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UPDATE: Following on front last month's preliminary specs, EA has revealed the final PC system requirements for Anthem. BioWare's sci-fi online RPG is quite the looker, impressing us several times since its reveal back in 2017. Anthem looks as if it's going to be quite the test for any rig, particularly if you plan to max out Anthem's PC graphics settings.

Anthem Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon HD 7970
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 50 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Anthem Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 480
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 50 GB Available Hard Drive Space

The minimum specs for Anthem hew closely to the preliminary system requirements. The only change of real note is to the graphics cards. BioWare has lowered the barrier to entry for Anthem's final realise, requiring just a GeForce GTX 760 2GB or a Radeon HD 7970. These seem like reasonably low spec graphics cards as far as minimum requirements go, ensuring Anthem should be capable of running on a wide range of PC gaming systems.

Everything else remains the same, bar the updated 50GB installation size. An install that size is par for the course these days, although expect this size to balloon as BioWare rolls out content updates for Anthem.

Oddly, the minimum spec OS is still Windows 10 for Anthem's final release, despite being a DirectX 11 title according to the official specs. There seems to be no good reason why Anthem shouldn't run on Windows 7 or Windows 8 so we're not sure what's up here. Luckily, there's a ]VIP Demo' at the end of the month so we should know before Anthem's launch whether it's actually possible to run on Windows 7.

As for the recommended specs for Anthem, these are actually considerably lower than we were expecting. Anthem appears to be a graphical tour de force, so perhaps the recommended specs won't be able to crank it to ultra, but the ever-popular GeForce GTX 1060 6GB should still do the job, or a Radeon RX 480 4GB in you're Team Red.

Elsewhere we see a fairly standard doubling of RAM usage to 16GB, the de facto standard for AAA titles these days. It'll need to be paired up with a solid quad-core processor such as the Intel Core i7-4790 or the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X. A modern budget Intel CPU that should be more than capable is something like the Core i3-8100.

Original Story: 30-Nov-2018 - Anthem Preliminary Minimum System Requirements Revealed, Alpha Signups Live

EA has announced an Alpha test for BioWare's Anthem, revealing a new sign-up page for those interested in participating. You can sign up to the Anthem Alpha here. The Anthem Alpha test will run over December 8th and 9th. The news has also been joined by the preliminary minimum system specs for Anthem on PC.

Anthem Minimum System Requirements (Preliminary)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 390
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: 60 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Okay, so the key thing to bear in mind in these are preliminary system requirements for Anthem and could be subject to change. BioWare's morning is also a little ambiguous, saying "In order to run the build, using a PC with the following specifications is strongly recommended". We're going to operate under the assumption these are the minimum specs rather than the recommended though, as we don't believe Anthem will be less demand than Mass Effect Andromeda. These system requirements for Anthem could go up or down depending on the performance optimisation and/or graphical tweaks between now and the February 22nd launch. Taking another EA beta as an example though, Battlefield V's system specs didn't change a huge deal from Alpha to launch.

In terms of what we have though, Anthem is currently looking like a very demanding experience, particularly in terms of the GPUs. The GeForce GTX 970 and the Radeon R9 390 are often the recommended graphics cards for a lot of games, but in the Anthem closed alpha they slot in as the minimum spec. Anthem could be quite VRAM hungry so a 4GB video card is looking a must. It means the recommended GPUs are likely to be in the region of the GeForce GTx 1070 and the Radeon RX Vega 56.

Fortunately, the rest of the Anthem system requirements are a little more forgiving. A decent but old quad-core processor should do the trick, paired with 8GB system memory and 60GB hard drive storage. These are all pretty par for the course these days.

One slight oddity is the Windows 10 requirement. It seems highly unlikely Anthem isn't compatible with Windows 7 but who knows, it may ultimately end up a DirectX 12 exclusive.

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