AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 and 2013 System Requirements Compared Side By Side

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AutoCAD Civil 3D Topics

Earlier this week I posted the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 System Requirements. Later, I added a link in that post to last year's AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 System Requirements post if you are now upgrading to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012.

In my quick look at last years AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 System Requirements post, it was my impression (again, a quick look) that there are not a lot of differences in the system requirements from last year to this year's release.

This made me question: What are the differences in computer system requirements between AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013?

So, here is a side by side comparison between the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 system requirements.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 System Requirements Compared Side By Side

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013

For 32-Bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012
For 32-Bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (recommended) Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional edition, Microsoft® Windows Vista® Enterprise, Business, or Ultimate edition (SP2 or later), or Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional edition (SP3 or later)
  • For Windows 7 or Windows Vista: Intel® Pentium® 4 processor or AMD Athlon™ dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or faster with SSE2 technology
  • For Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or faster with SSE2 technology
  • 1 GB RAM minimium (4 GB recommended)
  • 12 GB disk space for installation (7 GB for electronic download with at least 2 GB free after installation)
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter (1,600 x 1,200 with true color recommended, multiple monitors are supported)
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later
  • DVD drive
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (recommended) Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional edition  or Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional edition (SP3 or later)                                                                                                                              .
  • For Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 processor or AMD Athlon™ dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or faster with SSE2 technology                                                                                                           .
  • For Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or faster with SSE2 technology
  • 2 GB RAM minimum (4 GB recommended)
  • 12 GB disk space for installation (7 GB for electronic download with at least 2 GB free after installation)
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter (1,600 x 1,200 with true color recommended, multiple monitors are supported)
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later
  • DVD drive
For 64-Bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012
For 64-Bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013
  • Windows 7 (recommended) Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional edition, Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, or Ultimate edition (SP2 or later), or Windows XP Professional edition (SP2 or later)
  • AMD Athlon™ 64 processor with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron™ processor with SSE2 technology, Intel® Xeon processor with Intel EM64T support and SSE2, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB recommended)
  • 12 GB disk space for installation (7 GB for electronic download with at least 2 GB free after installation)
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter (1,600 x 1,200 with true color recommended, multiple monitors are supported)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • DVD drive
  • Windows 7 (recommended) Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional edition or Windows XP Professional edition (SP2 or later)                                                                                           .
  • AMD Athlon™ 64 processor with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron™ processor with SSE2 technology, Intel® Xeon processor with Intel EM64T support and SSE2, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB recommended)
  • 12 GB disk space for installation (7 GB for electronic download with at least 2 GB free after installation)
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter (1,600 x 1,200 with true color recommended, multiple monitors are supported)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
  • DVD drive
Additional 3D Modeling Requirements
Additional 3D Modeling Requirements
  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3.0 GHz or greater, or Intel or AMD dual-core processor, 2.0 GHz or greater
  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • 2 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D® capable workstation class graphics card
  • 1,600 x 1,200 with true color (recommended, multiple monitors are supported)
  • Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD Athlon, 3.0 GHz or greater, or Intel or AMD dual-core processor, 2.0 GHz or greater
  • 8 GB RAM or more
  • 2 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements
  • 1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Direct3D® capable workstation class graphics card
  • 1,600 x 1,200 display with true color (recommended, multiple monitors are supported)

A review between the two system requirements reveals that most of them are identical. From what I can see, however, the AutoCAD CAD Civil 3D 2013 system requirements differ from the prior year's release, by:

  • Microsoft® Windows Vista® Enterprise, Business, or Ultimate edition (SP2 or later) is no longer supported with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013
  • For 32-Bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013, 2 GB RAM minimum (4 GB recommended) is required, double the 1 GB RAM 32-Bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 minimum requirement

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