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System requirements

These are the system requirements for Pixotope Graphics.

Hardware

Recommended configuration

The following combination of components provides optimal performance and has been tested and certified by Pixotope.

For any other combination of supported components, see Supported components below.

CPU

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7960X (or similar STR5 processor)
    OR

  • Intel Xeon W 2455x (or similar W790E/FCLGA4677 processor)

Motherboard

  • Asus Pro WS WRX90E-SAGE SE (or similar STR5 motherboard)
    OR

  • Asus Pro WS W790E-SAGE SE (or similar W790E/FCLGA4677 motherboard)

GPU

  • NVIDIA® RTX 4090
    OR

  • NVIDIA RTX™ 6000 Ada

Video card*

  • AJA® Kona 5
    OR

  • Blackmagic Design® DeckLink Pro 8K

Memory

64GB Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 Memory

System drives

  • Main OS Drive - 1TB NVMe

  • Secondary storage Drive - 2TB SSD

Power supply

1000 Watt Redundant Power Supply

Cooling

Powerful enough to keep the machine within operating temperatures of all components

Enclosure

Big enough to fit the selected Motherboard, GPU and Video card above, as well as fit and allow for adequate cooling

* With the above selection of CPU, GPU and Motherboard, any of the supported PCIe-based Video Cards listed below will work optimally.

Supported components

Guidelines to build your own hardware configuration

If you build your own hardware configuration based on the list of supported components below

  • the selected CPU and Motherboard must provide the right PCIe lanes configuration for the selected GPU and Video cards to operate at their full speed

Example

  • GPU: NVIDIA® RTX 4090 = 16x PCIe Gen 4 lanes

  • Video card: AJA® Kona 5 = 8x PCIe Gen 3 lanes

The selection of CPU and Motherboard should ensure that:

  • CPU has more than 24x PCIe Gen 4 lanes available

  • The Motherboard/Chipset allows a 16x PCIe Gen 4 + 8x PCIx Gen 3 configuration simultaneously

For further information in this matter, and to ensure your system configuration is correct and error free, please read the Hardware and software environment guide

While Pixotope provides guidance for hardware selection to optimize the performance of our software solutions, it is crucial that you consult with your hardware experts/IT professionals to validate and ensure the compatibility and effectiveness of your chosen configuration.

Video cards - SDI

 Manufacturer

Model

Firmware Version

Video

Physical interfaces

Audio1

PCIe lanes

AJA

Kona 4

2021/04/14 (4K)

HD

3G-SDI

embedded over SDI

8x PCIe Gen 2

AJA

Kona 5

2021/12/23 (4K)

HD

4x 12G-SDI

embedded over SDI AES/EBU2

8x PCIe Gen 3

2021/12/26 (8K)3

multiformat HD & UHD

embedded over SDI

AJA

Corvid 44

2021/09/16 (4K)

HD

4x 3G-SDI

embedded over SDI

8x PCIe Gen 2

AJA

Corvid 44 12G

2021/12/19 (8K)

multiformat HD & UHD

4x 12G-SDI

embedded over SDI

8x PCIe Gen 3

AJA

Corvid 88

2021/11/30 (4K)

HD

8x 3G-SDI

embedded over SDI

8x PCIe Gen 2

AJA

Io 4k Plus

2021/06/23 (Io4KPlus)

multiformat HD & UHD

4x 12G-SDI

embedded over SDI

N/A - Thunderbolt

BMD

DeckLink 8K Pro

Driver 12.7

HD & UHD

4x 12G-SDI

embedded over SDI

8x PCIe Gen 3

BMD

DeckLink 8K Pro Mini

Driver 12.7

HD & UHD

4x 12G-SDI

embedded over SDI

8x PCIe Gen 3

BMD

DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G

Driver 12.7

HD & UHD

4x 12G-SDI

embedded over SDI

8x PCIe Gen 2

BMD

DeckLink SDI 4K

Driver 12.7

HD & UHD4

2x 6G-SDI

embedded over SDI

4x PCIe Gen 2

BMD

DeckLink Quad 2

Driver 12.7

HD

8x 3G-SDI

embedded over SDI

8x PCIe Gen 2

BMD

DeckLink Duo 2

Driver 12.7

HD

4x 3G-SDI

embedded over SDI

4x PCIe Gen 2

  1. Only for audio output generated in the Pixotope Engine - audio input passthrough not supported

  2. AES/EBU is only supported by Kona 5 with 4K firmware installed. No other firmware or video card supports this audio format.

  3. It is recommended to run the Kona 5 with 8K firmware by default to support all video standards without needing to change the firmware

  4. UHD is limited to 6G-SDI (e.g. 2160p at 25/29.97/30 fps only, 2160p at 50/59.94/60 fps not supported)

Other BlackMagic Design devices with SDI support which are not listed may also work.

GPUs

Series

Models

PCIe lanes

NVIDIA® RTX 30 series

3070, 3070Ti, 3080, 3080Ti, 3090, 3090Ti

16x PCIe Gen 4

NVIDIA® RTX 40 series

4070Ti, 4080, 4090

16x PCIe Gen 4

NVIDIA® RTX 40 Super series

4070 Super, 4070 Ti Super, 4080 Super

16x PCIe Gen 4

NVIDIA® RTX Professional series

A6000, RTX 6000 ADA

16x PCIe Gen 4

Other RTX cards not listed may also work.

AMD GPUs are NOT supported.

Drivers

Operating System   

Windows® 10*, Windows® 11, 64-bit with the latest updates

AJA Driver

For all formats using Kona 4, Kona 5, Corvid 44, Corvid 44 12G, Corvid 88, Io 4k Plus, 17.0

NVIDIA Driver

Latest Studio Driver from www.nvidia.com

BMD DeckLink Driver

Driver 12.7

* Windows® 10 is supported but EOL is scheduled on October 14th, 2025. Pixotope recommends customers to upgrade to Windows® 11.

Software

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