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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Revit Hardware - compatibility and performance

I got a call today from a mechanical contractor who is being required to provide 3D submittals for a project they're working on. He wanted to know what kind of computer he needs so he can learn Revit MEP and Navisworks manage and use the products for construction coordination. I gave him the recommendations from Autodesk, but also sent him this from http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com which should be very helpful to many of you out there. Personally, I always recommend Dell Precision Workstations as the foundation for the right machine to get. For any of you considering HP, F..k them. The charge more for ink than human blood and oil. Someone needs to look into that. If you think Autodesk software is expensive, turn your anger to HP and what they charge.

By the way, 1 US gallon - 3785.411 ml. So, $.70 x 3785.411 is $2650 for a gallon of HP ink. Try this instead: http://www.inksystem.com/. Now you'll have money to spend on software.

As this graph shows, printer ink is rather expensive, and costs more than things like human blood or a barrel of crude oil. [via ReflectionOf. Me]
Source: http://consumerist.com/2009/12/hp-ink-costs-more-than-human-blood.html


Repost: http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2009/12/revit-hardware-compatibility-and.html

Revit is a very acceptable OOTB (out of the box) tool. If you are using Revit OOTB, there are really only two variables that determine your productivity. Assuming you have zero customised content, these variables are:
  • your own skill and ability
  • the performance of your computer
We are all working to try and keep our skills on the cutting edge. But is your hardware keeping up its end of the bargain? Our company made a significant investment into some middle to top-of-the-line workstations a few months ago, for which I am very grateful. If you are looking to purchase a new system, or upgrade an existing one, you should definitely review the
Model Performance Technical Note (you may have accessed this via S
The following AUGI forum links may also be of assistance to you:

Revit 2010 - Graphics Cards that work (and those that don't)


Happy with your hardware?


Video card D3D compatibility - Revit 2010 on Vista / Win7

Revit Running on Intel Mac


Non-Mac hardware benchmarks using the 2009 benchmark journal

Rendering speed in Windows 7 64 & Revit 2010 64bit


Feel free to comment if you have any thoughts or recommendations.

Source: Revit Hardware - compatibility and performance

From Autodesk:

System Requirements

System Requirements for 32-bit Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Microsoft® Windows Vista® 32-bit (SP1), including Ultimate, Business, or Home Premium edition, or Microsoft® Windows® XP (SP1 or SP2) Professional or Home edition*
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4 GHz or equivalent AMD® processor
  • 3 GB RAM (1 GB RAM if no rendering is required)
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 monitor and display adapter capable of 24-bit color
  • Windows® Internet Explorer® 6.0 (SP1 or later)
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • Download or installation from DVD
  • Internet connection for license registration

System Recommendations for 32-bit Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Windows XP Professional (SP2 or later)*
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.4 GHz or equivalent AMD processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • Dedicated video card with hardware support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9 (or later)
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 (SP1 or later)
  • Two-button mouse with scroll wheel

System Requirements for 64-bit Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Windows Vista 64-bit (SP1), including Ultimate, Business, or Home Premium edition, or Windows XP Professional (SP1) x64 edition*
  • Pentium 4 1.4 GHz or equivalent AMD processor
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 monitor and display adapter capable of 24-bit color
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 (SP1 or later)
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • Download or installation from DVD
  • Internet connection for license registration

System Recommendations for 64-bit Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Windows XP Professional x64 edition (SP1 or later)*
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40GHz or equivalent AMD processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • Dedicated video card with hardware support for DirectX 9 (or later)
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 (or later)
  • Two-button mouse with scroll wheel

* Learn more about using Autodesk Revit Architecture software with Boot Camp®, part of Mac OS® X that enables you to install and run Microsoft Windows (and Windows-based applications) on a Mac® computer or with Parallels Desktop, a system utility available from Parallels, Inc. that allows you to run applications in each operating system without restarting your computer.


...and just for the heck of it...AutoCAD's requirements/recommendations as a comparison

For 64-bit AutoCAD 2010

  • Windows XP Professional x64 edition (SP2 or later) or Windows Vista (SP1 or later) including Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, or Home Premium edition (compare Windows Vista versions), or Windows 7 (see note below)
  • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology, or AMD Opteron® processor with SSE2 technology, or Intel® Xeon® processor with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1.5 GB free space for installation
  • 1,024 x 768 VGA display with true color
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • Install from download, DVD, or CD

Additional Requirements for 3D Modeling (All Configurations)

  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3 GHz or higher; Intel or AMD dual-core processor, 2 GHz or higher
  • 2 GB RAM or greater
  • 2 GB hard disk space available in addition to free space required for installation
  • 1,280 x 1,024 32-bit color video display adapter (true color) 128 MB or greater, Microsoft® Direct3D® capable workstation class graphics card

For 64-bit AutoCAD MEP

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Home edition (SP2 or later) or Microsoft Windows Vista (SP1), including Enterprise, Business, Ultimate, or Home edition (compare Windows Vista versions)
  • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron® with SSE2 technology, Intel® Xeon® with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM, 4 GB recommended
  • 4.3 GB free disk space for default install, 4.7 GB for full install
  • 1,024 x 768 display with true color, 1,280 x 1,024 true color recommended
  • 128 MB graphics card; 256 MB or greater, Direct3D-capable workstation-class 3D graphics card recommended (currently supported graphics cards)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • DVD drive (for installation only)

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