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Recommended computer specifications

This support article describes the recommended computer specifications to run Swing Catalyst. If your computer has lower specifications than the recommended specifications below you may experience poor playback or problems capturing live video.
 

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Recommended specifications for multiple cameras

For multiple cameras we do not recommend the use of laptops.

Windows 10 64-bit

  • Intel® Core™ i5/i7 CPU* (Skylake or newer architectures are recommended) or alternatively: AMD Ryzen 1700, 1700X & 1800X or newer.
  • 16 GB DDR3 RAM or more
  • 1 SSD for the main operating system & one separate HDD (1TB 7200 RPM (or larger) or SSD for database storage.
  • Preferred dedicated graphics cards (minimum 1GB of video memory):
  • Monitor capable of 1080p (Full HD) resolution. Multiple monitors may be preferable depending on the setup.

Recommended specifications for 1 camera or less

  • Intel® Core™ i5/i7 CPU* (Skylake or newer architectures are recommended) or alternatively: AMD Ryzen 1700, 1700X & 1800X or newer.
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM or more
  • Preferred dedicated graphics cards (minimum 1GB of video memory).
    • Alternative: On-board graphics for portable systems (where no dedicated GPU is available):
  • Monitor capable of 1080p (Full HD) resolution. Multiple monitors may be preferable depending on the setup.

 

Further requirements

Using USB 3.0 cameras

USB 3.0 cameras can be tricky, and using multiple cameras on a laptop can present some challenges, therefor it's important you check compatibility with our recommendations before purchasing.

We generally do not recommend using more than one camera on a laptop due to instability problems with USB cameras.

Our USB3 recommendations: http://support.swingcatalyst.com/hc/en-us/articles/204239738-Recommended-USB-3-0-Components

 

 Warning

Some issues have been seen with AMD 300-Series chipsets (AMD Ryzen 1700 / 2700 series ) with USB 1.1 devices. Specifically with the Balance Plate, where you only get 75 samples per second instead of ~145 samples per second. We recommend using a USB 2.0 hub which will allow the Balance Plate to stream at full sample rate.

There are no known issues as far as using the AMD 300 series chipsets with USB 3.0 devices, we however do recommend using a USB 3.0 controller add-on card.

 

 

 

Networking requirements for GigE Cameras

If GigE cameras are to be used, one or more network ports/cards are required. 

We recommend the following network cards (with installed Intel drivers), and are recommended by most camera manufacturers:

  • Intel Pro/1000 GT (requires a free PCI slot) 
  • Intel Pro/1000 CT (requires a free 1x PCIe slot)
  • Intel Gigabit Server Adapter (with dual ports) (requires a free 4x PCIe slot)

It's important to use a recommended Ethernet adapter to ensure the best compatibility and stability.

In most cases we do not recommend GigE cameras to be used on laptops due to incompatibilities with the network cards.

Lenovo laptops like the Lenovo Ideapad 110-15ISK comes with 100Mbps Fast Ethernet, and cannot be used for GigE cameras.

Depending on the required bandwidth by the camera, one or two cameras can be used on each network port (please see your camera manufacturers bandwidth requirements).

 

Cameras that work in a two cameras on a single network port

The following camera's have been tested & work two cameras on a single network port:

AVT Manta G-033,

AVT Manta G-034,

AVT Manta G-046

AVT Prosilica GC650

Point Grey BlackFly 03S3C

 

Cameras that require a dedicated network port

AVT Mako G-030C

AVT Prosilica GE680

IDS UI-5140

 

Gige cameras and network cards with known issues:

  • IDS GigE cameras with Realtek Network cards.
  • Etherkiller network cards

 

For more network specific details see:

https://support.swingcatalyst.com/hc/en-us/articles/205460708-Gigabit-Ethernet-GigE-Vision-camera-network-recommendations

 

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