Battlefield 3 System Requirements Unveiled

September 21, 2011

By Andrew Burnes

EA and DICE have officially announced the Battlefield 3 PC system requirements after months of speculation. The good news is that you won’t require a super computer just to play the eagerly anticipated first person shooter, but you might have to upgrade to match the Recommended System Requirements.

What you will need, at minimum, is a 2GHz Dual Core CPU, 2GB of RAM, a DirectX 10-compatible GPU with 512MB of RAM, and Windows Vista. Most gamers already have PCs equal to or more powerful than DICE’s Minimum System Requirements, as shown by Valve’s comprehensive Hardware Survey, though 18% of the players listed there still use Windows XP, which is not compatible with DirectX 10 and 11.

The Hardware Survey also shows that only 39.31% of Valve’s 35 million registered gamers have 1024MB of Video RAM, the amount required by the Recommended System Requirements. For those that do need to upgrade, DICE are recommending the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, equipped as standard with 1024MB. A highly affordable card, the GTX 560 handles most games with ease, including Battlefield 3, but if you want the absolute best graphics in the technically advanced title you’ll likely want a faster GPU, or a second GTX 560 to run in SLI, giving you performance comparable to that of a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580.

The Recommended system also utilizes 4GB of RAM and a Quad Core CPU, both of which can be cheaply purchased in today’s hardware market. For the complete spec lists continue reading, and for all the latest Battlefield 3 screenshots and trailers, and further info about the game’s technology, check out the Battlefield 3 game page.

Minimum System Requirements
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Service Pack 2, 32-Bit
  • Processor: 2GHz Dual Core CPU (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or Athlon X2 2.7GHz)
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Free Hard Drive Space: 20GB
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 10-compatible GPU with 512MB of Video RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 or 500 series with NVIDIA GeForce 880GT or higher performance)
Recommended System Requirements
  • Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Processor: Quad-Core CPU
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Free Hard Drive Space: 20GB
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 11-compatible GPU with 1024MB of Video RAM, such as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560