GPU Requirements

An OpenCL driver (1.2 or later) for the GPU is necessary to use Zivid.

Follow the instructions on how to check whether you have OpenCL.

A dedicated GPU gives the best performance with Zivid. It is also the best choice if the GPU will be used for more than Zivid’s computations. A medium to high-end AMD or NVIDIA GPU with at least 3 GB of memory is required for optimal performance. This is the preferred solution for Zivid.


  • NVIDIA GPUs must have compute capability higher than a minimum required value of 3.3. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the SDK will throw an exception:

    The compute capability X.Y of the NVIDIA compute device is lower than the minimum required compute capability 3.3 (or The minimum required SM version is 3.3. Device has version X.Y).

    An overview of NVIDIA GPUs and their corresponding compute capability can be found in


  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or better for desktops

  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 or better for laptops

  • AMD Radeon RX 550 or better


    Radeon no longer supports SPIR on some GPUs. Please verify that your GPU drivers support SPIR to be compatible with Zivid Software.

    Only relevant for SDK 2.6 and lower; SPIR is no longer required since SDK 2.7.


    AMD RDNA cards (such as RX 5500 and RX 5700) can be unstable on Ubuntu depending on the installed GPU driver version and OS version. We recommend to test stability carefully with your setup if you use these models.


Use CPU with integrated GPU for applications that require low power consumption, e.g., battery powered mobile platforms with cameras.