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AOSC OS System Requirements for AMD64/x86-64 Devices

This page provides some general information and suggestions, in hope that it may aid in your choice from various AOSC OS variants provided for x86-64-based systems. Only processor, memory, display, GPU, and storage requirements are provided below.

Moreover, development, and container variants not intended for installation are not discussed here.


AOSC OS is provided with the following installable and bootable variants, each with their own features and implications on their system requirements. System requirements may vary greatly between different variants, but processor requirements are known for each architecture (although suggestions will be provided for each variant for ideal experience):

And provided with the following variants:


This variant of AOSC OS is intended for non-graphical and minimal installation, users are provided with basic tools for system management, text editing, network connection, and Internet connectivity support. This variant is suitable for server configuration with additional software packages installed.

KDE/Plasma Desktop§

KDE, or Plasma Desktop is a complete desktop interface and application suite. This is the heaviest variant of AOSC OS, highly taxing on processor, memory, and GPU. Not recommended for older laptops and desktops with integrated graphics (Intel i965 will do, but anything older will struggle).


GNOME, with its GNOME Shell interface, is a fully featured desktop environment with relatively high demand on processor, memory, and GPU. Many x86-64 laptop, desktop of ~8 years of age should run GNOME just fine. A faster GPU may help with desktop performance.


A fork of GNOME 2, therefore less taxing on graphic card (GPU), this is not a lightweight desktop environment, however. Any x86-64-based system should be able to run MATE just fine. MATE Desktop is built against GTK 3, a working GPU with 2D acceleration may boost desktop performance dramatically.


XFCE is a relatively lightweight, and fully modular desktop environment. XFCE has a smaller memory footprint, and takes less storage space. XFCE is based on GTK 3, thus its system requirements are similar to those of MATE Desktop.


LXDE is lighter (yet) than XFCE, also fully modular, and based on GTK 3. Recommended for older x86-64-based systems, say, those equipped with a Pentium 4 Prescott (EMT64 supported).

Extra Notes§