Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Arlington Texas
The Sys requirements for this BEAST of an OS are obscene!
There is a PC shop down the road from me, I'm good friends with the owner, so I got to see the beta of vista. (They have a TechNet subscription) Oh my gosh! That thing brought a Pentium D 820 with 2 GB of ram to it's knees! Ditto for the Athlon 64 X2 3800 with 2 GB! Both those CPUs are dual core, 64 bit CPUs!
I realize this is a beta and performance has not been optimized, but sheesh!
The Aero Glass interface needs a GPU with DirectX 9 pixel shader support in HARDWARE! That means you need at least a Geforce FX or Radeon 9500! Microsoft has stated that the final version will need this hardware, so it's not just beta bloatedness.
DX9 shaders need lots of memory bandwidth to perform well, I have a strong feeling that the integrated video systems out today that have DX9 support in hardware will run this interface very slowly.
As a PC builder, I am making sure all my PCs I sell have a PCI Express slot for a GPU upgrade in additon to the DX9 capable integrated GPUs on the low end boxes. I have happy customers now, I want to make sure they stay that way...
As for RAM, 1GB will probably be the recommended minimum with 512MB needed to start the OS! 2GB will probably provide good performance.
As for the CPU, I think a Pentium 4 2.6GHz or Athlon XP 2600 will be needed for acceptable performance. Celerons before the Celeron D need not apply!
Hard disk space requirements will probably be about 10GB.
On one hand, Vista is going to be great, eveyone will be selling new PCs, Dell, HP/Compaq, the guy down the street and of course, me!
On the other hand it pisses me off because it suddenly makes a LOT of PCs obsolete. All these old parts that run XP great will suddenly be worth next to nothing. People will be pissed when I tell them that their 2 year old "value priced" box won't cut it. My laptop is SOL in terms of Vista. At least I don't sell POS throw away PCs, so they won't be mad at me...
Of course, when it comes out, I may have some cash for some BIG mods after all the upgrades I perform for people... HO PCM and plenum here we come!