PC Specification for matchIT Desktop
matchIT has been designed for use on Windows based PC systems. To get the best results you need to match the hardware to the job in hand. For smaller jobs where performance isn’t an issue we would normally recommend a standard desktop machine which will no doubt be well above the minimum requirements (stated below). For larger files you should consider upgrading the hardware according to the recommendations below. We have identified the main areas which affect the software’s performance below.
The processor or CPU frequency (typically measured in GHz) influences the rate at which information can be processed. The higher the CPU speed, the faster the processing.
Hard Disk Speed
The faster the hard disk the better. Depending upon data volumes and available RAM, matchIT Desktop can be disk intensive processes, and so the rate with which the data can be read from and written to the hard disk can be a critical factor. For traditional hard drives, the higher the drives speed (RPM) and cache (MB), the greater the data transfer rate.
A SCSI interface will further increase the transfer rate from the disk and so is beneficial especially when processing large volumes of information, although ATA is sufficient for the great majority of organizations.
Note: if employing a Raid Array, matchIT’s data files should normally be configured to use Raid 0 to avoid unnecessary additional I/O.
Where performance is a priority we recommend using Solid State Drives (SSDs) wherever possible, as these are capable of significantly faster data access rates.
Deployment of data and temporary files is covered by a separate document on optimizing matchIT performance.
Although having more RAM than matchIT needs will not increase the speed of processing, having too little will decrease it dramatically. We strongly recommend at least 2GB of free RAM for optimum matchIT performance.
If you are running matchIT on a workstation with your main DBF file on a server, it will run much slower unless your network is geared to supporting a batch I/O intensive application like matchIT. Most networks are geared to supporting low I/O interactive applications. In general, if matchIT DBF data is stored on networked drives, you should use e.g. 1GB Ethernet cards, ideally with fibre optic cabling (although CAT5 is sufficient for the great majority of organizations).
matchIT is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10 operating systems. We usually recommend using the most up to date version of an operating system as this will benefit matchIT in terms of memory usage and robustness.
- Windows 2000
- 3GB RAM
- 3GB of free disk space
- Windows 7/8/10
- Intel i7 (2.8GHz or higher)
- 2GB+ RAM
- 2 SSD SATA Hard Drives
- If matchIT DBF data is stored on networked drives, 1Gb Ethernet cards.