View Full Version : Hardware Requirements of Longhorn

05-05-04, 08:34 AM
"Microsoft is expected to recommend that the "average" Longhorn PC feature a dual-core CPU running at 4 to 6GHz; a minimum of 2 gigs of RAM; up to a terabyte of storage; a 1 Gbit, built-in, Ethernet-wired port and an 802.11g wireless link; and a graphics processor that runs three times faster than those on the market today."

(source: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1581842,00.asp)

Seems insane, but if you think about it by the end of next year this will be a typical spec PC. I guess a "dual core" CPU means hyperthreading. I can't wait to have a PC speced like this. Suddenly the Xbox 2 no longer sounds like the "death of PC gaming" it was rumoured to be eh? :)

05-05-04, 10:18 AM
Not so sure the "typical" pc will meet those specs or even come close by the end of this year.

Maybe enthusiasts like us... But "typical" no. Even then, 4ghz CPUs by Christmas? I doubt it. A terabyte? Doubt that one as well. Even enthusiast machines might not come even close to those specs by the end of this year.

Maybe by the end of NEXT year.

05-05-04, 10:28 AM
Holy ****! That sounds way to high.

05-05-04, 03:16 PM
End of NEXT year.

05-05-04, 04:29 PM
Urgh just imagine with the size of longhorn how many security holes it will have

05-05-04, 04:38 PM
Fack it... I'm keeping XP. Heh.

05-06-04, 03:57 AM
It's a known fact that MS like the fuel harware sales from the specs of it's OS, fatten the code, use up HD space for no apperent reason.

I find thoses specs truely laughable for simple tasks. :screwy:

05-06-04, 07:41 AM
heh, and linux will still run on a 386 with 8 meg of ram! :D

I find those specs utterly ridiculous for an OS. I may well move over to Linux in future if more games start coming out for it.

05-06-04, 08:40 AM
When XP came out the specs were for a ~1998 machine, it would stand to reason that in 2006 that the minimum is for a ~2002 machine. Which would be closer to 1ghz, 256mb ram etc..

Reccomended specs would probably be closer to what is average now.

05-06-04, 08:41 AM
Urgh just imagine with the size of longhorn how many security holes it will have

I'm guessing less than 2000/XP. M$ are going all out for security from the ground up, and leaving no stone un turned (hence trusted computing etc).

Drew Carey
05-06-04, 08:45 AM
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

Yeah...good one.

P.S. (refering to the original post)

05-06-04, 03:50 PM
I guess a "dual core" CPU means hyperthreading.

HT is not dual core :) http://www.aceshardware.com/#80000477