Please read the information below carefully if you are deciding to spec and build your own PC for use with Pyramix. Especially when designing MassCore systems, the individual parts chosen for the computer can have very strong influences on the performance of the MassCore engine.

If you are not aware already, Merging Technologies also have a range of Turnkey Chassis available which are hand built and tested thoroughly by our support engineers. Check them out here..

In addition to the PC configuration notes below, we now have a Merging Support Knowledge Base available where you can find computer hardware recommendations, and configuration guides for various OS.

Pyramix 11 / Ovation 7 / VCube 7 - Validated Hardware Combinations

MassCore Systems

Motherboard BIOS CPU RAM Type Minimum RAM Video In Timeline Use Windows OS Pyramix MassCore Ovation MassCore VCube LE/XE/SE
Asrock
Z270 Pro4 *
2.0 i7-7700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro / NVidia GT730 Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64** Standard / Pro / Extended Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z270M Pro4*
2.0 i5-7600 (3.3 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro / NVidia GT730 Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64** Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium N/A
GigaByte
Z170X-UD3 *
F6 i7-6700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro / NVidia GT730 Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64** Standard / Pro / Extended Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
ASUS
Z170M-plus *
2002 i5-6600 (3.3 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro / NVidia GT730 Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64** Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium N/A
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7 i5-4590 (3.3 GHz) DDR3 8 GB ATI FirePro Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro 048 / 128 1080
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7 i7-4790 (3.6 GHz) DDR3 8 GB ATI FirePro Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro / Extended 048 / 128 / 256 1080 / 4k

* Pyramix 10.1 or above required

** Pyramix 11 or above required for Windows 10

Native Systems

Motherboard BIOS CPU RAM Type Minimum RAM Graphic Card Windows OS Pyramix Native Ovation Native VCube LE/XE/SE
Asrock
Z270 Pro4
2.0 i7-7700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro / NVidia GT730 Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z270M Pro4
2.0 i7-7700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro / NVidia GT730 Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
GigaByte
Z170X-UD3
F6 i7-6700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro / NVidia GT730 Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
ASUS
Z170M-PLUS
2002 i5-6600 (3.3 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Windows 7 SP1 X64 / Windows 10 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
Apple
MacBook Pro Late2016
i5-6267U (2.9GHz) DDR3 8 GB Iris Graphics 550 Windows 10 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium N/A
Apple
MacBook Pro Mid2015
i7-4980HQ (2.8 GHz) DDR3 16 GB AMD Radeon R9 M370X Windows 10 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7 i7-4790 (3.6 GHz) DDR3 8 GB ATI FirePro Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7 i5-4590 (3.3 GHz) DDR3 8 GB ATI FirePro Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080

PC Configuration Notes:

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Windows 10 Fall Creator currently not compatible with Pyramix/Ovation/VCube. Until this is resolved, please defer Windows updates. See here for details on how to defer updates
  • MassCore 10.1 (or above) engine required for Intel Skylake (or above) CPU compatibility
  • Latest MassCore engine (Pyramix 11.x & Ovation 7.x) required for Windows 10 compatibility
  • MassCore is not compatible with Windows 8.1.
  • PyraCube computers do not support additional graphic cards - only onboard Intel HDGraphics supported
  • 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.
  • 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.

In addition to these configuration notes, we now have configuration guides for various OS available on the Merging Support Knowledge Base.

Accessory Hardware(as of Pyramix 11)

ATI Fire Pro Cards Tested

  • FirePro 2270 (2 Display)
  • FirePro W4100 (4 Displays)

NVidia Graphic Cards tested (as of Pyramix 11)

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

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).

*** Not able to create video reference so not appropriate for standalone VCube systems.


Important Note: For more information on the Video Sync, Sample and Frame accuracy consult the document here: www.merging.com/resources/img/support/Video_Sync_and_Pyramix.pdf

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

Recommended CD/DVD Optical Drives (if required)

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