Unlike the other hardware pages, for Computers, we make only generic recommendations of features needed for optimal IQ-station operation. Purchasing pre-configured computers from a major PC distributor is fine, or you can specify a white-box system.
One computer or two
Some tracking systems require software that is specific to a particular Operating System. Thus if this is not the same as the desired OS for the visualization software, a second system is needed. We have found that running the second system as a [Virtual_machine | virtual computer] can be adequate, thus keeping the required number of computers to just one.
Most immersive visualization software used by the IQ-Station community is Linux based (though it can frequently also be run on other UNIX variants, including OSX). In most cases, a typical user-oriented Linux distribution is used such as Fedora or Ubuntu.
Most immersive visualization applications benefit from being able to load as much data into RAM as possible, so we recommend including as much memory as affordable.
Immersive software is generally multi threaded in order to handle the rendering and tracking as separate threads, so multi-core CPUs are highly recommended.
Newer immersive visualization applications take advantage of GPU algorithms, so the use of a graphics card with GPU hardware acceleration is recommended.
- The nVidia GeForce line is adequate for basic 3D Stereoscopic rendering on [3D_Displays | low-cost 3D displays].
This emanates from how such displays can procude left/right image output from data provided in single frames.
- Of cource, the nVidia Quadro line will provide a higher rendering throughput, so is still advantageous if it is within the budget.