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These pages guide you through installation and licensing to the point where you have the application in front of you and are ready to start work. After installation, all Nuke applications are run from either desktop icons, the browser, or from the command line using arguments.
Nuke System Requirements
Qualified Operating Systems
• Windows 7 64-bit
• Windows 10 64-bit
Note: Other operating systems may work with Nuke, but have not been fully tested.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
• x86-64 processor, such as Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon, with SSE3 instruction set support (or newer).
• 5 GB disk space available for caching and temporary files.
• At least 8 GB of RAM.
• Display with at least 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution and 24-bit color.
• Graphics card with at least 512 MB of video memory and driver support for OpenGL 2.0 (minimum requirement).
• To enable optional GPU acceleration of Viewer processing, you need OpenGL 2.0 with support for floating point textures and GLSL.
• To enable Nuke to calculate certain nodes using the GPU, there are some additional requirements. For more information, see Requirements for GPU Acceleration.
• R3D Rocket cards require the Rocket Driver 184.108.40.206 and Firmware 220.127.116.11 or later.
Note: To avoid graphical problems, such as text disappearing in the Viewer and Node Graph, it is important to keep your graphics card drivers up-to-date. Driver updates can be obtained from the websites of the graphics card manufacturers (for example, www.nvidia.com and support.amd.com).
Note: If you’re using R3D Rocket graphics card, note that using it in Nuke will most likely only be considerably faster when you’re reading in at full resolution. If you’re reading in at half resolution, for instance, using Nuke without the R3D Rocket card enabled may be faster. This is because the R3D Rocket graphics card is designed to be fast when reading in multiple frames at the same time. This is not how Nuke works internally, and therefore reads with the R3D Rocket card disabled may sometimes be faster when working in lower resolutions (< 4K widths). Note that the R3D Rocket card always produces better results than Nuke when downsampling. Also, the R3D Rocket card can only be used by one application at a time, so if you are viewing multiple Nuke comps at once, you may only be able to use the R3D Rocket card in one.
If you want to enable Nuke to calculate certain nodes using the GPU, there are some additional requirements.
• An NVIDIA GPU with compute capability 2.0 (Fermi) or above. A list of the compute capabilities of NVIDIA GPUs is available at www.nvidia.co.uk/object/cuda_gpus_uk.html
Note: The compute capability is a property of the GPU hardware and can't be altered by a software update.
• Graphics drivers capable of running CUDA 8.0 & 6.5 or above. These are bundled with the regular drivers for your NVIDIA GPU. Driver version r361 or above is required.
Go to http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us for more information.
Note: If your computer enters sleep mode, the CUDA drivers cannot recover and you must restart Nuke to use GPU acceleration.
Tip: We recommend using the latest graphics drivers, where possible.
An AMD GPU and recommended driver from the following list:
AMD FirePro W8100
AMD FirePro W9100
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
Note: Other AMD GPUs may work, but have not been fully tested.