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Minimum System Requirements
|▪||OpenGL 2.1 graphics card [NVIDIA recommended]|
|▪||1 GB free harddisk space|
|▪||1280 x 768 screen resolution|
|▪||Optimal system specifications will often be higher.|
Supported Operating Systems
|▪||Please keep the system, drivers, and updates up to date.|
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 output allows 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 Software in demo mode to test the software prior to purchase.
|▪||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 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 [single letters or product line suffixes, such as T, U, Y] 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.|
|▪||According to Microsoft and processor manufacturers, the latest CPU generations are only fully supported by Windows 10. As such, Windows 10 is recommended.|
|▪||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 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!|
|▪||Error and omissions excepted.|
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Setting The Graphics Processor
Choosing High Performance
When using a computer that offer two graphics cards, it is recommended to choose the high-performance graphics processor. This is especially the case for laptops/notebooks, which often provide a dedicated video processor as well as an integrated graphics card.
[This option is not available when only one graphics card is being used.]
|▪||Right Mouse Click on the Application Icon > Run with graphics processor > High-performance processor|
Selecting The Default Graphics Processor
If the default graphics processor is set to the integrated graphics card, you can choose to select your high-performance graphics card as the default option. The step-by-step instructions below refer to drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards.
|▪||In Windows 7, go to Start > Control Panel > NVIDIA Control Panel > 3D Settings > Manage 3D settings > Program Settings > 1. Select a program to customize > Add > Choose MADRIX > Click Add Select Program > 2. Select the preferred graphics processor for this program: > Choose High-performance processor > Click Apply|
|▪||In Windows 10, go to Desktop > Right Mouse Click > NVIDIA Control Panel > 3D Settings > Manage 3D settings > Program Settings > 1. Select a program to customize > Add > Choose MADRIX > Click Add Select Program > 2. Select the preferred graphics processor for this program: > Choose High-performance processor > Click Apply|
Using NVIDIA Quadro Graphics Cards
When using an NVIDIA Quadro graphics card, please set up the following settings:
|▪||In Windows 7, go to Start > Control Panel > NVIDIA Control Panel > 3D Settings > Manage 3D settings > Global Settings > Global presets: > Choose Workstation App - Dynamic Streaming > Click Restore > Click Apply|
|▪||In Windows 10, go to Desktop > Right Mouse Click > 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.