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MS Surface Pro 3

This article contains information about the series of tests with MS Surface Pro 3, that was performed with various versions of Artec Studio (Artec Studio 10 - in 2015, Artec Studio 11 - in 2015 and Artec Studio 12 - in 2017).


Tested hardware configuration

We conducted all tests with a Surface Pro 3 tablet, its exact hardware configuration is listed below:

  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Intel i7: 4th generation Intel Core i7-4650U 3.30 GHz (link to the benchmark)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Full-size USB 3.0
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • 256 GB hard drive

Note: Pay attention that 8 Gb RAM is lower than the recommended hardware specifications.


"How to increase the tablet performance" tips

These tips are especially helpful while scanning in "Geometry + Texture" mode:

  1. Enable high-performance mode on your Surface using this key in Windows registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\CsEnabled (1->0)
  2. Speed up real-time 3D-reconstruction by decreasing Triangle Step in Artec Studio. Navigate to  File - Settings - Scan - Use default real-time settings - Set Triangle Step from 6 to 8.


Artec Studio 10

  • Scanning speed on MS Surface is slower comparing to Razer Edge Pro. Artec Eva scanning speed is 7-10 FPS in "Geometry + Texture" mode and 12-14 FPS in "Geometry" mode (maximum is 16 FPS).
  • We captured the full body in "Geometry + Texture" mode and recorded about 2500 frames without any problem. The only issue is that after 3000 captured frames the RAM is full, so it is a good idea to stop scanning and unload some data at this point.
  • Note that real-time fusion mode is not available for Surface in Artec Studio 10, since this scanning mode requires powerful NVIDIA/ATI card.


Artec Studio 11 & 12

Overall Artec Eva works with MS Surface Pro 3 in Artec Studio 11 and 12 in "Geometry + Texture" scanning mode. However, we won't recommend using MS Surface Pro 3 due to its relatively low performance: at some point, FPS drops from 10 to 3 frames per second scanning speed which makes scanning process uncomfortable.

Unfortunately, Surface Pro 3 has an outdated hardware in terms of RAM amount and processor model (check the link to benchmark above), that's why we recommend using Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet together with Artec Studio 11 and 12.

Note: Artec Eva Lite operates in "Geometry only" mode, so it can be used on both MS Surface Pro 3 and Pro 4 tablets.


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