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CoD4:MW CPU Requirements

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November 11, 2007 1:19:24 AM

According to, the recommended settings for Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare is a 2.4ghz dual core. Does this seem a little high to any of you? Would my computer still be able to run it well?

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November 11, 2007 1:42:35 AM

No, it's not high considering how detailed the game is, but the graphics card is a far more important requirement.

An X1950GT is a decent budget card, you should be able to run the game on low-mediumish settings.
November 11, 2007 2:05:42 AM

I think you should be able to run it well, just not at highest details or high resolutions.
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November 11, 2007 2:51:49 AM

Yea i played through the demo great. I loved it but I wish I had money for an 8800GT...
November 11, 2007 2:52:16 AM

Define "well".

If you mean medium settings, I'd say probably not. You would be able to run it well on low settings tho.
November 11, 2007 1:07:48 PM

Either way, the game still looks beautiful.
November 11, 2007 1:19:37 PM

yup it's high but i have 2.4 dual e6600 no oc and i maxxed it out with 60-70 fps
January 7, 2008 5:47:59 PM

Ive got a 3ghz Pentium 4 HT, 2gb ram and a radeon x600 256mb.

I run games like Battlefield 2 on medium settings just fine

Will i be able to run COD4?
January 7, 2008 5:59:49 PM

THIS GAME RUN EXCELLENTLY ON AN e6300 (18.6Ghz) It is referring to a Pentium class CPU ie Pentium D

i play it on my e6300 and it works a charm, the CPU isn't the bottle neck what so ever
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January 7, 2008 6:08:40 PM

My brother plays COD4 on a P4 Northwood @ 3.0ghz with a 6800GT and 2gig of PC2700...and it runs at quite nice framerates. Now, he doesn't get all the pretty shaders, textures and effects from 7800 series on later, but runs fairly well for the old hardware he has, but he still runs it at 1280x1024 on his LCD. COD4 scales well to most older hardware, unlike...........Crysis...........
January 7, 2008 6:11:41 PM

I played it on a 3.8ghz Pentium D with a 8600gts at medium settings with 2x AA with no problems.
January 7, 2008 6:11:54 PM

my pc plays demo pretty well (mix of med and high with AA turned on) at 1680x1050 but there is definite slowdown here and there. i have a decent 7950gt with 512mb ram but my cpu is only a single-core 2.4ghz san diego.
January 7, 2008 6:18:14 PM

it depends on what res u play at, the more res the less stress on ur cpu. i had a 10-15 fps jump in my frame rate for coh4, when i overclocked my 2180 which is a 2hgz to 3.47ghz this is because i play at 1024-768 max settings with full aa and af, looks freaking awsome!! anyone feel free to correct what i just said. my sig below
January 7, 2008 7:21:01 PM

I would say that its safe to say that It will run fine on any Intel or AMD dual core (at 1.8Ghz +).
This game requires a bit more on the RAM and GPU side. Any Geforce 8600 and up should be able to handle this game.
I have a 8800 GTS 320MB and it runs great. 2GB RAM is good, I don't think it would make a huge difference if your cpu was 2.4Ghz or higher, as with most games, RAM and GPU are the benchmarks.
January 7, 2008 7:27:32 PM

I've played through it on my current system (see sig) with the CPU running at 2.2GHz (via cool'n'quiet) with an 8800gts 320mb and it plays flawlessly on max settings (except AA) at 1680*1050 resolution.

For those wandering, CPU is running low deliberately for 2 reasons:
1) Last electricity bill was rather large.
2) I think I dislodged my heatsink slightly the last time i moved it and the loads temps were starting to get a bit too high). Plus I'm getting a new heatsink this week so don't particularly feel like faffing about with it until then.

From what I've seen of the demo (I've not played it, but my housemate has an his PC is basically the same spec as mine (same CPU and GPU) and the same section in the full game, there's no real difference between the final game and the demo in terms of performance - so if you can play the demo you'll be fine with the full game.
January 7, 2008 8:01:31 PM

I run COD 4 with an AMD 3700 San Diego, 7800GT. Keep in mind I have a 19 CRT and I run it at 1024X768 and med settings with 2xAA. I have no problems running the gave with good visuals and good frame rates, as far as I can see there is no need up upgrade until your good and ready. You'll be fine with your current setup.
January 7, 2008 8:03:09 PM

Ran fine on my quad core with maxed out settings (no AA) at 16x10 with a X1950 Pro...

Runs even better with an 8800 GTS.
January 7, 2008 8:58:55 PM

I'm pretty sure the 2.4 GHz requirement is referring to Intel Netburst CPUs and NOT the newer C2Ds.
January 8, 2008 7:32:16 AM

[No, it's not high considering how detailed the game is, but the graphics card is a far more important requirement. ]
Actually Call of duty 4 is more cpu reliant than other similar games hence Higher CPU requirments and lower GPU.
I got E6750 at stock speed with 8600GT played it With 1280x1024 on everything max, got 40-50fps and then oc to 3.6ghz and got 50-60fps.
January 8, 2008 12:12:17 PM

Gamespot has a Hardware Performance Guide for COD4.
Here's some numbers to look at:

(8800 GT with 1280x1024 max quality average fps):
E6600, E6800 ~ 77 fps
E6300 ~ 54 fps
FX-60 @2.6 ~ 60 fps
FX-60 @2.0 ~ 48 fps

VIDEO TEST (1280x1204 max with X6800)
8800GTX SLI ~ 105 fps
8800GTX ~ 87 fps
8800GT 512MB ~ 77fps
HD3870 ~ 75 fps
2900XT ~ 70 fps
8800 GTS 640MB ~ 65 fps
HD3850 512MB ~ 64 fps
2900 XT XFIRE ~ 58 FPS!!!
January 8, 2008 12:28:41 PM

rubix_1011 said:
COD4 scales well to most older hardware, unlike...........Crysis...........

Crysis doesn't scale well to any hardware... including the newest and the greatest.
January 8, 2008 12:40:40 PM

its very low cod4 chews up 3.4ghz machines but its probably gpu - i never tested it.

i would assume that is low - when i get the game i will test it!
January 8, 2008 1:14:34 PM

I have Cod4 and can run it on a discontinued 478 processor (3.0 ghz) and a newer asus 8500gt on medium settings, turned off dynamic shadows, lights the rest on normal settings. Does not lag or stop enjoyment in single or multi-player. :pt1cable: 

I downloaded the game from digital downloads.

The processor load does get warm to hot over 50 degrees celsius so have good fan cooling and cooler and enjoy the game.
January 8, 2008 4:40:18 PM

the game was run at 1024by768 with the above settings.
January 8, 2008 4:45:29 PM

Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista
2.4GHz Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon64 2800+, Intel/AMD 1.8GHz Dual Core Processor or better
512MB RAM (768MB RAM for Windows Vista)
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon 9800Pro or better
100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
8.0 GB free hard disk space
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c (included)
Broadband Internet connection and service required for multiplayer connectivity
January 8, 2008 5:19:53 PM

Hm, I can run Co4 @ 1650x1080 with medium settings no problem and I have a 1.8ghz core 2 and a 7600gt.
January 8, 2008 5:37:53 PM

Call of Duty 4 CPU scaling analysis: (EDIT - sorry didn't realise it was already posted!)

1280x1024 Max Quality (w/ 8800GT 512MB)

C2D X6800 @ 2.93GHz - 77fps
C2D E6600 @ 2.40GHz - 77fps
A64 FX-60 @ 2.60GHz - 60fps
C2D E6300 @ 1.86GHz - 54fps
A64 FX-60 @ 2.00GHz - 48fps
A64 4000+ @ 2.40GHz - 26fps (!)

With a 8800GT 512MB, it seems a C2D E6600 is the 'sweet spot' where the CPU no longer becomes the bottleneck. However, the game should still be playable down to low end X2s, but single core CPU users should really upgrade!

I'd say the recommendation of a 2.4GHz dual core CPU is actually pretty spot on in this case. ;) 
January 8, 2008 5:50:55 PM

jbennet said:
Ive got a 3ghz Pentium 4 HT, 2gb ram and a radeon x600 256mb.

I run games like Battlefield 2 on medium settings just fine

Will i be able to run COD4?

I had a pentium 4 3G ht with 2G RAM, nvidia 7600gt256M and COD4 ran on low/med at 50FPS or better. I would worry more about your x600.

IMHO, i think COD4 is easier on a system the BF2142. It seems to run real smooth considering how incredibly good the game looks. It loads faster, higher framerate, etc, etc.
January 8, 2008 7:11:44 PM

Just had a lan party this weekend where we played CoD4 quite a bit. It ran find on a large range of systems. To give an idea, here are some of the systems we had running it:

Sempron 3000+ (1.6 Ghz)
1 Gig of Ram
Radeon 9800 Pro

Athlon 64 3200+
1 Gig of Ram
GeForce 7900 GS

Athlon X2 5200+
Radeon X850 XT

Athlon 64 3200+
Geforce 6600

Core2Duo E6400 (OC@3.2Ghz)
8800 GT

Core2Duo E6550
Radeon HD3850
January 8, 2008 7:36:31 PM

If you turn off the "Big 3" (shadows, specular map, smokened edge) then the Radeon 9800 PRO should run it smoothly. Should be 70% FPS increase from max settings.
August 25, 2008 12:45:44 AM

heyy, my friend bought one of those new alienware graphics cards, and he has 4gb of ram, and he can play COD4 at the highest on everything
August 25, 2008 12:55:49 AM

It'd be nice if you take a look at the date of the thread before posting.
December 3, 2009 4:00:46 PM

bfellow said:
If you turn off the "Big 3" (shadows, specular map, smokened edge) then the Radeon 9800 PRO should run it smoothly. Should be 70% FPS increase from max settings.

Yes that helps alot im running it on a 9800pro 800x600 with textures set to high, shadows, specular map, and soften smoke edge turned off I see from 40-70FPS and its quite playable
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December 3, 2009 8:28:22 PM

check the date on the thread