Sunday, April 20, 2008

Revit Architecture 2009 System Requirements

As described on Autodesk's web site, here are the Systems Requirements and Recommendations for 2009...

System Requirements
  • Windows® XP Home, Professional and TabletPC (SP1 or SP2), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition,Windows Vista® 32 bit (Business, Premium and Ultimate), Windows Vista 64 bit (Business, Premium and Ultimate)
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.0 SP1 or later
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4 GHz or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1280 x 1024 monitor and display adapter capable of 24-bit color
  • 3 GB free disk space
  • MS-Mouse compliant
  • Download and Installation from DVD
System Recommended:
  • Windows XP Professional SP2 or later, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.0 SP1 or later
  • Intel™ Core® 2 Duo 2.40GHz or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1280 x 1024 monitor and display adapter capable of 24-bit color.
  • Dedicated video card with hardware support for OpenGL spec 1.3 or later
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • MS-Mouse compliant

Notice the Recommended specs do not include Vista and it's interesting that it has XP x64 since Revit isn't YET (I wouldn't be surprised if it happens this year) a 64bit application. Although, the 64bit OS does give you the ability to get that extra GB of RAM, which is always nice. The biggest one I see in the requirements is the Dedicated video card with OpenGL. When my company was looking at getting new laptops for us, they ran some tests on the graphics card and found having a dedicated graphics card worked much better than a shared card. (If I can get a hold of those results, I will post them.)

Oh, as far as what we ended up getting for laptops, here's the specs...

  • HP Compaq 8710w (Mobile Workstation)
  • Windows Vista® Business 64-bit OS, Dual Boot Windows XP 64-bit OS
  • Intel™ Core® 2 Duo 2.00GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M


uhcafigdc said...

I think the reason for selecting the 64-bit version of Windows XP has to do with the memory limitations of the 32-bit version. Though, with 1GB of RAM I am not sure how this is an issue.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know, I've got the 2009 revit architectural. When I open the program it opens, but as soon as I want to start with a project my screen goes black and my pc restarts. Why is it doing that or do I need a graphics card??

Dwane Lindsey said...

As for Revit going black, check to make sure the Hardware Acceleration is turned off in Revit. Also check to see if there is any hardware acceleration in the graphics card driver settings. If you have a shared graphics card, this is something we've seen/heard of and there isn't much you can do...except get a dedicated graphics card.