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NHL 2004, developed by the EA Black Box studios, is the successor to NHL 2003, is widely considered to be a major turning point in the series.[who?] The game adds 3 European Elite Leagues - Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Sweden's Elitserien and Finland's SM-liiga. (This is not the first time that European teams are included in an EA game; EA released both Elitserien 95 and Elitserien 96 for the Mega Drive in Sweden only and Elitserien and SM-liiga 2001 as an expansion pack for PC in Sweden and Finland which included those teams). The ratings of the teams in the Elitserien and SM-liiga were comparable to the NHL rosters, however future installments had the league teams inferior to the NHL.
NHL 2004 GPU Performance Comparison Graph

NHL 2004 GPU Analysis
Comparing NHL 2004 PC system requirements to all GPUs shows that NHL 2004 is going to need a graphics card that is capable of .

To get the best visual graphical experience on NHL 2004, aim to have a GPU that has at least MB GPU RAM.

Most bottom end graphics cards currently available today, will probably allow you to play NHL 2004

We are advised that -50 year old graphics cards should be able to run NHL 2004 , but there could be a few exceptions to this rule.

Note that most games do not officially support laptop graphics cards, but nowadays many laptop graphics solutions are capable of running modern games. Whether desktop graphics cards or laptop, try searching for your graphics card to compare against the NHL 2004 graphics card requirements chart below.