Chief Architect Minimum System Requirements


Reference Number: KB-02761
Last Modified: September 21, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


QUESTION

I have to replace my computer that I run Chief Architect on. What are the system requirements for running the software?


ANSWER

While it may be possible to operate Chief Architect on a computer that does not meet these minimum system requirements, Chief Architect, Inc. will not support any configuration that is not listed below.


For tips on buying a new computer for Chief Architect and links to benchmark websites, please visit our current version System Requirements page.


Chief Architect X8
Version 18, released in 2016

For all Chief Architect X8 versions

Minimum:

  • Multi-Core Processor CPU
  • Video Card: 
    • OpenGL 2.1 or higher
    • Dedicated video card with at least 512 MB (e.g., NVidia or ATI)
      or
    • Integrated Graphics (e.g. Intel HD Graphics) with 2014 or newer driver
  • 5GB of available hard disk space
  • Internet Access

Recommended:

  • 8 GB of RAM (64-bit)
  • 50 GB of available hard disk space
  • 2 GB or 4 GB gaming video card

For 64-bit Chief Architect X8

  • 64-bit Windows 7 / 8 / 10
  • Mac OSX 10.10 / 10.11 (Yosemite / El Capitan)
  • 4 GB of RAM

For 32-bit Chief Architect X8

  • 32-bit Windows 7 / 8
  • 2 GB of RAM


Chief Architect X7
Version 17, released in 2015

For all Chief Architect X7 versions

  • 2.4 GHz processor or Multi-Core Processor
  • Video Card: Dedicated Video Card with 512 MB memory, or Integrated Graphics (driver needs to be 2012 or newer)
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • Recommended: 8GB of Memory (64-bit), 50GB of available hard disk space, 2GB or 4GB gaming 

For 64-bit Chief Architect X7

  • 64-bit Windows 7 / 8 / 10
  • Mac OSX 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11 (Mavericks / Yosemite / El Capitan)  
  • 4 GB of RAM

For 32-bit Chief Architect X7

  • 32-bit Windows 7 / 8
  • 2 GB of RAM


Chief Architect X6
Version 16, released in 2014

For all Chief Architect X6 versions

  • 2.4 GHz processor or Multi-Core Processor
  • Video Card: Dedicated Video Card with 512 MB memory, or Integrated Graphics (driver needs to be 2012 or newer)
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space

For 64-bit Chief Architect X6

  • 64-bit Windows Vista / 7 / 8
  • Mac OSX 10.8 / 10.9 (Mountain Lion / Mavericks)  
  • 4 GB of RAM

For 32-bit Chief Architect X6

  • 32-bit Windows Vista / 7 / 8
  • 2 GB of RAM


Chief Architect X5
Version 15, released in 2012

For all X5 versions

  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 256 MB of dedicated on-board video memory supporting OpenGL 2.1 or higher
  • Monitor resolution: 1024 x 768
  • High speed Internet for registration, video access, content downloads
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)

For 64-bit Chief Architect Premier or Interiors X5

  • 64-bit Windows Vista / 7 / 8
  • Multi-core processor
  • 4 GB of RAM

For 32-bit Chief Architect Premier, Lite or Interiors X5

  • 32- or 64-bit Windows Vista / 7 / 8; 32-bit Windows XP
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 2 GB of RAM


Chief Architect X4
Version 14, released in 2011

For all X4 versions

  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 256 MB of dedicated on-board video memory supporting OpenGL 2.1 or higher
  • High speed Internet for registration, video access and content downloads
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)

For 64-bit Chief Architect Premier X4

  • 64-bit Windows Vista / 7
  • Multi-core processor
  • 4 GB of RAM

For 32-bit Chief Architect Premier, Lite or Interiors X4

  • 32- or 64-bit Windows Vista / 7; 32-bit Windows XP
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 2 GB of RAM


Chief Architect X3
Version 13, released in 2010

  • Windows XP / Vista /7
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 256 MB of dedicated video memory supporting OpenGL 2.0 or higher
  • High speed Internet for registration, video access, content downloads
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)


Chief Architect X2
Version 12, released in 2009

  • Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 256 MB of dedicated video memory supporting OpenGL 2 or greater
  • High speed Internet for registration and video access
  • DVD drive (if software purchased on DVD)


Chief Architect X1
Version 11, released in 2007

  • Windows XP / Vista
  • 2 GHz processor
  • 3 GB of available hard disk space
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 256 MB of dedicated video memory supporting OpenGL hardware acceleration
  • DVD drive


Chief Architect version 10
Released in 2005

  • Windows XP
  • 2 GHz processor
  • 3 GB of available hard disk space
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 256 MB of dedicated video memory
  • Video card that supports OpenGL hardware acceleration
  • CD-ROM drive


Chief Architect version 9.5
Released in 2003

  • Windows 98 SE / ME / NT / 2000 / XP
  • 400 MHz processor
  • 1 GB of available hard disk space for a full installation (400 MB to install without all available program content)
  • 64 MB of RAM
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 2-button mouse supported by Windows
  • Color monitor which supports 16 bit color in a screen resolution of 800x600 or greater
  • Video card which supports OpenGL


Chief Architect version 8
Released in 2002

  • Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT /2000 / XP
  • 266 MHz processor
  • 400MB of available hard disk space
  • 64 MB of RAM, or greater
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • 2-button mouse supported by Windows
  • Color VGA, Super VGA, or higher resolution monitor supporting a minimum of 256 colors


Chief Architect version 7
Released in 2000

  • Windows 95 / NT 4.0 / 98 / 2000
  • 300 MB of available hard disk space
  • 32 MB of RAM
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • 2-button mouse supported by Windows
  • Color VGA, Super VGA, or higher resolution monitor. Super VGA supporting 256 colors