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Brian Hancock:
Any recommendations

Looking at updating a few year old machines vs new build.

I7 4770 quad core 3.9ghz
12 GB ram
Gtx 660
Dual ssd 6g sata
Windows 10 pro
Ppt 365

Worth upgrading video card to 1060 or 1070 or time to rebuild ... what's most important for stable ppt ... ram, video card power, processor etc.

need 3 outputs presentation, desktop and extended desktop.

Greg Bellotte:
I just built an Intel NUC (nuc8i7hvk-16gb ram-512gb ssd) for this very purpose. This unit has 2 HDMI, 2 DP, and 2 TB3 ports driven by a Radeon RX Vega M for plenty of monitor output combinations. I converted the 2 DP outputs to SDI for our video systems so you can have PPT presentation and desktop both available to video world. Also using a StreamDeck/Companion surface with USB over IP for remote slide control. Everything but the VHS size power brick fit very nicely on a 6" deep 1U rack shelf. Very happy :-)

Brian Hancock:

--- Quote from: Greg Bellotte on December 30, 2018, 05:55:07 pm ---I just built an Intel NUC (nuc8i7hvk-16gb ram-512gb ssd) for this very purpose. This unit has 2 HDMI, 2 DP, and 2 TB3 ports driven by a Radeon RX Vega M for plenty of monitor output combinations. I converted the 2 DP outputs to SDI for our video systems so you can have PPT presentation and desktop both available to video world. Also using a StreamDeck/Companion surface with USB over IP for remote slide control. Everything but the VHS size power brick fit very nicely on a 6" deep 1U rack shelf. Very happy :-)

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Thanks greg, good to know I always follow your racks and work on fb ... well thought out powerful systems ...

Do you run two computers I unison for ppt? Cue clickers make it very easy ... we typically do ... and yes make all outputs sdi put into router then to atem very similar to what I'd imagine you do.

I like the remote usb idea and had done something similar with a kvm over ip at one point but not necessary currently.

Besides testing I'd love to know if ppt benefits at all from multiple threads ... seems ram and GPU are most important ...

Jordan Wolf:

--- Quote from: Brian Hancock on December 29, 2018, 11:47:20 am ---
...[N]eed 3 outputs presentation, desktop and extended desktop.

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Unless something has changed, Powerpoint will only output separately to 2 displays - Main Presentation and Presenter View.

Also, if you change app focus (a la doing something else on the main desktop screen) during the presentation, Powerpoint will not keep scrolling or be triggered by a [typical] slide advancer.

Brian Hancock:

--- Quote from: Jordan Wolf on January 01, 2019, 04:36:13 pm ---Unless something has changed, Powerpoint will only output separately to 2 displays - Main Presentation and Presenter View.

Also, if you change app focus (a la doing something else on the main desktop screen) during the presentation, Powerpoint will not keep scrolling or be triggered by a [typical] slide advancer.

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Yes correct ... however we have been in some situations where having 3 displays is useful

1. Op screen - notes page in presenter view
2. Pgm presenter view
3. Dsm this becomes a straight shot on smaller setups without a router ... you can switch between presenters if it's a duplicate of either 1 or 2 depending on presenter needs

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