Premium Ready Guidelines

By John G. Spooner  |  Posted 2006-05-17 Print this article Print

Scoop: Microsoft will post minimum hardware specifications and is preparing a Web site designed to assist those who wish to upgrade to the Windows Vista operating system.

Premium Ready guidelines will call for a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 128MB of dedicated graphics memory.

But, having met those, a PC's graphics processor must also adhere to DirectX9, WDDM (the Windows display driver model format for writing drivers) along with supporting Pixel Shader 2.0 and offering a color depth of 32 bits per pixel, in addition to a minimum bandwidth requirement, the sources said.

Microsoft is expected to say that 128MB of graphics memory will be capable of serving a display with up to 1.9 million pixels, a resolution of up to 1200 by 1600 pixels.

It's expected to say that higher resolutions will call for another step up in memory, an allotment of 256MB or more.

The requirements mirror several suggestions made by Gartner Group, which said in a March 28 report that Vista would require at least 1GB of memory to show its full colors.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: Vista Specs: You Have What It Takes?

John G. Spooner John G. Spooner, a senior writer for eWeek, chronicles the PC industry, in addition to covering semiconductors and, on occasion, automotive technology. Prior to joining eWeek in 2005, Mr. Spooner spent more than four years as a staff writer for CNET News.com, where he covered computer hardware. He has also worked as a staff writer for ZDNET News.

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