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Looking for installation requirements or recommendations for the new 2011 line of products?  Well there’s a webcast for that!  I’ve summarized the video below, as well as added my own recommendation for some of the hardware.  Chances are though if you have a computer built in the last 2 years you should be pretty compatible.

The biggest changes for Revit Architecture, is that rendering is no longer limited to 4 cores, so you can go all out rendering if you have more than 4 cores available.  Also even more reliance on 64-bit processing, so you’re best bet is using the new Windows 7 64-bit operating system with your hardware allowing your computer to use the most memory available.

UPDATE:
Supported Graphics Card Hardware for Revit 2011:
http://www.autodesk.com/us/revit/revit_graphics_hardware_-_graphics_hardware_list_final.html

System requirements for installing Autodesk 2011 products:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc6vDZiRqLg

This includes:

  • AutoCAD 2011
  • Revit Architecture 2011
  • Inventor 2011

CPU (processor):

Requirement

  • Windows 7 or Vista processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD® Athlon dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
  • Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology

Recommendation

  • Intel Core 2 Quad or Core i5 or i7,quad-core processor, 2.33Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.
  • AMD Athlon or Phenom X3 or X4, triple-core, or quad-core processor, 2.6Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.

RAM (physical memory):

Recommended

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB or more
  • 32-bit Inventor = 3GB for tooling
  • 64-bit Inventor = 6GB or more for complex models
  • 32-bit Revit Architecture = Use 64-bit for optimum performance
  • 64-bit Revit Architecture = 8GB or more
  • For all systems I’d recommend at least 4GB w/ 3GB switch enabled.  Keep in mind, memory is cheap, waiting on your computer is not!

Required

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 3GB

Graphics Card (video):

  • DirectX & Direct3D 9.0 or 10 capability
  • Shader Model 3.0 capability
  • 256MB or higher of video card memory (I’d recommend 512MB at minimum)

Hard Drive (virtual memory/page file/swap file):

Required free hard drive space:

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB min.
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2x memory installed
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 5GB min.

Operating Systems (AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit):

  • Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows XP (32-bit & 64-bit)