August 22, 2016 at 5:00AM, Edited August 22, 5:00AM


Davinci Resolve 12 System Requirements

Good morning.

The purpose of this particular post is to (first) attain the exact system requirements for operating the Davinci Resolve 12 software on a PC and (second) to attain the certified list of approved computers to operate the Davinci Resolve 12 software.

I'm seeking to upgrade to the Davinci Resolve 12 software immediately. And attaining this particular information (with possible links) will be very helpful.


First and foremost you need a color grading monitor separate from your desktop monitor. To connect it you need a video playback card from for instance Blackmagic Design or Aja.

It should run without a problem on any beefy PC.

August 22, 2016 at 8:05AM

Cary Knoop

I don't even use my Black magic Card, i ended up pulling it out and getting an additional GPU.

@Lorenzo - Resolve is a VERY meaty program, and needs a very powerful rig to run at peak preformance - heres an article that explains the requirments -

as far as "Approved Systems" there isn't really a list like that

Zac Gaetano

August 22, 2016 at 9:00AM, Edited August 22, 9:00AM

I actually think Blackmagic has one of the most thorough documents I have seen on this. They update it regularly too. You might not like the price point but with the new GTX 1080s you can get by with a little less these days.

August 24, 2016 at 11:01AM

Brendon Rathbone

You don't need a separate monitor. I run it just fine with computer monitors. where this will potentially mess you up is whether your monitor is displaying calibrated colors and brightness. My monitor is crap and I can grade my footage temporarily but not get any precise results. for PC requirements it seems to care more about the video card and video RAM. I have an NVIDIA xxx? card with 2GB of VRAM. 3 would be better but I still get good rendering speeds using 2.5k raw from my BMCC. I only have 6GB of computer RAM and I wish I had more. I am also running it with an older i5 processor. I run into delays when I work with files over my NAS network, especially uncompressed RAW. I think a modern computer with a good video card and lots of RAM should work.

August 25, 2016 at 9:22AM, Edited August 25, 9:22AM

Anton Doiron

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