Lumion 11 System Requirements*

*Lumion 11 is coming soon.

Does Lumion work on my current computer?

To see how Lumion will perform on your current PC or laptop computer, you can download the free trial and run Lumion’s in-program “Computer speed” test. Lumion will benchmark your computer’s Graphics Card, Graphics Memory, CPU and system memory. If any of these components have a red score, you may want to upgrade this component for a better Lumion experience.

Don’t want to download the free trial? You can easily check and compare your graphics card with others by following
the steps below:

1. Find your graphics card.
2. Search for your graphics card on the PassMark website
3. Compare your PassMark score with other graphics cards, Lumion system requirements, etc

Lumion requires a fast computer. Find out what you need.

Lumion requires a computer with a fast graphics card with plenty of memory, as well as an internet connection.

System Requirements for Lumion 11

It’s important for us that you have accurate information about the computer you will need to have a smooth and enjoyable rendering experience with Lumion 11 (coming soon). As a 3D rendering program, Lumion is different from other CAD software as it relies primarily on having an excellent graphics card. This is especially important for Lumion’s high-end features.

Please check the requirements below to find out if your PC can give you a good Lumion experience. You can also find information about where to start if you are looking to purchase a new PC.

A PC with this hardware is not recommended,
as it would only be able to handle simple projects, such as:

A small park or residential building with Lumion models and textures.

Please note that this configuration will not be capable of smoothly handling Lumion’s high-end features. We recommend upgrading if you find that your computer is close to these minimum requirements.

Internet connection The PC running Lumion must be connected to the internet.
Graphics card GPU scoring a G3DMark of 7,000 or higher with up-to-date drivers. (Such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 1650, AMD Radeon RX 470 or better)
Graphics card memory 4 GB or more*
Operating system Up-to-date Windows 10 64-bit
CPU (processor) Intel/AMD processor scoring a single thread CPUMark of 2000 or higher. (Such as the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X, Intel Core i7-3770K or better)
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels**
System memory (RAM) 16 GB or more
Hard drive SATA3 SSD or HDD
Hard drive space Minimum 40 GB of free disk space in the drives where the Windows User Account and Documents folder are located in.
Power supply Click here to see which power supply you need
(minimum 80+ gold-rated with sufficient wattage)
New PC purchase considerations If you are considering the purchase of a new PC, we do not recommend using these minimum requirements.
To get the most out of Lumion, we recommend to start with our recommended requirements.

 

A PC with this hardware can handle complex designs
and projects, such as:
A small park or part of a city made with OpenStreetMap or other simple models.
A large home with detailed interiors made up of several models and HD textures.
A single residential or commercial model with a single section of the landscape using some high-end models, such as the fine-detail trees.
Internet connection The PC running Lumion must be connected to the internet.
Graphics card A GPU scoring a G3DMark of 14,000 or higher with up-to-date drivers. Such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, AMD Radeon RX 5700XT or better.
Graphics card memory 8 GB or more
Operating system Up-to-date Windows 10 64-bit
CPU (processor) Intel/AMD Processor scoring a single thread CPUMark of 2,200 or higher. (Such as the AMD Ryzen 5 2600, Intel Core i7-4790 or better)
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels**
System memory (RAM) 32 GB or more
Hard drive SATA3 SSD or NVME m.2 storage
Hard drive space Minimum 40 GB of free disk space in the drives where the Windows User Account and Documents folder are located in.
Power supply Click here to see which power supply you need (minimum 80+ gold-rated with sufficient wattage)
New PC purchase considerations If you are considering the purchase of a new PC for Lumion, we recommend that it has at least the hardware listed above.

 

A PC with this hardware can handle ultra complex designs
and projects with several high-end features, such as:
A detailed city, airport or stadium.
A detailed multi-floor building with interiors made up of many models and HD textures.
A detailed landscape made with high-end Lumion features, such as high-detail trees and 3D Grass.
Internet connection The PC running Lumion must be connected to the internet
Graphics card A GPU scoring a G3DMark of 20,000 or higher with up-to-date drivers. Such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 or better.
Graphics card memory 11 GB or more
Operating system Up-to-date Windows 10 64bit
CPU (processor) Intel/AMD Processor scoring a single thread CPUMark of 2,600 or higher. (Such as AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, Intel Core i7-7700K or better)
Screen resolution Minimum 1920 x 1080 pixels**
System memory (RAM) 64 GB or more
Hard drive SATA3 SSD or NVME m.2 Hard Drive
Hard drive space Minimum 40 GB of free disk space in the drives where the Windows User Account and Documents folder are located in.
Power supply Click here to see which power supply you need (minimum 80+ gold-rated with sufficient wattage)

For more information regarding computer specs, visit our Knowledge Base article on this subject.
Still have questions? You can find many answers to common hardware questions on our
System Requirements FAQ.

* Rendering movies in 4K resolution requires a minimum of 6GB graphics card memory.
** Your screen resolution may be higher than 1920 x 1080; however, this will impact Lumion performance. 

Want a crash course in optimizing software and hardware?

Check out our blog post, "Lumion computer advice for faster 3D rendering."
Click here

System Requirements FAQ

Does Lumion support 'remote desktop' access?

Lumion 9.0 and newer versions are supported on some virtual PC/remote desktop platforms. We’ve listed a few third party providers in the link below that offer virtual cloud desktop services.

Important: Not all virtual cloud desktop offerings can run Lumion; many of them do not meet Lumion’s hardware requirements. Always check if the virtual cloud desktop you are purchasing has hardware that matches Lumion’s System Requirements.

Read more here.

Does Lumion work on a Mac?

Using Lumion on Macs is not officially supported, but it is possible to run Lumion on a Mac. To find out if it will work, please double-check that you have the following:

1. A relatively new Mac computer with a fast graphics card.
2. A Windows 10 license.
3. At least 100 GB free hard drive space for Windows 10 & Lumion.
4. Apple’s Bootcamp software for installing Windows 10.
5. The latest driver software for the graphics card.

For more information about running Lumion on a Mac, read more here.

What type of power supply will my computer need?

The power supply is a very important component. An inferior quality power supply may cause your PC to reboot if it cannot cope with sudden spikes in demand while you’re using Lumion (and other demanding 3D applications).

For this reason, we strongly recommend using a power supply from a reputable manufacturer such as Corsair, Super Flower, EVGA or Seasonic.

The power supply should ideally be marked as Gold-rated 80+ or Titanium-rated 80+which means that it is very efficient and can maintain a steady current in spite of fluctuating demand.

Learn more about Lumion and your computer power supply here.

Why do I have a low benchmark score for the CPU?

Most modern CPUs (processors) have a base speed and a boost speed measured in GHz (Gigahertz).

If you have a low benchmark score for the CPU and you’re not sure why, the first step is to double-check that your CPU (processor) meets or exceeds the minimum system requirement (mentioned above under the heading, “System Requirements”). Please make sure that the boost and/or base speed exceed 3.0 GHz and that the CPU has 4 cores or more.

Some reasons why you may have a low CPU score include:

a. Background processes & applications may be having an impact.
b. Intel SpeedStep is running and it may make the CPU run slower when speed is not needed.
c. Other, more accurate Benchmark tests may be needed.

You can learn more about the Lumion benchmark score and your CPU here.

Why do I have a low benchmark score for the GPU?

 Lumion needs a graphics card with as many PassMark points as possible (PassMark points are used to rate the speed and performance of a graphics card).

If you have a low benchmark score for the GPU and you’re not sure why, the first step is to double-check that your GPU (graphics card) meets or exceeds the minimum system requirement (mentioned above under the heading, “System Requirements”).

Some reasons why you may have a low GPU score include:

a. You don’t have the latest graphics card driver and all available Windows updates installed.
b. Your PC isn’t using the right graphics card.
c. If you have two monitors and two graphics cards, the monitor you’re using with Lumion might be physically connected to the slow graphics card.
d. Other, more accurate Benchmark tests may be needed.

You can learn more about Lumion’s benchmark score and your GPU here.

Do you have any recommendations for a laptop or PC computer?

Check out the blog post, “Lumion computer advice for faster 3D rendering,” for some recommendations for a laptop or PC computer.

Some other helpful guides include:

– What kind of computer does Lumion 10 need?

– Which laptop PCs do you recommend?

* Model designs by Marco Caccini.