BricsCAD system requirements

System requirements and recommendations for Microsoft Windows and Linux PCs, and Apple Macs.

Supported Operating Systems
  • Windows 8.1, 10, 11 (x64)
  • Ubuntu V18.04 and higher versions that are still supported by canonical (if you want a stable experience, LTS tends to be a good choice)
  • openSUSE builds, later than April 2018
  • Fedora builds, later than April 2018
  • macOS 10.15 or higher: Catalina (macOS 10.15), Big Sur (macOS 11), Monterey (macOS 12)
Note:
  • Windows 8.1 will reach the end of Microsoft’s Extended Support program on 10 January 2023.
Minimum CPU:
  • Intel® Core™ i5
  • AMD Ryzen™ 5
Recommended CPU:
  • Intel® Core™ i7
  • Intel® Core™ i9
  • AMD Ryzen™ 7
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9

The CPU with the highest single-thread performance rating will always excel with BricsCAD .

Additional CPU cores will bring in higher performance, as more and more functions gets multithreaded computation in BricsCAD.

Note:
  • Intel® Xeon® and AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ CPUs: These top-tier workstation CPUs support large on-chip memory cache, more PCIe® I/O lanes and multi-channel, high speed memory architectures.
  • Since V21.2.06, BricsCAD (Mac) works on Rosetta (Intel emulation on M1 chips). A native M1 build is planned in a future version.
Minimum System Memory:

8 GB

Recommended System Memory:
  • 16 GB

For maximum performance, determine the memory configuration of your PC and ensure that each memory channel on the motherboard is populated with at least one memory module .

Minimum Disk Space:

2 GB for BricsCAD Ultimate, installed

Recommended Disk Space:

(As needed)

We recommend PCI-E NVME as system drives, for both BricsCAD and Windows. Drawings and support files can reside on slower mechanical hard disk drives, if necessary.

Note: Solid-state disks can be up to 10x faster reading and 20x faster writing data than a mid-range hard disk drive
Minimum Display System:
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) True Color display and a graphics card with 1 GB VRAM
  • Apple Mac Displays
Recommended Display System:
  • Multiple UHD (3840 x 2160) or 4k True Color displays, with a PCIe® graphics card w/GPUs and 4 GB VRAM
  • Apple Mac Retina (4K and 5K) Displays

On Microsoft Windows systems, most graphics cards & GPUs from NVIDIA, AMD and Intel® are supported.

On Linux systems, most graphics cards and GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD are supported.

On Mac systems, native Apple display hardware is supported.

BricsCAD’s non-wireframe display modes are generated by RedSDK technology from Redway3D®. The GPU is used to render this modes.

Note: We suggest that you install the latest drivers available for your display hardware, as recommended by the manufacturer.

Note to Linux users: Hardware acceleration of 3D graphics on Linux systems is NOT supported on:

  • Intel® graphics chipsets / cards.
  • Laptops with dual graphics adapters.

For more information about supported graphics hardware for BricsCAD, see the Redway3D GPU chipset reference page.