Does my computer make 3D?

Can your computer or laptop run Blender?

This guide is to help find out if the computer you have or can get will run Blender. Getting started on an old computer can easily be done,
and most of the tutorials [computer center] will provide will accommodate those with less powerful systems.

If you intend on doing lots of physics and particle simulation,
you may want to use one of CC’s networked computers.
Sculpting and vertex painting can also take a speed hit with a weaker computer.

A 5-year-old Macbook Air can easily run the software and pull off moderate tasks.

[computer center] will have loaner computers and hold drives to collect unused yet useable computers for distribution in the future. A request and support form is underway and will live here

“As a rule-of-thumb, we could define our minimal support level as -“Decent quality New hardware and OS you would purchase 5 years ago for $1000″.

[Bf-committers] Minimal Blender specs – 5 year old systems & OS

Here are computer hardware settings to run the latest version of Blender on your computer. If you have trouble identifying this information on your machine,
– message us via Instagram


These will most likely be older Air’s, and ultralight laptops and iMacs, as well as entry-level PCs and Desktops.

  • CPU (Central Processing Unit)
    • 64-bit dual-core 2Ghz with SSE2
    • 4 GB RAM
  • DISPLAY (Monitor)
    • 1280×768 display
    • Mouse, trackpad or tablet
  • GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
    • 1 GB RAM, OpenGL 3.3


These will most likely be older MacBook Pros, Air’s, and iMacs, as well as entry-level gaming PCs and Desktops.

  • CPU
    • 64-bit quad-core
    • 16 GB RAM
    • Full HD display
    • Three-button mouse or tablet
  • GPU
    • 4 GB RAM


These will most likely be MacBook Pros, as well as, gaming PCs and gaming Desktops.

  • CPU
    • 64-bit eight-core
    • 32 GB RAM
    • Full HD displays
    • Three-button mouse and tablet
  • GPU
    • +12 GB RAM

Supported Graphics Cards

  • NVIDIA: GeForce 400
  • Quadro Tesla GPU architecture
  • RTX-based cards
  • AMD: GCN 1st gen and newer
  • Intel: Haswell and newest

macOS: version 10.12 or newer with supported hardware