of the graphics hardware as well. With OpenGL, an application can create the same effects in any operating system using any OpenGL-adhering graphics adapter.

OpenGL specifies a set of "commands" or immediately executed functions. Each command directs a drawing action or causes special effects. A list of these commands can be created for repetitive effects. OpenGL is independent of the windowing characteristics of each operating system, but provides special "glue" routines for each operating system that enable OpenGL to work in that system's windowing environment. OpenGL comes with a large number of built-in capabilities requestable through the API. These include hidden surface removal, alpha blending (transparency), antialiasing , texture mapping, pixel operations, viewing and modeling transformations, and atmospheric effects (fog, smoke, and haze).

OpenGL Versions




Hardware Requirements

~ Minimum Recommended Optimal
System RAM   4GB 8GB 16GB

Graphics Card Requirements

 Click here to identify your Graphics Card


Open About Window

Select the Apple icon on the far left side of your menu bar, and select About this Mac


Open the Report

Select the System Report button


Open Graphics/Displays

Select the Graphics/Displays section from the left edge of the report


Find your GPU

You will see all available graphics cards in this view


Open the Run Menu

Hold down the Windows Key   and press the letter R on your keyboard.


Open DXDiag

Type dxdiag in the Run window, then press Enter on your keyboard.


View Display Information

Once the DXDIAG program loads, click the "Display" tab.


Find your GPU

Your graphics card name will be listed under the Name field. This is your graphics card!

Desktop GPU

~ Minimum Recommended Optimal
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB GeForce GTX 960 4GB or better
AMD Radeon HD 5450 1GB Radeon R7 360 2GB R9 380X 4GB or better
Intel HD Graphics 4000 Iris Graphics 540  N/A

Mobile/Laptop/AIO GPU

~ Minimum Recommended Optimal
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650M 1GB GeForce GTX 860M 2GB GeForce GTX 1070M 4GB or better
AMD R7 M360 2GB R9 M290 4GB R9 M370X 4GB or better
Intel HD Graphics 4000 HD Graphics 530  N/A
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