Matrix System Requirements & Recommendations

Updated February 10th, 2006
The following is a range-set of recommendations meaning that if you choose a computer with specifications within these ranges, you will have a good computer to run Matrix on. We encourage you to look around before you buy to familiarize yourself with current prices and availability. Since we are not able to test every type of processor, video card, and monitor, please be aware that we are recommending the components that we have had consistent success with when using Matrix. We recommend that your computer has at least these specifications:
• 1.7 GHz Pentium M or better. Be aware that a Pentium M in a laptop will prolong battery use but will result in slower rendering. • 1 – 2 GB of DDR RAM • 128 – 256 MB NVIDIA open GL video card • 40 GB hard drive or larger • 19 – 21 inch monitor (desktop) • 15 – 17 inch monitor (laptop) • 1280 x 1024 minimum screen resolution • Windows XP Home or Professional. 64 bit and Media Center not supported. • There are no current plans to port Matrix over to Apple Macintosh computers

pixels a monitor can display. The following detailed explanation of aspect ratio, resolution, many of the acronyms, and their meaning are considered advanced information intended to be self-explanatory. It is not essential to understand all of the following to purchase a good computer for Matrix use. For the purposes of the information below, Horizontal/Vertical (H/V) is the ratio of the image width to height in pixels, display modes with an H/V Ratio of 4/3 will appear to have square-shaped pixels, and distortion occurs when the pixel size ratio differs from the physical screen size ratio. Quad and Hex are emerging as terms for high-resolution displays. Quad refers to 4 times as many pixels as a previous mode (2 times the vertical and horizontal pixels). Hex refers to 16 times as many pixels as a previous mode (4 times the vertical and horizontal pixels). HDTV specifies an aspect ratio of 16/9 and digital broadcast HDTV uses 1920×1080 pixels for high resolution mode. Computer display modes are intended to be used with HDTV-style wide screen displays.Most of the wide screen modes have a pixel width to height ratio of 16/10, which yields pixel array dimensions easier to cope with in computer hardware and software. The WXGA mode, with dimensions of 1366×768 pixels, is within one pixel of a 16/9 ratio.

Processor & Memory Matrix is processor-intensive, so getting a faster processor is always a good thing. However, while a 3.6/3.8 GHz processor might be somewhat faster, there is usually a considerably disproportionate price difference between them and a 3.4 GHz processor. Consider your budget when making a choice on whether to go to a 3.6/3.8 GHz processor. Also, because Rhino does not take advantage of dual processors at this time, Matrix cannot. However, dual core processors are supported. RAM is not as critical as the processor speed for Matrix, and most pre-assembled computers (through Tiger Direct, Dell, Best Buy, etc) contain the recommended minimum of 1 GB DDR RAM. Video Graphics Card Gemvision recommends any of the NVIDIA brand open GL video cards. Visit NVIDIA’s website for detailed descriptions of the various models. Please contact Gemvision technical support if you have any questions. Monitor A 19 inch monitor is a comfortable size for most people, but if you present to a customer who is looking at the screen from a distance, a 21 inch monitor might be more effective. CRT, flat panel, and laptop monitors vary in display appearance and quality - it’s best to visit a store so you get a feel for the monitor before deciding on a size and resolution. Resolution The minimum resolution for Matrix is 1280x1024. Some computers may have other resolutions that will work for you (wide, for example), but this is the most common resolution. Native Resolution is the number of pixels that the monitor was made with. Flat panel monitors are available with almost any Native Resolution but must be run at that setting or else the display will be blurry. CRT (tube-style) monitors, however, can be changed from their lowest to maximum resolution with virtually no quality loss. There are various acronyms that vendors use to designate how many

Normal Screen Aspect Ratio (4/3)
Acronym CGA EGA VGA SVGA XGA SXGA SXGA+ UXGA QXGA QSXGA QUXGA HSXGA HUXGA W×H Total Pixels Name Color Graphics Adaptor 320×200 64,000 Enhanced Graphics Adaptor 640×350 224,000 Video Graphics Array 640×480 307,200 Super VGA 800×600 480,000 Extended Graphics Array 1024×768 786,432 Super XGA 1280×1024 1,310,720 Super XGA+ 1400×1050 1,470,000 Ultra XGA 1600×1200 1,920,000 Quad XGA 2048×1536 3,145,728 Quad SXGA 2560×2048 5,242,880 Quad Ultra XGA 3200×2400 7,680,000 Hex Super XGA 5120×4096 20,971,520 Hex Ultra XGA 6400×4800 30,720,000 H/V Ratio 16/10 1.83 4/3 4/3 4/3 5/4 4/3 4/3 4/3 5/4 4/3 5/4 4/3

Wide Screen Aspect Ratio (16/9 or 16/10)
W×H 852×480 or 858×484 WXGA 1366×768 WSXGA 1600×1024 WSXGA+ 1680×1050 WUXGA 1920×1200 WQXGA 2560×1600 WQSXGA 3200×2048 WQUXGA 3840×2400 WHSXGA 6400×4096 WHUXGA 7680×4800 WVGA Acronym Total Pixels 408,960 or 415,272 1,049,088 1,638,400 1,764,000 2,304,000 4,096,000 6,553,600 9,216,000 26,214,400 36,864,000 Name
Wide VGA Wide XGA Wide Super XGA Wide Super XGA+ Wide Ultra XGA Wide Quad XGA Wide Quad Super XGA Wide Quad Ultra XGA Wide Hex Super XGA Wide Hex Ultra XGA

H/V Ratio 16/9 16/9 1.56 16/10 16/10 16/10 1.56 16/10 1.56 16/10

Other Wide Screen Aspect Ratio Designations

If you have any questions at all, please contact Gemvision technical support at 888.357.6272 or email

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