Fast and Relax Modes
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    Fast and Relax Modes

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    Article Summary

    Midjourney uses powerful Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to interpret and process each prompt. When you purchase a subscription to Midjourney, you are purchasing time on these GPUs.

    Different subscription plans have different amounts of monthly GPU time.
    This monthly subscription GPU time is Fast Mode time. Fast Mode tries to give you a GPU instantly. It's the highest-priority processing tier and uses your subscription's monthly GPU time.

    Run Out of Time?

    You can purchase more Fast Hours on your page.

    How many GPU minutes do my generations cost?

    The Average Job the Midjourney bot processes takes about one minute of GPU time to finish creating an image. Upscaling an image or using nonstandard aspect ratios may take more time. Creating variations or using lower quality values will take less time.

    A Job's cost depends on the following factors:

    + Lower Cost++ Average Cost+++ Higher Cost
    Job TypeVariations/imagineUpscale
    Aspect Ratiodefault (square)tall or wide
    Model Versiondefault (--v 4)--test or --testp
    Quality Parameter--q 0.25 or --q 0.5default (--q 1)--q 2
    Stop Parameter--stop 10--stop 99default (--stop 100)

    Use /info before and after running a process to see how many of your remaining GPU minutes the generation used.

    Fast vs. Relax Mode

    Subscribers to the Standard and Pro plans can create an unlimited number of images each month in Relax Mode. Relax Mode will not cost any of your GPU time, but Jobs will be placed into a queue based on how much you've used the system.

    How long do I need to wait in Relax mode?

    Jobs in Relax mode are placed in a queue to be processed as GPUs become available. Wait times for Relax are dynamic but generally range between 0–10 minutes per job. If you use Relax mode occasionally, you will have shorter wait times compared to subscribers that have used it more. This priority currently resets whenever you renew your monthly subscription.


    By default, images are generated using Fast Mode.
    When your subscription resets each month, you are automatically switched to Fast Mode.

    How to Switch Between Modes

    Use the /fast or /relax command

    Standard and Pro plan subscribers can use the /fast or /relax commands to switch between modes.
    Animated Gif Show how to type the Midjourney Fast command

    Use the Settings Command

    Use the /settings command and choose 🐇 Fast or 🐢 Relax from the menu.