System Requirements

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Minimum System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems
Optimal Computer Specifications
Guidelines
Using NVIDIA Quadro Graphics Cards

 

 

Minimum System Requirements

2.0 GHz dual-core CPU
OpenGL 2.1 graphics card [NVIDIA recommended]
2 GB RAM
1 GB free harddisk space
1280 x 768 screen resolution
Network card
Sound card
USB 2.0
 
Optimal system specifications will often be higher.
See Guidelines

 

Supported Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Microsoft Windows 10
 
Please keep the system, drivers, and updates up to date.
Compatible with 32 bit and 64 bit.

Compatible with Windows 7

 

 

Optimal Computer Specifications

While MADRIX will run under the minimum system requirements described above, the optimal system specifications will vary greatly depending on your usage. The performance of the MADRIX software on your computer system will depend mainly on these factors:

Pixel resolution [2D], voxel resolution [3D], and total Matrix Size.
Type of output [DVI output usually requires more performance. DVI-based MADRIX KEY software licenses often allow to put out a higher number of pixels.]
MADRIX Effects in use and their individual settings [Different effects in MADRIX require different performance. For example, SCE Fluid, SCE Metaballs, and SCE Plasma are among the effects that require the most performance.]
Number of Layers in use per Storage Place.
Number of Storage Places in use  [1 or 2] and render mixing via the Crossfader.
Map Settings [The Matrix Size, and thus the pixel resolution on which effects are rendered, can easily scaled up to twice the size, for example. This will increase the performance requirements of an effect considerably.]
Previews used in 3D Mode [3D Mode requires considerably more performance of the graphics card than 2D Mode does.]

The more pixels/voxels, Layers, and Storage Places are used, the more computer performance is required. If you aren’t sure if your configuration is sufficient, use the MADRIX demo version to test the software prior to purchase.

 

 

Guidelines

Important Information

Please always pay attention to the minimum system requirements as well.
The MADRIX software generally runs on notebooks/laptops as well as desktop computers.
Desktop computers are recommended since their available components usually provide more performance and better component cooling.
The more performance the system provides, the better.
 
The recommendations below can usually be found in so-called 'Gaming PCs' or 'Workstations' should you prefer a pre-configured system.
Necessary input or output devices and accessories, such as computer mouse, keyboard, monitor, or cables are usually necessary, but not listed separately.
 
The recommended computer components, as listed below, refer to the two latest product generations. This is especially true for the main processor [CPU] and the graphics card [GPU].
The recommendations and guidelines are based on the latest information from manufacturers [such as Intel]. Changes of information and data are possible at any time.
Please pay special attention to the details of product names and product descriptions!
Often, unobtrusive abbreviations [such as single letters] can make a huge difference towards the provided performance of a product [such as desktop edition or mobile edition].
The base frequency of the CPU is very important. As an example, a CPU with fewer cores and a higher base frequency might then outperform a CPU with more cores and a much lower base frequency per core.
 
Based on our experience regarding stability and performance, Windows 7 would be our general recommendation for the operating system. BUT:
According to Microsoft, the latest CPU generations [such as Intel's 6th generation processors called Skylake] are only fully supported by Windows 10. As such, Windows 10 may be preferable.
 
Using external media [such as video files in HD or Full-HD resolution and using them in a high number] will use a lot of RAM.
Solid-state drives [SSD] allow you to quickly load files, especially video files, by providing very high read speeds.
Network-based communication protocols do require a network card.
You may share data load/network traffic across several network cards [in case of Art-Net, for example].

 

When using DVI output, you might require a graphics card with at least 2 monitor outputs to
- A] drive the monitor,
- B] connect to the LED controller/video processor,
- C] connect possibly even more devices.
When using an NVIDIA Quadro graphics card, it is necessary to change the driver settings for optimal performance. Learn more Using NVIDIA Quadro Graphics Cards
 
When using 2D fixtures with a high pixel resolution as well as 3D fixtures in one, single Patch, the system requirements can extremely increase. Please contact inoage/MADRIX for more information!
It is possible to use several MADRIX KEYs in order to increase the number of available DMX universes to more than 256 DMX universes. Please contact inoage/MADRIX for more information!
 
Make sure to check »PC Power Management
Make sure to follow »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]
 
We cannot provide a guaranty that your requirements are met by the recommendations given below as they can drastically vary depending on each individual scenario.
Error and omissions excepted.

 

 

General Guidelines

The following guidelines and examples can help assess the required computer performance of your project.
To evaluate the required performance for your needs, it is recommended to test the software beforehand.

Minimum Requirements

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

2.0 GHz dual-core CPU
OpenGL 2.1 graphics card [NVIDIA recommended]
2 GB RAM
1 GB free harddisk space
1280 x 768 screen resolution
Sound card
USB 2.0
3.0 GHz dual-core CPU [e.g., desktop-class Intel Core i3]
OpenGL 2.1 graphics card [NVIDIA recommended]
4 GB RAM
1 GB free harddisk space or higher
1280 x 768 screen resolution
Network card
Sound card
USB 2.0
3.0 GHz quad-core CPU [e.g., desktop-class Intel Core i5]
OpenGL 2.1, dedicated, mid-performance graphics card [dedicated NVIDIA GPU recommended] [an integrated/shared graphics processing unit is not recommended]
8 GB RAM
1 GB free harddisk space or higher
1280 x 768 screen resolution or higher
Network card
Sound card
USB 2.0
4.0 GHz quad-core CPU with Hyper-Threading [e.g., desktop-class Intel Core i7]
OpenGL 2.1, dedicated, high-performance, gaming graphics card [dedicated NVIDIA GPU recommended] [an integrated/shared graphics processing unit is not recommended]
8 - 16 GB RAM
SSD with 1 GB free harddisk space or higher
1280 x 768 screen resolution
Network card
Sound card
USB 2.0

 

Allows you to use SCE, S2L, and M2L Effects
Allows you to use only a few Layers per side
Can sufficiently run 16 DMX universes [MADRIX KEY basic]
Can run low DVI resolutions [e.g., 75 x 75]
Can only run very low 3D resolutions, incl. Previews in 3D Mode [e.g., 5 x 5 x 5]
In addition:
Allows you to use network-based protocols [due to the network card]
Allows you to use several Layers [depending on the MADRIX Effects, Map Settings, etc.]
Can run 64 DMX universes [MADRIX KEY professional]
Can run medium DVI resolutions [e.g., 200 x 200]
Can run low 3D resolutions, incl. Previews in 3D [e.g., 10 x 10 x 10]
In addition:
Allows you to run up to 256 DMX universes [MADRIX KEY ultimate]
Allows you to use multiple Layers [depending on the MADRIX Effects, Map Settings, etc.]
Can run higher DVI resolutions [e.g., 350 x 300]
Can run medium 3D resolutions, incl. Previews in 3D Mode [e.g., 30 x 30 x 30]
In addition:
Allows you to quickly load video files thanks to the SSD
Allows you to run up to 256 DMX universes or higher [MADRIX KEY ultimate]
Allows you to use multiple Layers [depending on the MADRIX Effects, Map Settings, etc.]
Can run high DVI resolutions [e.g., 640 x 480 or higher]
Can run higher 3D resolutions, incl. Previews in 3D Mode [e.g., 50 x 50 x 50]

 

System Recommendations Based On MADRIX Products

The following recommendations are based on MADRIX products and may provide further guidelines regarding the computer specifications according to your requirements.
For more information on available products and software licenses, please see »MADRIX KEY [Software License]
Last update: October 2016

License /
MADRIX Product

 

MADRIX KEY start /

MADRIX NEO

MADRIX KEY dvi start

 

Output Based On

DMX
DVI

 

DMX Channels /
DMX Universes

512 / 1

-

 

DVI Pixels

-

512

Recommendations

 

 

 

 

Processor [CPU]

At least Intel Core i3
- Desktop model
At least Intel Core i3
- Desktop model

 

Graphics Card [GPU]

OpenGL 2.1 graphics card
OpenGL 2.1 graphics card

 

Main Memory [RAM]

At least 2 GB RAM
At least 2 GB RAM

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

 

License /
MADRIX Product

 

MADRIX KEY entry /

MADRIX PLEXUS

MADRIX KEY dvi entry

 

Output Based On

DMX
DVI

 

DMX Channels /
DMX Universes

2048 / 4

-

 

DVI Pixels

-

4096

Recommendations

 

 

 

 

Processor [CPU]

At least Intel Core i3
- Desktop model
At least Intel Core i3
- Desktop model

 

Graphics Card [GPU]

OpenGL 2.1 graphics card
OpenGL 2.1 graphics card

 

Main Memory [RAM]

At least 2 GB RAM
At least 2 GB RAM

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

 

License /
MADRIX Product

 

MADRIX KEY basic

MADRIX KEY dvi

 

Output Based On

DMX
DVI

 

DMX Channels /
DMX Universes

8192 / 16

-

 

DVI Pixels

-

307200

Recommendations

 

 

 

 

Processor [CPU]

At least Intel Core i5
- Desktop model
- With 2 cores [with Hyper-Threading to 4 threads]
- Each core should have at least a base frequency of 3.2 GHz
At least Intel Core i7
- Desktop model
- With 6 cores [with Hyper-Threading to 12 threads]
- Each core should have at least  a base frequency of 3.6 GHz [with a max. turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz]

 

Graphics Card [GPU]

OpenGL 2.1 graphics card
- Dedicated [not integrated or shared]
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX series recommended
OpenGL 2.1 graphics card
- Dedicated [not integrated or shared]
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series recommended [GTX 960 and higher]

 

Main Memory [RAM]

At least 4 GB RAM
At least 8 GB RAM

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

-

- Depending especially on the used MADRIX Effects and the number of Layers per Storage Place, the system requirements may be higher.

 

License /
MADRIX Product

 

MADRIX KEY professional

MADRIX KEY professional

 

Output Based On

DMX
DVI

 

DMX Channels /
DMX Universes

32768 / 64

-

 

DVI Pixels

-

786432

Recommendations

 

 

 

 

Processor [CPU]

At least Intel Core i7
- Desktop model
- With 4 cores [with Hyper Threading to 8 threads]
- Each core should have at least  a base frequency of 3.6 GHz [with a max. turbo frequency of 3.8 GHz]
PC system including several physical CPUs
- For example: Multiple Intel Xeon E5-2643 V4

 

Graphics Card [GPU]

OpenGL 2.1 graphics card
- Dedicated [not integrated or shared]
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series recommended [GTX 960 and higher]
OpenGL 2.1 graphics card
- Dedicated [not integrated or shared]
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 recommended

 

Main Memory [RAM]

At least 8 GB RAM
At least 16 GB RAM
- Fast RAM [with a high frequency combined with low CL timings] is recommended

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

- Depending mainly on the size of the Patch and the number of Layers per Storage Place, the required CPU performance may be higher. The more offset/space is set between fixtures, the higher the Matrix Size and the more system performance is required.

- Depending especially on the used MADRIX Effects and the number of Layers per Storage Place, the system requirements may be higher or you might need to lower the frequency [FPS] of the DVI output [Previews/External Previews].

 

License /
MADRIX Product

 

MADRIX KEY ultimate

MADRIX KEY ultimate

 

Output Based On

DMX
DVI

 

DMX Channels /
DMX Universes

131072 / 256

-

 

DVI Pixels

-

1310720

Recommendations

 

 

 

 

Processor [CPU]

At least Intel Core i7
- Desktop model
- With 6 cores [with Hyper Threading to 12 threads]
- Each core should have at least  a base frequency of 3.6 GHz [with a max. turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz]
PC system including several physical CPUs
- For example: Multiple Intel Xeon E5-2643 V4

 

Graphics Card [GPU]

OpenGL 2.1 graphics card
- Dedicated [not integrated or shared]
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 recommended
OpenGL 2.1 graphics card
- Dedicated [not integrated or shared]
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 recommended

 

Main Memory [RAM]

At least 16 GB RAM
- Fast RAM [with a high frequency combined with low CL timings] is recommended
At least 16 GB RAM
- Fast RAM [with a high frequency combined with low CL timings] is recommended

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

- Depending mainly on the size of the Patch and the number of Layers per Storage Place, the required CPU performance may be higher. The more offset/space is set between fixtures, the higher the Matrix Size and the more system performance is required.

- Depending especially on the used MADRIX Effects and the number of Layers per Storage Place, the system requirements may be higher or you might need to lower the frequency [FPS] of the DVI output [Previews/External Previews].

 

 

Using NVIDIA Quadro Graphics Cards

When using an NVIDIA Quadro graphics card, please set up the following settings:

Windows Start > Control Panel > NVIDIA Control Panel > 3D Settings > Manage 3D settings > Global Settings > Global presets: > Choose Workstation App - Dynamic Streaming > Click Restore > Click Apply

 

MADRIX will show a message to you on the first start should you not have activated the preset yet.

 

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