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Title of script: Blender Hardware Requirements

Author: Chirag Raman, Monisha Banerjee

Keywords: Specifications, Configuration

Reviewers: Namita Lobo, Leena Mulye

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Script revised according to review on 18-10-11

Visual Cue
Slide 1 Welcome to the series of Blender tutorials.
Display Learning Objectives slide

In this tutorial we shall look at the hardware specifications and requirements for Blender 2.59. This script has been contributed by Chirag Raman and edited by Monisha Banerjee.

Display System Requirement slide

I am using Firefox 3.09 in this tutorial. I am using Windows XP operating system.

Slide 4 First Up, we shall look at what the official Blender website has to say about the hardware requirements. Open your internet browser which is Firefox 3.09 in my case. In the address bar, type and hit the Enter key.

Firefox already open with

This should take you to the official blender website. For ease of demonstration, I have already loaded the System Requirements page.

Blender is Free and Open Source.

Hover on Operating Systems

Blender 2.59 works on nearly all operating systems.

Different parts of Blender are dependent on different pieces of computer hardware. A faster CPU and more RAM can help to increase rendering speed, while the speed of the Blender interface, viewports and real-time engine is influenced by the speed of the graphics card. Fast and large hard drives can also speed up work when dealing with large video files.

Hover mouse pointer over the words “Minimum Specs”, “Good Specs” and “Production Specs” As you can see, the Blender Organization shows Hardware Specifications for 3 sections of usage: Minimum, Good and Production levels.
The Minimum hardware specifications required to run Blender are –
  • 1 GHZ Single Core CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1024 x 768 px Display with 16 bit color
  • 3 Button Mouse
  • Open GL Graphics Card with 64 MB RAM

The Good specifications level includes –
  • 2 GHZ Dual Core CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1920 x 1200 px Display with 24 bit color
  • 3 Button Mouse
  • Open GL Graphics Card with 256 or 512 MB RAM

Production level hardware specifications will be –
  • 64 bits, Multi Core CPU
  • 8-16 GB RAM
  • Two times 1920 x 1200 px Display with 24 bit color
  • 3 Button Mouse + tablet
  • Open GL Graphics Card with 1 GB RAM, ATI FireGL or Nvidia Quadro

Minimize the browser window. To make sure you meet any one of the specified levels, you need to check your system configuration. Minimize your browser window.
Go to the Start Menu -> Control Panel -> System and Security -> System Go to the Control Panel. Once here double click on the System icon.
Hover the mouse pointer on the Sytem Hardware Specifications. Maximize the browser window back to the web-page and hover the mouse pointer on the specs listing. So here you can see the current specifications of your machine and compare it against what the Blender Foundation suggests.

Most Windows Operating systems are either 32-bit or 64-bit. I am using 32-bit Windows. The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way the CPU handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts RAM more effectively than a 32-bit system. It also has enhanced security features. 64-bit programs are written to take advantage of a 64-bit operating system, hence increasing program performance.

Slide 5 Also if you are planning to invest in a new computer for Blender, it would be a good idea to check out this article over at www. Blender Guru .com/ The Ultimate Guide to buying a computer for Blender.
Then scroll down to run through the article. This guide gives you detailed information about Operating system, CPU, RAM, Graphics card, Case, and hard drive.
Display Summary slide

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Slide 2 So that completes the tutorial on the Hardware Requirements for running Blender. This Tutorial is created by Project Oscar and supported by the National Mission on Education through ICT. More

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Slide 3 and this is Monisha from IIT Bombay signing off.

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