Total War: Warhammer System Requirements Announced Alongside Month-Long Delay

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 3:27 PM
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Okay so first things first - the bad news. Total War: Warhammer has been delayed. Originally scheduled for the end of April, Creative Assembly's ambitious fusion with Games Workshop's tabletop strategy game will now hit on May 24th. Boo. They need a bit more time for fine-tuning, claiming this is possibly "the best Total War game [they've] ever made", so they don't want to rush it. Fair enough. 

But, we do now have our hands on the system requirements so you've got plenty of time on your hands to make sure your rig's up to the task. Take a deep breath, forget about the Chaos DLC controversy, and head on in and check out the official Total War: Warhammer system requirements. 

Total War: Warhammer Minimum System Requirements (15-25 FPS Low @ 1080p)

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0 GHz or AMD Phenom 8650 Triple-Core 2.3 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTS 450 1GB, Radeon HD 5770 1GB or Intel HD 4000 (Low)
  • HDD: 35 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Total War: Warhammer Recommended System Requirements (45-55 FPS High @1080p

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon R9 270X

Total War: Warhammer Ultra System Requirements (Ultra @ 1080p)

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz or AMD FX-9370 4.4 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 980 or AMD Radeon Fury X

Well they're a heck of a lot lower than we'd anticipated. The Total War series is an absolute resource hog, and Total War: Warhammer is on course to be the best looking of the bunch. On the surface it looks as if there is going to be a great deal of scaleable options to get Total Warhammer running on a wide range of rigs. 

It's not often that a developer outlines what settings its specs are for, but Creative Assembly have nailed it here. Unfortunately those minimum requirements certainly are the bottom of the barrel. It might be capable of running on a Radeon HD 5770, GTS 450, or even an Intel HD 4000 but you're going to have to really sacrifice both visuals and frame rate. Creative Assembly tout between 15-25 FPS at Low, so it's going to probably look terrible, but at least you can play. Look out for benchmarks from us down at this end nearer the time. 

Head up to the recommended specs and you'll spot a fair leap, but still a very reasonable set of system requirements to run Total War: Warhammer at High and close to 60 FPS. I'm amazed a GTX 760 or R9 270X is up to the task, but it certainly means the majority of enthusiast gamers should really be able to crank the myriad of graphics options up. 

It kind of goes without saying but the Ultra requirements for TW: Warhammer are obviously sky high. This is premium tier stuff when there's heaps of units on-screen and all the graphics settings are cranked up. Creative Assembly recommend an Intel Core i7-4790K, and in truth AMD doesn't really have anything to match up to this. The FX-9370 should suffice but it's not exactly a popular processor. As a series these are some of the most CPU intensive of all time, so you may see your frame rate held back significantly if you can't match these specs. It's a shame in this sense there's no DirectX 12 support out of the box, but who knows what a future update may hold. 

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

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13:00 Mar-28-2016

OMG ! What are these requirements !They are crazy...Why the game will be so tough? Can someone explain me please? I thought that it will be as heavy as Attila??

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20:19 Mar-29-2016

Optimization, I think. Look at Rome II: Total War. It's a shame that even after several patches the game runs bad even for high-end rigs. At the release it was even more awful.

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07:00 Mar-17-2016

Based on the ultra requirement that CA has released will i be able to run it at 60fps ultra, with my CPU

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17:15 Mar-13-2016

I hope i will be able to run this game well at ultra. You never really know with total war games even if you might have the best setup.

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18:09 Mar-13-2016

To be honest they did delay the game by a month which is what we've been asking since Rome 2 not to mention that if Warhammer is a failure it might lead slowly to the death of total war games .

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09:04 Mar-14-2016

I wouldn't go that far. I think Warhammer having a similar launch to Rome 2 would be another dent in CA's rep especially after delaying for a month. But as long as the game sells then CA and Sega will keep making them.

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10:41 Mar-14-2016

The thing is that if the game is bad it won't sell , we've come a long way since Rome 2 and most people by now have learned not to pre order thus at some point they're going to realise that releasing bad and unfinished games doesn't work .

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14:45 Mar-14-2016

Well they lost me & many other die hard Total War fans on this one. This will be the first Total War game that I will skip since the original Shogun, & mainly because of the fantasy setting. I mean... I don't even know what a Warhammer is to begin with and I have been a fan of the historical settings of Total War games since their beginning. I am not happy about the fantasy setting at all so I'm out, and so are a lot of their other regular fan base.

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18:30 Mar-14-2016

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09:35 Mar-16-2016

I'm still a Total War fan but only really for the historical setting. I won't be buying Warhammer until a sale that said I'm not really that interested in it. I'm just waiting for the next Total War game which I would like to be Medieval 3 which would follow on nicely from Charlemagne. If not that I think it will most likely be Empire 2 but all we can do is speculate.

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15:24 Mar-16-2016

I want Medieval 3 the most, but I would settle for Empire 2 I guess. I really didn't like the first Empire, and honestly there is a good chance that I would skip Empire 2 just like I am skipping Warhammer.

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08:38 Mar-11-2016

so high 768p? 40ish fps? right?

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08:52 Mar-11-2016

Yes you should be fine :)

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10:01 Mar-11-2016

Most likely more. :D

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04:26 Mar-10-2016

What settings for me at 768p? High?

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09:15 Mar-10-2016

Probably high with some medium settings no AA and you'll probably get around 30-40 fps :)

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11:07 Mar-09-2016

so 900p high @ 40-ish fps for me? seems about right?

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11:10 Mar-09-2016

35-40 fps I would say. No AA and other fancy settings and you should be fine :)

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11:12 Mar-09-2016

ah good enough...from what ive seen what a 760 delivers on 1080p a 750 delivers at 900p at 7-10 frames less..so ill keep an eye on what fancy stuff the 760 can handle

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09:17 Mar-09-2016

too bad for the delay but im guessing like any strategy game the optimization won't matter when it comes to online large scale battles.

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07:55 Mar-09-2016

A whole month delay?!
Goddamnit!
I was looking forward so much to playing this during the May bank holidays and now it's going to release after :(

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10:05 Mar-09-2016

The game may be better for it. Remember Rome 2, a month delay for that probably would have allowed CA to resolve many of the problems experienced at launch.

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05:39 Mar-09-2016

So basically it is about the same as Attila. They are just giving requirements that are closer to reality this time around instead of listing requirements that are far below what is really needed.

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11:11 Mar-11-2016

Oh really ? Did you ever see anyone reach 60 fps with an i7 4790k and a gtx 980 anywhere near 55-60 fps on Attila Maxed out ?

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16:44 Mar-11-2016

At 1080p yes. I get a 45fps average maxed out @ 1080p & two of my friends with i7-4790k & 970 were getting between 50 & 55 average maxed out @ 1080p. So logically a 980 would net about an extra 5fps more than a 970.

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11:55 Mar-12-2016

all you have to search for in youtube is for a benchmark with an i7 4790k and a gtx 980 , here's an example : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yitFZz87S4 , as shown in all benchmarks the framerate doesn't get anywhere near 60 fps .

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18:35 Mar-12-2016

Don't put all of your trust in just one video. A lot of game patches and GPU driver updates have been released since February 17 of 2015 when your video was uploaded. Heck that was actually launch day! It was May of 2015 before I even got official SLI support in a driver update. Do you really think that in game performance hasn't increased after a dozen game patches and a dozen driver updates? Attila runs fine now, but yeah it ran like @ss on launch day. lol

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10:38 Mar-13-2016

You tell me , i pre ordered the game on December 2014 and Attila ran bad as well , since launch day in the benchmark my fps have risen from 30 to 34 which is really embarassing for a GTX 960 @ Quality Settings .

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21:37 Mar-13-2016

My performance went from a 27fps average to 33fps average on the single card side. Once SLI was supported I jumped from 33fps average to 45fps average. However most of the problem seems to be caused by a CPU bottleneck that is happening for almost everyone playing Total War. The reason is because Core 0 gets overloaded & maxed out. The game does not spread the load evenly on multi core CPUs. Because of that the CPU gets bogged down by the AI processes during larger battles.

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21:44 Mar-13-2016

Also the fps I listed is what I get on the game's benchmark test. When I actually play the game I get about 53 to 60 fps until a really large battle happens and then it drops down to between 42 to 47 fps. Again that is due to the CPU Core 0 bottleneck issue.

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23:59 Mar-08-2016

a 980 for ultra at 1080p "cries internally"

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11:05 Mar-09-2016

I think your 970 will do just fine :)

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19:48 Mar-09-2016

If it is as demanding as Attila then his current specs will net him about a 50 to 55 fps average on Ultra settings at 1080p. If it is more demanding than Attila then he would get less. I personally think that it will be about the same.

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22:11 Mar-08-2016

Looks like I can only play this on high. However I would like to think my video card would be able to do some settings on Ultra.

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20:53 Mar-08-2016

Yes! I never thought I'd meet the rec. requirements! I just hope my system can handle the weight of my enormous armies! :D

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19:59 Mar-08-2016

please guys,how many fps do you think i can get with my current PC?

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20:05 Mar-08-2016

According to the system reqs you should be able to do with Ultra @ 60 Fps + Enjoy ;)

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17:27 Mar-08-2016

Well, I surely hope my GTX670 will get along with the rest. Didn't really have any issues with Rome II or Attila for that matter.
Witcher 3 ran pretty smooth as well, so hey.. fingers crossed.

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19:38 Mar-08-2016

I'm not sure , especially with that ress , but in 1920x1080 you should be able to play the game on High no AA .

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21:04 Mar-08-2016

Yeh, dw I'm not sure why that res is set up like that.. I should look into that hehe.
I just have 2 screens at 1920x1080, but I only game in one ;)

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12:14 Mar-09-2016

Fair enough , the GTX 670 is still holding strong :D I think you should consider overclocking it to gain a few extra frames ;)

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16:32 Mar-08-2016

You forgot to mention that Total War : Warhammer will be the first 64 bit Application total war game rather than 32 bit .

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09:19 Mar-09-2016

really?i think they should have a 32bit exe too just in case.

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12:15 Mar-09-2016

most of new games are 64 bit only and people with 32 bit systems are not able to play them which is fair since they wouldn't be getting good framerates anyways if they could play them .

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16:02 Mar-08-2016

This game is one I might pick up for full price but only after the reviews once it releases.

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15:34 Mar-08-2016

Wait i7-4790k is 4.0 Ghz right?

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15:38 Mar-08-2016

Eagle-eyed, fixed!

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15:30 Mar-08-2016

lol I can play!

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