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Mass Effect 3 PC Specs Are Quite Reasonable

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Posted January 19, 2012 - By Adam Rosenberg





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Mass Effect 3

If you're a gamer, then there's a good chance that you're very much looking forward to the March 6 release of BioWare's trilogy-capping sci-fi RPG, Mass Effect 3. Console gamers only have to worry about inserting a disc and starting the game, but PC users will want to check out the game's newly revealed hardware requirements before spending any cash. Fortunately, the underlying technology powering the upcoming game hasn't changed much since the original. Which means that PC gamers are looking at a forgiving set of specs.

For the seven of you out there who are still running Windows XP, Mass Effect 3 supports that version of the OS (with Service Pack 3) and all subsequent ones. The minimum CPU requirement is a 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD equivalent) and the minimum GPU is a GeForce 7900 on the NVIDIA side and an ATI X1800 on the AMD side. The only catch: all PC versions of the game also require the use of Electronic Arts' digital distribution client, Origin. Hit the jump for the full set of minimum and recommended specs. Note that this info also applies to the upcoming PC demo, available on February 14.

Minimum Spec:

  • OS - Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
  • *Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 7900 or better; ATI X1800 or better.  Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400, and 8300 are below minimum system requirements, as are AMD/ATI Radeon HD3200, HD3300, and HD4350.   Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.
  • CPU - 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)
  • RAM - 1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
  • Disc Drive - 1x speed
  • Hard Drive - 15 GB of free space
  • Video - 256 MB* (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)
  • Sound - DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • DirectX - DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)

Recommended Spec:

  • OS - Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
  • CPU - 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)
  • RAM - 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
  • Disc Drive - 1x speed
  • Hard Drive - 15 GB of free space
  • Video - AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, NVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB or greater
  • Sound - DirectX 9.0c compatible

Source: BioWare

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