Windows Vista Memory Requirements
12 June 2006 in Microsoft, Windows | Comments enabled
I’ve been using Windows Vista Beta 2 at home for a few days now (bit of a laggard I know) and have been enjoying reading other peoples thoughts on it. One thing I’ve seen as a common theme is comments about memory consumption. For a bit of a laugh I thought I’d see just how bad Vista’s memory consumption was and here is what I found:
Windows 95, Recommended memory: 8MB
Memory in 1995 cost $500 for an 8MB SIMM
Windows XP, Recommended memory: 128MB
Memory in 2001 cost $60 for 128MB
Windows Vista memory requirements ~1GB
Memory at the moment is $121 for 1GB
Some things to note:
- 2001 was the year that had the massive memory glut and prices became stupidly cheap. Perhaps this was fortunate for the release of XP.
- The memory price in 2001 was a rough conversion of mine to the NZD plus our magically tech gear markup.
- There is still six months of memory price drops before Vista actually comes out.
- I’ve used the “Vista Premium Ready” Certification for this example. If comparing to the “Vista Capable” certification which requires 512MB it would be $61 for 512MB – only a buck more than XP prices.
- I read the recommended memory requirements for Windows 95 off the Windows 95 box that I still have in my closet that my Dad brought the day Windows 95 came out
Looking 6 months ahead, I’d be willing to predict that memory prices will be approximately in line with the costs of Windows XP which is pretty darn good considering the massive memory glut for the time. According to Yahoo the price of a computer capable of running windows Vista will be approximately 70% of the cost of a computer that was required to run XP.
So I don’t quiet get why exactly is Vista’s memory usage really an issue? It surely can’t be a price issue.