In Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6, you can use a compatible graphics processor (also called a graphics card, video card, or GPU) to speed up the task of adjusting images in the Develop module.

Minimum system requirements

  • 64-bit OS versions only
  • OpenGL 3.3 and later

Notes: 

  • Camera Raw currently doesn't take advantage of more than one graphics processor. Using two video adapters does not enhance performance.
  • Graphics processors running under virtual machines are not tested or supported.
  • When you launch Lightroom, it runs a test on the graphics card. If the test fails, the graphics card is disabled even if it meets the minimum requirements. Walk through the troubleshooting steps to try to resolve the error. Some graphics cards, despite meeting the minimum requirements, may never be compatible with Lightroom for graphics acceleration.

Suggested system requirements and graphics cards

  • 1 GB of VRAM (Video RAM, or RAM on the video adapter). 2 GB of dedicated VRAM is suggested for large, high-resolution (such as 4K and 5K) monitors.
  • OpenGL 3.3. If you're not sure if your card fully supports OpenGL 3.3, contact the card manufacturer.
Note: Use only one graphics card. Performance isn't enhanced with multiple cards.

Graphics cards produced in the last two years that meet the minimum system requirements above should work.

  • For AMD cards, consider using the Radeon R9 series of cards, such as the R9 270 through 290.
  • For NVIDIA cards, consider using a card from the GeForce GTX 760+ line (760, 770, 780, ...) or from the GeForce GTX 900 series
  • For Intel cards, Intel HD Graphics 4400+, 5000+, 510+, P530, P630, Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 6100+, P6300, P580 or later are required

Unsupported graphics cards

Windows:

Mac OS:

  • AMD Radeon HD 6000M series
  • Intel HD 3000/4000
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400/9400M
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M 
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120/GT 130
  • NVIDIA GeForce 210
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT/GS  
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800
  • NVIDIA GeForce NVS 3100M

Determine if Lightroom is accessing the GPU

When Lightroom is able to use the GPU, you'll find that the Use Graphics Processor check box is selected in Preferences > Performance.

Mac OS:

  • Lightroom > Preferences > Performance

Windows:

  • Edit > Preferences > Performance

Determine your graphics card make and model

To determine your graphics card make and model, launch Lightroom and choose Help > System Info to view the information for your graphics processor.

Lightroom GPU troubleshooting
Graphics processor info

Troubleshoot

Potential issues

  • The image area in the Develop module is all blue or all white.
  • Lightroom crashes on launch, crashes or freezes in general, or slows without explanation.
  • Moving basic develop sliders causes image brightness to flicker or shift colors unexpectedly
  • The message "Graphics processor acceleration has been disabled due to errors" appears under the Use Graphics Processor check box in Lightroom's Performance preferences.
  • Image previews and thumbnails look tiled or broken on Windows
Lightroom GPU troubleshooting
Error message

Solutions

If you run into any of the issues listed above, try the following solutions in order.

  1. Update Lightroom. Choose Help > Updates.
  2. Update your graphics card driver.
  3. Disable third-party graphics accelerators. Third-party GPU overclocking utilities and haxies aren't supported.
  4. (Mac OS) Disable Automatic graphic switching on the Energy Saver tab in the System Preferences.
  5. Replace your graphics card with a newer, compatible graphics card.
  6. Clear the Use Graphics Processor check box in Preferences > Performance.

Still having trouble?

Try one or both of the following solutions.

Manually disable the graphics processor

If you can't launch Lightroom, or Lightroom crashes before you can clear the Use Graphics Processor check box, here's how to manually disable this preference:

  1. Navigate to %appdata%\Adobe\Lightroom\Preferences\Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs.
  2. Open the file Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs in TextEdit.
  3. Change the line useAutoBahn = true to this line: useAutoBahn = false
  4. Save and close the file Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs.
  5. Launch Lightroom again.

Update your graphics card driver

If you're experiencing any of the issues listed above, or Lightroom isn't accessing your graphics processor and your graphics card meets the minimum system requirements, update the graphics driver.

Mac OS:

Graphics drivers are updated via operating system updates. To make sure that you have the latest Mac OS updates, choose Software Update from the menu or the Updates tab in the App Store application.

Windows:

Download the most recent driver directly from your graphics card manufacturer's website:

Note:

IMPORTANT: Running Windows Update doesn't update your graphics driver. You must go directly to your card manufacturer's website to check for and download driver updates.

Additional information

  • The Develop module is the only module that currently uses GPU acceleration. Commands and processes outside the Develop module aren't affected. For example, the commands for merging multiple images to create HDR files or panoramas don't use GPU.
  • Only the "Main" Lightroom window is accelerated. The "Secondary" window isn't accelerated by GPU.
  • Using more than one graphics processor / graphics card doesn't enhance performance.

If you're using more than one graphics card in Windows, your high-end card might not be set as the primary card. To disable the lesser of the two cards, in the Windows Device Manager, right-click the
card's name and choose Disable.

Lightroom GPU troubleshooting
Disabling a graphics card

For instructions on how to set a specific card to be the primary graphics card on Windows, consult the graphics card manufacturer's driver documentation.

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