OBS Studio System Requirements for Windows and Mac

By John Adebimitan

OBS Studio is one of the best software for streaming audio and video content. The software is also a great addition to your setup if you’re on the lookout for free screen recorders for computers. So what are the OBS studio system requirements to be able to run it on your computer without the glitches and the delays that come with using software on a computer it’s not suited to run with?

OBS Studio System Requirement

Machine: The OBS Studio is compatible with computers running Windows, Linux, and Mac. From experience, we think running the latest versions of these operating systems will be giving you better operation and better support from the company.

Processor: You will need at least an Intel Core i5 or AMD FX series. You’d be better served by a dual-core, 4-core processor, or anything higher. You’d also need a DirectX 10 capable graphics card. We tried using a computer with Intel Core i3, and while the performance wasn’t as cool as what we got on an Intel Core i5 machine, we were able to handle most operations and tasks with ease.

RAM: We would recommend that your computer have a minimum of 4GB RAM to run this software. While we recommend 4GB for smooth operations, we have been able to run it on a 2GB RAM machine, so that should also work. The only difference was that we got better, faster, and smoother operation of the software with a 4GB RAM machine.

OBS Recommended System Requirements

You must know that having a compatible system does not guarantee that it is capable of streaming or recording using OBS Studio. OBS needs some hardware and operating systems to function regardless of the system type.

On the other hand, CPU requirements may vary depending on the encoder you are using, your screen resolution, FPS, and your scene complexity.

With that being said, let’s look at OBS system requirements that we believe you’ll need.

On Windows:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Processor: Intel i7 8700K, AMD Ryzen 1600X
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 10 Series, Radeon 5000 Series, Intel Xe
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 500 MB available space


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 10.15 or higher
  • Processor: Intel quad-core or M1 (Pro/Max)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel, AMD, or Apple
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 500 MB available space

Does OBS Require A Graphics Card?

Yes, it does. If you intend to use OBS on a Windows computer, ensure that the computer runs on either one of the graphics cards below, as these are some recommended OBS system requirements:

  • A GeForce 10 Series
  • A Radeon 5000 Series
  • An Intel Xe graphics card.

However, if you are using a Mac PC, ensure that your graphics card is either an Intel one, an AMD, or an Apple one.

Does OBS Use A Lot of Data?

The amount of data OBS uses depends on what you do with the software and how often you do it.

For instance, if your video or audio source is local and you record locally, you won’t need an Internet connection. This means that OBS won’t need to consume your data at all.

Moreover, a recording is usually done locally on your PC disk drive or an external drive. Hence, that wouldn’t use up ISP data allocation.

However, there’s another angle you have to consider. If you are saving your recordings to a drive folder set for cloud sync, you will be consuming data.

OBS Studio is not a SaaS app that needs internet data to perform every task. However, it is an everyday use case to live stream using OBS, which will need internet data.

In conclusion, the amount of data OBS consumes depends on how many internet-related activities you execute on the program.

OBS Studio Review and Download

What are some features that have made OBS Studio one of the best audio-video tools you have on the market for YouTube, Facebook, and YouTube videomaking?

  1. One of the best features of this software is the Modular Dock™ UI. This feature allows you to rearrange the layout of the software just the way you want it. This customization makes the software personalized to your unique work demands.
  2. The audio and video mixing is one of the highest-performing ones we can think of. You’re able to create scenes from multiple sources, including stock images and videos, windows screen captures, text, images, webcam captures, and many more.
  3. With OBS Studio, you’re also able to preset many scenes, and you’ll be able to switch seamlessly between the scenes using the custom transitions feature.
  4. The audio mixer also comes with different filters, filters that are great if you plan to record podcasts. You’d be able to use features like Noise Gate, Noise Suppression, and Noise Gain.
  5. The settings panel is also one of the most comprehensive yet easy ones I have used. You can tweak different aspects of your broadcast and recordings as you see fit.

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