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WoW Cataclysm System Specs

Blizzard Support has World of Warcraft Windows and OS X system requirements that are updated in anticipation of the upcoming Cataclysm expansion for Blizzard's MMORPG (thanks Ant via IncGamers). Word is: "In preparation for the launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, we have updated our recommended minimum system requirements. These new requirements correspond with patch 4.0.1. We suggest players check out our related support article for all of the details to ensure your gameplay experience is as ideal as possible." The new specs follow.

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™ HD 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

A full list of all supported (and unsupported) video hardware can be found on our Video Compatibility page. If you are running below any of these requirements, then you may encounter graphical issues, crashes, or slow down which we will be unable to address or troubleshoot.

*Note: Due to potential programming changes, the Minimum System Requirements for this game may change over time.

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22. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 22, 2010, 11:08 Gentle Nova
 
Linksil wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 13:54:
Yea the wow installer is horrible. You need double or more free space to the size of your game for the install. You download 6 gigs of patches, then they copy the whole game while overwriting the old one. Don't know why they can't just patch one file at a time and need oh say 10mb free space?

Ya that update process completely killed my attempt at applying patch 4.01. Instead I had to uninstall the game and reinstall it using the new launcher / updater (found under a sub menu of your Battlenet account page, i.e. Full Game Install).

My assumption is that everyone should have the new launcher / updater now, so adding Cataclysm should be a "streamed" process rather than a downloaded patch update (assuming you purchase the online version).

BTW since I did a complete reinstall using the new launcher / updater, my WoW folder uses only 21.8 GB of space.
 
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21. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 17:25 Flatline
 
sauron wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 17:20:
Yes, I believe the key phrase is 'nobody can play it even if they want to'. For multiple reasons, demand is not high.

I'm guessing #1 on the list may be: there's a 2 second lag every time you press any button since the game places control for literally everything server-side. And the servers are in Japan.

My other favorite part is where Square Enix said they got massive complaints during their feedback tests from the "west", but decided to ignore it all.

What's the point of even testing if you're just going to ignore the issues that you discover?
 
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20. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 17:20 sauron
 
Flatline wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 16:25:
sauron wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 15:38:
Are you watching, makers of FFXIV? Your stupid game makes everyone's video card melt and nobody can play it even if they want to.

MMORPGs need reasonable system specs. Blizzard and Turbine understand this.

FF14 is a joke for many reasons. It's hefty system requirements are I believe #287 on that list.

Among the top 5 still has to be: you can only do 8 quests every 36 hours.

Yes, I believe the key phrase is 'nobody can play it even if they want to'. For multiple reasons, demand is not high.

I'm guessing #1 on the list may be: there's a 2 second lag every time you press any button since the game places control for literally everything server-side. And the servers are in Japan.
 
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19. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 16:25 Flatline
 
sauron wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 15:38:
Are you watching, makers of FFXIV? Your stupid game makes everyone's video card melt and nobody can play it even if they want to.

MMORPGs need reasonable system specs. Blizzard and Turbine understand this.

FF14 is a joke for many reasons. It's hefty system requirements are I believe #287 on that list.

Among the top 5 still has to be: you can only do 8 quests every 36 hours.
 
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18. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 16:08 Kxmode
 
Optional nickname wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 15:06:
Rigs wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 14:02:

That's a good idea (thinking 'out-of-the-box'), but then Blizz would have tons of freakin' noobs calling in trying to figure out why the video card won't go into the memory slot like their 10-year-old nephew said it should...

=-Rigs-=

Actually, my 10 year old nephew found my 30-pin simm keychain and asked my why on earth did I spend so much money! on them only for them to become this .. keychain.

grumble grr arg.

Did you tell your nephew to get off your lawn?
 
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17. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 16:02 Techie714 ©
 
kxmode wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 15:16:
Sempai wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 12:40:
25gb hdd space?

My WoW folder is already 29gb's!

What the fuck man!

Hey. That's my line!

LMAO!!
 
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16. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 15:38 sauron
 
Are you watching, makers of FFXIV? Your stupid game makes everyone's video card melt and nobody can play it even if they want to.

MMORPGs need reasonable system specs. Blizzard and Turbine understand this.
 
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15. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 15:16 Kxmode
 
Sempai wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 12:40:
25gb hdd space?

My WoW folder is already 29gb's!

What the fuck man!

Hey. That's my line!
 
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14. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 15:06 Optional nickname
 
Rigs wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 14:02:

That's a good idea (thinking 'out-of-the-box'), but then Blizz would have tons of freakin' noobs calling in trying to figure out why the video card won't go into the memory slot like their 10-year-old nephew said it should...

=-Rigs-=

Actually, my 10 year old nephew found my 30-pin simm keychain and asked my why on earth did I spend so much money! on them only for them to become this .. keychain.

grumble grr arg.
 
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13. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 14:02 Rigs
 
You must have an active broadband Internet connection to play.

Ya don't say? Are people really that stupid that that has to be mentioned?

Wait, don't answer that...

... why won't Blizzard ship this game, as an updated image final install on a $10 8GB USB stick, along with a new $45-budget oriented Videocard, a $35 2GB memory module...etc.

That's a good idea (thinking 'out-of-the-box'), but then Blizz would have tons of freakin' noobs calling in trying to figure out why the video card won't go into the memory slot like their 10-year-old nephew said it should...

Really, hardware in a limited edition box could be something to look into. As stated, it would certainly raise the 'value' of the SE boxes. But with the literally infinite hardware combinations out there, it would be more of a shot in the dark than anything. Plus I can't see vid cards going that low (well, anything worth buying anyway). The RAM is another problem. You got DDR, DDR2, DDR3 (hell, some people might still have EDO RAM in their boat anchors for all we know!) ...

I guess another way would be to include a 'gift' certificate or voucher of some sort for the upgrades, maybe being sponsored by Wal-Mart or Best Buy or something like that. Then they could get what would suit their system...assuming they knew to begin with... *shrug*


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12. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 14:00 nin
 

World of Warcraft Windows and OS X system requirements are:



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11. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 13:56 Luke
 
World of Warcraft Windows and OS X system requirements are:



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10. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 13:54 Linksil
 
Yea the wow installer is horrible. You need double or more free space to the size of your game for the install. You download 6 gigs of patches, then they copy the whole game while overwriting the old one. Don't know why they can't just patch one file at a time and need oh say 10mb free space?  
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9. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 13:39 kibbled
 
Sempai wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 12:40:
25gb hdd space?

My WoW folder is already 29gb's!

What the fuck man!

That is 25 gb free space. I think that is needed when installing the expansion. I bet if your WoW program has the current patch whatever size it is now is what it is going to be after the expansion.
 
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8. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 12:45 Kajetan
 
Sempai wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 12:40:
25gb hdd space?

My WoW folder is already 29gb's!

What the fuck man!
They need the additional space for all the earth, rocks and stuff they dug up during the re-shaping of Azeroth.
 
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7. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 12:40 Sempai
 
25gb hdd space?

My WoW folder is already 29gb's!

What the fuck man!
 
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6. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 12:20 Kxmode
 
Optional nickname wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 11:12:
Seeing how Blizzard will make another 2 Billion Dollars strong, why won't Blizzard ship this game, as an updated image final install on a $10 8GB USB stick, along with a new $45-budget oriented Videocard, a $35 2GB memory module, and that will eliminate so much strain from people with lackluster aged PC video, and insufficient diskspace from anime download overload!

Or they could include a free Battle.net Authenticator. It costs Blizzard practically nothing for the device but they would save so much money in the long term from not having to deal with so many hacked accounts.
 
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5. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 12:19 Pigeon
 
Those recommended specs are a little low from my experiences. Unless you're running at very low resolutions you're going to have to turn down a lot of settings. Probably have to chose simple shadows and forgo the new water. I know recommended doesn't mean best, but you should be able to see most of the new graphical features with minimal reduction of graphics.  
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4. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 12:16 Wallshadows
 
It might just be me but it seems like when you run the game in DirectX 11 mode on a DX11 card that the frames actually increase, especially in areas like Dalaran and Orgrimmar since they're now jam-packed with players.

Then again, maybe I just never paid much attention to it before.
 
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3. Re: WoW Cataclysm System Specs Oct 21, 2010, 11:54 Frijoles
 
As much as I'd love getting hardware with my game for free, the idea of someone like my wife (and some of my friends) getting new memory and not knowing what to do with it scares me. On the plus side, computer service businesses would see a spike in business.  
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