Thursday, October 02, 2008

THE Revit Workstation

So, the 64-bit versions of Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP 2009 have been released - finally shattering the 4 GB RAM ceiling.  We're currently using workstations with 8GB of RAM, but I have a 'testing' machine with 16 GB of RAM (sweet!).  After installing the new Revit version, I opened the Freedom Tower model with all worksets on...yeah, I was feeling naughty.  Virtual Memory usage crept up to around 7 GB when I opened up a full 3D view, then...I rendered.  The VM didn't seem to change, but I didn't realize the rendering engine in 2009 runs in a separate process...ringing up another 5 GB of VM.  So, if 16 GB is barely going to cut it, I decided to price out a Dell T5400 with a 3.0GHz quad core Xeon with 32 GB of RAM and a 1.5 GB video card.

$11,516 ... nice.


  1. Hi there,
    I am Revit user and work in a reseller.
    Where did you get the Freedom Tower files ? Do you work at SOM ?

    My Revit blog ( portuguese )

    I will place a link to your blog there...