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== Introduction ==
 
== Introduction ==
Userful&trade; software enables customers to group multiple displays to form a single large display, hence enabling a single Userful server to support one or more larger video wall displays. The Userful software is designed to utilize both the CPU and the GPU to maximize performance. <br>
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This page lists specifications of Userful systems for informational purposes only. Assembling your own Userful system from specifications is not recommended. For information on the capabilities of each tier and how they can meet your needs, or for resellers selling Userful&trade; systems at high volume, we will work with you to select an appropriate model. Please contact your Sales Representative or send an email to [mailto:sales@userful.com  sales@userful.com] for more details.
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'''Please Note:'''
 
'''Please Note:'''
Any commercial deployments of Userful&trade; requires use of a certified PC. Deployments using only certified hardware can be supported by Userful.
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Any commercial deployments of Userful&trade; requires use of a certified PC. Only deployments using certified hardware will receive support from Userful.
 
 
For resellers selling Userful&trade; software at a high volume, Userful is able to work with you to certify a PC of your choice. Please contact your Sales Representative or send an email to [mailto:sales@userful.com  sales@userful.com] for more details.
 
 
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This document outlines the PCs certified with Userful™ software appliance and the scaling matrix.
 
  
 
==Certified PCs==
 
==Certified PCs==
  
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| style="width:700px; text-align:left;"|<big>'''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Specifications'''</big>
 
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|align="center" |'''Entry Level Appliance''' <br>Lenovo ThinkCentre M700 SFF||
 
* Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-6100 or i3-7100 with Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 530 or 630
 
* Chipset: Intel B250
 
* Memory: 8 GB (2x4GB)
 
* Storage: 500GB HDD
 
* Network Interface: Integrated network interface
 
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|align="center" |''' Mid Range Appliance''' <br> HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Series <br> Lenovo ThinkStation P310 Tower||
 
* Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700 with Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 530
 
* Memory: 32 GB (supports up to 64 GB)
 
* Discrete GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
 
* Storage: 120 GB SSD (up to 500 GB SATA) ''' or''' 180 GB SSD
 
* Network Interface: Intel® I219LM Gigabit Network Connection LOM (optional [https://www.startech.com/ca/Networking-IO/Adapter-Cards/10gb-pcie-nic~ST10000SPEX Startech 10Gig] Network Card)
 
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|align="center" |'''Mid Range Appliance ''' <br> HP EliteDesk 800 G3/G4 Series <br> Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tower||
 
* Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7700/8700 with Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 630
 
* Chipset: Intel Q270/Q370 or Intel C236
 
* Memory: 32 GB (supports up to 64 GB)
 
* Discrete GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
 
* Storage: 256 GB SSD
 
* Network Interface: Intel® I219LM Gigabit Network Connection LOM (optional [https://www.startech.com/ca/Networking-IO/Adapter-Cards/10gb-pcie-nic~ST10000SPEX Startech 10Gig] Network Card)
 
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|align="center" | '''High End Appliance'''<br> PC Available from Userful ||
 
* Please contact your Sales Representative or send an email to [mailto:sales@userful.com  sales@userful.com] for more details.
 
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A Userful Certified PC/Server is a commercially-available workstation Tower or Mid-Tower form factor PC from a major vendor. Purchasing your system directly from Userful comes with several time- and cost-saving advantages:
  
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* The BIOS is a known-good version and all necessary modifications are made
'''Following advisements must be kept in mind before buying the intended hardware:'''
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* HDMI capture hardware is installed, integrated with matching driver and firmware versions, and labeled for easy connections
* Intel® Core i7 processor used should be a '''Desktop''' class full TDP processor with an integrated GPU.
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* License is installed
* Ideally an '''unmanaged''' Gigabit switch should be used for network configuration. If you are going to use a managed switch, it should be configured only to perform the basic switching functionality.
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* The system is functionally tested before shipping
* If you are planning to install '''additional cards''' for your capture needs, use either a '''mid-tower''' or '''full-tower''' form factor system.
 
* If you are planning to implement a 10Gig network, use a 10Gig NIC ([https://www.startech.com/ca/Networking-IO/Adapter-Cards/10gb-pcie-nic~ST10000SPEX Startech 10Gig] Network Card) and a 10Gig uplink switch (NETGEAR ProSAFE 52-Port Stackable switch)
 
* Use dual memory channels rather than single memory channel for better graphics performance.
 
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Systems sold from Userful are nearly plug-and-play, requiring only credentials and network settings. Configuring an off-the-shelf system and accessories from scratch to Userful compatibility can take 2-3 hours for someone unfamiliar with the process.
  
''If you are looking for pricing or purchase options for hardware or software, please visit [https://www.userful.com/pricing Userful's pricing page] and download pricing for your particular requirements. You will be sent an email with complete details.''
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===Why Certified PCs?===
 
 
 
Please watch this video to know why certified PCs are important for installing Userful&trade; software.<br>
 
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==Scaling Guide==
 
Scaling guide provides the maximum video wall size and maximum recommended stand-alone displays supported with Entry Level and Mid Range Appliances.
 
 
 
===Entry Level Appliance===
 
Entry Level appliance is recommended for small deployments (e.g., playing signage content over 3x3 video wall setup).
 
 
 
The table below provides the maximum video wall size '''or''' recommended stand-alone displays (not exceeding 9 displays) you can expect from a single Entry Level Appliance.
 
 
 
==== Interactive Sessions====
 
Userful recommends Mid Range or High End Appliance for all interactive sessions.
 
 
 
====Video (Non-Interactive) Sessions====
 
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|'''Source Content'''
 
|''' Video Wall Size'''
 
|'''Stand-Alone Displays'''
 
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| 1080p ||3x3 || 3
 
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| 4k ||3x3 ||2
 
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* One external 1080p source can be captured through Blackmagic DeckLink Capture card (i.e., DeckLink Mini Recorder).
 
* All the 9 displays can be a part of mirror group.
 
 
 
 
 
===Mid Range Appliance===
 
Mid Range Appliance is recommended for medium size deployments where a user needs to go beyond 9 stand alone displays up to a maximum of 40 displays, or beyond 3X3 video wall setup.
 
 
The table below provides the maximum video wall size or recommended stand-alone displays that you can expect from a single Mid Range Appliance.
 
 
 
====Interactive Sessions====
 
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|rowspan="2" | '''Use Case''' || colspan="6" | '''Maximum Recommended Stand-Alone Displays'''
 
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| '''Cloud Desktop'''
 
| '''Web Browser'''
 
| '''Linux Desktop'''
 
| '''Desktop Streamer (VNC)'''
 
| '''Content Management<br> System'''
 
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| align="left"  rowspan="2" | '''Low Usage '''  
 
:* Single application per Display
 
:* Low-bandwidth web usage
 
 
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| 40||40||40||40|| 5
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|align="center" |'''Standard Hardware''' <br>HP EliteDesk 800 G4 Tower||
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* Processor: i7-8700
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* Memory: 32 GB
:* Several applications per Display
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* GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (half-length)
:* High-bandwidth web usage<br> (YouTube videos)
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* Storage: 256 GB SSD
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* Network Interface: Onboard 1 Gb Ethernet, plus additional PCIe 1Gb Ethernet adapter
  
 
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|align="center" |'''Profesional+ Hardware ''' <br>HP Z4 G4 <br> Lenovo ThinkStation P520 Tower ||
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* Processor: Intel Xeon W-2133 6-core/12-thread
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* Memory: 32 GB
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* GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or RTX2080
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* Storage: 256 GB SSD
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* Network Interface: Onboard 1 Gb Ethernet, plus additional PCIe 10Gb Ethernet or SFP adapter as needed
  
====Video (Non-Interactive) Sessions====
 
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| rowspan="2" | '''Source Content''' || colspan="6" | '''Maximum Number of Stand-Alone Displays'''
 
 
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| '''Signage Player'''
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|align="center" |'''Enterprise Hardware ''' <br> HP Z4 G4||
| '''Network Streamer'''
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* Processor: Intel Xeon W-2145 8-core/16-thread
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* Memory: 64 GB
| '''Multi-Window and Picture-In-Picture'''
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* GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or RTX2080
 
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* Storage: 1 TB SSD
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* Network Interface: Onboard 1 Gb Ethernet, plus additional PCIe 10Gb Ethernet or SFP adapter as needed
| 1080p
 
| 16
 
| 30<br> <small>(720p source)</small>
 
| 5
 
| valign="center" rowspan=3 | Please test your use case before using it in a production system.
 
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| 4k
 
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| N/A
 
| 1
 
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| 6k
 
|1  
 
|N/A
 
|N/A
 
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| 8k ||colspan="5" |Please contact your Sales Representative or send an email to [mailto:sales@userful.com  sales@userful.com] for details.
 
 
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''If you are looking for pricing or purchase options for hardware or software, please visit [https://www.userful.com/pricing  Userful's pricing page] and download pricing for your particular requirements. You will be sent an email with complete details.''
  
====Video Wall Configuration====
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===Why Certified PCs?===
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| '''Content Resolution / Sources'''
 
|''' Video Wall Size '''<br> (example configurations - upto max. of 60 displays)
 
| '''Maximum Number of Sources''' <br>
 
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| 1080p ||2x2||8
 
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| 4k ||2x2||4
 
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| 6k  ||3x3|| 1
 
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| 8k ||  colspan="2" |Please contact your Sales Representative or send an email to [mailto:sales@userful.com  sales@userful.com] for details.
 
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| Non Standard Video Resolution <br> <small> (e.g., 32000 x 720) </small> ||1x40, 2x20 ||1
 
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|Content Management Systems (CMS) ||3x3 || 3
 
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|Network Streamer (720p) || 2x2 || 10
 
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|Desktop Streamer (VNC) || 2x2 || -
 
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|Web Browsers ||2x2 || 6
 
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Large size video walls are also supported (e.g., 5x5, 6x6 etc.) depending on the type of source(s) configured for video walls.  
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'''Please Note:'''
 
* The scaling guide assumes displays are not part of the [[Docs/Mapping#Mirror Group Configuration |mirror group]]. These numbers might '''increase''' if the content is mirrored across displays. Please contact your Sales Representative or send an email to [mailto:sales@userful.com  sales@userful.com] for more details.
 
* Userful '''strongly''' recommends using High End Appliance along with Nvidia [http://www.geforce.com/hardware/10series/geforce-gtx-1080 GeForce GTX 1080] or higher Supported [[Docs/Nvidia_Offload_Support#Supported_Cards |Offload cards]] when you are connecting more than 40 displays from a single Userful server.
 
* Userful '''strongly''' recommends thoroughly testing a given system and network configuration with anticipated usage scenarios before deployment.
 
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===High End Appliance===
 
High End appliance is recommended for large deployments (i.e., more than 40 displays). Please contact your Sales Representative or send an email to [mailto:sales@userful.com  sales@userful.com] for more details.
 
 
 
  
 
==Related Links==
 
==Related Links==
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* [[Docs/HowTos/Change_BIOS_Settings | Configure BIOS Settings]]
 
* [[Docs/HowTos/Change_BIOS_Settings | Configure BIOS Settings]]
 
* [[Docs/Nvidia Offload Support | Nvidia Support]]
 
* [[Docs/Nvidia Offload Support | Nvidia Support]]
* [[Docs/Supported Zero Client_Devices|Supported Zero Client Devices]]<br>
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* [[Docs/Supported Capture Cards | Supported Capture Cards]]
 
* [[Docs/Supported Capture Cards | Supported Capture Cards]]
* [[Docs/FAQs/Hardware_Compatibility |Frequently Asked Questions]]
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* [[Docs/FAQs| Frequently Asked Questions]]
 
* [https://www.userful.com/videowall Video Wall Solutions Page]
 
* [https://www.userful.com/videowall Video Wall Solutions Page]
 
* [https://www.userful.com/video-wall-price Userful's pricing page]
 
* [https://www.userful.com/video-wall-price Userful's pricing page]
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Introduction

This page lists specifications of Userful systems for informational purposes only. Assembling your own Userful system from specifications is not recommended. For information on the capabilities of each tier and how they can meet your needs, or for resellers selling Userful™ systems at high volume, we will work with you to select an appropriate model. Please contact your Sales Representative or send an email to sales@userful.com for more details.


Please Note: Any commercial deployments of Userful™ requires use of a certified PC. Only deployments using certified hardware will receive support from Userful.


Certified PCs

A Userful Certified PC/Server is a commercially-available workstation Tower or Mid-Tower form factor PC from a major vendor. Purchasing your system directly from Userful comes with several time- and cost-saving advantages:

  • The latest version of Userful is installed
  • The BIOS is a known-good version and all necessary modifications are made
  • HDMI capture hardware is installed, integrated with matching driver and firmware versions, and labeled for easy connections
  • License is installed
  • The system is functionally tested before shipping

Systems sold from Userful are nearly plug-and-play, requiring only credentials and network settings. Configuring an off-the-shelf system and accessories from scratch to Userful compatibility can take 2-3 hours for someone unfamiliar with the process.

Model    Specifications
Standard Hardware
HP EliteDesk 800 G4 Tower
  • Processor: i7-8700
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (half-length)
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Network Interface: Onboard 1 Gb Ethernet, plus additional PCIe 1Gb Ethernet adapter
Profesional+ Hardware
HP Z4 G4
Lenovo ThinkStation P520 Tower
  • Processor: Intel Xeon W-2133 6-core/12-thread
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or RTX2080
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Network Interface: Onboard 1 Gb Ethernet, plus additional PCIe 10Gb Ethernet or SFP adapter as needed
Enterprise Hardware
HP Z4 G4
  • Processor: Intel Xeon W-2145 8-core/16-thread
  • Memory: 64 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or RTX2080
  • Storage: 1 TB SSD
  • Network Interface: Onboard 1 Gb Ethernet, plus additional PCIe 10Gb Ethernet or SFP adapter as needed

If you are looking for pricing or purchase options for hardware or software, please visit Userful's pricing page and download pricing for your particular requirements. You will be sent an email with complete details.

Why Certified PCs?

Please watch this video to know why certified PCs are important for installing Userful™ software appliance.




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