Recommended Hardware and Software for Verbum

Recommended System Requirements for Supported versions of Verbum

When choosing a computer to run Verbum, or considering an upgrade to an older computer, there are a lot of factors to consider. This article is intended as a general guide to help with these decisions.

Verbum is a very large application, so meeting or exceeding the recommended requirements will drastically improve performance. If you want the best possible performance, think of these as a starting point. To view the minimum requirements, click here.

Windows

  • Most recent version of Windows 10
  • 8th generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD
  • 60GB Free space -- internal SSD1
  • 2560 x 1440 resolution display
  • 1GB+ DirectX11 Compatible Video Card
  • High-speed broadband internet speed connection2

macOS

  • Most recent version of macOS
  • 8th generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 512GB NVMe SSD
  • 60GB Free space -- internal SSD1
  • 2560 x 1440 resolution display
  • 1GB+ DirectX11 Compatible Video Card
  • High-speed broadband internet speed connection2

 

Hardware Glossary


Multi-Core Processors

The Processor determines how fast Verbum can process data. Multiple processing cores provide much more processing power which translates to faster performance in almost all areas.

Memory (RAM)

Random Access Memory (RAM) is not storage in the way the computer's hard driveis. RAM controls how many files can be open at a given time as opposed to how many files can be stored or saved (hard drive space). More RAM is typically better for performance. Computers have limits on how much memory they support. We recommend 16GB, but more may be helpful if you tend to use a lot of applications at the same time.

Hard Drives

Hard drive speed and capacity will vary by drive. Today SSDs are much more inexpensive than only five years ago. We suggest getting as large an SSD as possible. Avoid using (HDDs) if at all possible, and avoid at all costs slower (5400 RPM) hard drives.

 

Video Card or Graphics Processor (GPU)

Verbum Verbum uses a lot of graphics processing power to render multiple panels, floating windows, menus, visual filters, search filters, graphs, maps and even videos. Using a stronger video processor can make for big speed improvements. Major factors to consider when buying a video card (GPU) or new computer are:

 

Dedicated Memory (RAM)

Does the video processor have its own, dedicated video memory, or does it share the system's memory?
We recommend at least 1GB of dedicated video memory.

 

On-Board vs Integrated

An "on-board" or "integrated" video card is more likely to share memory from the system. Some even share CPU power.

 

Expansion Slot

A separate video card, installed in an expansion slot (AGP, PCI, PCIe, etc) is a self-contained unit and doesn't borrow from primary system resources. These are usually a better choice, if possible.


1May require more space depending on the size of the library.
2Verbum both streams content and downloads files from the internet, so it is those activities that you will want to make sure your internet speeds can accomplish. Here is the FCC's guidance outlining required speeds for those tasks, and here is a tool to test your current download rate.

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