Ensure that your computer/server meets the system requirements detailed below, prior to installing Altium software.
Below are the recommended and minimum system requirements to install and run Altium Designer.
.NET Framework 4.8 is installed (if not currently available) on the target machine as part of installation of Altium Designer.
Following industry best practices for security and data integrity, Altium 365 supports TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.2. As such, to be able to connect to an Altium 365 Workspace from your design software, you must be using Altium Designer 20.1.14 or later, which includes support for TLS 1.2.
In addition, your version of Windows OS must have TLS1.2 support enabled. Windows 10 (64-bit only) and Windows 8.1 (64-bit only) natively support TLS1.2. If you are using Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit only) you will need to enable TLS1.2 manually. See How to enable TLS1.2 on clients for more information.
The following table shows the maximum DPI Scaling supported, based on the vertical resolution of the monitor being used.
|Monitor Vertical Resolution (pixels)||Maximum DPI Scaling Supported|
|1024 to 1200||100%|
|2K and above||250%|
The system requirements detailed above are for a medium-sized PCB design, for example up to 1000 components and up to 1000 nets. If your designs have a larger number of components and/or nets, then consider upgrading the processor family (for example, upgrade an i5 to an i7).
Graphics cards are a critical hardware element that can have a large impact on both the performance and stability of systems. Choose the right hardware requirements necessary to achieve stunning results, make the whole system more responsive and ‘feel’ better, and remove distractions to design caused by lags in the GUI. This version of Altium Designer has been optimized for use with DirectX 10, and requires a graphics card that supports this. Altium has chosen DirectX rather than OpenGL for its graphics engine, which has become the preferred standard for gaming graphics cards. An advantage of this choice is the fact that gaming cards are often significantly less expensive than workstation cards of equivalent performance. We therefore strongly recommend the use of a gaming card instead of a workstation card.
The need for a high-performance graphics card is directly related to the amount of use of the 3D PCB capabilities. For example, a Core i7 processor with on-chip integrated HD4000 graphics will be more than adequate if you only require occasional use of the 3D PCB capabilities. If you intend to make extensive use of the 3D PCB features, for computationally intensive tasks such as 3D video or interactive presentations, then it is recommended to use a high performance gaming graphics card in combination with a 3D mouse, such as the SpaceMouse®.
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