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System Requirements



To help you understand some of these concepts, we've created a Hardware Recommendations webinar recording explaining our hardware recommendations in depth. The Power Point slides from this webinar are available as a downloadable PDF.


Land F/X System Requirements

While you can install Land F/X just to run on a single computer, we recommend that you use a dedicated office server to run Land F/X – especially if plan on having multiple users in your office or network. For more information, please see the Server Requirements section below.


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Requires a CAD platform

Compatible with AutoCAD, AutoCAD 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, or AutoCAD Map versions 2014 – 2018

Compatible with F/X CAD versions 2014 – 2018 What is F/X CAD?


Not AutoCAD LT or 360

64-bit computer that is maintained properly, has a quad core processor i5 or higher, and is not more than three years old

Windows 7, 8, or 10

An Internet connection. DSL is good; cable is better. A business-class cable connection is ideal but not necessary.

Not compatible with AutoCAD for Mac, but ...

... compatible with Windows-based AutoCAD on a Mac that has Parallels installed

Land F/X is a plugin for AutoCAD. The system requirements for running Land F/X are very minimal. However, AutoCAD (or F/X CAD) requires a robust computer for optimal operation. Trust us – you'll save yourself a great deal of trouble and stress by investing in new CAD workstations for your office every two to three years.

F/X CAD System Requirements >


Regular Computer Maintenance – Ideally from an IT Specialist

Computers require maintenance. Sometimes, they break. That’s why it’s imperative to have your equipment serviced regularly by a competent and knowledgeable IT professional. Even if you follow all the technical requirements outlined on this page, you will inevitably run into problems if your computers aren’t maintained properly, with current operating systems, regular updates, and adequate antivirus protection. That's why we've listed proper and periodic computer maintenance as one of our system requirements.

F/X CAD System Requirements

Installing F/X CAD in a multi-user office? Keep in mind that F/X CAD:

  • Must be installed on each workstation where your office plans to use it, and
  • Cannot be installed on your server or network share.


AutoCAD is a resource-intensive program and requires a robust computer for optimal use – and a fast video card in particular.

F/X CAD requires a Land F/X, Design F/X, or Irrigation F/X license in order to function. Read more about F/X CAD.

Minimum System Requirements:

64-bit Windows 7, 8, or 10
F/X CAD will NOT run on Windows Vista

A computer that is properly maintained, has a quad core processor i5 1.7 Ghz or higher, and is not more than three years old


512 MB video memory

Requires a Land F/X, Design F/X, or Irrigation F/X license

PC only. For Mac, we recommend using Parallels. More information >

Recommended System Specifications:

64-bit Windows 10

4 GB RAM or more

2 GB video memory

Solid state hard drive

A fast processor:
  2.5 Ghz Intel quad core i7 or
  AMD FX 4200, or comparable AMD processor


If you want to use a tablet, take care to select one with a dedicate video processor – not with embedded Intel video. This is not a recommendation; this is a need. AutoCAD does not play well with embedded Intel video. Common issues include failure to launch, screen flickers, and crashing. 


As for which tablet to choose, the Microsoft Surface Pro ($799) is very promising. The original Surface was a bit lacking, which is partially why we used to recommend not using a tablet with CAD. People really wanted the capability, however, and the technology appears to be catching up.


Note that even the Surface Pro is not ideal for use with CAD, but it’s entirely capable of running AutoCAD, and even SketchUp. Just keep in mind that tables can have difficulty handling complex SketchUp models. A powerful CAD/Gamer laptop is generally a better option for this purpose.

Mac Computer Recommendations


Want to Run CAD and Land F/X on a Mac? You'll need Parallels.


Keep in mind that Land F/X is Windows-only software and is not compatible with AutoCAD for Mac. However, you can definitely run Land F/X on Windows-based CAD installed on a Mac computer, with the help of a program called Parallels. Parallels creates a virtual Windows computer on your Mac, allowing you to run AutoCAD and other Windows-based programs. In fact, our office computers are all Macs with Parallels installed. We've found this setup to be a great way to use AutoCAD and Land F/X. For more information and instructions, see our page on installing Parallels to run Windows 10 on your Mac computer.

Here are some Mac (Apple) computers that meet our recommended specifications:


Apple iMac 27"

  • Intel Core i5 3.1 Ghz
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 2 GB GPU
  • 1 TB SSD Hard Drive
  • Mac El Capitan
  • $1,799

Macbook Pro 15"

  • Intel Core i7 2.6 Quad Core Ghz
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 2 GB GPU
  • 512 GB SSD Hard Drive
  • Mac El Capitan
  • $2,499


Land F/X Server Requirements


MySQL: Land F/X is a MySQL-based software, so you could potentially configure Land F/X from any kind of server, including Linux/Ubuntu, OSX, or QNAP machines.
However, our installer is Windows-based and will be easier to diagnose and troubleshoot on a Windows server machine.

The Land F/X automated installer will install MySQL and configure it specifically for Land F/X. For more information, visit our Land F/X Server & Network Setup Guide.


OS: We recommend Windows Server 2012. We no longer support Microsoft Server 2003.


Disk Footprint: After initial installation the Land F/X folder is under 100MB. However, that folder stores large libraries of cad blocks that are downloaded on the fly as users select them, as well as database backups, and can easily grow to over 1GB. If you plan on 2-3 GB space for the Land F/X folder you will have plenty of overhead.

We do not recommend using a standard Windows PC as a server. This configuration has been known to cause problems and provide less flexibility than a standard Windows-based server. A typical user's workstation is more susceptible to bugs, crashes, and unscheduled reboots than the standard Windows server.


Minimum System Requirements:

Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012

1.3GHz (64-bit) Dual-Core i5


512GB Storage

A computer that is properly maintained and not more than three years old

Recommended System Specifications:

Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012

1.3GHz (64-bit) Dual-Core i5


1TB Storage

Recommendations for Small Offices (10 or Fewer Employees):

WD My Cloud Business Series

  • NAS Systems only work with Land F/X Cloud Data
  • Pre-configured
  • 4 Bays
  • 8 Terabytes
  • Cloud Access Options
  • $699.99

Mac Mini Server

  • Setup takes longer
  • Mac networking is easy to use
  • Automated backups
  • $999.99

Dell PowerEdge T330

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 or higher
  • Windows networking ease
  • Automated backups
  • $839.00


Recommendations for Large Offices (More Than 10 Employees):

For a larger office, your IT will obviously recommend a powerful Windows Server.
The Dell Power Edge Servers are very appealing. 



Example Hardware Recommendations


Here are some computers we've found that meet our recommended specifications.


Note that these are just examples of computers that will run CAD well.


Please feel free to shop around and find computers with similar specifications, keeping in mind that you'll need a good video card.


Why do we recommend Dell computers?

Dell computers have consistently made our recommendation list due to their reliability and price point, as well as Dell's customer support. No computer is 100% reliable, as unpleasant as that is to hear. But when things go wrong, Dell has one of the better reputations for setting things straight. In the event that something does go wrong, Dell offers the option to send a replacement part to you directly (usually next-day or two-day shipping if the part is in stock in one of their warehouses). Determined on a case by case basis you may also have the option to have a technician sent directly to you (after remote diagnosis) to do the repair onsite, depending on location and availability.


This level of support is critical in a professional environment, as downtime can cost you a lot of money – and sometimes even the whole job if it's something that's time sensitive.




Entry Level:

Dell Optiplex 3420 Small Form Factor

 • i5 Quad Core 3.4 GHz – 3.8 GHz turbo

 • Win 10 pro

 • NVIDIA Quadro K620 (2 GB)

 • 16GB (2 x 8 GB) RAM

 • 256 GB SSD

 • $829




Dell Precision 3620 Mini Tower

 • i5 Quad Core 3.3 - 3.9ghz turbo

 • Win 10 Pro

 • NVIDIA Quadro K1200 4GB GPU

 • 16GB (2x8GB) RAM

 • 256GB SSD

 • $1,427



Professional Level:

Dell Precision 3620 Mini Tower

 • i7 Quad Core 2.6 - 3.5ghz Turbo

 • Win 10 Pro

 • NVIDIA Quadro K1200 4GB GPU

 • 16GB (2x8GB) RAM

 • 512GB SSD

 • $1,768.20

Professional Level:

Dell Precision 5000 Series Tower

 • i7 Quad Core 2.6 - 3.5ghz Turbo

 • Win 10 Pro

 • NVIDIA Quadro M2000 4GB GPU

 • 16GB (4x4GB) RAM

 • 512GB SSD

 • $2,260.89





Alienware 15

 • I5 Quad Core 3.2ghz

 • Win 10 Pro

 • 16GB (2x8GB) RAM

 • 256GB SSD + 1TB Storage HDD

 • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GPU

 • $1,499




Dell XPS 15 - $1699.99

 • i7 Quad Core HT 2.6 - 3.5ghz

 • Win 10 Pro

 • 16GB (1x16GB) RAM

 • 512GB SSD

 • 15.6 FHD (1920x1080) Display

 • $1,699.99



Professional Level:

Dell Precision 15 3000 Series

 • i7 Quad Core 2.6 - 3.5ghz Turbo

 • Win 10 Pro

 • 16GB (2x8GB) RAM

 • AMD FirePro W5130M 2GB GPU

 • 512GB SSD

 • 15.6 FHD (1920x1080) Display

 • $1,999

Professional Level:

Dell Precision 15 5000 Series

 • i7 Quad Core 2.6 - 3.5ghz Turbo

 • Win 10 Pro

 • 16GB (2x8GB) RAM

 • 512GB SSD

 • NVIDIA Quadro M1000M 2GB GPU

 • 15.6 UltraSharp (1920x1080) Display

 • $2,219.01


Computer Business Leases – A Great Idea

Why keep buying new computers when you can lease? Dell and Apple both offer economical business leases that include fresh machines every few years. Both companies will provide the required maintenance on your machines during the lease periods, keeping you up to speed on the hardware requirements for using our software. 

Last modified on Mar 08, 2018


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