Farewell 8800GT - World Of Warcraft System Requirements Increased For Legion Expansion

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 11:30 AM
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I remember going into Game to pick up my pre-order copy of World of Warcraft way back on February 11th, 2005, when I was 16. I had no idea that more than 11 years later it would still be rocking out with millions of paid subscribers. Blizzard's MMORPG has had its ups and downs over the years, but things look on the up once more with the imminent arrival of its sixth expansion pack.

World of Warcraft: Legion raises the level cap up to 110, introduces the new Broken Isle area, adds the Demon Hunter hero class and introduces nine 5-man dungeons and two raids. It also comes with a bit of a graphical spit and polish, patching over the creaking cracks of this decade-old game. As such that trusty old GeForce 8800GT just won't cut it in any more, so you're going to need a more powerful rig if you want to keep raiding. Find out just what you'll need with the official World of Warcraft: Legion system requirements.

Right, sorry for the absolute wall of system requirements coming up, but it gives you a good idea of just what the leap in requirements are for the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion pack. 

World of Warcraft: Legion Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16 GHz or AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GT 440 or Radeon HD 5670
  • HDD: 45 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Previous World of Warcraft Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 3.16 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce 8800 GT or Radeon HD 4850
  • HDD: 35 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 9

 

 

World of Warcraft: Legion Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0 GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 750 Ti or Radeon R7 260X

Previous World of Warcraft Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.0 GHz or AMD FX-4100 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 470 or Radeon HD 5870

World of Warcraft never was a really demanding game, and Blizzard's aim has always been to get it running on as wide a variety of systems as possible. Unfortunately every so often some hardware needs to get let behind, and that's the case here with WoW: Legion.

Laptop gamers are probably going to be hardest hit here as you can't just go out and a cheapy new graphics card or processor to give yourself a boost, and WoW's always been perfect laptop fodder. If you're running with an Intel integrated HD 5000 graphics or lower, your time, it seems, may be up. There's still every chance you continue doing solo and small group content with older hardware, but those 40-man raids could be of reach.

Despite all this, anyone who games primarily on PC is almost certainly going to have a rig on or around the recommended World of Warcraft: Legion system requirements. They're not particularly high, so it's only really going to be a problem if you've got a creaking PC that you've been gaming for five years+. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the World of Warcraft: Legion System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the World of Warcraft: Legion benchmark chart.

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08:25 Feb-19-2016

good thing blizz just gave me the 6 month bann after i got hacked... told me they restored the things but still banned since the hacker used some kind of bot or cheats ... will be back for legion in september

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06:40 Feb-19-2016

this is the first time i see something that actully has the radeon r7 260x and the 750 TI. WOW.pun inteanded

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18:50 Feb-18-2016

i can't run wow anymore...

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18:59 Feb-18-2016

You should be able to. It's pretty playable on my Celeron 1007U and integrated crapics. Ofc I wouldn't go into a 5 man or a raid on there, but you should be able to.

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03:46 Feb-19-2016

hes talking about how the new requirements have left him behind. he can run it now but after this exp, he wont be able to run it like he did before.
still, he could drop the resolution down to see if that helps.

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11:03 Feb-19-2016

And this is why I don't post when I'm nigh exhausted. Didn't even notice the change in DX until it was mentioned.


meh

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17:14 Feb-18-2016

The mighty 8800GT has fallen..


Almost a decade ago it was the world's fastest card..


RIP

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17:55 Feb-18-2016

My GTX8800 still has a place in my heart and a place on the top shelf of cool things to look at.

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15:12 Feb-18-2016

That's probably a problem actually. Laptop might struggle with its celeron. It was pretty playable for WoD, so hopefully it should be plenty good for Legion.


For the record, it's a 1007U with iHD.

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12:17 Feb-18-2016

Holy, the first PC I ever owned had a 8800 (I think GTS) inside it, and I only bought that PC to play WoW. :D

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12:10 Feb-18-2016

Oh God.

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12:10 Feb-18-2016

I just looked up the original requirements. You could run the game on windows 98 with an 800MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and 32MB of VRAM.

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11:06 Feb-19-2016

Alpha was 1999
i played beta in 2003/4 just befor i got 10 years old

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