Surfer system requirements

Surfer's system requirements are listed below.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows 10, 11, or higher
  • 64-bit operation system
  • 1024x768 or higher monitor resolution with minimum 16-bit color depth
  • 500 MB free hard disk space
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3D View: Graphics supporting OpenGL v3.2 or later

System Recommendations for best performance:

  • Windows 10, 11, or higher
  • 64-bit operating system
  • 500 GB or larger hard-drive with at least 25% disk space available, or higher
  • 16 GB RAM, or higher
  • 3D View: Graphics card (e.g. NVIDIA, AMD, etc)

Optional Settings

  • Gridding, contouring, and color relief operations, all of which are heavily computational, are processor reliant and are multi-threaded.  In Surfer, you will find a setting at File | Options | General | Max number of processors to use.  It should be set to use all cores.
  • For gridding and contouring operations, CPU performance is important.  The more cores the better. 
  • When working consistently with very large data files, more RAM is important.
  • ​Turning off auto recovery can help performance in some cases.  It is OFF by default, but it can be enabled at File | Options | General | Save auto recovery information.


Updated April 2024

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