Topaz Gigapixel AI is now 353% FASTER with the latest version 5.5.0 release that dropped April 26, 2021.

Topaz Labs just knocked it out of the park with this latest release and most users will be very pleased.  Topaz Gigapixel is well known as one of the best image upscaling software products on the market today.

However it was slow and that was the BIGGEST complaint users I polled had with the software.  The image upscaling results were fantastic but it took forever to process an image.

Enabling discrete GPU processing set to high helped greatly when compared to CPU processing but it was still darn slow.

In this post I am solely focused on the improvements that Topaz Labs made as it relates to performance.  I wanted to test for myself to report back to new users and those that have been using the older version just what to expect from this latest release of Topaz Gigapixel AI version 5.5.0.  These speed gains are in line with what I saw with the new AI engine that Topaz dropped into Topaz Sharpen AI and Topaz Denoise AI recently, both products saw huge performance gains.

If you’re looking for a more detailed review of Topaz Gigapixel AI, how to use the software and what it can do for you you’ll find that at Topaz Gigapixel AI Owners Review 2021.


How Much Faster is Topaz Version 5.5.0?

Topaz Labs 5.5.0 is now 353% faster than the previous version 5.4.5 thanks to a new faster AI engine.


The File We Tested:

Nikon Z7II @ 57 MB NEF 8288 x 5520 pixels of a Grey Squirrel in Winter.

Topaz Gigapixel 5.5.0 Squirrel Image


  • Processed the same 57 MB NEF 8288 x 5520 pixel file on the old Topaz Gigapixel 5.4.5 vs the new 5.5.0 version.
  • All sliders were left at default values.
  • Preferences – set AI processor to GPU with allowed memory consumption set to high. In my testing of GPU vs CPU, the GPU was way faster even with my Ryzen 5950X processor.
  • Final image was rendered at 6X with a final image size of 32000 x 21313 pixels.

Topaz Gigapixel Preferences 5.5.0



Topaz Gigapixel Version 5.4.5 took a painstaking 3:46 mins to render the 6X 32000 x 21313 pixel final image.

Topaz Gigapixel Version 5.5.0 took just 1:04 mins to render that same image.

That’s an improvement of 353 % and it is significant especially for users with slower PC’s.  Even those with a faster PC will appreciate the speed gains.



Topaz Gigapixel AI 5.5.0is available as a trial for 30 days and it’s free.  Click on this link for Topaz Gigapixel AI 5.5.0 and select “Try For Free” to take it for a test drive before buying.

If you decide to purchase you can use my Topaz Labs coupon code coolwildlife15 to save 15% off of your purchase price.