Viz Engine Administrator Guide

Version 4.2 | Published December 04, 2020 ©

HP Z8 G4

This section describes how to setup a HP Z8 G4 machine with the different cards provided by Vizrt. The HP Z8 G4 is a high performance workstation that can be configured with two CPUs, has 24 memory slots, multiple storage and PCIe configuration options.

More details about the HP Z8 can be found on HP’s website: HP Z8.

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Info: Only newer Matrox Boards like X.mio3 and DSX.LE4 are shipped with Z8 workstations. Older videoboards are not tested by Vizrt.

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PCI Configuration for Single GPU

Slot

Usage

Slot 1 – PCIe3 x8

Matrox AES Audio
G-Sync III
Blue Storm
Sea Level
Single Port Network Card

Slot 2 – PCIe3 x16

Graphics Card (Single / Dual Slot)

Slot 3 – PCIe3 x16

Used if Dual Slot GPU is installed

Slot 4 – PCIe3 x16

If one Graphic Card is installed, this slot is used for Video Cards (i.e. Matrox Video Boards)

Slot 5 – PCIe3 x4

Empty or can be used by Matrox AES Audio if Slot 1 is used

Slot 6 – PCIe3 x16

Empty

Slot 7 – PCIe3 x4

Empty

PCI Configuration for Single GPU with M264

Slot

Usage

Slot 1 – PCIe3 x8

Matrox AES Audio
Blue Storm
Sea Level
Single Port Network Card

Slot 2 – PCIe3 x16

Empty

Slot 3 – PCIe3 x16

Primary Graphics Card (Single / Dual Slot)

Slot 4 – PCIe3 x16

Primary Graphics Card (Dual Slot)

Slot 5 – PCIe3 x4

Quadro Sync

Slot 6 – PCIe3 x16

M264

Slot 7 – PCIe3 x4

Empty

PCI Configuration for Dual GPU

Slot

Usage

Slot 1 – PCIe3 x8

Video Cards (i.e. Matrox Video Boards)

Slot 2 – PCIe3 x16

Matrox AES Audio
G-Sync III
Blue Storm
Sea Level
Single Port Network Card

Slot 3 – PCIe3 x16

Primary Graphics Card (Single / Dual Slot)

Slot 4 – PCIe3 x16

Primary Graphics Card (Dual Slot)

Slot 5 – PCIe3 x4

Empty or used by Matrox AES Audio if Slot 2 is used by extension card (G-Sync, Blue Storm, etc.)

Slot 6 – PCIe3 x16

Secondary Graphics Card (Single / Dual Slot)

Slot 7 – PCIe3 x4

Secondary Graphics Card (Dual Slot)

Default Hardware

  • Tower 5RU

  • CPU: 2x Intel Xeon Silver 4114 (2.2GHz 10-Core)

  • RAM: 48 GB DDR 4 (6x 8GB)

  • SSD1: 256 GB S-ATA (Operating System)

  • SSD2: 512 GB M.2 NVMe (Data and Clips)

  • RAID Controller: Intel SATA/NVMe M.2

  • Power Supply: 1x 1125 W 90% Efficient

BIOS – Configuration

  • During Post, press F10 to access BIOS Setup.

  • Go back to Advanced Tab > Secure Boot Configuration.

    • Select: Legacy Support Disable and Secure Boot Enable.

  • Go back to Advanced Tab Overview.

    • Click on Build in Device.

  • Increase PCIe Idle Fan Speed to: 0050.

  • Go back to Advanced Tab Overview.

    • Click on Performance Options.

    • Set Intel Hyper Threading Technology to DISABLED.

  • Press ESC and save Configuration.

Info: Certain third party vendor drivers require secure boot to be disabled to install properly.