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GeoStudio System Requirements
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This article reviews the software and hardware requirements for running GeoStudio.

Before You Start

  • This article assumes you intend to use the latest version of GeoStudio available.
  • Generally, the recommendations will apply to any version of GeoStudio.

GeoStudio Minimum System Requirements

  • The GeoStudio minimum system requirements are listed on the following page:
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  • As GeoStudio is updated, the requirements on the Download page will be updated as necessary.

System Considerations for Optimal Performance

When purchasing or upgrading a PC or considering where to install GeoStudio, consider the following:

  • Multi-core processor:
    • SLOPE/W, the GeoStudio “flow products” (SEEP/W, TEMP/W, AIR/W, and CTRAN/W), and SIGMA/W are formulated to take advantage of every thread available.  
    • All else being equal, more cores (or threads) will equal faster solve times.
    • It isn’t quite linear: solve time will not be halved by doubling the number of threads, but this is where the most improvement can be seen.
    • It's generally worthwhile having at least 4-6 cores.
  • Clock speed:
    • Doubling the clock speed will result in halving the solve time.
  • Hard drive:
    • The GeoStudio solvers write a lot of data to disk while solving, and a lot of data is read from disk while viewing results.
    • Fast disk access will result in:
      • Faster solve times.
      • Optimal response time when viewing of results:
        • Contouring.
        • Graphing.
        • Viewing results across multiple time steps or analyses.
    • A Solid State drive will provide the best performance.
    • Working across a network drive may negatively impact performance if the network connection speed is slow.
  • RAM:
    • Memory usage is very project-dependent and application-dependent.
    • In general a typical 2D problem can be solved with 2-3 GB of RAM.
    • A 2D problem using 4 GB of RAM and upwards is not abnormal but would be considered large.

Core System Recommendations

  • For 2D analyses:
    • Operating System - Windows 10 x64 or higher.
    • Processor - Intel® i5, i7, i9, AMD Ryzen.
    • System Memory - 16GB RAM.
    • Storage - 500GB.
    • Display - Full HD.
    • Graphics Requirements - 2GB VRAM / DirectX 10+ support, e.g. NVIDIA GeForce, AMD Radeon.
  • For 3D analyses:
    • Operating System - Windows 10 x64 or higher.
    • Processor - Intel® i7, i9, AMD Ryzen.
    • System Memory - 16GB RAM or more.
    • Storage - 500GB.
    • Display - Full HD or higher.
    • Graphics Requirements - NVIDIA GTX 16 series, NVIDIA RTX 20 series with 4GB memory or better.

 

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