System requirements: Minimum and recommended computer specifications

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The following description shows the minimum and recommended hardware and software requirements.


  • Windows 7, 8, 10, Server 2008, Server 2012, 64 bits  (PC or Mac computers using Boot Camp).
  • Any CPU (Intel i5/ i7/ Xeon recommended).
  • Any GPU that is compatible with OpenGL 3.2. (integrated graphics cards Intel HD 4000 or above).
  • Small projects (under 100 images at 14 MP): 4 GB RAM, 10 GB HDD Free Space.
  • Medium projects (between 100 and 500 images at 14 MP): 8 GB RAM, 20 GB HDD Free Space.
  • Large projects (between 500 and 2000 images at 14 MP): 16 GB RAM, 40 GB HDD Free Space.
  • Very Large projects (over 2000 images at 14 MP): 16 GB RAM, 80 GB HDD Free Space.
Important: Unusually long times have been observed when processing with some Quadro GPU. This is related to some settings in the NVIDIA control panel. For more information: 218195063


  • Windows 8, 10 64 bits.
  • CPU quad-core or hexa-core Intel i7/Intel i9/Threadripper/Xeon/.
  • GeForce GTX GPU compatible with OpenGL 3.2 and 2 GB RAM.
  • Hard disk: SSD.
  • Small projects (under 100 images at 14 MP): 8 GB RAM, 15 GB SSD Free Space.
  • Medium projects (between 100 and 500 images at 14 MP): 16GB RAM, 30 GB SSD Free Space.
  • Large projects (over 500 images at 14 MP): 32 GB RAM, 60 GB SSD Free Space.
  • Very Large projects (over 2000 images at 14 MP): 64 GB RAM, 120 GB SSD Free Space.

High-end Build Components

For applications where low processing times and large datasets require the use of high-end workstations, there are high-end components that have proven to work better than others in most cases. An ideal high-end workstation provides balanced resources to avoid bottlenecks that slow the system down overall. Below are some of the components which have performed well with Pix4D.


  • Core i7 8700K (Good)
  • Threadripper 1950x (Better)
  • Core i9 7980XE (Best)



  • GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (Good)
  • GeForce GTX 1070 8GB (Better)
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB (Best)
  • An SSD hard drive can speed up processing. 
  • The graphics card may have an improvement on the processing speed for step 1 and step 2 (if the graphics card is compatible with CUDA (NVIDIA Graphic Cards). Processing time of step 3 is not affected by the GPU. The GPU affects considerably the visualization of the rayCloud. For more information about the use of the GPU: 203405619.
  • For more information about Hardware components usage when processing with Pix4Dmapper: 202559519.
  • For more information regarding: Mac / Windows XP / Linux / Remote Access - Virtual machine / Distributed - Parallel processing: 202556809.
  • For more information about processing speed: 204191535.


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