Far Cry 3's PC Specs Are Unsurprisingly Beefy

Man these specs are pretty beefy. It's been a while since a game came out that I couldn't run on the 'monster' PC I built a zillion years ago, but Far Cry 3 looks like it may be one of them.

Minimum Specs

DirectX9c graphics card with 512MB Video RAM Dual core CPU 4GB Memory

Example minimum 1 (NVidia/Intel) NVidia GTX8800 Intel Core2 Duo E6700

Example minimum 2 (AMD) AMD Radeon HD2900 AMD Athlon64 X2 6000+

Recommended Specs

DirectX11 graphics card with 1024MB Video RAM Quad core CPU 4GB Memory

Example recommended 1 (NVidia/Intel) NVidia GTX480 Intel Core i3-530

Example recommended 2 (AMD) AMD Radeon HD5770 AMD Phenom II X2 565

Hi-Performance Specs

Latest DirectX11 graphics card Latest quad core CPU 8GB Memory

Example hi-performance (NVidia/Intel) NVidia GTX680 Intel Core i7-2600K

Example hi-performance (AMD) AMD Radeon HD7970 AMD Bulldozer FX4150

I guess I can no longer get by with my pathetic 2GB of RAM. Time to break the piggy bank folks.


Thanks Joystiq!


    They seem about right to me. I don't think you really know what you're talking about mark.

      It used to be that a PC built 3 months ago needed upgrading. Nowadays thanks to the console market, developers are better at optimisation and a PC will last a lot longer. We are only now (2012) starting to see specs that will test recently built PCs.

      But even then, that's just to run it on high. The minimum requirements are pretty OK, which goes to show how good developers are at scaling these days.

        My high end PC from 3 years ago hits the minimum recomended stats. Color me impressed.

          Wait you purchased a GTX8800 3 years ago as high end...? Is it a mac? Cos i had one of those like back in 2006.

        It's not that developers are better at optimization thanks to the console market - it's that graphics in general have to be crappier to run on consoles, so even the beefed up PC versions are still not stressing the hardware in a decent PC.

      I know you're an internet but try not to be a dick.

    But will it have an FOV slider? the console demos i've seen look like your wearing binoculars.

      dont worry you can always go into the console and adjust it. Every game i play that doesnt have the slider has an extremely simple solution online. So dont worry :)

        Unless it's GW2 :(

        Farcry 2 had a pretty horrible default FOV too. Unfortunately it wasn't as simple as just editing an ini file or entering something into the console, but there was a hacky fix. Hopefully it's easier this time around.

    I meet the high-performance level, cant wait to play it now.

    Great. The PC I just got three weeks ago will just squeak by the high end specs thanks to having a super-new i7, though I probably shouldn't have cheaped on the graphics card. It's got 2 gigs of video RAM but it's only a GT630. :(

      Wait, what am I saying? I've never even played a Far Cry game WHY WOULD I START NOW.

      This is what having a decent PC is really about - playing games so you can say your rig can handle them.

      So the real question here is, can my PC run Crysis yet?

        Far Cry is a really fantastic series, I strongly recommend getting on board!

          He won't be with a GT630..... :S

            OH SNAP.

            That was the sound of my heart breaking, btw. :(

    I do not have to concern myself with such things, for I have a beautiful shiny console! Mua


      That's right, you don't need to worry because your shiny console meets the minimum specs.

        I'm being sarcastic.

          And then you had to go and ruin it by pandering to those without a sense of humour. That's like how the Wallace and Gromit movie had jokes written out of it because the American producers were worried American kids wouldn't get the British jokes. And why the jokes that were in there were about drinking tea since it's the one British stereotype Americans actually understand.

            I ruined my own joke!? Damnit. Why did I get sucked into such a troll. Alas.....

        Technically, no "shiny console" on the market would reach the minimum specs.

          Conveniently overlooking the fact that consoles have entirely different requirements since they are dedicated gaming machines.

    Those specs are huge, can't wait to see it on ultra. I run a 1440p monitor though I'm concerned it will melt my pc :-/

    I wonder how the PS3 will compare with PC top specs?
    bah, being a summer release, i'll sacrifice graphics for lounge room air conditioned comfort!

    Not buying any more far cry games until the makers learn how to program friendly AI. Having EVERYONE shoot at you just a sure way to feel pissed.

    Lets hope my OC'd GTX 670 can keep up :P

      I have an core i5 and a gtx 670 non- oc and it can run it on ultra at 60+ fps but there is a lot of small screen tears. Extremely annoying. If you do overclock it and can get the tearing to go away plz reply.

      Okay WOW, I got it. Keep everything on ultra and assuming you have the optimal settings for Nvidia control panel just set the post FX in the video quality menu to medium. Max textures, water, lighting and everything n' it runs beautifully and I didn't even have to OC the 670.

      Maybe I'm just naive but the post FX down one notch seems to make no visually distinct difference whatsoever

    i'm taking those requirements with a grain of salt... the i7 requirement can't be 100% accurate... for example i'm running a i5 3570k which i'm sure will be more than sufficient as the only thing its missing from the i7 3770k is HT... something i highly doubt this game will take advantage of... apart from that it seems my SLI 670's should be up for the task :D

    wonder if it'll support nvidia surround (and eyefinity for you people that haven't seen the light yet :P)

      The i7 is just an example of what would meet the high end. The actual requirement is for a modern quad-core.

    The 8GB of memory is what interests me, does that mean Far Cry 3 is 64bit?

      Not sure.. guess so.. but what I've noticed with CryEngine3 is that you can load all textures into RAM if you have enough, rather than it streaming/loading the textures as you go. So maybe this is one reason the high performance needs 8GB, so you can do stuff like that.

    Seems fairly good. Recommended is a good average for the last 2 or 3 years. Minimum takes you back 5 years. I should be able to get near the high end.. not quite a 7970 though.. I did just upgrade to a HD7850 and have 12GB ram on a AMD Phenom II 1090T processor..

    It's nice that they have the ability, out of the box, to puch current gen hardware to the max. Recent games that have come out required HD packs and other DLC/Mods to achieve this but Far Cry is going to push things straight away.

    I've run everything on max settings and moderate AA for around 18 months now. The GTX 560ti is still a fairly impressive card and now it's under $200aud (I think!) it's a great upgrade for anyone still playing around with previous gen NVIDIA gear. I doubt FC3 will be the game that makes me rush out and spend money on a new video card, the top end 680's are still priced beyond what I'll pay for a new card.

    I think 6gb of ram is the minimum for most people's rigs these days as well, it's easy and cheap to set up a box that'll inhale those recommended specs.

    Crysis 3, depending on MP options, will probably push me over the edge as far as new kit goes!

    I exceed the reco specs in everything but RAM, but I have nothing on the High performance specs.

    Eh, my OC 250GTS/1gb will still run it? Ha. Hahahaha.

    hey can i run Far cry 3 on max settings:

    My pc Configuration

    Processor-Core i7 [email protected] 3.4 Ghz

    RAM-8 gb G-skill 1600 mhz

    Video Card-GTX 560-Ti

      dude, that GPU is your bottleneck. that 560-ti won't even be able to play hitman at 60 fps w/ no tearing. We're having to OC a 670 just to play farcry. Everything else is a thumbs up but your definately going to have to spend more than $300 on a card.

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