Blazing fast computers optimized for ScanImage

If you need a computer that can handle everything ScanImage throws at it, Vidrio has you covered.

Get the hardware designed to maximize ScanImage performance

Have us build one for you. We pre-install and test ScanImage to certify the machine, and we’re happy to customize for your particular application.

Budget PC

Wallet friendly

  • i5-4690K 3.5 GHz CPU
  • Asus or Gigabyte Z97 or H97 Mini-ITX Motherboard
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 500 GB SSD for the operating system
  • 1 x 2TB hard drive for data
  • 550 watt modular power supply (Cooler Master V550)
  • Cooler master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX case

If you want a computer that is fast, small and still budget friendly.

Recommended workhorse

This is our recommended build

  • i7-7700K 4.2 GHz CPU
  • Asus/Gigabyte socket 1151 compatible motherboard
  • 16 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 500 GB M.2 SSD with Windows 10 (3200 MB/s read, 1900 MB/s write)
  • 2 x 2TB hard drives in Raid 0 configuration. (>300MB/sec sequential write)
  • Read/write DVD drive
  • 650 watt modular power supply
  • 4U rack mount case

A graphics card is not required in this build because the CPU has integrated graphics processing. You also save a PCIe slot for other applications.

Thread Beast

For hard core users 

  • i7-6850K 6 core 3.6 GHz CPU
  • Asus Socket 2011-v3 motherboard
  • 16 GB of DDR4 RAM (sweet DDR4)
  • 500 GB SSD (see a theme here)
  • 2 x 2TB hard drives in Raid 0 configuration. (>300MB/sec sequential write)
  • Read/write DVD drive
  • 750 watt power supply
  • GTX1060 Graphics card 
  • 4U rack mount case

A bit more expensive but if you need power this is for you.

ScanImage will run on a variety of standard off-the-shelf computers but these offerings are not optimized for recording data from 2-photon microscopy experiments. For more demanding tasks, like recording activity in 100-1000s of small regions of interest in a 3D volume (a new feature offered since ScanImage 2015), it is important to have a ScanImage-optimized computer.

What is Important for a ScanImage Computer?

We get a lot of questions at Vidrio about the best computer for running ScanImage. Of course, the best computer is a ScanImage-optimized and specifically customized for your setup!

We set out to build a computer with the fastest single thread benchmark score.

We’re continuously testing new hardware to see what’s best. As part of that, we decided to perform a few tests with computers built in-house.

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  • ScanImage runs in Matlab and Matlab runs in a single thread. ScanImage does not depend upon any Matlab toolboxes.
  • There are two other threads that run in parallel. One that transfers data from the digitizer, and another that streams data to disk. Thus, a 4 core processor is sufficient and optimal.
  • Since most of the processing occurs in a single thread, the best CPU for the job should have the fastest single-thread performance.
  • ScanImage needs fast operating system performance so the computer’s operating system should be housed on an SSD. We are now running Windows 10.
  • Fast data storage is required to keep up with certain video streaming loads. This typically translates into a computer streaming to an SSD or a RAID.
  • The required storage capacity also needs to be carefully considered so that you have plenty of room to capture big data files on disk.
  • Sufficient RAM and since RAM is cheap: use at least 8 GB.

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