Recommended PC Specifications

PVCAM and Teledyne Photometrics cameras will generally work on any hardware that supports the camera interface and PVCAM installation, and we detail below a custom PC build. If unsure, we also recommend two specific prebuilt configurations from Dell and HP below. These configurations are used in-house when testing currently supported cameras.

Custom Built System

Operating System
  • Windows 10 64-bit
Processor (CPU)
  • Intel Xeon or Intel Core i5 with 4 or more cores
  • 3.0 GHz or faster

Please note that most consumer-grade Intel processors have an insufficient number of PCIe lanes which may result in sub-optimal performance with PCIe-based cameras. We recommend verifying the number of available PCIe lanes on the CPU prior to purchase and making sure at least 8 lanes can be dedicated to the camera interface.

RAM
  • 16 GB DDR3 or more
  • 32 GB DDR4 (at 2666 MHz 4-channel or 3200 MHz 2- or 4-channel) or more with the Kinetix family

For optimal performance, we recommend matching the number of memory modules with the number of CPU-supported memory channels.

Storage
  • 256GB or larger SATA SSD drive for the operating system
  • Additional PCIe or NVMe SSD drive for streaming image data to disk. Samsung 960 Pro or 970 Pro series MLC NVMe drives are recommended due to their ability to sustainably write large amounts of data over extended time periods.
  • For streaming to disk with the Kinetix family, we recommend a PCIe RAID controller such as HighPoint SSD7101A-1 with 4x Samsung 970 Pro SSD in RAID-0 configuration.
Graphics Adapter
  • 1 GB PCIe or CPU-integrated graphics card

Unless GPU processing is required, a graphics adapter performance is not important for camera functionality.

USB Ports and Adaptors
  • Intel USB 3.0 or 3.1 Gen 2 ports, depending on camera model used

We highly recommend the Intel Thunderbolt controller for USB 3.1 Gen 2 cameras.

PCI Express
  • PCIe Gen 2 x4 slot for compatible Prime and Iris cameras
  • PCIe Gen 3 x4 slot for USB 3.1 Gen 2 add-in cards 
  • PCIe Gen 3 x8 slot for a single Kinetix family PCIe camera interface 
  • PCIe Gen 3 x16 slot for a dual Kinetix family PCIe camera interface 

Note On Streaming To Disk

When using Kinetix or other fast PCI Express (PCIe) cameras and wanting to stream to disk, please note that a single Kinetix camera interface requires 8 CPU-connected PCIe 3.0 lanes to achieve full speed, additionally, our recommended NVMe RAID adapter requires another 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes. While most motherboards provide additional PCIe slots, these slots are mostly connected via Platform Controller Hub (PCH) and the PCH to CPU bandwidth is defined by the specific DMI interconnection interface used – which is often insufficient for high bandwidth applications. Please check your motherboard specifications if building a custom PC for streaming to disk with fast PCIe cameras.

Dell Precision Tower 5820

Operating System
  • Windows 10 64-bit
Chassis
  • Precision 5820 Tower 950W Chassis CL
Processor (CPU)
  • Intel Xeon W-2245 or better

6 cores or more recommended, higher base clock preferred to core count.

RAM
  • 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4 2933MHz RDIMM ECC or more

Four or more modules are recommended to fully accommodate all memory channels supported by the CPU.

Storage
  • 2.5″ 256GB SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive or larger for the operating system. SATA drive is recommended to keep PCIe slots unoccupied
  • Additional PCIe or NVMe SSD drive for streaming image data to disk. Samsung 960 Pro or 970 Pro series MLC NVMe drives are recommended due to their ability to sustainably write large amounts of data over extended time periods.
  • For streaming to disk with Kinetix family, we recommend a PCIe RAID controller such as HighPoint SSD7101A-1 with 4x Samsung 970 Pro SSD in RAID-0 configuration.
Graphics Adapter (GPU)
  • NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB
PCIe I/O Cards
  • Thunderbolt 3 PCIe card – 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C Ports, 1 DP in

HP Z4 G4 Workstation

Operating System
  • Windows 10 64-bit
Chassis
  • HP Z4 G4 90 750W Chassis
Processor
  • Intel Xeon W-2245 or better

6 cores or more recommended, higher base clock preferred to core count.

RAM
  • 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-2933 DIMM Registered Memory or more

Four or more modules recommended to fully accommodate all memory channels supported by the CPU.

At the time of writing, HP does not allow a 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) option for the selected CPU. For this reason, the 4 x 16 GB option is recommended.

Storage
  • 256 GB SATA 2.5″ SSD or larger for the operating system. SATA drive is recommended to keep PCIe slots unoccupied
  • Additional PCIe or NVMe SSD drive for streaming image data to disk. Samsung 960 Pro or 970 Pro series MLC NVMe drives are recommended due to their ability to sustainably write large amounts of data over extended time periods.
  • For streaming to disk with Kinetix family, we recommend a PCIe RAID controller such as HighPoint SSD7101A-1 with 4x Samsung 970 Pro SSD.
Graphics Adapter
  • NVIDIA Quadro P400
Accessories
  • HP Dual-port Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Add-in Card
Front I/O Ports
  • Premium – 2 x USB 3.1 Type C; 2 x USB 3.0 Type A

Summary Table

PC ComponentCustomDell 5820HP Z4 G4
Operating SystemWindows 10 64-bitWindows 10 64-bitWindows 10 64-bit
Processor (CPU)Intel Xeon/Core i5, 4 or more cores, 3.0 GHz or faster Intel Xeon W-2245 or better Intel Xeon W-2245 or better 
RAM– 16 GB DDR3 or more
– 32 GB DDR4 or more (Kinetix family)
32 GB (4×8) DDR4 or more 64 GB (4×16) DDR4 or more
Storage– 256 GB SSD or larger boot drive
– Samsung 960/970 Pro SSD for stream to disk
– 256 GB SSD or larger boot drive
– Samsung 960/970 Pro SSD for stream to disk
– 256 GB SSD or larger boot drive
– Samsung 960/970 Pro SSD for stream to disk
Graphics Adapter (GPU)1 GB PCIe or CPU-integrated graphics card NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GBNVIDIA Quadro P400
I/O– Intel USB 3.0 or 3.1 Gen 2 ports, depending on model
– PCIe Gen 3 slots for expansion
Thunderbolt 3 PCIe card – 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C Ports, 1 DP inPremium – 2 x USB 3.1 Type C; 2 x USB 3.0 Type A