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Palette CAD practicality:

Hardware requirements

Work with confidence

Palette CAD practicality:

Hardware requirements

Work with confidence

Avoid problems down the line

Have you decided to work with Palette CAD and want to know what the technical requirements are? Or are you thinking about investing in new digital devices? Then we have some important information for you. Below is a list of the minimum requirements and our recommendations for your devices and hardware in order for the 3D software and all its features to work as smoothly as possible.

Essentially, a normal Windows PC is all you need to run Palette CAD, provided that it’s configured for graphics applications – a powerful graphics card is extremely important. Otherwise, the faster the computer, the smoother the design process. And the higher your screen resolution, the more detailed you can make your designs.

Which new hardware is best for your needs? It’s best to ask the experts: our partner hz Soft- und Hardware GmbH offers the optimum hardware for Palette CAD applications and is happy to advise you on your options.

For notebooks and laptops we recommend the following hardware components:

Processor: Intel Core i7

Display: min. 15.6 inch, resolution min. full HD (1920 x 1080 px)

Graphics card: NVIDIA with 2 GB or more, preferably GTX or RTX series, e.g. GeForce GTX 1070 to 1080 or RTX 2060 to 2080

Memory: 8 GB or more

Hard drive: 256 GB or more for operating system and Palette CAD

Drives: DVD or Blu-ray drive

Internet connection: (broadband)

Port: USB 3.0

Operating system: Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit)

For desktop PCs we recommend the following hardware components:

Processor: Intel Core i7

Display: min. 24 inch, resolution min. full HD (1920 x 1080 px)

Graphics card: NVIDIA with 2 GB GDDR5 or more, preferably GTX or RTX series, e.g. GeForce GTX 1070 to 1080 or RTX 2060 to 2080

Memory: 8 GB or more

Hard drive: 256 GB or more for operating system and Palette CAD

Internet connection: broadband

Port: USB 3.0

Operating system: Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit) (the latest Service Pack is always required)

We recommend the following mobile devices for using the Palette CAD apps (Palette Home, Palette Work, Palette Move):

  •  Apple iPad Pro
  •  Apple iPad from 2016 or later (min. iOS 12)
  •  Samsung / Huawei / Asus 8 inch and above (min. Android 7.0)
  •  Please note: iPhone 11 Pro Max does not support VR functionality!

Whichever mobile device you choose, make sure that it has a gyroscope (acceleration and position sensor).

For the best results, use an up-to-date photo inkjet or colour laser printer.

The Stabila LD 520, Stabila LD 250 BT, Leica Disto D1, D110 and D2 devices are suitable for Palette Work.

The following VR glasses can be used for Palette Showroom Pro:

  • HTC Vive
  • Oculus Rift
  • Oculus Rift S

We recommend the following hardware to get the most out of VR glasses:

Processor: Intel i7 (quad-core)

Desktop PC graphics card: min. NVIDIA GTX 1070 / 1080 / Titan or RTX 2060 to 2080 with 4 GB RAM

Laptop graphics card: min. NVIDIA GTX 1060 / 1070 / 1080 or RTX 2060 to 2080 with 4 GB RAM

Memory: min. 16 GB

Video output: HDMI 1.3-compatible video output

USB ports: 4 USB ports in total, at least three of which with USB 3.0 standard

Operating system: Windows 10 (the latest Service Pack is always required)

Please note: The “Oculus Quest” VR glasses cannot currently be used.

Intel i5

Memory: 4 GB

Hard drive: min. 80 GB

Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 870  2GB

Display: Resolution min. 1280x900

Ports: USB 2.0 or higher

Operating system: Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (the latest Service Pack is always required)

Internet access

To generate high-quality, photo-realistic and artistic visualisations, you will need a fast, powerful graphics card. We recommend graphics cards from NVIDIA Corporation. All display modes in Palette CAD run with GeForce GTX 460 series graphics cards and higher. It’s a good idea to invest in graphics cards from the middle to high-end price range. The various mobility products for notebooks (e.g. GTX 970M) are also suitable, although they are not as high-performance as desktop products. For more information, see www.nvidia.com

Our Palette products are optimised for graphics cards and drivers from the NVIDIA GTX and RTX series. Using other drivers means that NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards are only partially supported. We recommend testing the graphic card you’ve chosen before you buy. And bear in mind that manufacturers often supply graphics cards with outdated drivers, so it’s best to always install the latest driver version.

Using AMD (ATI) graphics cards can result in driver problems when selecting objects in Palette CAD. Sometimes updating the driver can help, but we recommend that you always test the graphics card before you buy.

Which new hardware is best for your needs? It’s best to ask the experts: our partner hz Soft- und Hardware GmbH offers the optimum hardware for Palette CAD applications and is happy to advise you on your options.

For notebooks and laptops we recommend the following hardware components:

Processor: Intel Core i7

Display: min. 15.6 inch, resolution min. full HD (1920 x 1080 px)

Graphics card: NVIDIA with 2 GB or more, preferably GTX or RTX series, e.g. GeForce GTX 1070 to 1080 or RTX 2060 to 2080

Memory: 8 GB or more

Hard drive: 256 GB or more for operating system and Palette CAD

Drives: DVD or Blu-ray drive

Internet connection: (broadband)

Port: USB 3.0

Operating system: Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit)

For desktop PCs we recommend the following hardware components:

Processor: Intel Core i7

Display: min. 24 inch, resolution min. full HD (1920 x 1080 px)

Graphics card: NVIDIA with 2 GB GDDR5 or more, preferably GTX or RTX series, e.g. GeForce GTX 1070 to 1080 or RTX 2060 to 2080

Memory: 8 GB or more

Hard drive: 256 GB or more for operating system and Palette CAD

Internet connection: broadband

Port: USB 3.0

Operating system: Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit) (the latest Service Pack is always required)

We recommend the following mobile devices for using the Palette CAD apps (Palette Home, Palette Work, Palette Move):

  •  Apple iPad Pro
  •  Apple iPad from 2016 or later (min. iOS 12)
  •  Samsung / Huawei / Asus 8 inch and above (min. Android 7.0)
  •  Please note: iPhone 11 Pro Max does not support VR functionality!

Whichever mobile device you choose, make sure that it has a gyroscope (acceleration and position sensor).

For the best results, use an up-to-date photo inkjet or colour laser printer.

The Stabila LD 520, Stabila LD 250 BT, Leica Disto D1, D110 and D2 devices are suitable for Palette Work.

The following VR glasses can be used for Palette Showroom Pro:

  • HTC Vive
  • Oculus Rift
  • Oculus Rift S

We recommend the following hardware to get the most out of VR glasses:

Processor: Intel i7 (quad-core)

Desktop PC graphics card: min. NVIDIA GTX 1070 / 1080 / Titan or RTX 2060 to 2080 with 4 GB RAM

Laptop graphics card: min. NVIDIA GTX 1060 / 1070 / 1080 or RTX 2060 to 2080 with 4 GB RAM

Memory: min. 16 GB

Video output: HDMI 1.3-compatible video output

USB ports: 4 USB ports in total, at least three of which with USB 3.0 standard

Operating system: Windows 10 (the latest Service Pack is always required)

Please note: The “Oculus Quest” VR glasses cannot currently be used.

Intel i5

Memory: 4 GB

Hard drive: min. 80 GB

Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 870  2GB

Display: Resolution min. 1280x900

Ports: USB 2.0 or higher

Operating system: Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (the latest Service Pack is always required)

Internet access

To generate high-quality, photo-realistic and artistic visualisations, you will need a fast, powerful graphics card. We recommend graphics cards from NVIDIA Corporation. All display modes in Palette CAD run with GeForce GTX 460 series graphics cards and higher. It’s a good idea to invest in graphics cards from the middle to high-end price range. The various mobility products for notebooks (e.g. GTX 970M) are also suitable, although they are not as high-performance as desktop products. For more information, see www.nvidia.com

Our Palette products are optimised for graphics cards and drivers from the NVIDIA GTX and RTX series. Using other drivers means that NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards are only partially supported. We recommend testing the graphic card you’ve chosen before you buy. And bear in mind that manufacturers often supply graphics cards with outdated drivers, so it’s best to always install the latest driver version.

Using AMD (ATI) graphics cards can result in driver problems when selecting objects in Palette CAD. Sometimes updating the driver can help, but we recommend that you always test the graphics card before you buy.

Hardware requirements: making Palette CAD as easy to use as possible

When it comes to getting the most out of software, requirements always vary. We’ve put together a list of all the requirements and our recommendations for Palette CAD to make things easier: you know from the beginning what hardware you need in order to get the most from our software and which features will benefit you.