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Square Enix Reveals Shadow of the Tomb Raider Minimum Specs

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Square Enix has published the minimum and recommended hardware specifications for its upcoming AAA blockbuster, Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

The minimum hardware requirements are surprisingly low and don't start much higher than its predecessor, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Whereas Rise needs at least a Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent, 6GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 650 2GB or Radeon HD 7770 graphics card, Shadow of the Tomb Raider requires a slightly newer Core i3-3220 (or AMD equivalent), 8GB of memory (2GB more), and a GTX 660 (one model higher than Rise of the Tomb Raider's minimum) or 1050 and the same HD 7770 for your graphics card. The only minimum requirement that substantially increased was the storage space, which went from 25GB (RoTR) to 40GB (SoTR).

Recommended specifications for Shadow of the Tomb Raider are also par for the course, with Square Enix suggesting a Core i7-4770K or Ryzen 5 1600 processor, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 480 8GB graphics card. Rise of the Tomb Raider had a costlier GPU recommendation at launch with a GTX 970 (which, in its heyday, was more expensive than the GTX 1060), and it's comforting to know you won't need to buy one of the top tier graphics cards (and spend a ridiculous sum of money) to get to the recommended performance milestones for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The new game is also the first Tomb Raider title to list DirectX 12 as the recommended API, signalling that Square Enix has likely learned its DX12 lessons well from the previous iteration of the franchise.

You can pre-order Shadow of the Tomb Raider before it arrives on September 14 from the Steam Store, starting at $60 for a standard digital copy. There's also a Digital Deluxe Edition bundle for $70 that includes in-game items and early access, in addition to a Croft version for $90 that includes all that plus a season pass and more. See the photo above for the full details of each individual game edition.

Minimum SpecificationRecommended Specification
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)- Intel Core i3-3220- 8GB RAM- Nvidia GeForce GTX 660/GTX 1050 or AMD Radeon HD 7770- 40GB Storage Space- DirectX 11- Windows 7 64-Bit- Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600- 16GB RAM- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB- 40GB Storage Space- DirectX 12- Windows 10 64-Bit
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)- Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent- 6GB RAM- Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7770 2GB- 25GB Storage Space- DirectX 11- Windows 7 64-Bit-Intel Core i7-3770K- 8GB RAM- Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 (1920 x 1080)- 25GB Storage Space- DirectX 11- Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Integr8d
    Just buy it.
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  • salgado18
    "Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600"

    Why isn't AMD's quad-core enough to run it? Aren't they on par with a 4770k?
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  • arielmansur
    21291982 said:
    "Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600"

    Why isn't AMD's quad-core enough to run it? Aren't they on par with a 4770k?

    I believe they are wrong there, it should have been the ryzen 1400, that's exactly like that i7.
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  • kewlguy239
    To clarify, the Ryzen 5 1600 is the recommended AMD CPU, not the minimum. Square Enix didn't cite a specific AMD processor model in the minimum spec, and instead it only listed an Intel Core i3-3220 or "AMD equivalent." Of course the Ryzen quad-core processors (like the Ryzen 3 1400) will run the game (it's definitely better than the Core i3-3220), but Square Enix specified the Ryzen 5 1600 as the recommended AMD CPU because it meets the "recommended" criteria, whatever that may be (a framerate target at a specific resolution and setting, for example). We can take this to mean above average performance compared to the minimum spec (perhaps more eye candy turned on or more FPS), and we know many of these minimum system requirements are mere ballpark suggestions for an enjoyable experience (which in many cases, means at least 30 FPS). Either way, if you're running hardware that's anywhere near the ballpark of the listed specifications (in age, performance, or both), you'll be in the door for the next chapter of the Tomb Raider saga.

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  • voodoobunny
    21291982 said:
    "Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600"

    Why isn't AMD's quad-core enough to run it? Aren't they on par with a 4770k?

    Ryzen 5 1400X, maybe - same clock speeds, same IPC as 4770K.
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  • chaosmassive
    GTX 1050 = HD 7770
    seems legit
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  • silverblue
    GTX 1050 = GTX 660.
    I think that's a tad more questionable.
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  • derecho.andro
    They did not tell us the requirements with Ray Tracing On
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  • Slesreth
    Psycho_Kenshin says pretty well exactly how I feel about the last two TR games Square Enix has released in his OP on the EU Square Enix forum here:
    https://forums.eu.square-enix.com/showthread.php?t=141706

    I might take a free copy in a raffle, but I wouldn't pay for what I view as a form of sexism.
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