ZBrush and ZBrushCore are CPU-based software, meaning that a special video card is not required to get the best results when running the applications. ZBrush and ZBrushCore will work on most computers running Mac OSX and Windows. Simply make sure that your system meets or exceeds the following minimum requirements.
ZBrush

Highly Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: 64-bit editions of Windows Vista or newer.
  • CPU: Intel i5/7/Xeon technology or AMD equivalent.
  • RAM: 8 GB required for working with multi-million-polys. 16+ GB recommended. (ZBrush 4 32-bit can use up to 4 GB of system RAM, ZBrush 64-bit can use more than 4 GB of RAM).
  • HDD: 100GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk and the application. SSD drive highly recommended for ZBrush and its scratch disk.
  • Pen Tablet: Wacom or Wacom compatible.
  • Monitor: 1920x1200 monitor resolution or higher (32-bit color)
  • Video card: All types.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows Vista or newer, including 32-bit versions.
  • CPU: Pentium or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology or better.
  • RAM: 4 GB (6+ GB strongly recommended)
  • HDD: 8 GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk and the application.
  • Pen Tablet: Mouse or Wacom (or Wacom compatible) pen tablet.
  • Monitor: 1280x1024 monitor resolution (32-bit color).
  • Video card: All types.

Highly Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Mac OSX: 10.8 or above.
  • CPU: Intel i5/7/Xeon technology.
  • RAM: 8 GB required for working with multi-million-polys. 16+ GB recommended. (ZBrush 4 32-bit can use up to 4 GB of system RAM, ZBrush 64-bit can use more than 4 GB of RAM).
  • HDD: 100GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk and the application. SSD drive highly recommended for ZBrush and its scratch disk.
  • Pen Tablet: Wacom or Wacom compatible.
  • Monitor: 1920x1200 monitor resolution or higher (32-bit color)
  • Video card: All types.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Mac OSX: 10.8 or above.
  • CPU: Pentium with SSE2 technology or better.
  • RAM: 4 GB (6+ GB strongly recommended)
  • HDD: 8 GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk and the application.
  • Pen Tablet: Mouse or Wacom (or Wacom compatible) pen tablet.
  • Monitor: 1280x1024 monitor resolution (32-bit color).
  • Video card: All types.
ZBrushCore

Highly Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: 64-bit editions of Windows Vista or newer.
  • CPU: Intel i5/7/Xeon technology or AMD equivalent.
  • RAM: 8 GB required for working with multi-million-polys. 16+ GB recommended.
  • HDD: 100GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk and the application. SSD drive highly recommended for ZBrushCore and its scratch disk.
  • Pen Tablet: Wacom or Wacom compatible.
  • Monitor: 1920x1200 monitor resolution or higher (32-bit color)
  • Video card: All types.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: 64-bit editions of Windows Vista or newer.
  • CPU: Core2duo or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology or better.
  • RAM: 4 GB (6+ GB strongly recommended)
  • HDD: 8 GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk and the application.
  • Pen Tablet: Mouse or Wacom (or Wacom compatible) pen tablet.
  • Monitor: 1280x1024 monitor resolution (32-bit color).
  • Video card: All types.

Highly Recommended Specifications:

  • OS: Mac OSX: 64-bit editions of 10.8 or above.
  • CPU: Intel i5/7/Xeon technology.
  • RAM: 8 GB required for working with multi-million-polys. 16+ GB recommended.
  • HDD: 100GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk and the application. SSD drive highly recommended for ZBrushCore and its scratch disk.
  • Pen Tablet: Wacom or Wacom compatible.
  • Monitor: 1920x1200 monitor resolution or higher (32-bit color)
  • Video card: All types.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Mac OSX: 64-bit editions of 10.8 or above.
  • CPU: Core2duo or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology or better.
  • RAM: 4 GB (6+ GB strongly recommended)
  • HDD: 8 GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk and the application.
  • Pen Tablet: Mouse or Wacom (or Wacom compatible) pen tablet.
  • Monitor: 1280x1024 monitor resolution (32-bit color).
  • Video card: All types.

If you are looking for a computer optimized for ZBrush, these are the key elements to keep in mind: