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IMPORTANT NOTE: 
  • Windows 10 October update (1809) : Currently under test, Merging recommends you do not install this version for the moment.

  • Windows 10 Spring Creator (1803) : Pyramix 11.1 - Ovation/VCube 7.1 and above required. Previous versions will not work.

  • Windows 10 Fall Creator (1709) : Pyramix 11.0.6 - Ovation/VCube 7.0.6 and above required. Previous versions will not work.
  • Windows Updates : Merging highly recommends you defer Windows updates, See here for details on how to defer updates
  • MASSCORE USERS: Meltdown & Spectre Windows updates are currently only compatible with Pyramix 11.0.6/Ovation 7.0.6 in MassCore mode.
    If you have installed such update, please upgrade your Pyramix /Ovation (or uninstall this update,
    please see this page for further details)

PYRAMIX 11 / OVATION 7 / VCUBE 7 - VALIDATED HARDWARE COMBINATIONS

 

MassCore Systems

MotherboardBIOSCPURAM TypeRecommended
RAM
Video In Timeline UseWindows OSPyramix MassCoreOvation MassCoreVCube LE/XE/SE
Asrock
Z390MPro4 **
1.50i5-8400(2.8GHz)
i7-8700(3.2GHz)
DDR48 GBNVidia GT1030/730Windows 10 X64**Standard / Pro / ExtendedSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z390Pro4 **
1.60i5-8400(2.8GHz)
i7-8700(3.2GHz)

i7-8700k(3.7GHz)
i9-9990k(3.6GHz)
DDR48 GBNVidia GT1030/730Windows 10 X64**Standard / Pro / ExtendedSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z370MPro4 **
3.10i7-8700(3.2GHz)DDR48 GBNVidia GT1030/730Windows 10 X64**Standard / Pro / ExtendedSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z370 Pro4 **
3.10i7-8700k(3.7GHz)DDR48 GBNVidia GT1030/730Windows 10 X64**Standard / Pro / ExtendedSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z270 Pro4 *
2.0i7-7700k(4.0GHz)DDR48 GBATI FirePro (Win7) NVidia GT730Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64**Standard / Pro / ExtendedSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z270M Pro4*
2.0i5-7600 (3.3 GHz)DDR48 GBATI FirePro (Win7) NVidia GT730Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64**Standard / ProSilver/Gold/PlatinumN/A
GigaByte
Z170X-UD3 *
F6i7-6700k(4.0GHz)DDR48 GBATI FirePro (Win7) NVidia GT730Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64**Standard / Pro / ExtendedSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
ASUS
Z170M-plus *
2002i5-6600 (3.3 GHz)DDR48 GBATI FirePro (Win7) NVidia GT730Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64**Standard / ProSilver/Gold/PlatinumN/A
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7i5-4590 (3.3 GHz)DDR38 GBATI FireProWindows 7 SP1 X64Standard / Pro048 / 1281080
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7i7-4790 (3.6 GHz)DDR38 GBATI FireProWindows 7 SP1 X64Standard / Pro / Extended048 / 128 / 2561080 / 4k

* Pyramix 10.1 or above required   ** Pyramix 11 or above required for Windows 10

Installation guides are available Validated hardware installation guides

Native Systems

MotherboardBIOSCPURAM TypeRecommended
RAM
Graphic CardWindows OSPyramix NativeOvation NativeVCube LE/XE/SE
Asrock
Z390MPro4 **
1.50i5-8400 (2.8GHz)
i7-8700 (3.2GHz)
DDR48 GBATI FirePro
NVidia GT1030/730
Windows 10 X64**Standard / Pro / ExtendedSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z390Pro4 **
1.60i5-8400 (2.8GHz)
i7-8700 (3.2GHz)

i7-8700k(3.7GHz)
i9-9990k(3.6GHz)
DDR48 GBATI FirePro
NVidia GT1030/730
Windows 10 X64**Standard / Pro / ExtendedSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z370MPro4 **
3.10i7-8700(3.2 GHz)DDR48 GBATI FirePro
NVidia GT1030/730
Windows 10 X64**Standard / Pro / ExtendedSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z370 Pro4 **
3.10i7-8700k (3.7 GHz)DDR48 GBATI FirePro
NVidia GT1030/730
Windows 10 X64**Standard / ProSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z270 Pro4
2.0i7-7700k (4.0 GHz)DDR48 GBATI FirePro / NVidia GT730Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64**Standard / ProSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z270M Pro4
2.0i7-7700k (4.0 GHz)DDR48 GBATI FirePro / NVidia GT730Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64**Standard / ProSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
GigaByte
Z170X-UD3
F6i7-6700k (4.0 GHz)DDR48 GBATI FirePro / NVidia GT730Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64**Standard / ProSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
ASUS
Z170M-PLUS
2002i5-6600 (3.3 GHz)DDR48 GBATI FireProWindows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64**Standard / ProSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
Apple
MacBook Pro Late2016
 i5-6267U (2.9GHz)DDR38 GBIris Graphics 550Windows 10 X64 **Standard / ProSilver/Gold/PlatinumN/A
Apple
MacBook Pro Mid2015
 i7-4980HQ (2.8 GHz)DDR316 GBAMD Radeon R9 M370XWindows 10 X64 **Standard / ProSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7i7-4790 (3.6 GHz)DDR38 GBATI FireProWindows 7 SP1 X64Standard / ProSilver/Gold/Platinum1080 / 4k
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7i5-4590 (3.3 GHz)DDR38 GBATI FireProWindows 7 SP1 X64Standard / ProSilver/Gold/Platinum1080

** Pyramix 11 or above required for Windows 10

Installation guides are available Validated hardware installation guides

Additional Notes

  • Windows Operating System : Latest MassCore engine (Pyramix 11.x & Ovation 7.x) required for Windows 10 compatibility
    MassCore is not compatible with Windows 8.1.
    See the 
    Supported Operating Systems page for further details.
  • Since PMX V11/ Ovation V7, MassCore users running a RAID configuration must use a dedicated RTX dongle (SSK-HUD-RTX) to authorize MassCore.
    This issue only affects the system (Windows ) RAID drives, if you have RAID Data drives, a dedicated dongle is not required.
  • MassCore 10.1 (or above) engine required for Intel Skylake (or above) CPU compatibility
  • Since Pyramix v11, a dedicated garphic card is recommended, especially for Video in Timeline features or PyraCube computers.
  • Pyramix Video in Timeline features require a dedicated graphic card, see below for specific model details.
  • Only 1 video is recommended in DXD or DSD Projects
  • In Native – RAVENNA ASIO Driver : 256 samples buffer size recommended when playback video in Pyramix Timeline.
  • Laptop users must set their Windows Power Scheme to High Performance (or Ultimate Performance since Windows 10 Spring Creator)
  • Windows 7 users should not be running the Windows Classic theme. Follow the recommended Visual Effects settings in our Windows 7 configuration guide.
  • Important Note: Nvidia graphic cards are SUPPORTED for MassCore use since Pyramix 11 / Ovation 7 / VCube 7, but not with previous versions (ATI recommended in that case)

Accessory Hardware(as of Pyramix 11)

Graphic cards

ATI Fire Pro Cards Tested

  • FirePro 2270 (Legacy) (2 Displays)
  • FirePro 2460 (4 Displays mini DP)
  • FirePro W4100 (4 Displays - Windows 10 performance issues on  MassCore platform - currently under investigation.
    Until this issue is resolved, only use such graphic card with Windows 7 SP1.)

NVidia Graphic Cards tested (as of Pyramix 11)

  • GT730 (Fanless - 2 Displays)
  • GTX750 (2 Displays)
  • GT1030 (Fanless - 2 Displays)

See the Graphic cards recommendations page for details.

Video Cards

Validated Video Cards for Pyramix Video in Timeline (as of Pyramix 11)

  • Black Magic Design Decklink MiniMonitor*
  • Black Magic Design Decklink SDI 4K**
  • Black Magic Design Decklink Studio 4K**

VCube Validated Video Cards

  • AJA KONA Lhi(Windows 7 only)
  • Black Magic Design Decklink MiniMonitor (PyraCube Only***)
  • Black Magic Design Decklink MiniRecorder
  • Black Magic Design Decklink SDI 4K
  • Black Magic Design Decklink Studio 4K

 

* The DeckLink MiniMonitor has no Video reference to ensure genlock, if in use drifting over time is a possibility.
** For Pyramix or PyraCube (both on the same system) Merging recommends the Decklink SDI 4K or Decklink Studio 4K to ensure genlock and sample accuracy (Masscore/Video Ref) or frame accuracy (Native/Audio & Video Ref).
*** Video reference not available so not appropriate for standalone VCube systems.

 

Additional Minimum Requirements

  • Display resolution minimum 1280 x 1024 / 1920 x 1080 recommended
  • SATA 2 / SATA 3 / RAID HD  for Audio Storage
  • 3 button mouse
  • SATA or SSD System Hard Disk

Optical Drives Recommendations

As of today, all drives conforming to MMC standard should work with DiscWrite / Pyramix. This represents about 99.99% of all currently manufactured optical units. We currently recommend TEAC DV-W5600 range of burners.

 

Legacy Hardware/Software Recommendations

For information on pc configurations for legacy software, please see the PDF found here