It's that time of the year once again where we take a look at the annualised Call of Duty outing and its system requirements. This year it's the debut CoD outing from Sledgehammer Games as we get the first fruits of Activision's decision to move from a two to a three-year development cycle. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare looks to be one of the biggest leaps yet for the series, taking us to a near-future global terrorist crisis threatening the very existence of the United States.

Exoskeletons powering jetpacks, invisibility cloaks and powerful dash moves are the order of the day here, fuelling hyper-kinetic combat that pushes the series' trademark fast-paced multiplayer firefights to the next level. Before you get about boost jumping and murdering everyone in sight though, you'd best check out the official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare system requirements to see if your PC is up to the task.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.80 GHz
  • RAM: 6GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1024MB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD 5870
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55GB available Hard Drive space
  • Audio: DirectX compatible sound card
  • Other: Broadband internet connection

A couple of months back Activision inadvertently placed the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare system requirements on its site, before swiftly pulling them back down. These minimum requirements COD:AW are actually remarkably similar, surprise, surprise, but they have taken a leap up in a number of key areas.

First things first the graphics card and memory requirements remain exactly the same. Activision claims you are going to need 6GB RAM as a minimum to play Advanced Warfare, backed up by a GeForce GTS 450, Radeon HD 5870, or better graphics card. These GPU requirements are identical to the Call of Duty: Ghosts requirements, so you can expect a similar level of graphical performance. Both of these cards are pretty middle-of-the-road these days, so any decent modern day graphics card should be able to play CoD: AW without a hitch.

Unfortunately the processor requirements for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare have taken quite a leap. Whereas Ghosts and the previously leaked specs demanded a relatively modest Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or equivalent, Advanced Warfare moves things up a notch with the need for a Core i3-530 or a Phenom II X4 810, both decent processors despite their age.

It's something we've come to expect now following Shadow of Mordor, Alien Isolation, and The Evil Within, but Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare once more has some mammoth hard drive requirements, this time around demanding an eye-watering 55GB of free hard drive space. This could problematic to those hoping to squeeze CoD: AW onto small SSDs for that boost in performance, while it's also a massive download.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Recommended System Requirements

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare GPU benchmark chart. What do you think of these requirements? Getting worried about the consistently huge download sizes? Let us know!