Your PC needs to be this advanced for Call of Duty

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If it ran last year, it’ll probably run just fine this year. That’s a common rule of thumb when it comes to Call of Duty on PC, with the game rarely requiring a ton of juice behind it to run smoothly. That might not be so true anymore though, especially with this year’s Advanced Warfare entry.

Last week the bare minimum specifications for Sledgehammer’s first Call of Duty title were revealed. They were predictably low, with only the required hard drive space sending up red flags. You’re going to need a lot of space to store Advanced Warfare on your PC, and apparently a lot of pixel power to run it at full tilt too.

A leak over the weekend revealed the recommended PC specs for Advanced Warfare, and it’s all about the war on VRAM again.

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.30GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 @ 4GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 55 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c Compatible 16-bit
  • Additional Notes: Field of View ranges from 65°-90°

The GTX 760 isn’t the most powerful card on shelves, but that the 4GB variant was listed is pretty significant. More and more PC games are requiring a large chunk of VRAM to deal with high resolution textures, making 2GB seem inadequate now. As with most other “recommended” specs of late, these are probably the recommended ones to get in some 4K gaming.

Still, a lot of the time the game never really uses as much memory as it tell you it will, but it is something to start taking notice of. Especially since it’s just going to increase going forward. Other than that, Advanced Warfare also asks for the same processor as Assassin’s Creed Unity; surprising given the more confined nature of the game.

Advanced Warfare is a notably prettier game than last year’s Ghosts, so it’s not too surprising to see some beefier PC requirements. Does your rig mange to keep up?

Last Updated: October 27, 2014

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