Minimum specs for Far Cry 5 released, and you'll need a powerful system to enjoy it

Image: Ubisoft
Image: Ubisoft
Ubisoft released their recommended specs for Far Cry, which is due to launch at the end of March. While the game will run on older hardware at the lowest settings, gamers will need a fairly beefy system (Core i7 and GTX 970 / R9 290X) to enjoy the game at Full HD 60 fps.
Sam Medley,

Far Cry 5 is (finally) coming out soon, and Ubisoft is giving gamers a chance to prep their systems for their latest first-person shooter. The minimum recommended specifications have just been released for the game, and while the game will run on older hardware, hardcore gamers will need a powerful rig to enjoy the game to its fullest.

Ubisoft's minimum recommended specs are as follows:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD FX-6300
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD R9 270 w/ 2 GB VRAM
  • RAM: 8 GB

Ubisoft thinks that this hardware will be enough to play the game at HD (1280x720) on the lowest graphics settings, which makes sense given the age of these specs. However, gamers that demand higher resolutions and graphical fidelity will need the following, according to the developer:

Frames per second: Rise of the Tomb Raider (High, 1920x1080)

Component FHD (1920x1080), High, 60 fps 4K (3840x2160), High, 30 fps 4K (3840x2160), High/Ultra, 60 fps
CPU Intel Core i7-4770 / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Intel Core i7-6700 / AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Intel Core i7-6700K (4.0 GHz) / AMD Ryzen 7 1700X
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD R9 290X (4 GB VRAM) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD RX Vega 56 (8 GB VRAM) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 SLI / AMD RX Vega 56 CFX (8 GB VRAM)
RAM 8 GB 16 GB 16 GB

FHD gameplay should be well within reach for most PC gamers that have kept their computer up to date, but 4K might be out of the question for more budget-conscious players. Those looking to upgrade to play the game at 4K may be out of luck; the gold rush into cryptocurrencies last year put a major strain on GPU suppliers, a squeeze that they're still feeling. Higher-end Nvidia and AMD graphics cards are exceedingly scarce and prices on the used market can be astronomically high.

If you want to play Far Cry 5 and aren't already using a top-tier GPU, you may have to settle for lower resolutions and settings or look into buying a pre-built gaming PC from an established retailer.


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Sam Medley, 2018-01-24 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.