Mass Effect Andromeda Graphics Options Revealed Alongside Estimated PC Performance

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 4:32 PM
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OK folks, it's time to shift the hype machine into overdrive. We are now less than two weeks from Mass Effect Andromeda's launch. Toot the horn. Rev your engines and all that. Suffice to say Mass Effect fans have had to wait a while to see how Mass Effect 3's awesome ending would ever be topped, but on March 21st we'll finally find out. Before then though, we've got our hands on the Mass Effect Andromeda PC graphics settings, revealing all the bits and bobs we'll be able to tweak to achieve our desired performance.

Mass Effect Andromeda Graphics Options and Advanced Video Settings 

  • Screen Calibration
  • Safe Zone Adjustment
  • Film Grain
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Overall Qaulity
  • Resolution Scale Mode
  • Resolution Scale
  • Texture Quality
  • Anti-aliasing
  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Post Process Quality
  • Texture Filtering
  • Lighting Quality
  • Shadows Quality
  • Effects Quality
  • Mesh Quality
  • Shader Quality
  • Terrain Quality
  • Vegetation Quality

The great news is that Mass Effect Andromeda runs on the illustrious Frostbite engine. It's already powered the likes of Battlefield 1, Star Wars Battlefront, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mirror's Edge Catalyst. We know from these past experiences that Mass Effect Andromeda is likely to run fantastically on PC, barring any major mishaps from BioWare.

There are also a decent amount of graphics settings to mess around with in Mass Effect 4. BioWare has got just about all the usual bases covered. It's actually a very similar setup to Battlefield 1, so if you're familiar with tweaking DICE's shooter it's a similar process here for Mass Effect Andromeda. 

In total there are 16 different graphics options in Mass Effect Andromeda, with quite a few of these offering several unique settings each. Some of those at the top are toggles however, offering players the choice of whether or not to enable Chromatic Aberration or Film Grain. I know the former in particular isn't a very popular a choice so at least the option is there to remove it.

What Graphics Settings and Resolution the Minimum and Recommended System Requirements for Mass Effect Andromeda Will Get You

In addition to the graphics options we've also got wind of what graphics settings and resolutions the minimum and recommended system requirements for Mass Effect Andromeda will get you. This comes courtesy of Nvidia so make of that what you will.

If you meet the Mass Effect Andromeda minimum system requirements, which are a GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 7850 with a Core i5-3570 / AMD FX-6350 then you can play the game on Low settings at 1280 x 720p resolution.

If you meet the Mass Effect Andromeda recommended system requirements, which are a GeForce GTX 1060 / Radeon RX 480 with a Core i7-4790 / AMD FX-8350 then you can play the game on High settings at 1920 x 1080p resolution.

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06:53 Mar-18-2017

I've read on a few other forums that people with the bare minimum CPU (i5 3570) are getting inconsistent performance, below what they had expected. Granted, some of them had their CPU at stock clock speeds, or had 8GB RAM (which is probably just enough, maybe, maybe not), and had nVidia GPUs that should have handled it, but I don't think nVidia has a Game Ready driver available for ME:A just yet. So, maybe a few more things need to happen first, but I'm hoping that those of us still rocking the 3570k will be alright.

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08:39 Mar-17-2017

SOMEONE PLEASE SAVE A LIFE, BENCHMARK THIS GAME ON 560ti 1gb

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13:26 Mar-17-2017

Sorry to say that, but if you're planning to play, you'll need atleast 2GB video memory. I had an GTX560Ti before and in most games with 2GB as minimum I had very big fps drops.

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16:18 Mar-17-2017

thanks man. I saw that gtx 760 still struggled at high on 1080p. Also 680SOC in my country is almost like 230$. And in same amount I cant get 970. So....970 it is....

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17:46 Mar-18-2017

In which country do you live? I assume you're looking for a used graphic card? for around 200-230$ the 970 should be a good choice. If not, there are few 4GB alternatives.

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15:26 Mar-21-2017

Pakistan here...Sad the companies dont have their official market here

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23:27 Mar-16-2017

Why am i not interested in this Game, am i weird? Never played any of the series and probably won't in the future.

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23:30 Mar-16-2017

Everyone has different tastes, when ME1 first came out I had zero interest in it. After a relative bought it for me shortly after, I got hooked.

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13:28 Mar-17-2017

I've played ME 1 and 2 and i'm not interested aswell so it's not weird :D But the main reason for me is lack of time and few other games to play atm.

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03:21 Mar-15-2017

I should be just fine, I'm upgrading soon anyway, but I can totally work with this


also as a general PSA, if you have issues with Origin, this game can be bought for PC on Amazon

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01:11 Mar-14-2017

i Hope to god my my build can run this with very high settings and 2560x1440p or i may just go grab a 1080ti i live for mass effect.

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23:02 Mar-13-2017

My 1080 CRAVES BLOOD! 4K BLOOD.

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00:00 Mar-14-2017

How do you crave 4K with a 1080p Monitor?

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00:58 Mar-14-2017

What I was wondering lol.


Maybe he just using DSR? Who knows.

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19:49 Mar-14-2017

I'm guessing he means his Zotac GTX 1080 =))

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23:59 Mar-16-2017

LOL brag much

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18:16 Mar-13-2017

So I won't be Able to get even 30 fps!!!!!!!!!!! with my
I5 6500
GTX 1060 6GB
16 GB ram
That would be very bad !!

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19:00 Mar-13-2017

No. Early review leaks suggest the 970 handles this game on ultra at 70 - 80 fps.


Your 1060 would be at least 80 - 90.

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19:25 Mar-13-2017

i hope i get 50-60 :D

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00:41 Mar-14-2017

system requirements today are BS, you can run it mate :)

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15:39 Mar-14-2017

Unless the optimization sucks like the one in Fallout 4, you will have no problem what so ever launching the game at high settings at 60+ fps.

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00:01 Mar-17-2017

Cmon guys,all ME games were good when it came to optimization,if he cries that he can't run it then how about me :) i know i will run it with a bit of tweaking

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10:22 Mar-13-2017

I hope I could run with my pc. BF1 and TF2 ran very well on Max Setting 1080p. But Inquisition, was not good at all!

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15:09 Mar-13-2017

Inquisition's PC optimization stands out from the others as pretty meh.

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15:28 Mar-13-2017

An early leak from a review copy suggests that the 970 would handle this game at 1080p ultra settings and maintain 60 - 70 fps.


Since your 3GB is a bit more powerful than the 970, you should have absolutely no problem playing MEA.

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16:36 Mar-13-2017

Good to know, MakoRuu, thanks for the info!
I think DA:I ran pretty well for me because of AMD's Mantle. I'm not sure if ME:A will get any other graphics API options besides DX11. DX12 performance for me in any of the games I have that use DX12 has been mediocre at best, although I haven't really tried since nVidia's latest GeForce drivers were released, which promised more DX12 performance. Of course this is all a moot point if ME:A doesn't and never will get the option to use anything other than DX11. BF1 runs better for me in DX11 anyway.

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16:51 Mar-13-2017

Mass Effect Andromeda natively supports DX12 and Ansel.


As well as 4k resolutions and ultrawide 21:9.

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05:48 Mar-14-2017

Oh nice, I must've missed that, thanks!

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00:14 Mar-14-2017

Nice to know about it. I have the Origin Access trial and let's see!

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17:12 Mar-10-2017

I highly doubt these requirements are accurate for 30fps. A gtx 1060 should get 60 fps+ oh high at 1080p, with some minor adjustments at most.

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13:59 Mar-10-2017

So, wait. Minimun and recommended requirements for 30 fps? Well, i am cancelling my preorder until i see what is really going on with this game.

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18:52 Mar-10-2017

No, that's not true. As always video game companies constantly overhype their system requirements.


Who knows if it's a conspiracy to sell more computer technology, or if they're just playing it safe so people with low end PCs don't get mad when they can't play the game. Either way it's retarded.

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19:32 Mar-10-2017

Well, i know but i can't be certain about that and i can't risk wasting my money on a game my Rig can't handle. So i am going to wait.

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19:56 Mar-10-2017

Waiting is always the best option. I would only suggest preordering to someone with a decent gaming PC, or a Console. And only if they're already a fan of the series. MEA is only like the third game I've ever preordered in my life. lol

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03:24 Mar-10-2017

They created such a panic with this article on their site.


Scaring so many people into canceling their preorders, instead of going out and buying spanking new GTX 1070's like they assumed they would.


What a bunch of idiots.

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14:52 Mar-09-2017

Okay, so if you meet the minimum requirements, you can run 60 fps on those particular settings? Or it is 30?

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18:10 Mar-09-2017

720p30fps

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18:53 Mar-10-2017

They're full of crap. Don't listen to the stupid graph, it's grossly inaccurate.

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12:32 Mar-09-2017

This might be be the first new game I buy this year. Very excited about this game!

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11:27 Mar-09-2017

An i5 and gtx 660 could easily do more than low even on 1080p(imo)

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11:22 Mar-09-2017

I'm crossing my fingers for 50 fps/1080p/High.

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10:53 Mar-09-2017

i hope i get 60 on high-ultra 60 at 1440x900

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08:48 Mar-09-2017

I'm somewhere in the middle, I suppose. Hoepfully medium-low settings will get me 50-60 FPS at 1080p.

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23:59 Mar-08-2017

cant believe gtx 660 is now considered low. Damn time flies so fast

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01:11 Mar-09-2017

ikr my gtx 770 amp edition zotac is getting old as well, no more drivers for it :(

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09:17 Mar-14-2017

Well,my 660 had a good 4 year run and served me well. Had a 260 before the 660 that served me well for 4 years. 4 years seem to be the lifespan of the mid range cards before performance drops off.

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21:37 Mar-08-2017

What say you guys? I can run BF1 Ultra @1080p capped at 60 FPS with few dips to 55 or so when things get unusually hectic. Though I gotta admit, Dragon Age ran like crap but BF1 and Battlefront run amazingly.

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23:22 Mar-08-2017

Same here with BF1, ultra settings @1080p, I even turn up the resolution scale slightly. It might dip to -57 FPS sometimes, but usually 60. Dragon Age Inquisition ran pretty well for me, too, but I ran it on Mantle the whole time I played it. I tried it on my current nVidia gpu and DX11, and it seemed to run alright, although I only tested an old Skyhold save.

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00:16 Mar-09-2017

Yea honestly I'm not too sure why Dragon Age ran worse on my PC. I had to turn a few stuff to high/med to stay at 60 FPS.

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16:16 Mar-09-2017

Bf1 runs good for me, ultra @1080p 60fps most of the time but when **** gets really intense i get drop in the 50's on conquest mode. My i5-3570k runs at 4.2ghz

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23:15 Mar-09-2017

Yeah I'm running mine back at 4.2GHz, as well. I dropped it to 4.1 for a while because I was getting some WHEA errors, very few, but I dropped it back just in case. I've decided to bump the voltage a little more and set it back to 4.2 again for ME:A. I think it would probably be fine in that game even with 4.0 GHz though, honestly.

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06:32 Mar-10-2017

That shall be enough mate :)

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20:20 Mar-08-2017

Well, I still have no idea where I fall on this.


The 6350 can reach 90fps in dx12 and 70 in dx11 on BF1. My 6300 isn't much worse, so I'm crossing my fingers I'll get by in Andromeda :/

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20:32 Mar-08-2017

i have on one setting under ultra 50-60 fps in dx12 on my oc'ed fx6350, and its not the graphics card

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| 60FPS, Medium, 1440p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Palit Super JetStream 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB Edition 32GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Inno3D Compact 6GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition 16GB
60% Yes [5 votes]
Pentium Dual Core B960 2.2GHz Radeon HD 6950M 4GB
33.3333% Yes [6 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
| High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 10GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i3-8100 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 32GB
100% Yes [5 votes]