Avid lists a bunch of example Windows systems that are approved for Pro Tools 11, I've quoted below. The specs on these machines are pretty varied, but I gather that a dual core sandy bridge is a must. I'm in the process of rolling out v10 (which we will immediately upgrade to 11 when available) on new HP machines. i5 @ 3ghz with 8gb of RAM running Windows 7 64bit with Nvidia Q600 for video. It's a school lab, so we'll just be running the new Fast Track Solos (and a few Fast Track C400s which we already own). There will be 23 stations, so I need to get this right from the start. Do you see any issue with the machine I am describing? Any pointers with regard to setting up a good profile?
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Pro Tools 11 Qualified Windows Computers
Last Updated : April 8, 2013
Products Affected : Pro_Tools_1_6
Avid-approved Windows computers for Pro Tools 11.0
The following Windows computers are approved by Avid for use with Pro Tools 11.0 software.
HP Z820 3rd Gen "Sandybridge" Dual Processor Workstation (additional requirements)
HP Z800 2nd Gen 6-Core Workstation (additional requirements)
HP Z420 Workstation 3rd Gen "Sandybridge"
HP Z400 Nehalem and Westmere Workstation
HP Z220 Workstation
HP Z210 3rd Gen "Sandybridge" full PCIe slot Workstation
Dell T7600 "Sandybridge" AVA Q2 201 Workstation
Dell T5600 "Sandybridge" AVA Q2 201 Workstation
HP Elite 8570p i7 "Sandybridge" Dual Processor Workstation (additional requirements)
Dell Precision M6700 core i7
Dell Precision M4700 core "Sandybridge"
Dell M7600 i7
Sony VAIO Duo 11
HP Envy Smart Touch
Note for all Windows Desktops:
Only NVIDIA graphics cards are supported. (see details)
Full-screen playback requires a minimum of 128 MB of graphics memory.
Notes for HP Z-series computers:
HP BIOS v1.16 is recommended for the HP Z200 workstation
HP BIOS v1.35 is recommended for the HP Z210 workstation
HP BIOS v3.54 is recommended for both the Z400 & Z800 workstations
If you are using the Broadcom network card (NIC), make sure to install Boadcom NIC driver version 22.214.171.124 before running Pro Tools. For additional information, consult the HP support pages for your computer.
The optional Intel PCIe network card may also be used instead of the Broadcom NIC
NVIDIA drivers are also known to cause DPC/IRQ issues. Pro Tools users should use the WHQL certified NVIDIA drivers. (see details)