AutoCAD 2013 System Requirements

Tags 2013, Civil 3D, requirements, performance

I always get a rash of questions about what users will need to run the next release of AutoCAD Civil 3D.
See this news item if you'd like to see the official Autodesk 2013 products press event on Facebook.

AutoCAD 2013

Interesting that is

Shaan Hurley is the Technology Evangelist for office of Autodesk CEO, Carl Bass.
I pulled the substance of the following from his blog post of March 20, 2012. 
The official pages for the 2013 products are not yet available on autodesk.com.
Therefore some of the links in here may not yet be live yet....but SOON they will be.

Tick...tick....tick

The system requirements for AutoCAD 2013 are much the same as for the last two releases. 
The only exception being Autodesk no longer "officially" supports Windows Vista.
To be clear - the install does work for Vista, but Vista  is not supported. 

The Usual Caveats

System requirements are not a one size fits all.
There are a number of factors that affect how much and which specific resources your system requires. The factors can vary based on the complexity of your drawings, 2D or 3D, and how much you employ Visual Styles, etc.
The requirements are also the lowest suggested system optimal requirements. 
Employ them as a suggested baseline.

AutoCAD 2013 Windows System Requirements

32-bit version

Operating System:

  • Service Pack 3 (SP3) or later of the following:
  • The following operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Hardware:

  • CPU
  • Memory: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • Disk: Installation requires 6 GB space
  • Display: 1,024 x 768 with true color (1,600 x 1,050 with true color recommended)

Misc.

  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7.0 or later web browser
  • File Formats:(New file format in AutoCAD 2013):
    • Save-as Support
      AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013.
    • DXF Support
      AutoCAD R12, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013
  • API
    • LISP are compatible
    • Scripts are compatible
    • ObjectARX application will need to be recompiled

64-bit version

Operating System:

  • Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later of the following:
  • The following operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Hardware:

  • CPU
    • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology
    • AMD Opteron with SSE2 technology
    • Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support and SSE2
    • Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology
  • Memory: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
  • Disk: Installation requires 6 GB space
  • Display: 1,024 x 768 with true color (1,600 x 1,050 with true color recommended)

For both 32 & 64-bit Misc.

  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7.0 or later web browser
  • File Formats:(New file format in AutoCAD 2013):
    • Save-as Support AutoCAD R14, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013.
    • DXF Support AutoCAD R12, AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2004, AutoCAD 2007, AutoCAD 2010, AutoCAD 2013
  • API
    • LISP are compatible
    • Scripts are compatible
    • ObjectARX application will need to be recompiled

For both 32 & 64-bit using 3D modeling workflows:

  • Memory 4 GB RAM or more
  • 6 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 support by your graphics card, Direct3D capable workstation class graphics card.

Your mileage and requirements WILL vary based on to how you actually use the product and your DWG files etc. 
AutoCAD 2013 and the other 2013 products are coming very soon.
 If you are running an AutoCAD 2012 based product already, "basically" you  should be  good to go.