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uScope MXII What are the PC Requirements for the uScopeMXII?
uScope MXII

Information in this article applies to:

  • uScopeMXII (All Models)
  • uScope Navigator V4.0 and Later

Article ID: MXB1023 — Created: 29 Mar 2017 — Reviewed: 11 Jun 2018

Question

What are the PC requirements for the uScopeMXII?

Answer

The uScope Navigator software is a Windows application that requires one of the following:

  • Microsoft® Windows 7 (64-bit),
  • Microsoft® Windows 8 or 8.1 (64-bit),
  • Microsoft® Windows 10 (64-bit).

In general, the PC used to run the uScope Navigator software must have the following capabilities:

  • At least 8GB RAM (16GB recommended).
  • At least 20GB of available hard-disk space, 100GB or more is recommended depending on your imaging needs.
  • A high-performance SSD (Solid State Drive) is highly recommended for image storage.
  • 1920×1080 or higher resolution monitor.
  • Mouse or another pointing device.
  • Several available USB ports.

Processor Recommendation

We have found that Intel CPUs that are multi-core with hyper-threading work quite well since the software can take advantage of multiple execution threads. We have had good luck with the Intel Core i7-4790K.

Refer to https://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html for CPU benchmark comparisons.

Video Card Recommendation

If you wish to use the software with a 4K monitor, we strongly recommend a high-performance video card like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.

Disk Drive Recommendation

Our test computers are outfitted with solid state drives (SSDs) which significantly improve the disk read/write performance. We have had very good luck with the Samsung 850 Pro SSD.

USB PCIe Card Recommendation

If the uScope whole slide scanner does not work with your PC's USB3 ports, you may wish to consider a third-party USB 2.0 plug-in card. We have had very good luck with the Startech 4-Port PCI Express USB 2.0 Card (part number PEXUSB4DP). This card is available from Amazon.com for a very reasonable price.

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