I thought to share the article that I read recently regarding the hardware requirements for Windows Vista with the Vista Blog community.
One of the Microsoft strategist told attendees of the TechEd 2005 conference on the Gold Coast, Australia that Vista aka code name Longhorn needs 2 GByte of DDR3 SDRAM and a graphic card with at least 256 MByte memory.
The new Lognhorn Display Driver Model (LDDM) will replace the existing GDI Display model with a mostly 3D vector-graphic system which is now in works. The system will require more work from the Graphic Processing Unit(GPU) and, as a result a faster bi-directional bus with the CPU. The GPU needs a plenty of room to operate in Vista and hence more memory you put on video card, the better.
As per the current hardware cost, thats bit real hard requirement for any home PC users as the total cost of 256 MB video card + 2 G SDRAM is ~350-500$. Due to this requirment am not sure how many users can afford and upgrade to Vista Operating System. But the strategist told that by the time Vista is released; the cost of video card and RAM will be cheaper than current.
But for sure one might have already observed that Vista along with Aero theme really looks crisp and more brighter than any of the older versions of Windows
[Submitted by michael]