Project CARS 2 PC System Requirements Race into View

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 2:03 PM
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Forget Forza 7. Move over GT Sport. For hardcore racing enthusiasts, there's only one true champion to the sim crown - Project CARS. Now Slightly Mad Studios is back with Project CARS 2, promising the most authentic and detailed racing simulator yet. Everything has been painstakingly recreated in frankly ridiculous detail, and it shows in the official Project CARS 2 PC system requirements.

Project CARS 2 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (and unspecified versions of Windows 7)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 3.6GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 680 or Radeon R9 280X
  • HDD: 50 GB available hard drive space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Project CARS 2 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 8GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB
  • HDD: 50 GB available hard drive space
  • DX: DirectX 11

OK, so there's a fair bit to unpack here. First of all, let's start with the OS. The official requirements for Project CARS 2 suggest Windows 10 as a minimum, accompanied by the caveat that some versions of Windows 7 are also supported. SMS haven't specified the exact versions, but we'd hazard a guess it's 64-bit Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 and the convenience roll-up installed.

Moving on to the CPU demands for Project CARS 2 and these are lofty indeed. Compared these to the original Project CARS and they aren't even the same ballpark. In fact, overall, Project CARS 2's minimum specs are higher than the recommended specs for Project CARS. Now you'll need a capable quad-core CPU with 3.4+GHz clock speed.

The CPU needs to be joined by a video card with at least 2GB VRAM for minimum graphics settings in PC2, while you'll need a hefty 8GB VRAM to meet the recommended specs. Curiously, SMS recommend either a GeForce GTX 1080 or Radeon RX 480 8GB, with the Nvidia card being hugely more powerful than AMD's RX 480. The 8GB VRAM is likely the major sticking point here though, and Project CARS 2 is sounding like it could be quite the performance hog on this front. Still, it's undeniably strange to equate a $250 RX 480 to a $600 GTX 1080. 

Aside from this, you're looking at 8GB RAM minimum, 16GB recommended. That's fairly standard procedure for a AAA title in 2017, as is the 50GB installation size.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Project CARS 2 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Project CARS 2 GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Project CARS 2 Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.

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Those reequisrements looks pro-AMD, Core i7 3770 and FX-8350? GTX 1080 and RX 480? If FX-8350 run, i5 does, if RX 480 run, GTX 1060 does too. And I doubt this game will really need 8Gb VRAM at 1080p resolution.

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11:09 Oct-05-2017

Sooo, it should be playable on a Strix 750Ti, at least on low, 30 FPS 1080p?
OCd to 1300MHz

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01:46 Jun-29-2017

actually yall can expect high requirements, cause the first one was very demanding too and my specs aren't a slouch

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17:21 Jun-28-2017

"Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB" wait, what ? xD

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23:10 Jun-28-2017

my thought exactly lmao

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06:21 Jun-29-2017

Nvidia GTX 1070 and Maxwell Titan X will be better at recommend requirement because GTX 1060 6GB is faster than Radeon RX 480 8GB.

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14:48 Jun-28-2017

This must be for 4k.. please?

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10:42 Jun-28-2017

Another day, another set of reqts that scream wait for benchmarks!

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07:14 Jun-28-2017

Seems like i can play as a gtx1080 owner. Feels good.

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02:29 Jun-28-2017

Holy moly! That's demanding!

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19:49 Jun-27-2017

I wish they told for recommended what resolution is for recommended

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02:27 Jun-28-2017

I read somewhere that it's 1080p 60fps for recommended and 720p 30fps for minimum.


Don't take my word for it.

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18:58 Jun-27-2017

so can i max this????

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18:17 Jun-27-2017

Will they include a bitcoin miner in their game as well. Can't think of another reason why you would need those specs for a racing game like this.

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17:33 Jun-27-2017

aah.. developers favorite hobby... getting drunk then publishing nonsense and irritating requirements for their upcoming games xp

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16:02 Jun-27-2017

I'm not going to buy this game, sorry.

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15:47 Jun-27-2017

What the actual **** is with those requirements? They're all over the place!
A RX 480? On par with a GTX 1080? A i7 3770 now Minimum? WINDOWS 10 BEING MINIMUM DESPITE IT USING DIRECTX 11?
Also with it saying it only also supports unspecified versions of Windows 7, does it mean Windows 8.1 can't play it?
Bugger that, I'll 100% Gran Turismo 3 again.


(PS, GD, race sim fans don't go for pCars for simulation value - it varies per person, but most lean towards rFactor 2 or iRacing for simulation value)

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17:43 Jun-27-2017

Yeah requirements are pretty unbalanced, the RX 480 is good card but when compared to 1080 is joke, same with FX-8350 it only wins on paper but when gaming it's DAY and NIGHT difference! Also many requirements are very inaccurate.

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02:37 Jun-28-2017

I think I can explain the OS, or at least attempt to. There's two possibilities I can see:


#1. Project Cars 2 is optimized to run specifically under the specified OS.


#2. It may have to do with the AMD processor mentioned in the recommended settings.


#3. There's a mistype (or "typo")

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15:33 Jun-27-2017

AMD optimised, like AMD though using nvidia due to price. Min might for ultra 1080p and recommended? might for 4k ultra...

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16:03 Jun-27-2017

I think you are right, also I doubt it so AMD optimized... I mean the gtx 1080 is 75% more powerful than the rx 480... that's one hell of an optimization.
When it comes to CPUs, it seems to be intel optimized, at least when it comes to the r5 1600x vs i7 6700k/7700k.

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14:41 Jun-27-2017

Those reequisrements looks pro-AMD, Core i7 3770 and FX-8350? GTX 1080 and RX 480? If FX-8350 run, i5 does, if RX 480 run, GTX 1060 does too. And I doubt this game will really need 8Gb VRAM at 1080p resolution.

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02:45 Jun-28-2017

I'm betting it's for 4K. Only one way to find out... IT'S BENCHMARKING TIME!

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14:26 Jun-27-2017

They just won't see my money!
I am not going to support this nonsense

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14:19 Jun-27-2017

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB wtf.

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14:57 Jun-27-2017

yeah thought the same..

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14:59 Jun-27-2017

also i7 3770 as a minimum? lol nice one :D

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14:19 Jun-27-2017

Minimum CPU : Intel Core i7-3770 ...

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You shouldn't worry, your pentium 1 will blow the game out of the water :D

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17:29 Jun-27-2017

i'am not worry about my self i'am pretty sure that i will be capable of it .. i am just worry about the other pc gamers

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14:14 Jun-27-2017

lol a racing game need a GTX 1080? wow

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I'm shocked at the i7-6700K

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Can They Run... |

| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-4670 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EVGA Gaming 4GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1440p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Ultra Gaming 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB 8GB
| High,
Ryzen 7 2700 8-Core 3.2GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1440p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Palit Super JetStream 16GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB Edition 32GB
75% Yes [4 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
57.1429% Yes [7 votes]
Pentium Dual Core B960 2.2GHz Radeon HD 6950M 4GB
25% No [8 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