DayZ Standalone System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 4:00 PM
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DayZ has taken its merry time shuffling its way to a full retail release, but the zombie-slaying online survival sim has finally made its way to Steam with an early alpha release of DayZ Standalone. 

DayZ Standalone is the follow-up to the incredibly popular Arma II mod, DayZ, pitting you and dozens of other players up against impending zombie doom. Already featuring over 230km² of landmass, this looks like one not to miss. So be sure to check the DayZ Standalone Alpha System Requirements to see if your PC gives a double-tap to the zombie hordes or gets its brains devoured by the masses...

DayZ Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1

CPU: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Athlon X2 2.5 GHz

RAM: 2GB System Memory

GPU RAM: 512MB Graphics Memory

GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB or AMD Radeon HD 3830

DX: DirectX 9.0c

HDD: 10 GB Free Hard Drive Space

DayZ Recommended System Requirements

OS: Windows 7 SP1

CPU: 2.8 GHz Quad Core Intel Core i5-2300 or 3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940

RAM: 4 GB System Memory

GPU RAM: 1 GB Graphics Memory

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750

HDD: 14 GB Free Hard Drive Space

The minimum requirements on DayZ look to be very reasonable for a game on this scale. Anyone who met the recommended requirements for the original DayZ mod should be comfortable playing this game. 

The minimum requirements for DayZ standalone require the classic Nvidia GeForce 8800GT and upwards, as well as a dual-core processor clocked at at least 2.4GHz. It's worth bearing in mind that the more chaotic things get in DayZ the more your system's going to struggle. Those of you with PCs neared the minimum requirements will be fine during the slower-paced parts of the game but once it heats up may struggle to keep pace. 

The recommended settings are a  bitof step up, with the extra hard drive space evidently going to higher resolution textures which will be more demanding on systems. DayZ is fairly CPU dependent so having a higher-tier processor could also make a huge difference. Joining those larger servers it's probably best to have more than the minimum 2GB of RAM but overall this game isn't overly demanding for what it is, with the Arma II engine the game is based upon now over four years old. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the DayZ Standalone System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. 

 Okay then, what do you think of these system requirements?

Have you already had a play, how does it run on your rig?

 

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13:29 Aug-14-2014

I have put in my specs, and it said that I can run on high with an average FPS of 85. When i run it on high setting my FPS is 40 in the wilderness and 15-20 in cities. What am I doing wrong?

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15:00 Aug-10-2014

What settings should I run it on?

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14:07 Jul-08-2014

can i run it?

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09:19 Jul-08-2014

I can run the dayz mod can I run this?

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23:59 May-20-2014

Can I run it?

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12:03 Dec-30-2013

can i run it?

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05:49 Dec-27-2013

I was messing with the settings and it seems that i must have the graphics completely lowered to get any decent framerate. The thing that makes it unplayable is an artifact glitch that causes textures to "spaz" all over my screen.

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07:15 Dec-21-2013

Just need a suggestion guys.. what would be better buy Dayz standalone for $30 or ARMA II for $12 and download free dayz mod???

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08:13 Dec-21-2013

The developement progress of the standalone is quite slow, if you're impatient, getting the mod is better. Plus it would provides you with the ArmA II base game, which still has a large playerbase as of today, also DayZ mod has tons of submods like DayZ Origins to add more contents. I still play DayZ Origins sometimes when I'm bored of other FPS games :D

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08:19 Dec-21-2013

and it will be cheaper too...thnx alot for your opinion assassin...:D

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21:23 Dec-22-2013

Though Assassin is right, if you want to purely play DayZ, I'd personally buy the standalone, it has full focus from the devs, they release patches pretty much daily and its smooth and easy to run.
It is missing content, but its playa

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21:23 Dec-22-2013

playable*

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00:31 Dec-21-2013

What settings for me?

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08:49 Dec-21-2013

well since this game is cpu intensive this is gonna be tough for you

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03:27 Dec-20-2013

Can I max this out?

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04:47 Dec-20-2013

**** ya!

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07:58 Dec-20-2013

I doubt it actually, it's very CPU intensive like Arma. You should be able to play it on high settings though with 60fps.

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08:49 Dec-20-2013

it is cpu intensive and the fact that he has a fx 6300 means that he doesn't have to be worried about cpu performance his cpu can easily play the game with 150fps+ if the gpu is powerful enough

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11:22 Dec-20-2013

Are you joking?! I'm guessing you haven't played the game or don't know anything about it if you think a 6300 and 290X can play DayZ on max at 1080p with over 150fps!

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11:38 Dec-20-2013

There seriously isn't a rig that would get solid 60+ fps on ultra in this game, since the optimization is horrible :(

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11:40 Dec-20-2013

I guess the optimization is horrible then, or the engine limits the hardware...

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11:52 Dec-20-2013

Yep, agreed with Fudgehog, optimisation is lacking. The game is playable on most machines but is near impossible to run on max at 1080p or above with 60fps+

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10:53 Dec-20-2013

Thank you all for your input!
I'll see for myself once its done downloading.

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11:22 Dec-20-2013

Probably the best idea, you'll definitely be able to play it so nothing to worry about there :)

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20:03 Dec-19-2013

Well i was told that the game time is real world time and that is why my screen is all black and grey but just tried during day time and it is the same

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12:59 Dec-21-2013

THEY HAVE STARTED ALLOWING PEOPLE TO BUY SERVERS NOW ALWAYS DAY SERVER ILL INBOX YOU IT NOW

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13:28 Dec-21-2013

If the Map is DayZ_Auto then it is night, if it is Dayz_Auto then it is day. Note the difference is if the 'Z' is capital or not.

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09:56 Dec-19-2013

These are good news! I can run it!

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08:37 Dec-19-2013

can i run this?

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14:23 Dec-19-2013

You can

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06:52 Dec-19-2013

What settings please

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07:13 Dec-19-2013

Very low at best but I don't think that you can run this game.

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07:35 Dec-19-2013

Most likely unplayable even on lowest :(

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14:23 Dec-19-2013

very low fps, its mostly unplayable on integrated graphics

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00:39 Dec-19-2013

what settings?

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00:45 Dec-19-2013

ULTRA ....low :-)

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16:14 Dec-18-2013

Settings for me please, Thank you :)

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18:05 Dec-18-2013

Not dure with FPS but you can run it well with your resolution.

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14:11 Dec-18-2013

is it F2P?

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14:16 Dec-18-2013

$30..

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15:59 Dec-18-2013

lol you wish! :-D

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16:06 Dec-18-2013

it would have been so awesome if it was but oh well..:(

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17:24 Dec-18-2013

They worked on it hard for free long time, I think they deserve some profit, they are not some company like EA

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17:49 Dec-18-2013

It would have been awful being f2p. There'd be way too many people and too many hackers.

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18:04 Dec-18-2013

dont get all jumpy guys,just asking ;)

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14:52 Dec-19-2013

jamdude not all f2p titles are like that

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19:12 Dec-19-2013

We were talking about DayZ, not every f2p game there is.

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11:21 Dec-18-2013

What the hell is with these system requirements...?
Somebody needs to fix that...!

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09:57 Dec-18-2013

I'm confused. The CPU for recommended is different on here and the official "Can I run this" page.
Which is the correct one...?

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05:13 Dec-18-2013

Would i be able to play this?

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05:42 Dec-18-2013

Yes you will be.

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Can They Run... |

| High,
Ryzen 7 2700 8-Core 3.2GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1440p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Palit Super JetStream 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB Edition 32GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Inno3D Compact 6GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition 16GB
60% Yes [5 votes]
Pentium Dual Core B960 2.2GHz Radeon HD 6950M 4GB
33.3333% Yes [6 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
| High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 10GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i3-8100 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]