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..

Pyramix 10 / Ovation 6 / Vcube 6 - Validated Hardware Combinations

MassCore Systems

Motherboard BIOS CPU RAM Type Minimum RAM Video In Timeline Use  PyraCube use Windows OS Pyramix MassCore Ovation MassCore VCube LE/XE/SE
Asrock
Z270 Pro4 *
1.30 i7-6700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD530 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro / Extended Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z270M Pro4*
1.40 i5-6600 (3.3 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD530 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium N/A
GigaByte
Z170X-UD3 *
F6 i7-6700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD530 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro / Extended Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
ASUS
Z170M-plus *
2002 i5-6600 (3.3 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD530 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium N/A
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7 i5-4590 (3.3 GHz) DDR3 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD4600 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro 048 / 128 1080
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7 i7-4790 (3.6 GHz) DDR3 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD4600 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro / Extended 048 / 128 / 256 1080 / 4k

* Pyramix 10.1 or above required

Native Systems

Motherboard BIOS CPU RAM Type Minimum RAM Video In Timeline Use  PyraCube use Windows OS Pyramix Native Ovation Native VCube LE/XE/SE
Asrock
Z270 Pro4
1.30 i7-6700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD530 Windows 8.1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
Asrock
Z270M Pro4
1.40 i7-6700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD530 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
GigaByte
Z170X-UD3
F6 i7-6700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD530 Windows 8.1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium N/A
GigaByte
Z170X-UD3
F6 i7-6700k (4.0 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD530 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
ASUS
Z170M-PLUS
2002 i5-6600 (3.3 GHz) DDR4 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD530 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium N/A
Apple
MacBook Pro Mid2015
i7-4980HQ (2.8 GHz) DDR3 16 GB AMD Radeon R9 M370X AMD Radeon R9 M370X Windows 8.1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080 / 4k
GigaByte
Z97X-UD3H
F7 i7-4790 (3.6 GHz) DDR3 8 GB ATI FirePro Onboard Intel HD4600 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 Onboard Intel HD4600 Windows 7 SP1 X64 Standard / Pro Silver/Gold/Platnium 1080

PC Configuration Notes:

  • MassCore 10.1 engine required for Intel Skylake CPU compatibility (H170 - Z170 chipset)
  • MassCore is not compatible with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
  • PyraCube computers do not support additional graphic cards - only onboard Intel HDGraphics supported
  • Pyramix Video in Timeline features require an ATI FirePro Graphic card - Windows Desktop Composition settings must be enabled
  • 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.
  • Important Note: Nvidia graphic cards are NOT SUPPORTED for MassCore use

Accessory Hardware

ATI Fire Pro Cards Tested

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

Validated Video Cards for Pyramix Video in Timeline

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

VCube Validated Video Cards

  • AJA KONA Lhi
  • 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 Sony AD-72xx range of burners.

Note: Some users have encountered compatibility issues when printing CD images with large number of Tracks and/or Indexes, such as “Sound Library” CDs with 80 tracks / 800 index, on Pioneer DV-106 and LG 4163B, while Plextor Premium and 712/716 work OK.

Legacy Hardware/Software Recommendations

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