Nuke Family tech specs.

Nuke®, Hiero and HieroPlayer support all major operating systems and have low hardware system requirements.

Supported operating systems

For full details, see the release notes.

macOS Big Sur (11.x), macOS 12.x (Monterey)*

Windows 10,11 (64-bit)

Linux CentOS/RHEL 7.6-7.9 (64-bit)**

Other operating systems may work, but have not been fully tested *Nuke is currently supported under Rosetta emulation on Apple's new Apple Silicon hardware and M1 chips. Native support is not currently available and Foundry is planning to support the Nuke family natively on Apple's M1 and M2 hardware at a later date.

**The currently supported version of VFX Reference Platform includes library versions that are only compatible with CentOS 7.6, or later.

Minimum hardware requirements

Processorx86-64 processor, such as Intel Core 2 Duo or later

Storage5.70 GB disk space available for caching and temporary files

RamAt least 8 GB RAM

DisplayAt least 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution and 24-bit color

Video cardGraphics card with at least 512 MB of video memory and driver support for OpenGL 2.0.*

*To enable optional GPU acceleration of Viewer processing, you need OpenGL 2.0 with support for floating point textures and GLSL.

Requirements for GPU Acceleration - Windows and Linux

If you want to enable Nuke to calculate certain nodes using the GPU, there are some additional requirements. See the Release notes for full details of requirements for GPU acceleration.


An NVIDIA GPU with compute capability 3.5 (Kepler), or above.

Graphics drivers capable of running CUDA 11.1, or above. These are bundled with the regular drivers for your NVIDIA GPU. Driver versions 456.81 (Windows) and 455.32 (Linux), or above are required. 

NOTE: We recommend using the latest graphics drivers, where possible.



The following GPUs with an appropriate driver are supported. See the release notes for details on support available in specific versions of Nuke.

  • AMD Radeon PRO W6600
  • AMD Radeon PRO W6800
  • AMD Radeon Pro W5700
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100
  • AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

NOTE: Other AMD GPUs may work, but have not been fully tested.

GPU requirements for the Machine Learning Toolset

Training using the CopyCat node requires an NVIDIA GPU, with compute capability 3.5 or above.

If an appropriate GPU is not available, Inference and other machine learning plug-ins can run on the CPU with significantly degraded performance.

Requirements for GPU Acceleration - MacOS

See the Release notes for full details of requirements for GPU acceleration

Mac GPUs

Integrated AMD GPUs are supported on the following Intel CPU Macs. 

  • Any late 2013 Mac Pro onward (including 2019 Mac Pro), 
  • Mid-2015 MacBook Pros onward, and
  • Late 2017 iMac Pros onward. 

All supported Mac Pros will include a multi-GPU support option, where applicable. When enabled in the preferences, GPU processing is shared between the available GPUs for extra processing speed. Bitwise equality between GPU and CPU holds in most cases, but for some operations, there are limitations to the accuracy possible with this configuration.


WARNING: Although AMD GPUs are enabled on other Mac models, they are not officially supported and used at your own risk

Add-on GPUs

AMD cards in eGPU set-ups for macOS 10.13.5 and later. The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway box and BlackMagic eGPU have both also been tested with Nuke.

Tested Workstation hardware

The following system configurations running CentOS 7 and Windows 10 have been tested with Nuke 14.0.

SystemDell Precision 7820 Tower

Processor(s)2 x Intel Xeon Gold 6234 3.2 GHz, 3.7 GHz Turbo, 8C, 10.4GT/s 3UPI, 24.75M Cache, HT (130W) DDR4-2666

Storage1 TB M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD

RAM96 B (4x16 GB) 2666 MHz DDR4 RDIMM ECC

GPUNVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 8 GB


SystemLenovo ThinkStation P620 Workstation

ProcessorAMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX 3.5 GHz 32-core

Storage1 TB M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD

RAM64 GB DDR4 3200 MHz RDIMM ECC (4 x 16 GB)

GraphicsNVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 8 GB


SystemHP Z4 Workstation

ProcessorIntel Xeon W-2295 CPU



GPUNVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 8 GB


The following system configuration running macOS Monterey (12.6) has been tested with Nuke 14.0

SystemApple Mac Pro

ProcessorApple M1 Pro

Storage1 TB SSD Storage


GraphicsApple M1 Pro

Nuke Studio tested hardware

Nuke Studio is currently being tested and we will be providing system specifications soon. If you have any questions about compatible hardware in the meantime, please contact Support.



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