AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 System Requirements

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AutoCAD Civil 3D Surveying Quick Tips and Tricks

It's that time of year again when Autodesk releases its latest and greatest version of AutoCAD Civil 3D. This April, they've released AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012, and I know that many of you want to know if you should upgrade, or not. And, with this spring ritual I've started to, again, get questions about whether or not to upgrade.

My recommendation, as to whether or not you should upgrade to Civil 3D 2012, is to first carefully consider the following two issues:

  1. Cost of upgrading your computer CAD stations to meet the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 system requirements.
  2. Cost verses benefit analysis comparing your existing CAD software against AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012.

The system requirements for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 are listed below for your consideration. The second issue, of whether or not you should upgrade to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012, will be discussed in the next Premium Post.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 System Requirements:

For 32-Bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012

  • 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

For 64-Bit AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012

  • 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

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)

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