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Hardware Recommendations 

What hardware is best for graphics applications using VR-Vantage, VR-Engage & VR-Forces?

At MAK, we used the following specification for our 2016 IITSEC demonstration computers and our engineering staff builds and tests on this configuration. You know your specific needs better than we do, so scale up or down from here based on cost and performance tradeoffs.

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64bit (Redhat Enterprise Linux 6)
    Core Processor (CPU): Core i7 6700K @ 4.0GHz
    Memory (RAM): 32GB
    Disk storage: 1TB Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Graphics Processor (GPU): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (or Quadro P6000 w/ NVIDIA Sync II)

Minimum Hardware Requirements for graphics applications

(MAK software can be run on less powerful systems but there may be functional/performance limitations)

  • Core Processor (CPU): Core i5 6500 @ 3.2GHz
    Memory (RAM): 8GB
    Disk storage: 256GB
    Graphics Processor (GPU): GeForce GTX 780 –The graphics card must be NVIDIA.

Hardware for VR-Forces Simulation Engine (non-graphics) applications

  • Follow the recommendation for graphics applications except that no particular GPU is required in back-end only applications.

The following input devices have been tested for use in VR-Engage.

Other devices can be configured through MAK’s software interface.

  • Gamepad:
    Logitech Gamepad F310
  • Joysticks:
    HOTAS Warthog™ Flight Stick with HOTAS Warthog™ Dual Throttles
    T.Flight Hotas X
  • Steering Wheel:
    Logitech G27 Racing Wheel with Gear Shift (This one is obsolete.)

    Logitech G29 Driving Force (Currently testing this one as replacement.)

Virtual Machine Setups

We have tested VR-Forces, Vr-Vantage, and VR-Engage on the Amazon cloud using the following configuration:

  • AWS - G2 Instance - g2.2xlarge
  • Using Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • (26 ECUs, 8 vCPUs, 2.6 GHz, Intel Xeon E5-2670, 15 GiB memory, 1 x 60 GiB Storage Capacity)
  • Uses NVidia GRID K520

We have tested the PassThrough Method on a local server to achieve a virtual machine with the full graphics performance dedicated to a single user.

  • VMWare vSphere/ESXI 6.5
  • Rave Ignition ATX Tower
  • Core i7-4790K processor (8M Cache, 4.4GHz)
  • NVidia Quadro M6000 
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For a deeper understanding of how hardware choices impact performance, please read the blog post Picking Appropriate Hardware for MAK Products