Project CARS System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 10:37 AM
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Slightly Mad Studios has been beavering away during the last few years on what could well be the racing game to end all racing games, Project CARS. The team are going more in-depth than we've ever seen in a simulation racing game, and the results are truly stunning.

The attention to detail in Project CARS looks unbelievable, and it easily seems capable of taking on the mantle of best-looking racing game. We had a inkling that you'd need some pretty hefty system requirements for Project CARS to start looking its absolute best, so read on to see if you've got a gaming PC advanced enough to meet the official Project CARS system requirements...

Project CARS Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66 GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 940 3.0 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or AMD Radeon HD 5770
  • DX: DirectX 10

Project CARS Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 8 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770S 4-Core 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7790
  • DX: DirectX 11

Like The Crew's system requirements we talked about last week, these Project CARS requirements are pretty massive. To squeeze by the minimum system requirements for Project CARS you're going to need a relatively decent PC bought within the last five years, sporting a fairly powerful quad-core processor. The GeForce GTX 260 and the AMD Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards might be starting to show their age now as they're beginning to crop up as the minimum requirement with increasing regularity, but they should be just about enough to see you through here. As is fast becoming the norm you're going to want a 64-bit system running with at least 4GB of RAM.

Project CARS recommended requirements are where things really leap up though, and those processor requirements are eye-watering. Only a few games have been this demanding on the CPU, with Watch Dogs being one of them. The Intel Core i7-3770S or the AMD FX-8350 are both extremely high-performance processors, but it would be surprising to us if you couldn't max out Project CARS with slightly lower-end hardware. The GPU requirements for Project CARS are a little more reasonable, with a mid-range modern GPU enough to see you through, while you're going to want 8GB of of RAM to back it up. 

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

Compare your graphics card to the Project CARS benchmark chart.

What do you think of these pretty massive requirements for Project CARS? Do you think Slightly Mad Studios might be over-egging the processor requirements? Cheers Dan987000 for the heads up!

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21:41 Apr-16-2015

Looks like I'll be fine as long as I keep the settings down on the lower side.

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13:37 Aug-22-2014

Can I max this smoothly?

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23:55 Aug-23-2014

Very likely.

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20:18 Aug-12-2014

Would I be able to ultra this?

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21:42 Apr-16-2015

Yeah, you'll be fine on Ultra. I'd keep AA and VSync off, and Shadows on low so the experience is buttery smooth. Racing games are better at higher FPS anyway :)

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01:32 Aug-06-2014

Since when did Windows 8 start being recommended OS? That's absurd. Nothing special about it...

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20:16 Aug-12-2014

Windows 8 uses less resources than Windows 7, and supports newer directx versions.

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10:20 Aug-13-2014

And yet windows 8 is not stable and simple as windows 7. Derpotron

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08:12 Apr-18-2015

When my power went out for some reason while using windows 7 and my PC was on at that time.When it restarted the computer would not be able to start some times due to deletion of important windows files,That never happens now with windows

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23:54 Aug-23-2014

Windows 8, from my experience is more stable than windows 7, and being simple is just a user preference. I personally prefer Windows 8 to Windows 7 to work with, just because it feels snappier.

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12:52 Aug-25-2014

well, that's fine ;)

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21:44 Aug-03-2014

is it will work with me and my graphic card is 2gb not 1 gb

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10:54 Aug-04-2014

No, sorry. I don't think you'd be able to run it.

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16:24 Aug-01-2014

Will this game's controls be awkward like Grid 2 Autosport????? it better not be!!

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08:45 Aug-01-2014

How I wish it will have a local Co-op Mode. Been missing this option on new racing games for a very long time now.

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23:44 Jul-30-2014

I think from now, Minimum & Maximum System Requirements should include a resolution indication in which, the game can be run smoothly. I mean, can the game be run on 1080p on high settings with a GTX 650 ? I maybe wrong but I dont think so ...

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14:52 Jan-20-2015

agreed man!

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16:12 Jul-30-2014

Hoping for ultra 60 FPS :D

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17:00 Jul-30-2014

you don't have to worry about that for 2-3 years :)

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14:44 Jul-30-2014

How well will my MSI GS70 handle this?

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15:23 Jul-30-2014

I'd say maxed easily,but we have to w8 and see the optimization.

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15:23 Jul-30-2014

Most likely tweaked ultra no AA

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09:27 Jul-30-2014

Can I go high to tweaked ultra?

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I don't see why not. You may not be able to use AA though. But you could always give it a try.

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20:57 Jul-29-2014

I welcome the fact that higher specs for CPU's are being seen in newer games. My 8350 yearns for a challenge.

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21:09 Jul-29-2014

Welcome to next-gen! Will you be saying the same thing when you can barely run on low settings? :D

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20:32 Jul-29-2014

Minimal on 720p? ANY HOPE!? XD

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20:13 Jul-29-2014

Obviously my CPU will suffer....

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15:19 Jul-29-2014

Wow fx 8350 just mine xDDD and GTX 650 i have an 660 well well it will be on "hight" for me i think

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lucky i bought a i7 4790k and a 280x :)

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16:46 Jul-28-2014

Well The Crew ran pretty well on Medium for me(43 fps). Dont know why the reqs are so high. Maybe they'll add new lightning because it didnt look that good.

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15:49 Jul-28-2014

Slightly Mad studios have gone slightly mad... 2 GB VRAM recommended and they put in GPUs that cannot even handle 2 GB VRAM...? And since when are GTX 650 and HD 7790 equivalents...?

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09:37 Jul-29-2014

hd 7770 is slightly better than 650 so a oced 650 competes with 7770

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14:39 Jul-28-2014

Slightly Mad Studios, eh? I think they are more than "slightly" regarding the requirements for this game...

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100% Yes [1 votes]
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| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
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100% Yes [3 votes]
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100% Yes [9 votes]
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100% Yes [3 votes]
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66.6667% Yes [3 votes]
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100% Yes [1 votes]