Which graphics card driver works for Anyblend/VR&SIM version 5?

Emanuel Züger
2019-03-21 11:47

Embedding warping and blending into the operating system is a very specific task. Keeping track of all developments on Windows as well as on GPU vendor's side is the daily business of VIOSO.

Unfortunately, with the introduction of Windows 10 the support for GPU embedded warping and blending has gotten way more complex so that there is not a "use this driver and everything works" recommendation. In fact, each GPU configuration (single GPU, multi GPU, with or without preview monitor, etc.) must be handled individually regarding the selection of appropriate GPU driver.

This table and comments show the current state of knowledge and experience. It is related to Anyblend 5 and Anyblend 5 VR&SIM  and covers only NVIDIA QUADRO GPUs as the only platform that is supported by VIOSO Anyblend 5.

Driver version and feature matrix for Anyblend 5 on NVIDIA Quadro GPUs:
Windows Version GPU Series GPU Driver Version  1 Mosaic  mode 1 Mosaic portrait mode 1 Mosaic + extra Monitor Multi GPU 1 Mosaic Multi GPU 1 Mosaic + extra Monitor Multi GPU Multi Mosaic Multi GPU portrait Known Issues
10 Build 1803 P series R418 YES YES YES(7) YES(5) YES(7)(5) YES(5) YES(5) (f)
10 Build 1803 P series R410 YES YES YES(7) YES(5) YES(7)(5) YES(5) YES(6) (e)
10 Build 1803 P series R390 YES YES YES(7) YES(5) YES(7)(5) YES(5) YES(6) (e)
10 Build 1803 M series
(M4000 or better)
R390 YES YES YES(1) YES(2) YES(3)(1) YES(4) unknown (a)(e)
10 Build 1803 K series
(K5000 or better)
R390 YES NO NO NO NO NO NO (d)
10 Build prior 1703 all all NO NO NO NO NO NO NO (c)
7 SP3 P series R390 YES YES YES YES YES YES(5) YES(6) (b)
7 SP3 M series
(M4000 or better)
R384 YES YES YES(1) YES(2) YES(3) YES(4) YES(3) (a)
7 SP3 K series
(K5000 or better)
R384 YES YES YES(1) YES(2) YES(3) YES(4) YES(3) (a)

Notes:

  1. use K420 or K620 for extra monitor
  2. NVIDIA Quadrosync  required
  3. (1) and (2) apply
  4. (1) and (2) apply, avoid using one card for 2 or more mosaic screens: I.e. to create 3x1 + 2x1 + 3x1 use 3 cards (just one Mosaic per card). For 3x2 + 3x2 use 4 cards
  5. NVIDIA Quadrosync II card required for more than 2 cards. Spanning a Mosaic across multiple cards and using multiple cards to compute content is a P6000 feature (Win 10 1803,392 or better). P5000 and lower will just use one card for computing and use other cards just for additional outputs.
  6. There are known issues with shifted colour channels. In case try to use no or custom overlap and set it to a value so that each overlap will be a multiple of 8. I.e. if there is a 4x2 Mosaic of WUXGA (1920x1200) and the calculated effective screen size in pixels is 6631x1981:
    4 vertical projectors mean 3 overlaps, therefore: 4 * 1920 = 7680, 7680 – 6631 = 1049, 1049 / 3 = 349.666, 344 is next lower multiple of 2, so set size to 4 * 1920 – 3 * 344 = 6648, so set size to 6648.
    2 horizontal projectors means 1 overlap of 419, next lower multiple of 8 is 416, so set size to 1984.
  7. Connecting an extra monitor to the same card (3x1 Mosaic + extra monitor) works, if there is no overlap correction required. Otherwise use an additional card (P400 and above) to connect the extra monitor.

Known issues:

  1. There are known systems, where only legacy version (Anyblend 4.3, Anyblend VRSIM 4.3) is working. Upgrade of graphic hardware is recommended.
  2. NVIDIA Quadrosync II is recommended for multi GPU Mosaic. It is obligatory, if aspect correction is required (overlap compensation)
  3. Due to a bug in the Windows Desktop Manager and Microsoft Unified Graphics Driver applying warp and blend is unstable and leads to BSOD eventually.
  4. K Series is no longer supported. Try  NVIDIA Quadro driver 392 or 384 and legacy version of Anyblend (AB 4.3.3). But there is no guaranty that it works.
  5. Rendering video across multiple cards is not working, takes a very long time to apply if overlap is set.
  6. In portrait mode, it can happen that applying warp&blend even without overlap will fail and lead to shifted output. A workaround is to use 4x2 landscape instead of 8x1 portrait mode and rotate the output during the calibration.

NVIDIA Downloads

Driver Build Release Date Windows 10 Windows 7 Recommendation
R418 U3 419.67 2019-03-20 Download 64 Bit not available Download 64 Bit not available NVIDIA P-Series GPU with Anyblend 5 on Windows 10, see known issue (f)
R412 U5 412.16 2019-01-03 Download 64 Bit not available Download 64 Bit not available Single NVIDIA P-Series GPU with Anyblend 5 on Windows 10, see known issue (e)
R390 U8 392.00 2018-09-05 Download 64 Bit Download 32 Bit Download 64 Bit Download 32 Bit All NVIDIA GPUs with Anyblend 4 on Windows  7 and 10
R384 U8 386.28 2018-03-27 Download 64 Bit Download 32 Bit Download 64 Bit Download 32 Bit Legacy NVIDIA GPUs (K and M Series) with Anyblend 4 on Windows 7

Previous Anyblend versions:

See GPU and operating system requirements and recommendations for Anyblend 4/VRSIM here:

 

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