Mass Effect Andromeda System Requirements Blast Off

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 8:13 PM
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BioWare were clearly trying to catch me off guard releasing the official Mass Effect Andromeda system requirements deep into a Friday evening, but they won’t slip past me that easy. We’ve got the official systems specs you’re going to need in order to dust off your space boots and join the galaxy-wide quest with Ryder and co. So without further ado ladies, gents, and Korgans, here are the Mass Effect Andromeda system requirements.

Mass Effect Andromeda Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55 GB available space

Mass Effect Andromeda Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.60 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 3GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 55 GB available space 

As you may be aware, pretty much all games published by EA these days are being developed in the Frostbite Engine. This includes Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, and now Mass Effect Andromeda. This gives us a fairly stable jumping off point. And, as you can see if you check out the BF1 game page, Mass Effect Andromeda features largely the same requirements as DICE’s shooter. The Frostbite engine has become synonymous with great visuals, fantastic performance and top-tier optimization. With any luck, Mass Effect 4 is no different.

DICE’s engine means we get a wide spread of requirements for ME Andromeda’s specs. Down at the low end we get very modest demands of a GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7850 as the minimum specs. These are very low level for a modern AAA game, but if MEA is anthing like Battlefield 1, you will definitely be able to get decent playable frame rates if you’re willing to drop the resolution and the graphics settings. Compared to the GPUs, the 8GB RAM requirement is however a bit lofty. I suspect most people won’t run into issues matching this but it is something to bear in mind.

The jump up to Mass Effect Andromeda’s recommended system requirements is a large one. Looking at what you need, that is basically a solid $800-1000 build. Don’t panic if you’re under this though, the DICE engne has proven itself extremely scalable and those with the likes a GTX 950 or a Radeon R9 370 are probably still going to get some very decent performance.

Elsewhere the RAM requirements double all the way up to 16GB (probably not necessary in truth) and MEA needs a top-end CPU from the last three years or so.

Lastly the installation size 55GB. Not really news in this day and age, that’s the size of most AAA games now. It will mean you’re probably going to want to begin your preload early if you want to be ready for Mass Effect Andromeda’s March 21st launch.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Mass Effect Andromeda System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Mass Effect Andromeda GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Mass Effect Andromeda Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.

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07:30 Mar-16-2017

Yay my machne is still relevant lol. Four years down and hopefully more to go.

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07:55 Mar-16-2017

and they say you have to upgrade your pc every six month :D

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07:58 Mar-16-2017

Thankfully that's not the case as upgrading can be quite expensive. Although my next upgrade will most likely be Ryzen 5.

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08:00 Mar-16-2017

yeah drop a hexa core ryzen and you will be good
titan is still capable for 1080p ultra gaming
i think it has 1 or 2 more years in it

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20:30 Jun-27-2017

Actually they say to upgrade every 6 months if you want to keep playing on ultra settings and getting more than 60 fps because lets say i wanted to play my games on ultra settings like next year i would then have to get pretty much a GTX 1070 or wait for the GTX 1150 to come out instead.

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12:36 Jun-27-2017

its very unlikely a titan will be outdated that soon,especially for 1080p ultra it probably has no less than say 4 years or 3? it can run last years games on 4k with great graphics presets and FPS so....

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02:54 Feb-28-2017

Well at least all ME games were awesomely optimised,so i don't see why this will not,a friend of mine played all 3 ME's smoothly with an intel HD 3000 so i guess i will run this game pretty ok with my MSI GTX 760 OC Ti 2GB,but as much as i hope to buy this game since i'm a big Bioware fan,i also really want to upgrade to at least an GTX MSI 1060 6GB.

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10:53 Mar-01-2017

The first trilogy was intended to run on a lot of machines - simple textures, but a lot of work put into faces, scenes and overall picture.
This time they are going for more improved texture quality, so don't expect the same level of optimization

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12:39 Jun-27-2017

This game isn't optmised well I can say that,witcher 3 is much more optmised, It's mainlty due to the frostbite engine,in the trilogy they used more simple engines such as unreal engine 3 and with areas not so big,damn I ran ME3 on a pentinum and HD graphics Family.

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15:37 Jun-28-2017

I wouldn't give The Witcher 3 too much credit - their first 2 games ran terrible - you needed powerful equipment and even then it didn't feel smooth, so good for them, that they finally learned

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16:46 Feb-27-2017

Not bad, especially if it runs anything like Battlefront-Not-3 then my GTX 770 should still pull it off on decent settings.


Btw, you've misspelled Krogans. ;)

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09:08 Feb-27-2017

what do you guys think my fps and settings to this game? I think med to high. I don't know what will my fps, but still need your opinion. thanks
i5-4690 non k
MSI GTX 1060 6GB
8GB of RAM

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12:06 Mar-01-2017

At your resolution, ultra 50+ for sure. Depending on optimization, probably same situation on 1080p as well - I'd go for ultra textures and a little beat of tweaking on other effect graphical options

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09:43 Feb-26-2017

I'm gonna be so broke at the end of this month to many things I wanna buy, including this game!

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07:43 Feb-26-2017

those req. are on pair with bf1 ones no wonder same engine :D

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18:40 Feb-25-2017

So basically if it has SLI support I have the recommended power level, but if it does not have SLI support I will am barely above the minimum on the GPU side.

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18:10 Feb-25-2017

I hope I can play on high with my cpu....

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18:39 Feb-25-2017

maby we will see

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00:18 Feb-26-2017

buy a new one that ones crap

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09:42 Feb-25-2017

i can confirm that the new Frostbit Engine is more CPU demanding and make use of the extra threads . BF1 hits 80% on my rig (locked to 60fps), but the advantage is low GPU requirement which is good for old gen GPUs and laptop users.
i think its nice from the devs to think out of the box for a change.

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09:01 Feb-25-2017

So 1440x900 Ultra 60fps on a 050ti is possible ?
as bf1 gives almost 60fps average on 1050ti at 1080p and it has the same engine

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09:59 Feb-25-2017

On paper, yes, but we are yet to see how their new Denuvo anti-piracy measures affect the game's performance

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16:30 Feb-25-2017

I hate that piece of crap

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02:58 Feb-28-2017

Why would you buy 1050,all nvidia 50 gpus are crap,why not go with 1060 at the least,when i hover my mouse over your spec it tells me your gpu is 8% weaker than mine,8%?! 1k series vs 700 witch is how many years old? 5-6?

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07:33 Mar-16-2017

Rx 470 is also a good value for the money. You can currently pick one up on Newegg for like $150.

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07:57 Mar-16-2017

Newegg doesnt ship to my country and rx 470 is expensive here
plus 1050ti is way better then 760

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18:03 Feb-25-2017

That's what I'm afraid of...

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18:15 Feb-25-2017

i decided not to support dev who use denuvo
so i guess mass effect andromeda is a no for me
i think i will pass lol!

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07:34 Mar-16-2017

At the rate Denuvo games have been cracked lately I think you'll be well off.

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07:56 Mar-16-2017

if they remove denuvo

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08:57 Feb-25-2017

so i am just at minimum after 4/5 years with my cpu


time for Zen already i think
gonna get a 6 core 12 thread R5
but still not sure if worth it perhaps rather go 4c/8t Zen

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09:05 Feb-25-2017

Wait for the game benchmarks and OC potential for the RyZen CPU's before the buy. :)

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11:08 Feb-25-2017

yeah will have to wait till they actually release the 6 core ryzen
but the i5 7600 beat the R7 in singlecore while the clock of the R7 was lower if i remember the article from a few days ago correctly
hexacore will be futureproof i guess and they come quite affordable

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11:09 Feb-25-2017

but have too keep in mind that i will need a new mobo and ram aswell a new cooler(if its not bundled with this awesome wraith cooler)


boxed cooler should do for the moment perhaps upgrade to a 280mm AiO Watercooler

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09:43 Feb-25-2017

the game minimum system requirements is as similar to my pc build.

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18:09 Feb-25-2017

Damn, well now I'm worried about lowered performance due to my CPU (same CPU). It runs BF1 just fine at 1080p @ 60 Hz, 60 FPS, but, yes, while it might use the same engine, BF1 is an entirely different game...ME:A is primarily single player, with more AI doing their own things. And then there's anti-tamper tech, too...
And I'll be in the same boat for upgrades, needing a new mobo and RAM and possibly aftermarket cooler, and my old HDD is showing definite signs of aging (though fortunately my reallocated sector cound is still in single digits).

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18:42 Feb-25-2017

i think y will be fine(i hope actualy), and whay do y need to upgrade ram 16gb is more then enouth

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20:30 Feb-25-2017

Oh I meant upgrading to the newer DDR4 RAM for the next motherboard I get. I'll still just stick with 16GB as far as capacity goes. I don't really feel like doing that though for at least another year.


I guess I could reuse my current DDR3 RAM though? It's just that, if I'm upgrading my CPU and motherboard, I'd probably get newer RAM, too. But I guess I wouldn't necessarily have to right away. Aren't PCs fun? :D

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21:12 Feb-25-2017

Aren't DDR4 mobos not incompatible with DDR3 so you'd have to get newer RAM anyway?

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21:41 Feb-25-2017

Ah, well that makes sense. That's what I was thinking , so yeah I'd have to get newer RAM anyway.

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06:39 Feb-25-2017

So...I don't NEED to upgrade? Huh... Well I've still got my eye on an R7 but it just feels less urgent now...

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06:31 Feb-25-2017

So I am not to clued up about this, but will my CPU give problems if I want to play this game on Ultra? Or should my pc be okay on ultra?

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08:14 Feb-25-2017

You should be fine at ultra

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00:39 Feb-25-2017

Looks like good requirements to me. I'm more worried about what she said in this video at 18:00


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InOcq7N_kYw


since she played the PC build and the game releases in a month.

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07:26 Feb-25-2017

If you're talking about the bugs and glitches she mentions in the video, i'm sure Bioware will fix them before release. For their sake I hope they will.

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23:56 Feb-24-2017

Normal reqirements for me imo. U should get used to with these req. Sooner or later the games will require higher reqirements and again u will complain. Its not their fault that technology advances so fast. It's your own fault for not having the money to aquire this hardware on time. Either get console and stay with it 5-7 years or just purchase a high end pc with gtx 1080 and get over with it.
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23:58 Feb-24-2017

nah it will be much less demanded i am sure of it

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00:00 Feb-25-2017

They want u have the best possible expirience with the game no matter the requirements. Do u know how hard is to make a gpu/cpu powerfull like that? Do u know how long it took them to make it?

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00:03 Feb-25-2017

i dont understand a point of what y just sayed, what have game requirments to do with time they take to make ssome CPU/GPU

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11:22 Feb-25-2017

excuse me but this is the dumbest statement i've read this month..and it is because of this perspective highly anticipated games turned out half cooked like mafia 3 and dishonored 2.

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23:50 Feb-24-2017

Heres hoping I can play it on high @60FPS like I do BF1.

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18:13 Feb-25-2017

Hoping the same thing, myself, same CPU, though I have mine OC'd a little lower than yours. I hope the lack of HT doesn't hamper my performance in this game...
This will probably be the last major release I'll get before upgrading. Ryzen is coming out very soon and I'll be looking into benchmarks and stats, etc., for it, then I'll start looking into the new chipsets for mobos and looking into how well they do. I've been glancing at a few chipsets from Intel, but haven't really committed to anything because of anticipation for Ryzen.

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19:46 Feb-25-2017

Same, next build will likely include R7 1700x. As far as gpu idk yet, gonna wait to see what Vega has to offer.

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20:37 Feb-25-2017

Yeah I'm looking at the same CPU. I waited and waited for Vega, but I needed to replace my old 290X because something was causing the fans to stay locked at 100% for no reason, maybe a faulty controller on the board. The thermal sensor showed it was below 30 degrees C, mostly because it was locked at 100% fan speed o.O so there wasn't any overheating going on.. plus I had just replaced all the thermal pads and compound and the actual fans over this past summer. But it was struggling with newer games, too, so I went ahead and got this 1070.

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23:36 Feb-24-2017

So... Is my i5 going to struggle with staying over 60fps?
What performance difference can I expect from the recommended i7?

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23:54 Feb-24-2017

well they say same as battlefield 1, that mean your i5 wont have problem at all(if what they say are trye)

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02:46 Feb-25-2017

Well, i can run BF1 with my i5 at over 60 FPS so i wouldnt worry too much

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18:17 Feb-25-2017

I'm hoping those of us with i5s (and 3570s specifically) won't have any problem with running this at high/ultra and 60 FPS --- at 1920x1080. I don't know for sure, but I wonder if we'd struggle with running it at higher resolutions. I haven't tried running BF1 over 1920x1080, although I did turn up my resolution scale to 125% and didn't suffer any performance loss. Although, I haven't played BF1 a whole lot lately.

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18:32 Feb-25-2017

Just quickly took a look at some benchmarks for BF1, specifically i5 CPUs. Granted, the benchmark I looked at was using much newer i5s, but framerate results looked decent and above 60 FPS on 1080p resolution. I think that's the key for those of us with i5s: our resolution.

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02:01 Feb-26-2017

I like your build! Its nice to see im not the only person using an 3570K still, while having a 1070. Its such a nice CPU ill be sad when it starts bottlenecking me. Maybe it already does a little and i dont know though.

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06:09 Feb-26-2017

Thanks! Yeah the 3570k has served me very well for the past several years. I've bumped it up to 4.2 Ghz. I could OC it more, but I'm already putting more voltage in it than I'd hoped...I guess I got a very average chip in the silicon lottery. I try to keep my Vcore at -1.2V-1.224V max, but I'm using offset voltage and keeping it in the negative to reduce heat and voltage spikes. I've seen where some people can offset it to -100mV and still do around 4.2Ghz..but not me.
I'm looking into AMD's Ryzen 1700X for my next, but I'll be sad to see this one go.

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23:13 Feb-24-2017

imo recommended i7 cpu and 16gb ram doesnt look realistic. 6600k and 12gb ram should be good.

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22:39 Feb-24-2017

**** yeah

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i want to believe!

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| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
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| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, 720p
Core i7-5500U 2-Core 2.4GHz GeForce 940M 2GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Edition 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-6400 2.7GHz GeForce GTX 1050 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Core i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB 32GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
FX-6300 GeForce GTX 760 24GB
| 30FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Athlon II X4 640 Radeon RX 470 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i7-4710MQ 4-Core 2.5GHz GeForce GTX 960M 2GB 16GB
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Pentium G2030 3.0GHz Radeon HD 4650 1GB 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-6402P 2.8GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti MSI Gaming X 4GB 16GB
Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core 3.9GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 32GB
Core i3-10105 4-Core 3.7GHz UHD Graphics 630 4GB
Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz GeForce GT 1030 8GB
Core i7-2600 4-Core 3.40GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Zotac Mini 4GB 8GB