Battlefield 3 PC Minimum and Recommended system specs released

A lot of new information about Battlefield 3 has come out today, including the minimum and recommended system specifications for the PC beta. These are the requirements for the beta so they might still change a bit, but don’t expect miracles. This late into the development cycle they probably won’t make drastic changes anymore. Enough disclaimers, let’s get down to the numbers:


Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) 32-Bit
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz)
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card (AMD): DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (Ati Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 Or 6000 Series, with Ati Radeon 3870 or higher performance)
Graphics Card (Nvidia): DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM (Nvidia GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 Or 500 Series with Nvidia GeForce 8800GT or higher performance)
Sound Card: DirectX compatible
Keyboard and Mouse

Recommended System Requirements
Os: Windows 7 64-Bit
Processor: Quad-Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 20 GB
Graphics Card: Directx 11 Compatible with 1024 MB RAM (Nvidia GeForce Gtx 560 Or AMD Radeon 6950)
Sound Card: Directx compatible
Keyboard and Mouse


The first thing that’s obvious is something we’ve known for a while now. Windows XP will not be supported at all. The game requires at least a DirectX10 compatible graphics card and an operating system that also supports DirectX10 (Windows Vista or Windows 7). The minimum specs are pretty mild. The HD3870 and 8800GT are very old cards released in late 2007. Combined with the 2GB RAM and the dual core CPU pretty much every system sold in the past 3 years with a dedicated graphics card should be able to run this on at least minimum settings.

The recommended specifications are more striking. A quad-core CPU and 4GB of RAM isn’t that special, but the recommended graphics cards are in the mid to high-end part of the very last generation of graphics cards. It’s also pretty odd that they compare the GTX560 with the HD6950. The HD6950 is almost 100$ more expensive and is quite faster in most games. price and performance wise the HD6870 is on par with the GTX560. Does this mean the engine might run better on Nvidia setups? Either way these are some pretty impressive specifications. Let’s hope the engine also scales down to the lower end well so even people with an older or less powerful machine can play this with decent graphics.

If you still have questions, please leave a comment below and/or head on over to the official beta page.

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  • Maxmoney7pc

    REALLY hope my 570 will run at max settings with a good frame rate… i WILL buy a second one if needed, lol

    • Anonymous

      It’s not going to happen. In a tweet the DICE global community manager revealed that a single GTX580 is not enough to run the game maxed out. 2 would be needed.  GTX570 SLI is somewhere between GTX580 and GTX580 SLI (closer to GTX580 SLI) so a second GTX570 might also do the trick depending on the resolution you’re playing on. But a single GTX570 will not cope.!/zh1nt0/status/116140729864159232

      I’m in the same situation as you. I’ve got an HD6970 (= GTX570 performance) with some money saved up to buy a second one when BF3 hits. But no matter what we do, we will still be able to get the best graphics ever seen with those cards.