System requirements for Vectorworks with Redshift

The rendering style "Redshift by Maxon" uses the computer's GPU and CPU to perform photorealistic rendering. The following system requirements relate specifically to this rendering style. Redshift will use the computer's GPU to render if it meets the requirements below. If the GPU does not meet the requirements, then only the computer's CPU will be used to perform Redshift rendering. A message in the Edit Render Style dialog box indicates the availability of Redshift. When Redshift is selected but unavailable, the custom Renderworks rendering style is used instead.


Professional Absolute minimum using GPUAbsolute minimum using CPU only
  • Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit) or later
  • Processor: 64-bit intel Core i7 (or Xeon-equivalent) of 3GHz or better
  • RAM: 16GB or more
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GPU with CUDA compute capability 7.0 or higher and 8GB of VRAM or more.*
  • GPU: Multiple GPU's


Check here if your NVIDIA GPU supports a compute capacity of 5.0 or higher.


Professional Absolute minimum using GPUAbsolute minimum using CPU only
  • Operating system: macOS 12 (Monterey) or later
  • RAM: 16GB or more
  • Graphics card: 
    • macOS M-series: Apple M1 Max 32GB or better
    • macOS Intel: AMD "Navi" or "Vega" GPU or later with 8GB of VRAM or more.
  • GPU: Multiple GPU's

Supported AMD GPU's

MacBook Pro

  • Radeon Pro Vega 16/20
  • Radeon Pro 5500M/5600M


  • Radeon Pro Vega 48
  • Radeon Pro 5500XT/5700/5700XT

iMac Pro

  • Radeon Pro Vega 56/64


  • Radeon Pro Vega II / Vega II Duo
  • Radeon Pro W5500X/W5700X
  • Radeon RX 6800/6800XT/6900XT
  • Radeon W6800X MPX

Thunderbolt eGPUs

  • Radeon RX Vega 56/64
  • Radeon Pro WX 9100
  • Radeon VII
  • Radeon RX 5500/5500XT/5600XT/5700/5700XT
  • Radeon RX 6800/6800XT/6900XT
  • Radeon W6800V MPX


Learn more about macOS compatibility of specific GPU's.

Last update: 14/09/2023
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