[No word on WHICH version exactly. I suppose they all require the same stuff, but you get more "options" with the classier versions.]
A Tech Strategist within Microsoft, Nigel Page, has gone on record to discuss the hardware requirements for Windows Vista, due out next Christmas.
What he's said is kind of shocking.
Graphics: Vista has changed from using the CPU to display bitmaps on the screen to using the GPU to render vectors. This means the entire display model in Vista has changed. To render the screen in the GPU requires an awful lot of memory to do optimally - 256MB is a happy medium, but you'll actually see benefit from more. Microsoft believes that you're going to see the amount of video memory being shipped on cards hurtle up when Vista ships.
CPU: Threading is the main target for Vista. Currently, very little of Windows XP is threaded - the target is to make Vista perform far better on dual-core and multi-core processors.
RAM: 2GB is the ideal configuration for 64-bit Vista, we're told. Vista 32-bit will work ideally at 1GB, and minimum 512. However, since 64-bit is handling data chunks that are double the size, you'll need double the memory, hence the 2GB. Nigel mentions DDR3 - which is a little odd, since the roadmap for DDR3, on Intel gear at least, doesn't really kick in until 2007.
HDD: SATA is definitely the way forward for Vista, due, Microsoft tells us, to Native Command Queueing. NCQ allows for out of order completions - that is, if Vista needs tasks 1,2,3,4 and 5 done, it can do them in the order 2,5,3,4,1 if that's a more efficient route for the hard drive head to take over the disk. This leads to far faster completion times. NCQ is supported on SATA2 drives, so expect them to start becoming the standard sooner rather than later. Microsoft thinks that these features will provide SCSI-level performance.
Bus: AGP is 'not optimal' for Vista. Because of the fact that graphics cards may have to utilise main system memory for some rendering tasks, a fast, bi-direction bus is needed - that's PCI express.
Display: Prepare to feel the red mist of rage - no current TFT monitor out there is going to support high definition playback in Vista. You may already have heard rumblings about this, but here it is. To play HD-DVD or Blu-Ray content you need a HDCP compatible monitor. Why? Because these formats use HDCP to encrypt a video signal as it travels along a digital connection to an output device, to prevent people copying it. If you have just standard DVI or even an analogue output, you're going to see HD scaled down to a far-less-than-HD resolution for viewing - which sucks. This isn't really Microsoft's fault - HDCP is something that content makers, in their eternal wisdom, have decided is necessary to stop us all watching pirated movies. Yay.
My speech: Unless games require the OS in the future I'm not buying it. MULTICORES?! 2 GIG RAM?! ARE THEY INSANE?! WTF IS IN THEIR PEA BRAINS?! The OS should be the middle to least system hungry application. My god! I'll take performance over transparency and angled windows ANY DAY!
Wasnt there another post in here talking about the same thing?
I don't think so. I made mine first, I think
hmm, i think i recall a thread about the same thing aswell, but like quite a while ago, when the name 'Windows Vista' was first announced, the requirements came out not so long after if i remember correctly and there was a thread about them ... right?
Yeah, this is last month's news.
Its buried a couple pages deep now. Due to all of Captain Amerika's, and Agentlaidlaw's threads. Especially Agents. How many is that now? :eek: I think you have more threads in this forum, than I do.
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
i remember that thread....it does exist....somewhere on the forums, anyway.... there are games with less req than that
The cream of the crop
20th August 2003
fat chance ill be buying Vista in the next year to year and a half.
by next year those items will be cheaper, though i doubt i shall want Vista since i have had no problems with XP.
Vista is just insane. I'm not even considering moving to it.
Lets take into consideration that vista is still more than a year away, by then, pcs with 2 gigs of ram is going to be very common....
Monster_userYeah, this is last month's news. Its buried a couple pages deep now. Due to all of Captain Amerika's, and Agentlaidlaw's threads. Especially Agents. How many is that now? :eek: I think you have more threads in this forum, than I do.
I can't stop posting :( please help lol.