Amd dual-core a6-4400m vs amd athlon 64

Hello,
will a amd a6 4400 run a program like SAP 2000? It is a civil engineering structural analysis program. The software's website says it needs a min. of a pentium 4 or amd 64. Just wondering if this will do in a pinch.
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  1. I'm not that familiar with that program but I would think you would want a better, stronger CPU for that type of program. My guess is that program will be very CPU intensive and the fact is the APU's have a weak CPU core. The APU has good integrated graphics but the trade off is a weaker CPU. So will the APU work yea but it isn't the right CPU for the job.
  2. http://www.csiberkeley.com/sap2000/system-requirements

    "DirectX graphics mode fully utilizes the hardware acceleration provided by a GPU and dedicated graphics RAM."

    The A6 should do just nicely. Just make sure you have lots of ram (8gb+ as indicated on the page) and install the radeon drivers from AMD.com
  3. But if it is a software from 2000, it would work. Can it run on the OS you have?
  4. I believe the software is on version 14. My OS is Windows 8 which I hope doesn't present another problem. I have 4gb of ram but that should be easy to upgrade. I think.
    Thanks for all the responses. I am waiting for a response from CIS for my request for a free trial of the software to see if it will work. If not I guess I'll exchange for an upgrade.
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