System Requirements

For optimum Micromine performance, your computer system should meet the recommended configuration requirements described in the tables below.

Micromine uses the same behind-the-scenes graphics technology as most modern 3D games, which means it will run well on a graphics system designed for 3D gaming. You should ensure that your computer has a powerful OpenGL graphics card capable of handling complex 3D graphics. We have tested Micromine extensively in various environments and advise against the use of a 'business' computer. These typically come with a standard, low quality 2D graphics card that will compromise the visual elements of Micromine.

Recommended System

Operating System (1)

64-bit:

  1. Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
  2. Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
  3. Windows 7 (64-bit) Service Pack 1

32-bit: (2) (3)

  1. Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
  2. Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
  3. Windows 7 (64-bit) Service Pack 1

Memory (RAM)

64-bit:

  • 32 gigabytes (GB) for processing large data

32-bit: (2) (3)

  • 16 gigabytes (GB)

Processor and

Peripherals

  • Processor: Intel Core i7™ (4) or AMD FX™ Series
  • Disk Drive: Solid State Disk (SSD) with at least: 1 GB of free space (5)
  • Keyboard and three button optical mouse with wheel (6) or
  • A touch-enabled device such as a touch screen or Windows 8.1/10 Pro compatible tablet
  • USB slot for security key

Graphics card

Display

  • Dual full-HD (1920 x 1080) or WUXGA (1920 x 1200)

Microsoft Office Suite

  • Office 2010 or higher for Excel/Access compatibility (7)

Minimum System

Operating System (1)

64-bit:

  1. Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
  2. Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
  3. Windows 7 (64-bit) Service Pack 1

32-bit: (2) (3)

  1. Windows 10 Pro (64/32-bit)
  2. Windows 8.1 Pro (64/32-bit)
  3. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (64/32-bit)

Memory (RAM)

64-bit:

  • 16 gigabytes (GB)

32-bit: (2) (3)

  • 8 GB (64-bit Windows)
  • 4 GB (32-bit Windows)

Processor and

Peripherals

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo™ or AMD Athlon X2™
  • Disk Drive: Hard disk with at least 512 MB of free space (5)
  • Keyboard and three button optical mouse with wheel (6) or
  • A touch-enabled device such as a touch screen or Windows 8.1/10 Pro compatible tablet
  • USB slot for security key

Graphics card

  • Mid-range NVIDIA, ATI or Intel HD 4000-series with, 512 MB of graphics RAM
  • Refer to Choosing a graphics card, below, for suggestions

Display

  • Super VGA (1280 x 1024) true colour (24-bit)

Microsoft Office Suite

64-Bit

  • Office 2010 or higher (7)

32-Bit

  • Office 2010 or higher (7)

Notes

Footnotes

  1. Micromine only supports the operating systems listed here. Windows XP and Windows Vista are not supported.
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  3. 32-bit Micromine is sufficient for normal daily use. However we recommend 64-bit Micromine for working with large data such as wireframes or block models.
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  5. For 32-bit Micromine we recommend using 64-bit Windows (7 SP1, 8.1 Pro, or 10 Pro) with 16 GB of RAM, to make full use of the hybrid 64-bit wireframe and pit optimisation tools. (32-bit Micromine can access up to 4 GB of memory on a 64-bit operating system.)
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  7. Micromine will use multiple processor cores for some processor- intensive tasks, for example wireframe processing, implicit modelling, grade interpolation and some Vizex graphics operations. We recommend a processor with four or more.
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  9. This estimate is only for Micromine. You will need additional disk space for data. The exact amount required will depend on the size and complexity of your project.
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  11. Micromine relies heavily on the wheel button for interactive 3D view Some mouse software assigns the wheel button to extended functionality (for example, application switching), which is incompatible with Micromine. For maximum compatibility ensure the wheel button is assigned the default Windows behavior.
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  13. If you are using Office 365 you may need to manually install the correct drivers for Access compatibility. For full compatibility the Office drivers should match the Micromine architecture (e.g. 64-bit vs. 32-bit). Refer to Choosing-drivers-for-Microsoft-Access-compatibility for more information.

Choosing a graphics card

We recommend NVIDIA®, GeForce®, NVIDIA Quadro®, ATI Radeon™ and ATI FirePro™ Cards. However, graphics cards are constantly evolving and there are exceptions to these recommendations, so please refer to the online rankings listed below, or contact Micromine support at support@micromine.com for the latest recommendations.

Some integrated or "on-board" graphics cards are not suitable for Micromine. For maximum compatibility and performance, you should choose a discrete graphics card that complies with the OpenGL 4.0 standard (or later).

These online rankings may help you to choose a graphics card:

PassMark Software Videocard Benchmarks (http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/)

NotebookCheck.net (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Comparison-of-Laptop-Graphics-Cards.130.0.html)

  • For a recommended laptop system, choose a Class 1 video card as near to the top of the list as you can reasonably afford.
  • For a minimum laptop system, choose a Class 2 video card.

Links were correct at the time of writing but may have been changed or deleted by their respective owners.

Maintaining your graphics card

Many of the problems encountered within Micromine are caused by incompatible or old and unstable graphics card drivers. No matter which graphics card you use, we recommend always staying up-to-date with the latest graphics drivers.