Friday, May 07, 2010

REVIT 2011 System Requirements

Here's the poop on REVIT 2011 performance and recommended hardware. When REVIT Architecture installs it checks your current display adapter configuration. Then on startup you are notified you if certain features will not work. This notification can be turned off. I'm liking it so far but adapting to the new ribbon ain't no picnic. If I go for that stupid 'old' split properties button or right click for 'view properties' one more time I'm going to jump off the Confederation Bridge. 3 releases of REVIT inside 24 months and 3 different interfaces. It looks like Autodesk has finally removed the original REVIT programmers and replaced them with the AutoCAD programmers. Although the specs below are relative to RAC I'm sure RST and MEP are the same. RAC 2011 Performance Recommendations Operating systems Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Service Pack Service Pack (SP) 2 (or later): Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Business Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Home Premium Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Ultimate Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Enterprise CPU type Quad Core Intel® Xeon® Processor (2.50 Ghz, 2X6M L2, 1333) or equivalent AMD processor ® Memory 8 GB RAM Video display 1280 x 1024 with True Color Video adaptor 512 MB DirectX® 9 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 ----------------------------------------------------------------- RAC 2011 64-bit Hardware and Software Requirements Operating systems Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Service Pack 2 (or later) Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Business Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Home Premium Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Ultimate Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64 bit Enterprise Microsoft® Windows® 7 64 bit Microsoft® Windows® 7 64 bit Home Premium Microsoft® Windows® 7 64 bit Professional Microsoft® Windows® 7 64 bit Ultimate Microsoft® Windows® 7 64 bit Enterprise Browser Microsoft Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later CPU type Microsoft® Windows® XP ® Professional x64 Edition SP2: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD AthlonTM Dual Core, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology Microsoft® Windows ® Vista® 64 bit SP2 (or later) or Microsoft ® Windows ® 7 64 bit: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD AthlonTM Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology Memory 3 GB RAM Video display 1280 x 1024 with True Color Video adaptor Basic graphics: Display adaptor capable of 24-bit color Advanced graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 Hard disk 5 GB free disk space Pointing device MS-Mouse compliant Media Download or Installation from DVD9 ------------------------------------------------------------- RAC 32-bit Hardware Software Requirements Operating systems Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (or later), including: Microsoft® Windows® XP ® Home Microsoft® Windows® XP ® Professional Microsoft® Windows® Vista® Service Pack 2 (or later), including: Microsoft® Windows® Vista® Business Microsoft® Windows® Vista® Home Premium Microsoft® Windows® Vista® Ultimate Microsoft® Windows® Vista® Enterprise Microsoft® Windows® 7 32 bit Microsoft® Windows® 7 32 bit Home Premium Microsoft® Windows® 7 32 bit Professional Microsoft® Windows® 7 32 bit Ultimate Microsoft® Windows® 7 32 bit Enterprise Browser Microsoft Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later CPU type Microsoft® Windows® XP ® Service Pack 2 or later: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD AthlonTM Dual Core, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology Microsoft® Windows ® Vista® 32 bit Service Pack 2 (or later) or Microsoft® Windows ® 7 32 bit: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD AthlonTM Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology Memory 3 GB RAM Video display 1280 x 1024 with True Color Video adaptor Basic graphics: Display adaptor capable of 24-bit color Advanced graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 Hard disk 5 GB free disk space Pointing device MS-Mouse compliant Media Download or Installation from DVD9 Connectivity Internet connection for license registration

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Testing Blogger with This Blog said...

Dear Mr. Gregoire,

I'm a computer guy helping a (starving) architect friend to maximize his bang for the buck and upgrade his computer for Revit. When rendering, he's sitting around twiddling his thumbs; he has a dual-core system, and is under the impression that he can get faster renders by upgrading his graphics cards.

Do you know if it is true that Revit will render directly on the graphics cards if there is enough memory on the cards?

Do you have a recommended card for good performance, and one (or multiple) for "No-holds-barred" performance?

Do you know if Revit will utilize multiple graphics cards, i.e. using ATI Crossfire or nVidia SLI?

Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions you can share.

- Mark Roussey

Daryl Gregoire said...

Hi Mark, I am not a graphics / rendering expert. I would go straight to www.augi.com and a) search the topic and then b) ask the question. In fact ask 'Wes Macaulay'. Wes should be able to give you a good answer.