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System Requirement FAQs
Posted by Andrew BT on 16 March 2014 03:48 PM

Q: What hardware is required to run SciChart WPF? 

SciChart WPF is designed to run on any Windows PC which is capable of running WPF with .NET4.0 or above.

Windows versions supported are the same that WPF supports, e.g. Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10.

.NET Framework versions supported are .NET4.0 and later (including .NET4.5, .NET4.5.1, .NET4.5.2, .NET4.6)

SciChart performs optimally on .NET4.5.x or above as these .NET Framework versions have improvements to the D3DImage and WriteableBitmap class which SciChart makes use of.

Q: What Visual Studio Version(s) are recommended? 

At SciChart we recommend Visual Studio 2013 or later, as it is faster, leaner and has better features than previous editions. However, SciChart can be compiled and developed on Visual Studio 2010, 2012 as well as 2013 and 2015.

Always ensure you have the latest service packs for Visual Studio as this can affect stability in the XAML designer and prevent many common IDE issues that users of SciChart sometimes run in to.

Q: Do I need a Fast Graphics Card? 

Not necessarily! You only need a graphics card capable of running WPF, which is any DirectX 9c or later card. So long as you have Windows XP* or later, you should be able to run SciChart.

If you are using the 2D Chart DirectX renderer (packaged with the SciChart WPF Enterprise edition only) then you will need a DirectX10/11 (or later) capable video card. SciChart 2D is able to fall back to software rendering when the appropriate hardware is not available.

SciChart 3D does require a DirectX9c (or later) capable video card, and is not available for computers without a DirectX9c / DirectX10 / DirectX11 GPU.  

NOTE: Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP however we still unofficially support Windows XP with SciChart. We would recommend Windows 7 or later for optimal use of our charting software.

Q: But what hardware is recommended for Fastest Operation?

SciChart 2D favours high-speed CPU over high-speed GPU, as many of our algorithms are performed on the CPU side. If you have a Quad-Core i7 running at 3.4GHz and Intel Integrated Graphics, it’s going to beat a 1.6 GHz CPU and fast ATI or nVidia graphics.

SciChart 3D favours both CPU and GPU, with faster GPUs and larger GPU memory offering considerable performance improvements, especially in real-time 3D WPF charts.

As parts of SciChart become more dependent on video hardware, a good GPU is becoming more important, however you can still get very decent performance numbers on average enterprise laptops/desktops – you don’t need a super computer to get great results out of SciChart!

Q: How much RAM do I need to run SciChart?

SciChart is actually very memory efficient. SciChart 2D WPF uses not much more memory than required to hold the raw data, for instance, if you wish to display 10,000,000 points of XY data where X and Y types are double, you can expect to use just over 10M * 8 * 2 bytes = 160Mbytes. So for standard 2D charts without hardware acceleration, SciChart can be run on machines with very low RAM.

SciChart 2D DirectX and SciChart 3D will both use a larger amount of memory, including unmanaged memory as Textures are created in video driver memory. So for DirectX Hardware-accelerated charts, 128-256Mbytes of Video memory is recommended, and the more the better.

Q: Will SciChart run over Remote Desktop? 

Yes! Of course. SciChart is simply a WPF UserControl, it does not require any special hardware to run and it can be viewed (and it is still fast!) over Remote Desktop connections. Even our DirectX renderer plugin and DirectX powered 3D Charts will run over remote desktop.

If you want to limit framerate you can use a property, SciChartSurface.MaxFrameRate, to limit the amount of data sent over remote desktop.

Q: Can I run SciChart in a WinForms Application?

Yes, you can. By using the Microsoft ElementHost WinForms Control, which can host any WPF UserControl inside a Winforms application.

Q: What Touch-Screens does SciChart Support? 

Any multi-touch screen which is compatible with the WPF MultiTouch APIs. 

Q: I have an 11" Intel Atom Netbook. Can SciChart display 10,000,000 points on that?

Well, it is going to be a lot slower than that gaming-desktop you have, but SciChart is still capable of displaying large data-point counts on slower PCs. We suggest you follow our Performance Tips & Tricks to get the best out of SciChart. 

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