RECOMMENDED HARDWARE FOR PALETTE CAD

A normal Windows PC is adequate if it is set up for graphic applications. All that really matters is the Nvidia graphics card, in which you should invest about 200 to 500 euros. The photo-realistic and artistic display modes do not work without graphics card acceleration. Otherwise, of course, the faster the computer, the better your design work will flow.  You will also have a better overview when using a high-resolution screen.

Minimum requirements

Desktop/Notebook:

  • Processor: Pentium Core 2/i3
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA with minimum 1GB *
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Hard drive: minimum of 30 GB free space for Palette CAD
  • Display: miimum 1280 x 900
  • Drives: DVD
  • USB ports: 2.0 or higher
  • Operating system: Windows 7, 8 or 10

 

Hardware recommendations for new purchases:

 

Notebook:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA with 2GB or more, ideally GTX series, e.g. GeForce GTX 850M-1080M*
  • RAM: 8 GB or more (ideally 16GB)
  • Hard drive: 128 GB or more (ideally SSD with 256GB for your operating system and Palette CAD)
  • Display: 15.6“ or larger (Full HD 1920x1080)
  • Drives: DVD or Blu-ray
  • USB ports: 2.0 (for program protector plug)
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Internet connection

 

Desktop:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA with 2GB or more, ideally GTX series, e.g. GeForce GTX 950-1080*
  • RAM: 8 GB or more (ideally: 16 GB)
  • Hard drive: 128GB or more (ideally SSD with 256GB for your operating system and Palette CAD)
  • Display: 24“ or larger (Full HD 1920x1080)
  • Drives: DVD or Blu-ray
  • USB 2.0 (for program protector plug)
  • Operating system: Windows 8 or Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Internet connection

 

Mobile devices (tablets):

  • Apple iPad 2 / iPad mini 4 (iOS)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9,7“ (Android)
  • Microsoft Surface 3 / Surface Pro 4 (Windows 10)

The gyro sensor is essential for Palette MOVE app 

 

VR hardware:

  • Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift
  • Processor: Intel i7-6700
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 980/1070/1080 with 4GB RAM
  • RAM: 16GB or more
  • USB ports:  4 USB ports, of which at 3 must be of USB 3.0 standard
  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Internet connection


Printer:

  • Current photo ink-jet or laser printers.

 

 

Running Palette CAD on Apple computers (MAC)

Palette CAD needs to run on a Windows operating system. By using Boot Camp, or VM-programs like Parallels and VMWare it is also possible to use Palette CAD on Apple computers. Please note that Palette CAD must have access to the graphics card.

 

*Important information regarding graphics cards

Graphics card acceleration is required for the high-quality photo-realistic and artistic display modes. We recommend graphics cards from the NVIDIA Corporation. All display modes in Palette CAD run as of the GeForce 460 series. We recommend using graphics cards from the middle to high-end price range so that you can create photo-realistic displays. The various mobility products are also suitable, although they offer less performance than desktop products.
 For more information, see www.nvidia.com. Graphics cards are often delivered with outdated drivers. We suggest to always install the latest drivers.

At present we do not recommend using AMD (ATI) graphics cards for Palette CAD!

Various driver issues have been reported when selecting objects in Palette CAD. In certain cases, a driver update solved the problem. We suggest to test the graphics card prior to purchase, in order to find out whether they are compatible with Palette CAD.