Built for Speed and GPU’s

UPDATE: Now Available

So we are only days away from launching our new plug-in Element 3D (Watch DEMO VIDEO) and as you may know it renders using OpenGL on your graphics card. We are working on a more official list of supported cards but here are some general requirements and info.

Video Card Memory:
We recommend at least 1GB of video memory but 512MBs will work fine. We technically support 256MB cards but you will be limited on texture capabilities and you can actually buy a killer card for $150 right now which will boost performance a ton.

Minimum Cards Supported:
Nvidia Geforce 8800 and newer.
ATI 3870 and newer.

Support includes Geforce Series: 9000, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, Quadro 4000 (4800), 5000

We HIGHLY recommend that you update your graphics card drivers from ATI or Nvidia for best performance. Users on Macintosh should update there OS which includes updated drivers.

Other notes:

  • Element 3D does not require CUDA only Open GL.
  • Quadro 4000 and similar cards on the mac are supported! We even have a fix for Optical Flares to allow full GPU performance in an update that will be out later this month.

I’ll have a full list of cards soon but you can look up your card online to see if it supports these features: DirectX 10 / OpenGL 3.3 / Shader Model 4

If you are in the market for a new card here are some nice picks:

$150: (For the price, these are insane cards)
NVidia GeForce GTX 560
AMD Radeon HD 6870

$300: (This is similar to performance of my machine a 580)
NVidia GeForce GTX 570
AMD Radeon HD 7870

NVidia GeForce GTX 680
AMD Radeon HD 7970

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