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These Are the Civilization V System Requirements

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 43 comments

Are you ready for Civ?

Civilization V is aimed at pleasing fans of the series, especially those who have been with the franchise from the very beginning on the computer.

While technologically, it's no Crysis 2, but it's still worth taking a look at the system requirements to see if you're going to be able to run it well with settings turned all the way up.

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows® XP SP3/ Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
Processor: Dual Core CPU
Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
DVD-ROM Drive: Required for disc-based installation
Video: 256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics
Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX®: DirectX® version 9.0c

Recommended System Requirements

Operating System: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB Free
DVD-ROM Drive: Required for disc-based installation
Video: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX®: DirectX® version 11

Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2008 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.

Internet Connection and acceptance of Steam™ Subscriber Agreement required for activation.

Want to know more about how Civilization V plays? Read RPS's previews here.

Civilization V E3 Trailer

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    chrisjust98 , August 11, 2010 12:59 PM
    zinabasI'm assuming 1.8 quadcore translates to 2.4 triple core (AMD) or 3.6 dual core both of which are doable and do exist.


    Or maybe they're talking like the mobile Core i7 that's 1.8 Ghz?
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    welshmousepk , August 11, 2010 12:20 PM
    oh, Dx11? thats a surprise.

    would be nice if i can max this on my HTPC with its 5770.
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    Fetal , August 11, 2010 12:23 PM
    Normal.
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    Arguggi , August 11, 2010 12:35 PM
    Damn my E5200 and my 9600 Gt are getting old :(  let's hope Overclocking helps a bit
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    Hard Line , August 11, 2010 12:36 PM
    hmmmm video contains content from playcast. who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds... roflmao guess they don't want me to see what the game is like to make a decision on whether or not to purchase .. this is too funny talk about shooting yourself in the foot lol
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    wotan31 , August 11, 2010 12:38 PM
    And why are they recommending a quad core CPU? Is this game really multi threaded like that? If so, that's great news that these newer games are finally taking advantage of multiple cores.
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    Tmanishere , August 11, 2010 12:44 PM
    I'm not sure why they would need a quad core CPU for... Have the AI improved so much that it really utilizes milti-thread? I kinda doubt that. I'm thinking it's more for HD movies or something.
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    Tamz_msc , August 11, 2010 12:49 PM
    Those requirements look good, but is there any desktop 1.8 GHZ quad core CPU?
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    zinabas , August 11, 2010 12:55 PM
    I'm assuming 1.8 quadcore translates to 2.4 triple core (AMD) or 3.6 dual core both of which are doable and do exist.
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    chrisjust98 , August 11, 2010 12:59 PM
    zinabasI'm assuming 1.8 quadcore translates to 2.4 triple core (AMD) or 3.6 dual core both of which are doable and do exist.


    Or maybe they're talking like the mobile Core i7 that's 1.8 Ghz?
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    warmon6 , August 11, 2010 1:07 PM
    Tamz_mscThose requirements look good, but is there any desktop 1.8 GHZ quad core CPU?


    Well, would you like it at 3.0GHz? :lol:  Then dont ask silly questions. :p 

    Anyways, to answer your question out of quad core desktop cpu's, yes this is.

    Phenom x4 9100e & 9150e (not phenom ii x4) are both 1.8 GHz. There the lowest "GHZ" desktop quad core cpu out there that i can find.
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    ryan156 , August 11, 2010 1:23 PM
    My Pentium Dual-Core over-clocked to 3.0Ghz might be a bit strained...never really had to think about hardware for a strategy game before.
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    burnley14 , August 11, 2010 1:33 PM
    It can run on Intel HD graphics? That's unusual
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    sirmorluk , August 11, 2010 1:34 PM
    wotan31Looks cool, I've always wanted to try the Civ series as it's been around a long time, they must be doing something right. But the "OS: Windows" part is a show stopper. Sorry, I cannot play the game, and therefore they won't get my money, until it comes to OSX or Linux.

    Funny I play Civ 4 on my iMac all the time. Civ 5 will be released for the Mac as well. I think it runs better on my Windows boxes though.
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    the_wolf88 , August 11, 2010 2:20 PM
    OMG !

    4GB RAM Recommended ??!!

    First game ever to ask for 4GB RAM !
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    Pei-chen , August 11, 2010 2:38 PM
    DX 11 - that's a pleasant surprise

    Quad Core - finally. 5 minutes waiting per round on a 3.0GHz C2Q really drags out the game. (custom huge Earth map with preset players at 1940)

    4 GB RAM - finally 64bit? I can see how 3.5GB of ram will limit custom contents if it is still 32 bit.
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    rockstone1 , August 11, 2010 3:25 PM
    Hard Linehmmmm video contains content from playcast. who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds... roflmao guess they don't want me to see what the game is like to make a decision on whether or not to purchase .. this is too funny talk about shooting yourself in the foot lol


    Wow
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    cknobman , August 11, 2010 3:27 PM
    Anyone else find it funny the recommended requirements put direct x version at 11 but the gfx cards listed only support 9 or 10? LOL!
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    moeswow , August 11, 2010 4:02 PM
    It supports dx11 but recommended settings are usually the low-end hardware to play the game nicely. still funny though.

    Also it doesnt surprise me one bit that a rts requires a Quad Core considering the huge amount of units u can build and the amount of animations going on.

    As others mentioned its nice to see that its probably going to support multi-threaded cpu's, finally games have caught up with the hardware.
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    AtwaterFS , August 11, 2010 4:02 PM
    Radeon 4800 is DirectX 10.1... It's at least 10 precent better than just DirectX 10
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