System Requirements

Overview

Enscape uses ray tracing for its real-time rendering, and almost all the calculations that Enscape performs are being handled on the graphics card (GPU). For this reason, your computer should at least meet the minimum recommended system requirements set out below.

Furthermore, although not a requirement, we do recommend that you use Enscape with dual monitors, as Enscape is optimized to work on a dual monitor setup.

Required CAD Software

The Enscape plug-in is currently provided for the following software:

  • Revit (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022)*
  • SketchUp (2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021)
  • Rhino (6.0 and 7.0)
  • Archicad (21, 22, 23, 24, and 25)
  • Vectorworks (2020 (Service Pack 3), 2021, 2022)

*Revit 2018 does not support the Enscape Material Library or Enscape Material Editor. Additionally, Revit LT is not supported at all by  Enscape. 

The Enscape plugin will be installed for all of the above CAD’s unless otherwise specified during the installation process. This means you do not require a dedicated installer specific to each individual CAD, and you can specify which CAD or CAD’s you want to install Enscape for during the installation procedure.

Note: There are conflicts with two other Revit plugins: Colorizer and Techviz. To avoid incompatibilities, please uninstall them before using Enscape.

System Requirements

Enscape performs its renders using your graphics card (GPU), but the GPU has to have dedicated VRAM, and not shared VRAM as found with Intel Integrated Graphics chips. If your systems CPU and RAM are capable of handling Revit, for instance, and you have a capable GPU, Enscape should work. A good CPU can speed up Enscape’s loading times. The system requirements to run Enscape, as well as the Standalone Executable files that can be exported from Enscape, are identical.

It is also recommended that your internet connection is fast and stable, and that you should use a direct cable connection and avoid using a Wi-fi connection where possible, as this can slow down the Asset Library loading times.

Note: real-time rendering performance can be affected by the project size, and therefore the following table provides the minimum GPU specifications that we recommend where large CAD projects are regularly being worked on. Where VR is listed, the GPU’s clock speed (processor) has more relevance than the amount of VRAM, although you should always try to use a GPU with as much VRAM as possible.

NOTE for Windows 7 Users
NVIDIA Quadro GPU’s are NO LONGER being supported in conjunction with Windows 7 Operating System. It is recommended that an update to Windows 10 should be undertaken so you have access to the latest drivers.
Minimum Requirements Recommended Requirements VR Recommended Requirements
Operating System Windows 7 64 Bit or higher.
On MacOS, Windows installed via Bootcamp
Windows 7 64 Bit or higher.
On MacOS, Windows installed via Bootcamp
Windows 7 64 Bit or higher.
On MacOS, Windows installed via Bootcamp
Graphics Card NVIDIA or AMD GPU with 2GB VRAM
Supports OpenGL 4.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660/Quadro K2000 and newer
AMD Radeon R9 270/FirePro W5100 and newer
The latest available drivers or at least our recommended drivers
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 or AMD equivalent with 4GB VRAM
The latest available drivers or at least our recommended drivers
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070/Quadro RTX 5000 or an AMD equivalent GPU with at least 8GB VRAM
The latest available drivers or at least our recommended drivers
VRAM 2GB VRAM 4GB VRAM 8GB VRAM
VR Headsets Windows Mixed Reality Devices
HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro
Oculus Rift and Rift S
Refer to the hardware requirements in our Virtual Reality Headset guide
Additional Required Software The Enscape installer will check for the presence of additional software required to run Enscape. If that software is not present the installer will prompt you to download and install whatever is missing from your system.
For deploying Enscape via Command Line, here’s a list of that required software:

Unsupported Hardware Radeon 6000 mobile GPU’s
Intel Integrated Graphics onboard GPU’s
SLI
Note: you may still experience a performance boost by using SLI AFR mode, which is a setting that can be selected in your NVIDIA driver properties.

In cases where you have multiple GPU’s, Enscape will only utilize one of those GPU’s.
Only docking stations that support accelerated graphics will work with Enscape.
Known Issues: If using Revit, there are known conflicts with two other Revit plugins: Colorizer and Techviz. To avoid incompatibilities, please uninstall them before using Enscape.

DLSS is not supported on the NVIDIA GTX 1660 product line and although the GTX 1660 cards can run RTX features, you will likely experience many performance issues. In this scenario we highly recommend disabling RTX for these GPU’s.

For the minimum recommended GPU’s, some performance gains are possible if you experience poor performance.

NVIDIA

NVIDIA

AMD

AMD

Recommended Graphics Drivers

Enscape should work if your GPU is capable of running the minimum recommended drivers listed below, although we always advise that you should be running the latest available drivers for your GPU:

NVIDIA

Enscape v3.1:

Enscape v3.0:

Enscape v2.9:

AMD

Enscape v3.1:

Enscape v3.0:

Enscape v2.9:

System Support

If you run into trouble, let us know by using Enscape’s Feedback function or send us an email. There are plenty of different system configurations and we are working every day to support more of them.


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