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System Requirements Posts Are Easy Posts: Crysis 3

We don't usually do system requirements posts, but when it comes to Crytek they do have a history of basically telling us all that our PCs are rubbish and outdated. Granted, while once it was the high watermark of e-willy waving, the Crysis series hasn't of late been the technical Goliath/Mephistopheles it once was. Does that change with the upcoming Crysis 3? You know how this works.


• Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
• DirectX 11 graphics card with 1Gb Video RAM
• Dual core CPU
• 2GB Memory (3GB on Vista)
• Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel):
• Nvidia GTS 450
• Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 Ghz (E6600)
• Example 2 (AMD):
• AMD Radeon HD5770
• AMD Athlon64 X2 2.7 Ghz (5200+)


• Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
• DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM
• Quad core GPU [sic]
• 4GB Memory
• Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel):
• Nvidia GTX 560
• Intel Core i3-530
• Example 2 (AMD):
• AMD Radeon HD5870
• AMD Phenom II X2 565


• Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
• Latest DirectX 11 graphics card
• Latest quad core CPU
• 8GB Memory
• Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel):
• NVidia GTX 680
• Intel Core i7-2600k
• Example 2 (AMD):
• AMD Radeon HD7970
• AMD Bulldozer FX4150

So, how'd you like them apples? In terms of minimum performance, the need for a DirectX 11 graphics card may raise a few hackles - especially as the console versions of the game won't be DX11 as such, so this seems a bit mean. DX11-only also means no XP support, though that's becoming par for the course in high-end games these days.

Recommended seems pretty standard, although the mention of a "quad-core GPU" appears to be a typo of CPU - which rather conflicts with the recommendation of a dual core Core i3-530. Unless it's counting hyperthreading as quad-core? Or is just being silly.

As for 'hi-performance', Jesus melonhumping Christ. A GTX 680? That's getting on for £500 worth of graphics card. We really are back in the bad/good old days. I sure hope it manages MAXIMUM PRETTY to make this vaguely worthwhile.

Source: the Crysis 3 site. (Scroll right down and click 'system requirements' on the left.)

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