Enable use of GPU for calculations

Using the GPU (the graphics card) for calculations demands a high-performance graphics card with up-to-date drivers and support for CUDA or OpenCL. If no supported graphics card is found, the options for GPU-accelerated calculations are grayed out.

Supported graphics cards:

  • All NVIDIA cards with support for OpenCL or CUDA with compute capability 3.0 or higher, including the latest drivers (minimum: NVIDIA Driver Release 398.26)
  • ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5000 or higher with the latest drivers (minimum: AMD Catalyst 14.4)
  • Intel HD Graphics 2500 or Intel HD Graphics 4000 or higher with the latest drivers

Computers can have multiple graphics cards, and therefore, all available, supported cards on your computer are listed and can be selected under Graphics card. Click Benchmark to compare acceleration between the processor and the selected graphics card. If the graphics card does not have sufficient memory or its drivers are outdated, benchmarking may not work correctly.

Hardware Acceleration

With hardware acceleration turned on, pictures are shown more quickly, especially when you are not using the default zoom level.

If you are have any of these options active, we strongly recommend installing the latest driver for your graphics card. Also, install only drivers that have received WHQL certification—these have been tested and approved by Microsoft.

These functions’ performance and stability directly depend on the quality of your graphics card’s drivers. Zoner Photo Studio cannot influence those drivers’ quality. If corruption appears in your pictures, or the program crashes, while you are using our hardware acceleration functions, then install the latest drivers for your graphics card. If that does not help, turn off these functions.