Another in a series on Vista.
I blogged in April about the hardware baseline for Vista – I pointed out that the minimum specs were pretty steep:
- general knowledge worker – Pentium 4 class machine, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 1Gbit ethernet, accelerated graphics capability
- ‘power worker’ – Pentium 4 class machine; dual core and 64 bit ideal, 2GB RAM, 100GB HDD, 1Gbit ethernet, accelerated graphics capability
This garnered a comment from Wolfie2k6:
I have it running very nicely, thank you – with all bells and whistles – on a box that cost me less than $500. That’s including a set of high end Altec Lansing speakers.
Wake up folks – hardware is CHEAP.
I still contend that the minimum hardware is way more than $500 – and that was validated this week with the release of the hardware specs for Windows Vista Premium – one of the SKUs likely to be deployed by corporate customers:
The following are requirements for Windows Vista Premium logo-compliant PC and will be mandated by June 1st, 2007:
- Must have H.264 hardware decoding
- Must have HDCP
- Must support multi-monitor support
- Must have HD audio
- Must have HD audio jack presence detection
- Must have Serial ATA 2.5
- Must have minimum of 50MB NV cache on hybrid HD’s with at least 8MB/sec write 16MB/sec read (for mobile only)
- Must support booting from USB flash drives
- Must have Windows Vista Green Button on all remotes
- Must have Green Driver Quality Rating (DQR)
Written at: Ottawa, Canada