System requirements for Inventor 2013

March 18, 2012

With an impending release of Autodesk Inventor 2013, here are the system requirements for this new version. From what I can see, they are quite similar to the previous version 2012 so there are no surprises this time:

  • Windows 7 (SP1) (32-bit or 64-bit) Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise edition (recommended; Win7-64 recommended for large assemblies), Windows XP Professional (SP3), or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (SP2); no Vista!
  • Intel Pentium 4, 2 GHz or faster; Intel Xeon, Intel Core, AMD Athlon 64, or AMD Opteron or later processor
  • 2 GB RAM (min. 1 GB for Inventor LT; 8 GB for complex models – more than 1.000 parts)
  • Microsoft Direct3D 10 (recommended) or Direct3D 9 capable graphics card
  • 1,280 x 1,024 or higher screen resolution
  • Internet connection for web downloads and Subscription Aware access
  • Adobe┬« Flash┬« Player 10
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • Internet Explorer 6.x through 9
  • Excel 2003 through 2010 for iFeatures, iParts, iAssemblies, thread customization, and spreadsheet-driven designs
  • Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0

Which is faster? Windows XP or Vista?

May 16, 2008

There is an interesting benchmark published on the ZDNet Blog (track). It compares the performance of Windows XP and Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and their Service Packs using the PassMark benchmark.

The results are quite surprising. I would like to know if a test with a 3D CAD application like Inventor will have the same winners and losers as the PassMark benchmark. Both operating systems (well, three, if you count Vista 64) were tested with and without their Service Packs. The performance differences are quite substantial.

And the winners are:

  1. Vista 64-bit (without SP) is the fastest
  2. Vista 64-bit with SP1 is the second
  3. Vista 32-bit (without SP) is the third
  4. WinXP (without SP) is the fourth (and the fastest XP version)

WinXP vs. Vista
In contrast to prevailing opinion – Windows Vista proves to be faster than XP and Service Packs seem to make the operating system slower, not faster !