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Blizzard releases Cataclysm system requirements

If you've been wondering whether your computer has the necessary beef to run Cataclysm, your time of guessing is over. Blizzard has released the system requirements for those of us who have been salivating over the game's trailer, and now we can see if our systems can handle it. Like most such lists, there are the minimum required system specs to run that game, and then there are those recommended to truly enjoy the game.

The minimum system requirements for World of Warcraft are:


Windows XP 32bit (SP3), Windows XP 64bit (SP2), Windows Vista 32bit (SP1), Windows Vista 64bit (SP1):
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500
  • 1GB or more of RAM
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® FX or ATI Radeon™ 9500 video card or better
  • DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability
  • 25 GB free hard drive space
  • A keyboard and mouse are required. Input devices other than a mouse and keyboard are not supported
  • You must have an active broadband Internet connection to play
Mac OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.4, or newer:
  • Intel Core Duo processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 25 GB free hard drive space
  • A keyboard and mouse are required. Input devices other than a mouse and keyboard are not supported.
  • You must have an active broadband Internet connection to play

The recommended system requirements for World of Warcraft are:

Windows XP 32bit (SP3), Windows XP 64bit (SP2), Windows Vista 32bit (SP1), Windows Vista 64bit (SP1) Windows 7:
  • Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • 2 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
  • 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 256 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 or ATI Radeon™
  • 2600 or better DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel recommended
Mac® OS X 10.6.4 or newer:
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 or better
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA 7600 class card or better
  • Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel recommended






For more tips on putting together a computer system that works for your gaming and your budget, visit our special series by guest blogger Derek Day:
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm will destroy Azeroth as we know it; nothing will be the same! In WoW Insider's Guide to Cataclysm, you can find out everything you need to know about WoW's third expansion (available Dec. 7, 2010), from brand new races to revamped quests and zones. Visit our Cataclysm news category for the most recent posts having to do with the Cataclysm expansion.

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