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There were many changes between SimCity 3000 and its immediate predecessor SimCity 2000 (SC2K). These changes spanned both the integral city management aspects of the game, as well as its graphical and landscape aspects. These changes gave the game a feel greatly different from that of SC2K.rnIn a pattern which has continued throughout the SimCity franchise, the number and complexity of city services increased between SC2K and SC3K, and the graphics quality was greatly improved as well. The most notable change was the addition of the concept of waste management. In SC3K, once a city has a population greater than 1,000, garbage begins to accumulate, and must be disposed of at the expense of the city. Farms and agricultural structures were also introduced, appearing on large light industrial zones in a city with low land value and little pollution. A new zoning density was also added, totalling three densities, compared to SC2K's two. In addition to their limited life span, power plants were also made vulnerable to decreasing maximum output due to age.
Sim City 3000 GPU Performance Comparison Graph

Sim City 3000 GPU Analysis
Comparing Sim City 3000 PC system requirements to all GPUs shows that Sim City 3000 is going to need a graphics card that is capable of DX 9 or OpenGL 1.5.

Sim City 3000 makes use of DX8.00 so a GPU with that capability could benefit from enhanced visuals.

To get the best visual graphical experience on Sim City 3000, aim to have a GPU that has at least 256 MB GPU RAM.

Most bottom end graphics cards currently available today, will probably allow you to play Sim City 3000

We are advised that 15 year old graphics cards should be able to run Sim City 3000 , 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 Sim City 3000 graphics card requirements chart below.