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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

Please note

We do not not recommend laptops be used with USB 3.0 cameras due to USB 3.0 compatibility and performance problems (please see USB section below).

 

Hardware recommendations

 

CPU

  • Intel® Core™ i5/i7 CPU* (Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake or newer architectures are recommended) or alternatively: AMD Ryzen 3700X or newer.
    • A CPU capable of 3.8 to ~ 4GHz clock speeds are recommended for optimal performance.

Memory

  • 16 GB RAM and up.

Storage

  • SSD (solid state drive) or NVME drive for the main operating system.
  • Separate 1TB 7200 RPM (or larger) HDD or SSD for database storage.

Graphics

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX or RTX series, specifically (2060, 2070, 2080 models or newer) recommended for hardware encoding).
  • AMD Vega 56, AMD Radeon RX 5500, AMD Radeon R9 580.

For best performance we recommend NVIDIA Graphics over AMD.

To utilize hardware encoding (available in Swing Catalyst 9.3), which means faster recording times, we recommend NVIDIA Gefore RTX cards with the Turing architecture, over AMD or integrated graphics whenever possible.

 

Monitor / screen

  • Monitor capable of 1080p (Full HD) or better resolution. Multiple monitors may be preferable depending on the setup.
  • If you are to use a multi monitor setup, please check that the graphics card has a adequate amount of outputs that will suite your needs.

 

Recommended specifications for 1 camera or less

 

CPU

  • Intel® Core™ i5/i7 CPU* (Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake or newer architectures are recommended) or alternatively: AMD Ryzen 3000 series or newer, (alternatively older: 2700, 1700X & 1800X series).
  • AMD 4000 (2020) mobile series

Memory

  • 8 GB RAM or more

Graphics

  • Dedicated graphics card, NVIDIA GTX or RTX series (minimum 1GB of dedicated video memory).
    • Alternatives (On-board graphics for portable systems (where no dedicated GPU is available)):
      • Intel on board graphics.
      • AMD 4000 mobile.

Monitor / screen

  • 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, therefore it's important you check compatibility with our recommendations before purchasing.

Major differences are seen across models and manufacturers and due to this we cannot simply recommend one make or model. Some models will have stability issues and drop frames with even one camera and others will work fine.

Furthermore we do not recommend multiple cameras to be used on laptops as dropped frames is often a problem.

Note: USB 3.0 cameras & desktop computers:

To use USB 3.0 cameras in desktop computers we strongly recommend a dedicated USB 3.0 PCI Express controller card provided by the camera manufacturer. Without a dedicated card stability issues and dropped frames may occur.

Please see our USB3 recommendations for more info: 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. 

Note: Laptops are generally not recommended.

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)
  • ADLink dual or quad port PoE cards.

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

We also recommend that a single dedicated network port be used for each camera whenever possible as this is the most stable solution. In most cases we do not recommend GigE cameras to be used on laptops due to incompatibilities with the network cards.

Please note: Some laptops come with Fast Ethernet network cards, which means the maximum speed is only 100Mbps instead of 1000Mbps.

Example:

  • 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*

*Most IDS UI-50xx, UI-51xx, UI-52xx require a dedicated network port.

 

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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