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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Performance Review


With exceptionally beautiful rendering enabled by the id Tech 6 engine, Wolfenstein II proves to be also quite hungry for hardware resources. Although the minimum and recommended configurations seemed higher-end than most games call for these days, they're perfectly justified.

We Recommend a Strong GPU

If you really want to experience this game's beauty, you'll need to push the graphics preset as high as it'll go. In that case, forget entry-level graphics cards. A GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, or better yet, a Radeon RX 580 is the bare minimum for smooth game play at 2560x1440. It goes without saying that, if you have the means, a Radeon RX Vega 64 or GeForce GTX 1080 is going to fare better.

With a GeForce GTX 1060 3GB or Radeon RX 570, expect to hit a ceiling at 1920x1080. Below that, you'll have to start dialing back quality and lose certain visual effects.

Forget about budget-oriented boards like the Radeon RX 460 and GeForce GTX 1050. They're completely overwhelmed by this first-person shooter.

Pay attention to system memory, too. Eight gigabytes is a strict minimum, and we strongly recommend that you go for 16GB of RAM.

Finally, the id Tech 6 engine does a wondrous job of utilizing multi-core CPUs. Our Ryzen CPU's six cores with simultaneous multi-threading has horsepower to spare, which suggests that processors with "only" four cores and no SMT could bottleneck certain configurations. With respect to multi-threading, Wolfenstein II is a perfect precursor of that which is to come in gaming.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - PC
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - PC