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Old 08-12-2018, 01:07 PM
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Default HP Z420, what Windows and PT to use for best stability?

Hello Folks.

I have staked a claim on an HP Z420, should have it in a few days. So in the meantime I would like to figure out which version of all of the software I will be installing/running so I can get up and running asap.

As for the research I have done, it seems PT 2018.7 is able to be installed in Win 8.1 and Win 10. Then PT 12.8.2 is compatible with Windows 7 - all 64bit of course.

As far as I can tell, all of the plugs I use (UAD, Brainworx, McDSP, and Waves are the vast majority) are compatible with Win 7 SP1 through Win 10 so my interest is purely in stability, with one exception...

My single exception is that I would like to use my Apollo Twin Thunderbolt. For this I am also receiving an HP Thunderbolt PCIe card which I have read works on Z Workstations with what was Windows 8.1 and the Apolo Thunderbolt - though again afaik this is not sanctioned by UAD. I am willing to make a jump for it and if it doesn't work then I have a backup interface that will work.

And finally I am looking for a solid combination with Windows/Pro Tools... I wouldn't mind to use the latest 2018.7, but 12.xxx is fine as well. I will basically be looking to freeze the system in time... no updates of anything unless there are bugs to be fixed.

So... does anyone have some experience in this dept? I assume there are a few HP Z420 users since it is still a FQPC with Avid.

Thanks, everyone!

HP Z420
Xeon E5-2680, 8x 2.7 GHz
32 GB DDR3 ram
1 GB nVidia Quadro K600 video
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Default Re: HP Z420, what Windows and PT to use for best stability?

Okay. Well, I had hoped someone had some experience here, but perhaps that person doesn't need be here since their system is so rock solid. ;-)

So further reading has led me to believe that in order to use thunderbolt and the UAD Apollo that I am limited to Windows 10. I mistakingly thought I read Windows 8.1... I will start there.

After that I may try Win 8.1 with a different audio card - I have a FW 1394A set of inputs. So then I will have them both running and make a decision for myself - unless the Win 10 system just runs crazy good out of the box - so to speak.
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Default Re: HP Z420, what Windows and PT to use for best stability?

Unless someone has your exact MB and interface, which could happen, it's hard to say what your experience or software versions will provide in terms of stability.

I found out, when pursuing using an Apollo USB interface, that certain USB chipsets don't work with the Apollo. I had to purchase a PCIe card for USB 3.0 because the onboard USB 3.0 chipset was not compatible. Don't know if this is the same issue using TB but it might be, so check with UA.

I am running Windows 10, latest version of PT and the Apollo and it's stable. I only use ASUS/Intel Motherboards because over time I've had fewer stability issues than any other brand or processor.
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