New Max Payne 3 System Requirements

Written by Felix Nova on Sat, May 26, 2012 12:44 PM
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We announced the official Max Payne 3 PC system requirements on April 23rd and as you will remember they caused quite a stir.

The reason for this was because the MP3 system requirements had one of the most powerful machines money could buy listed in its specs. We explained that the top end machine was listed as something that could run Max Payne 3 to the Max but now a new set of requirements have since been refined in a recent press article...

Kevin Hoare, Lead PC Designer on Max Payne 3 had this to say

"In terms of the original list of specs we distributed, they were the extremes of the entire range that we had tested, from the lowest players could reasonably run, through to the most powerful rigs we could put together. We know that variety and customization is one of the strengths of the PC platform, so if you’re a hardcore PC player with an incredibly customized rig, our game is going to shine on your system. If you’re coming in at the bottom end, you’re still going to be able to have a great time playing Max Payne 3."

Here is a more comprehensive list of Max Payne 3 recommended system requirements

Max Payne 3 Minimum System Requirements

OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
CPU: Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ or AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ, or better
RAM: 2GB
GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce 8600 GT 512MB RAM or AMD Radeon™ HD 3400 512MB RAM

Max Payne 3 Low End Recommended System Requirements

OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
CPU: Intel Dual Core 3GHz or AMD equivalent
RAM: 3GB
GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce 450 512MB RAM or AMD Radeon™ HD 4870 512MB RAM

At this level, you will be able to comfortably run the game at 30 frames per second with a 1920 by 1080 screen resolution.

Max Payne 3 High End Recommended System Requirements

OS: Windows 7/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
CPU: Intel i7 Quad Core 2.8Ghz or AMD equivalent
RAM: 3GB
GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce 480 1GB RAM or AMD Radeon™ HD 5870 1GB RAM

At this level, you will be able to comfortably run the game at 60 fps at 1920 by 1080.

Max Payne 3 Highest Tested Specs

OS: Windows 7/Vista (64 bit)

CPU: Intel i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ or AMD FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ

RAM: 16GB

GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 2GB RAM or AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 3GB RAM

Kevin goes on to say that when you get to the top end of these requirements, that is when you will really be able to see Max Payne shine. This is because the PC version will come with screen resolution that is scalable, triple and even sextuple monitor support that also helps with higher screen resolutions. There will be various anti-aliasing choices, even scalable water quality, scalable shadow quality, increased detail for characters and vehicles and a scalable texture filter that further increases the visual quality of Max Payne 3.

MP3 will support DX11 also, including high end graphic features like Hull/Tessellation/Domain Shaders (which adds curvature to the character/vehicle models), Gather4 (for optimized shadow sampling / FXAA), Geometry shader / Stream Output and DX11 texture samplers to name a few.

Kevin explains that all of this is the reason for the giant 35GB install size. So while MP3 can still scale performance down to suit even reasonably low-end rigs, every asset is available at the highest resolution possible, from audio to video to textures.

We are looking forward to hearing your feedback and frames per second reports once you get your hands on Max Payne 3.

Special thanks to Taherookie for helping us always stay on top of the news. Thumb him up if you see him around.

Special thanks to anabigs for putting together the awesome picture of Felix Payne 3. Thumb him up too if you see him around.

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04:56 Jul-17-2012

on what settings are the low-end requirements running at?? cause it says you can run it smoothly with 30 fps is it with max settings??

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13:50 Jun-01-2012

Everyone who gets this, please add your FPS to our Max Payne 3 ratings page so everyone can see what the game will really play like
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21:00 Jun-01-2012

Too bad I'm not going to get this :(, or can I add fake ones. jk lol ;)

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12:40 Jun-02-2012

i'm also

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17:30 May-31-2012

Is it just me or does Felix look HOT in that picture? :D :P ;)

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20:22 May-31-2012

Is it really him? :D

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20:26 May-31-2012

For sure ;) Take a look at his profile picture, same guy :D

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20:37 May-31-2012

:D He still needs to shave his head though :D

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20:40 May-31-2012

Hell no, then it wouldn't be Felix :D

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20:43 May-31-2012

Melix Payne :D

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20:48 May-31-2012

Sounds good ;)

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20:51 May-31-2012

lol, Felix with his girl friend and with his enemy. ;)

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21:16 May-31-2012

Don't forget the flock of mutated birds that Felix raises in his underground lab to spread the T-Virus :D

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21:17 May-31-2012

Wait, girlfriend? Is that Muse on the picture...?

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21:19 May-31-2012

I mean his 2nd girlfriend. ;)

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21:34 May-31-2012

Ooooooh... ;) Does Muse know about her? Is Felix polygamous? :D

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21:39 May-31-2012

of couse not, if Felix told Muse about his other girlfriends, he is DEAD. Yes Felix is polygamous ;D

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21:46 May-31-2012

We're walking on very thin ice here, buddy... :D

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21:47 May-31-2012

Yea you guys will be slapped :D

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21:48 May-31-2012

ahahahahahah! :D

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21:52 May-31-2012

With a large trout? :D

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12:54 Jun-02-2012

I don't think he will slap, check out the pistol that he has in his hand. :O

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13:05 Jun-02-2012

Is that a pistol in your hand or are you just happy to see me? ;)

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13:15 Jun-02-2012

Are you asking that from me? or from Felix?

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13:23 Jun-02-2012

Felix of course :D

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You mean Melix :P

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13:28 Jun-02-2012

Rockstar - We're proud to present you our upcoming character in Max Payne 4, Melix Payne! Everybody! give a big cheers for our next Max Payne hero! Max Payne's son, Melix Payne!!! :D

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14:20 Jun-02-2012

:D:D:D

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14:21 Jun-02-2012

:D :D :D

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13:21 May-31-2012

So guys, are you ready to Max Max? :D
Tomorrow is the day and I'm going to review this so stay tuned on GD and especially the Approvals section ;)

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15:18 May-31-2012

Yeah, if I could afford a PC that can Max Max this game :-/ Anyways, will look forward to your review of it :D

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20:59 May-29-2012

Lol, That's a nice picture of Felix in there. :D

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13:19 May-31-2012

Ahahahahaaa :D

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20:55 May-29-2012

Can i max it out with the AA?

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20:58 May-29-2012

I'd say... Yes :D Nice rig man :D

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20:59 May-29-2012

Yes you can :)

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22:35 May-29-2012

Thanks guys, much of a relief. :D I thought i won't be able to max it out because of the very high end card and the over the edge requirements.

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Do not underestimate gtx 570 :)

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16:23 May-29-2012

hey does this game supports my rig......

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16:26 May-29-2012

Yes you can run it without problem

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12:38 May-29-2012

what is the best settings i can get for this game? can i max it at 720p?

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I think you can max it without AA.

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13:51 May-29-2012

thanks!

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You are welcome :)

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14:54 May-29-2012

I agree with Amekdala, maxed out without AA... Nice rig dude :D

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02:29 May-30-2012

hehe thanks pal, jz assembled this xD

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08:09 May-29-2012

updating to i5-3570K and 8GB-1600 DDR3 RAM + Z68 Motherboard, so i can play this on HIGH, prolly trying to max it out and see how my GFX-card works on it.

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14:15 May-29-2012

Your GPU will be just fine, its really a powerful GPU and with the other specs you wrote it will be a really good rig and I personally think then you will max out MP3.

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17:40 May-29-2012

changed it a bit, getting now 8GB-1866 DDR3 and a Z77 board, ya I guess this should be enough, I hope it will be good enough for GTA V too!! crossing fingers ^_^

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19:33 May-28-2012

Yep, Well I think my rig can handle MED Settings :]

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19:36 May-28-2012

Yeah, it should run with good fps on medium, some settings turned to low :D

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04:11 May-28-2012

Even though they pushed this game back a few days, I still cannot wait.

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1 more day :)

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Hang in there :D

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01:10 May-28-2012

can i run this? and what settings? :O

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01:24 May-28-2012

Yes, on medium settings.

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16:38 May-27-2012

Hehe high end settings here i come... but so will the Payne !!!

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18:21 May-27-2012

I believe that your graphic card will handle it..... :)

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14:15 May-27-2012

dears....
can i run this game at 1920*1080 and MAX setting????

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14:19 May-27-2012

Yes, most likely ;)

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14:48 May-27-2012

which one is weak in my rig 4 play smoothly M.P.3??(cpu or gfx or ram)

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14:53 May-27-2012

GFX, also, you might need to turn off AA to get it playable. ;)

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15:05 May-27-2012

tanx cham0d:)

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No problem :D

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14:21 May-27-2012

no, you have to turn some things off just like me...

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14:49 May-27-2012

why??? :(((((((((

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15:03 May-27-2012

your GPU is not powerful enough to play this game with all DX11 features, everything except GFX is fine.

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15:06 May-27-2012

tankU2;)

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16:19 May-27-2012

np :)

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10:46 May-27-2012

Is there any chance that i can play this game on ultra settings with my rig? I think that 16 gb ram is what they tested the game with not what it needs. High end rec settings is on 3 gb.

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11:03 May-27-2012

yeah, sure, take the chance :)

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14:40 May-27-2012

I believe you can run it on ultra,I do not think it will use even 8gb ram,according to me it can effect loading time only.

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08:28 May-27-2012

So, can I run this on my Rig???

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08:33 May-27-2012

yes, you can :)

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08:47 May-27-2012

woot gonna get some more memory though but what frames am I looking at for my 1366x768 res monitor??

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09:28 May-27-2012

Probably medium-high settings with 30fps
if you lower down the settings to low-medium then you will most likely get 60fps :D

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21:32 May-26-2012

so, i can play it on ultra settings with my rig and my resolution?

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21:43 May-26-2012

No you need 16 Gib ram and gtx 680/HD 7970 3GB then you play ultra settings:)Intresting whay this game ask so mutch...i realy dont understand that:(maybe game runs bad game engine.or maybe pc companys want sell more new computers:)sorry i dont want buy new pc:D

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15:06 May-27-2012

i know that they are expecting this configurations for 2560x1440 and higher. But for resolutions like 1600x900 my card should be enough.. i expect only bad optimization not greatest graphics ever

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21:53 May-26-2012

Skillerman, I reckon you probably will be able to run the game in pretty much all its glory. Maybe a couple of settings turned down slightly but not so you would notice.

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08:26 May-27-2012

i really doubt that this game will be better looking than crysis 2 with DX11 and hi-res texture pack. i think optimization will be bad

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14:16 May-29-2012

can I run this game...?
I've been waiting sooo long for this game...

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21:13 May-26-2012

Well there is a chance i can run this on high settings in dx9 xD

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Yes, but it's not going to be smooth. ;)

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17:49 May-26-2012

wow , that's great, i love, (so much) my HD5870, i bought it 2 years ago for max payne (i'm serious) & now i can play max on max with 60 fps,

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17:50 May-26-2012

That's awesome. :D

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no doubt,, your resolution is 900p...:)

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I actually wanna buy this game just to see how high I will be able to run this and test my machine's capabilities. I haven't played a Max Payne game before so this will the first.

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20:45 May-26-2012

really?!, i advise u; download & play max 1 & 2. these games are best & most memorizable in my gaming history (coz max is a testament to the level design and comic book-style storytelling that this is one of the few games that has ever pulled off bullet time without it feeling tiresome by the end. awesome action, impressive story & tragic neo noir & ....
OH I LOVE IT! NO DOUBT

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02:57 May-27-2012

I agree MAx Payne is just an unique game which gives you something you can not find it in another game,especially if you do not play it like a random shooter game in rambo style but using bullet time :)

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16:47 May-26-2012

well at least i can play it at high setting without any lag

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You can indeed :)

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17:19 May-26-2012

what about my rig?? I'm eager to play in 1080p resolution :)

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I would say on medium-high settings :)

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problem solved,,, thanks :))

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No problem :D

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| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
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| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
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0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1440p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gigabyte Aorus 8GB 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i5-480M 2.66GHz HD i5 M480 8GB
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APU A6-5400K Dual-Core Radeon HD 7450 4GB
| Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 3 3300X 4-Core 3.8GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz Radeon R7 250X Sapphire 1GB Edition 4GB
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| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
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APU A10-9700E 4-Core 3.0GHz Radeon R5 M320 2GB 12GB
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Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Asus TUF Gaming 6GB 16GB
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Core i5-6500 3.2GHz GeForce GTX 1060 16GB
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100% Yes [1 votes]
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Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Gigabyte Windforce 2X OC 3GB 16GB
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