World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor System Requirements

Written by Felix Nova on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 2:00 PM
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Its time for a new add on to the most popular MMORPG of all time. We are getting new character models and various other graphical enhancements with the latest expansion for World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor. This also means we get completely new and refreshingly modern system requirements for World of Warcraft.

Traditionally World of Warcraft would run on a calculator from 1984 [OK, so I am exaggerating, but it would certainly chug along on a fairly weak laptop]. The thinking behind this was to make sure that the entry level for World of Warcraft was not restricted by a gamer's hardware. Besides, they also had to make sure they could pass the data back and forth reliably across the internet, and back in 2005 when WOW released that was pretty impressive stuff. But now we have the new Warlords of Draenor system requirements so let's see who can still play World of Warcraft and who out of the 6 million gamers needs a hardware upgrade.

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP / Vista
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 / AMD Phenom X3 8750
  • RAM: 1GB of System Memory for XP, 2GB if you use any more modern Windows
  • GPU RAM: 512MB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT / ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • Laptop GPU: Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • HD: 35GB
  • DX: DirectX 9.0c
  • RES: 1024x768 minimum display resolution
  • NET: Broadband
  • INPUT: Keyboard and mouse (other devices are not supported)

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor Recommended System Requirements

  • OS:¬†Windows Vista 7 or 8 or 8.1 with most recent service pack
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 / AMD FX 4100, or better
  • RAM: 4GB of System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 768MB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 / ATI Radeon HD 5870, or better
  • Laptop GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4400

So there is still support in there for fairly old laptops. This is represented by the Intel HD 3000. An Intel E6600 or X3 8750 are low end CPUs too by todays standards, so the system requirement bottom end is nice and low, especially if you have Windows XP, where Warlords of Draenor only calls for 1GB of system memory. The recommended system specs for World of Warcraft, however, show us that we are hopefully in for a nice visual overhaul. The GTX 470 and 5870 may be a few years old but they are still pretty solid GPUs.

All in all World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor should still be possible to run for a large percentage of their regular gamers, based on the classic assumption that PC gamers usually upgrade every 3-5 years.

Now the big question, are you still playing this ancient behemoth that represents classic PC gaming and if so are you looking forward to picking up your copy of Draenor? Please share with me the highlights that everyone should be getting excited about with this expansion.

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11:20 Sep-29-2014

I can't wait plan on resubing wensday

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11:25 Sep-29-2014

I bet the Xbox One couldn't handle this game on mid setting

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19:18 Sep-29-2014

yes it can, at 1080p it can get ultra without AA according to the system requirements.

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02:23 Sep-28-2014

Can i run this on ultra...wait for it... with dsr enabled in 4K?!?!?


just for comparison, i can run farcry 2 in 4k dsr, at 120 fps+

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06:27 Sep-29-2014

If you have strong net connection & that CPU (these MMO games need more CPU) then crank it up. On a side note your monitor could use an upgrade bec. your GPU deserves 1440p

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04:02 Sep-30-2014

Thanks for the reply, and yeah i already have a benq one picked out. Dont see why i got 3 down votes and a minus on my rep. Didn't know if i could raid in dsr set to 4k or not. Wow can be pretty intensive in those raids.

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12:12 Sep-26-2014

I will only believe when i play it... I think this laptop i have was enough to run WoW maxed out when it came out (doubt it though that's what WoW GD page says)... Now... i play with everything on minimum exept textures are maxed out and just "fair" view distance, i also tweak it.... WoW doesn't look bad graphically at all! MoP looks amazing, hell even BC looks fine... people just ask too much :)

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16:02 Sep-26-2014

yeah i dont need better graphics what i need is stable servers and less cpu load in hc raids
had so many wipes in my life due to lagg

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01:50 Sep-26-2014

Will i get a stable 60 fps on low @ 1024x768? ;)

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15:27 Sep-26-2014

You should be able to get stable 60fps on ultra at 1080p

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16:04 Sep-26-2014

dont wanna spit in yor soup but depends on your server if your not lucky you have to go for 800x600res all on low to get stable fps in some places

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19:19 Sep-26-2014

He has an OC'ed Haswell i5 and R9 280.He can probably play BF4 on ultra 60+ FPS on 64 player server.Why would he play WoW on 800x600 on low?

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22:11 Sep-26-2014

have you ever played wow ? if you are in a 25 men group doing hardcore bosses its usually the lagg that kills the group
the only guy i know who has stable fps around 60 is a fellow man who has an i7 4930@4,9ghz
but in less crowded places you get 400 fps -.-

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11:08 Sep-27-2014

Resolution and graphical settings are for GPU.He won't get any higher FPS if he plays on 800x600 because CPU usage stays same no matter what res you're playing on is.

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11:38 Sep-27-2014

well if you turn stuff down it gets a bit better but not much

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15:15 Sep-27-2014

If it is just a bit of performance boost then its not worth lowering the graphics

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16:20 Sep-27-2014

pls go back to killjoke university -.-" u are doin it wrong man

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15:16 Sep-27-2014

Jesus christ, you guys are killing me! :D

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01:28 Sep-26-2014

seriously..a 470????!!! when it comes to MMOs like these (that makes games accessible to most gamers) I was expecting a 4th gen i5 due to being an MMO

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06:36 Sep-26-2014

it does not need gpu power indeed but it really need top cpu like an modern i5 oc to 4,5ghz+ or you will have heavy drops

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01:27 Sep-27-2014

It does need a powerful CPU but not something that powerful. My old Athlon 64 x2 6000+ could easily play the game at good-high settings above 60fps most of the time

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08:45 Sep-27-2014

did you play MoP ? 25 ppl raids ? my "old" i5-750 dopped down to 8fps for the big fights and did not even matter if all on low or all maxed out

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00:18 Sep-28-2014

I did play MoP. 10 man raids were fine, altho I admit I got massive drops in 25 mans. With my current CPU, I get small drops in 25 mans on occasion. IMO you only need a 3rd gen i5, no overclocks to play 25 mans fine. Also, to me, 8fps seems extremely low for that cpu, even in 25 mans

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01:04 Sep-28-2014

yeah thats why i upgraded in the first place :_L but last time i tried it it was ok i still hate the dropps in the beginning of the fights because these are still pretty hard drops
but after the firs 30 sec most cooldowns are used and the fight gets smooth again
so it is ok 10man is awesome now no drops

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11:44 Sep-30-2014

Idk what you mean man, me and like 40 other people have raided the other faction's main city on a "full" population server and I go beyond fine on my PC, being a 3.6ghz with 15% overclock. Definitely not a "4.5ghz+"

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22:22 Sep-25-2014

Well it looks like they changed the minimum requirements to my 3 year old laptop... wait a minute... oh boy, i can play it at recommended specs on this computer without my graphics card!

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15:10 Sep-25-2014

I didn't know that WoW have System Requirements :D

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18:51 Sep-25-2014

Just like Counter Strike :D

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12:15 Sep-26-2014

why not? :D

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16:03 Sep-26-2014

wow works on a potato if you plug a screen in it and some ram and some hdd and you keyboard
does not even need energy

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06:36 Sep-29-2014

the e-point/e-peen games(crossfire/pointblank/assault fire) that kids in my place play would run on everything. And those games even have the original WoW's graphics

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15:05 Sep-25-2014

A lot of people complain that WoW looks ancient, but that's just WoWs artstyle. I've been playing since '08 and I have no complaints on how it looks. And yes, I've already pre-ordered my copy and am waiting for Nov 13th.

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15:46 Sep-25-2014

raiding 25 hc just needs a ****tone more of cpu power an new i5 @ 5ghz can do well anything below that has fps drops
i drop to 15 fps in SoO 25hc
(does more ram help ? , also it was when i had an r9 270x havent played since april)

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