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System Requirements

The requirements to run Student GibbsCAM do not have specific values. The requirements vary depending upon the operating system you use and the complexity of your part. We have a list of basic guidelines, seen below, that are common to all users. We also offer minimum supported requirements based upon your operating system and we have a recommended requirement.
Operating System Windows® 7 (recommended), Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003.
As of this writing, the following Service Packs are available and recommended:
SP1 for Windows 7; SP2 for Vista or Server 2008; SP3 for XP; SP2 R2 for Server 2003.
Windows Updates In addition to the latest video drivers, please ensure that you have the latest patches through Windows Update. We recommend using the latest available service pack from Microsoft, as we experience greater reliability with the newer software.
Hardware We have different minimum system requirements based on the operating system you wish to use. There are also recommended hardware requirements. Please remember that the more complex a part, the higher your system requirements.
  • Recommended System
  • Minimum Supported Requirements: Windows XP and Server 2003
  • Minimum Supported Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, and Server 2008
  • Installing the software requires 500 MB of free hard drive space for the software. Sample part files require another 300 MB, and all documentation PDF files combined would be another 125 MB. Additionally, we recommend 512+ MB of hard drive space for virtual memory.
Video Drivers Ensuring that you have the latest drivers installed for your video card is very important. The standard Windows drivers are typically not adequate due to the software's advanced use of OpenGL® and video RAM. We strongly recommend that you keep your system up-to-date with vendor-specific drivers installed.

Recommended System

A computer that matches or exceeds the following requirements will run Student GibbsCAM very comfortably. Please note that the larger or more complex your parts are, the more GibbsCAM will demand from your system.
Operating System Windows 7
CPU Intel: Core i7 or Core i5
AMD: FX, Phenom II X6, or Turion II
RAM 8+ GB RAM
Video Card An NVIDIA video card with 896+ MB of video memory.

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Supported Minimum Requirements

When GibbsCAM is run on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, the hardware requirements are as follows.
CPU
  • Intel Pentium 4 or newer. This includes the Celeron (at least 1.7Ghz), Xeon, Pentium M, Core, Core 2, and Core i5/i7 processors.
  • AMD Athlon 64 or newer. This includes the Sempron 64, Turion 64, Phenom, and FX processors.

Please note that all 64-bit CPUs meet our minimum requirements.

RAM 1 GB of total RAM or more.
Video Card A quality 3D accelerated video card with 128+ MB of video memory and up-to-date vendor-specific drivers installed.

Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista Supported Minimum Requirements

Running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista demands more from your computer than earlier versions of Windows. The additional requirements for running Student GibbsCAM on Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) are as follows.
CPU
  • Intel Pentium 4 or newer. This includes the Celeron (1.7 GHz or faster), Xeon, Pentium M, Core, Core 2, and Core i5/i7 processors.
  • AMD Athlon 64 or newer. This includes the Sempron 64, Turion 64, Phenom, and FX processors.

Please note that all 64-bit CPUs meet our minimum requirements.

RAM 2 GB of total RAM or more.
Video Card A quality 3D accelerated video card with 256+ MB of video memory and up-to-date vendor-specific drivers installed.