Cyberpunk 2077 PC system requirements predicted and performance expectations

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Jul 3, 2020 5:30 PM
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These days everyone is sitting around twiddling their thumbs for when Cyberpunk 2077’s official system requirements are revealed. Many places have already put together their own predictions but we thought they were just way too high for anything reasonable, so we’ve put together our own predictions for Cyberpunk 2077’s system requirements, as well as some performance expectations.

First of all, we’ve included 3 sets of requirements as is usual now for when a new title offers ray tracing support. So for that we’ve put together a minimum system requirements for Low graphics settings on 1080p at 60fps, some recommended requirements for High graphics settings on 1080p at 60fps, and finally some ultra system requirements for Max graphics settings and ray tracing enabled on 1080p at 60fps.

Okay, enough lollygagging choombattas, lets get on with it and see what our predicted Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements are…

Cyberpunk 2077 Minimum system requirements, predicted (Low settings, 1080p @ 60fps)

Cyberpunk 2077 Recommended system requirements, predicted (High settings, 1080p @ 60fps)

Cyberpunk 2077 Ultra system requirements, predicted (Max settings + ray tracing, 1080p @ 60fps)

So as you can see it’s not exactly the worst ever requirements. If you happen to be rocking one of the most popular cards right now a GTX 1060 you'll most likely be able to hit the Medium-High graphics settings mark and still get 60fps.

Those with 900 series cards like the classic GTX 970 will still be able to launch the game at least with Low-Medium graphics settings at 1080p. Of course, if you don't mind dipping below 60fps then you'll probably be able to squeeze a bit more quality settings out or even a slightly lower end card.

Unfortunately AMD has no current equivalent to Nvidia's RTX series that allows for ray tracing, so we had to leave Team Red out of the picture there I'm afraid. Obviously with the Big Navi coming out soon and the rest of the RDNA2 family allowing for ray tracing capabilities, this shouldn't be much of a problem by then. But for now we can't recommend anything from AMD for ray tracing in Cyberpunk 2077.

We know that Cyberpunk 2077 will also only support DirectX12, which luckily isn't too new anymore now that most cards can run the API without too much issue. Though it does mean that only Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems will be supported of course.

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Cyberpunk 2077 performance expectations

We all know that Cyberpunk is going to be a bit of a beast when it comes to graphical fidelity and performance, one look at the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay demo they released recently will show you just what I mean. But we have to remember that this will be how the game looks at its best, not its worst, and if we hearken back to The Witcher 3's release there was a lot of graphics options that could be turned way down.

This basically means that the entry level requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 on PC won't be crazy high at least. And as a fun comparison for expected performance requirements during release lets look back at the performance for Witcher 3 (which of course is also made by CD Projekt Red) and how it was handled on PC at the time of its release and we will quickly reveal some interesting tidbits.

For instance, at the time of Witcher III's release, one of the top-end consumer cards available was the GTX 980, which was barely able to 60fps at 4K Ultra settings. But if you turned the resolution down to 1080p resolution instead, the GTX 980 was able to get around 60fps easily on Ultra settings. In fact, you had to go all the way down to a GTX 780 or an RX 580 in order to just barely get above 60fps. That's a 2 generation gap between the top-end graphics card.

So this all tells us that Cyberpunk 2077's performance won't require a super beefy GPU in order to run well at 1080p with High settings. A GTX 1060 will do you just fine, same as any of the other GTX 900 series cards (with a bit of tweaking of course). Cards like the GTX 970, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti.

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Conclusion

If you want Cyberpunk 2077 to run at it's absolute best then you'll definitely need quite a beefy PC setup, even with DLSS 2.0 turned on with ray tracing enabled. The preview demo ran at 60fps and native 1080p with an RTX 2080 Ti and ray tracing enabled with DLSS 2.0, so we can expect the same sort of performance with the same hardware when the game officially lands.

But CD Projekt Red want us gamers to be able to run the game. they want the majority of people to be able to buy and play their game. They dont want it to look crap for that majority either. So expect tonnes of graphical customisation for Cyberpunk 2077, like we saw in The Witcher 3, where PC gamers can adjust the Cyberpunk's video settings to get it to run smoothly on most modern PCs. Because that is the best way to get the highest amount of sales. Accommodating the top end hardware is also a great thing for CDPR to add to Cyberpunk to keep their AAA game relevant past the release date and into the future. So having graphics options that can make use of the most powerful gaming hardware is certainly going to be in Cyberpunk.

CD Projekt Red are working on polishing the game currently before their release in November, so we'll most likely see some sort of performance increase by the time it launches.

Another thing to remember regarding those Cyberpunk Ultra requirements above, they  are heavily based on the demo (we discuss in the link above) that saw 1080p 60FPS recently. Normally we see pre-release demos run on the absolute best machines money can buy before a release, to help ensure the game doesnt have any unexpected hiccups during demos etc.

But if you're worried about even booting up the Cyberpunk 2077 splash screen, don't worry, you should be totally fine as long as you're using a decent graphics card from the past 5 years, and that is if you want to play at 60fps, 1080p.

Finally, it's kind of a given now that the next generation of graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD, like the RTX 30 series or the Big Navi, will be more than capable of delivering a solid performance with Cyberpunk 2077. We would like to think that the RTX 3080 Ti will most likely be able to hit a fairly stable 60fps at 4K, with a bit of tweaking, and AMD's version will finally bring ray tracing capability to their family of hardware.

This article is here to start the debate and give us all a nice place to discuss this highly anticipated game's requirements prior to its release. So that's our insight on CP2077 specs now we would love to hear your thoughts on what you predict the system requirements would most likely be for Cyberpunk 2077.  And please help each other out in the comments below, as we all discuss this together as we prepare for one of the biggest games of 2020.

So what do you think? What are your own predictions? What FPS do you want to run Cyberpunk 2077 at? And when do you think we'll find them out officially? Let us know!

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10:30 Sep-17-2020

I think based on the graphics that Cyberpunk will require a 1060 for minimum and a Ryzen 5 1600 andfor Recommended a 3700x and a 1070TI.As for RT I think a RTX 2070 will sufficeFor the Intel Side I think a 9th gen I5 will do the trick,and for recommended I think a I7 10th gen will do the trick.I am not a sys req expert

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16:19 Sep-02-2020

Based on this article (I know I'm a bit late), what would your predictions be for a 1440p/60FPS build?
Do you think mine would be able to hold up to that target? I couldn't care less for ray tracing, as of now the only impressive showcase of it is going to be Cyberpunk and the game looks fine without it anyway.

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22:57 Jul-06-2020

Can I run the game on my current specs or it's difficult to run the game on my current PC specs.

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22:26 Jul-07-2020

If you ask me, you might fall bit short on graphic card. Like I think it will run, since it also runs on PS4 and XB1, but I don't think experience will be great even with compromises. CPU, while I do think CP may push threads, should still be able to do it for 60FPS or more, provided FX really is minimum. That Hyperthreading really helps older i7s to hang in there. But this is pure guessing.

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22:02 Jul-08-2020

Now can i play this game on my current specs or not ?

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00:25 Jul-09-2020

If you COULD run it, it would be barely. So, I'm gonna go ahead and say no. Your hardware is getting extremely dated, especially that GPU, and you desperately need an upgrade in that particular department if you want to play newer titles. Your CPU may still be fine if you only game.


If you are on somewhat of a budget; I recommend the 2060 KO above any other GPU.

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00:41 Jul-09-2020

Thanks my friend Bearadactyl
on your opinion but in the meantime i can't buy a new GPU or even in the time of releasing the game, but maybe there is any hope to play the game. Thanks anyway my friend.

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20:20 Jul-04-2020

I'm willing to play as long as I get atleast 35 fps at tweaked Med-High 1080p or 900p at the least.....Below that, it'd be just an insult to the game and I'd rather wait 5-6 yrs to play this after I get a job XD

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18:46 Jul-04-2020

Well end this year gonna upgrade GPU max budget 400 euro. RX 590 will do, but want high/ultra 1080P hope the prices drops XT 5700 or 2080

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11:52 Jul-10-2020

End this year with 400 i believe you can get the new rtx 3060 or equal amd gpu. Dont get any of the current gpu. You can di better if you can wait until end of the year

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09:38 Jul-11-2020

Then the RTX 3060 Ti will be very very interesting.

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13:36 Jul-04-2020

Feels bad when my 4 core CPU doesnt meet the requirements. Will be upgrading to Zen 3 eventually whenever it is out though. Like a lot of people said though, Low requirements seem pretty lofty.

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14:43 Jul-04-2020

There's no way your CPU isn't enough.
The predicted requirements might match the actual requirements. But that only means actual requirements are not indicative of what you really need. And this is especially true for the recommended CPU.

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00:42 Jul-11-2020

Honestly, a 7700K should still be a fine CPU for gaming; and probably will be for a few more years. I doubt your CPU will be much of a hindrance, if any. Single thread performance is still more important for gaming than number of cores. Quad core is fine.


As long as you're just gaming, I'm gonna say you're good to go with that. Especially paired with a 1080 Ti.

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12:29 Jul-04-2020

sorry but the cpu recommendation are messed up the i5 10600 completely blows up first gen r5 same for the i5 10500t with the fx 8350 witch is comparable with an i5 3 gen...

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12:33 Jul-04-2020

minimum i5 4590 or r3 1300x
recomended i5 9400f/i3 10100 r5 2600/r3 3300x
ultra i7 8700k/i7 9700k/ r5 3600 or r7 3700x
this would make more sense

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10:01 Jul-04-2020

i5 10th gen as minimum? that's exaggerating
but I still have a little hope that I'll be able to run it on my Gt 710

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19:21 Jul-04-2020

This must be a joke

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07:43 Jul-07-2020

yep 4k240fps

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04:38 Jul-04-2020

At this point, I don't care if I can run it at 40fps @ 720p. I just want to play it already.

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01:42 Jul-04-2020

1080p60 it is.. I’m good with that :)

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19:04 Jul-07-2020

Random question, are you from the Philippines?

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20:06 Jul-07-2020

lol you recognize the egg?
Ya am from Philippines but moved to Canada in 2010
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18:15 Jul-08-2020

Haha i recognized just from your username. I'm from the united states (michigan)

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18:39 Jul-08-2020

:) [PENOY] was my handle from my CS days.. we were a team of different types of eggs

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00:10 Jul-04-2020

hopefully im able to play this game at over 100fps at 1440p and im willing to sacrifice some rtx effects for it 60fps isnt gonna do it for me was along time ago i aimed for that fps

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22:43 Jul-03-2020

I would say, low are bit overshoot, it is supposed to run on PS4 and XB1, so anything above has to be optional for it to work on consoles. 1080p high seem about right. Though I think 10600 might be bit overshoot. And Ultra I think will do fine on 10600 or 3600, bit for raytracing,if they hammer it,you might actually need next gen card to do it,considering rumors about RTX performance improvements.

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20:36 Jul-03-2020

why the 10700k instead of 10600k? and you think R5 3600 is equal to that?

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20:40 Jul-03-2020

yeah cpu predictions are off imo, for example i5 10500T and fx 8350 in the same category, imo it should have been sandy bridge i7 and up so something like i7 2600(non k) and fx 8350.

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20:22 Jul-03-2020

Woah, 380x for minimum. I used to have that card from 2015. Also, I feel like there is going to be some pretty big differences between low and maximum settings.

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20:36 Jul-03-2020

Yeah for sure, considering this game will be ps4 compatible. I personally think this game will be 4 core cpu killer and will scale well with threads as for gpu side predicted specs seems alright.

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20:21 Jul-03-2020

guys why you think that recommended specs are too high? It looks as people not being realistic enough...

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19:03 Jul-03-2020

If I can play on high 60fps I'm happy

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20:11 Jul-03-2020

im waiting for this too

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18:45 Jul-03-2020

hepwfully im able to play at ultra ,1080p @at least over 30 fps avg as long as doesnt drop below the 30 fps mark

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18:04 Jul-03-2020

Why 11GB GPU RAM on ultra settings with RTX? Does RTX take that much extra RAM? Don't have any experience with RTX, waiting till the 30x0 series launches to get a new card, so I'm curious.

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18:46 Jul-03-2020

More like it needs the firepower to run at those settings with raytracing, still it looks a little bit too high

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18:50 Jul-03-2020

Yeah that stood out to me as well. Red Dead Redemption 2 on ultra only takes up about 4.8GB on my GTX 1070 right now. Can't imagine ray tracing to be more than double, but who knows. Looking forward to the game and new GPU's in any case! :)

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18:56 Jul-03-2020

RDR2 is just the most demanding game out there, i tried to cranck all settings up to ultra and i was getting 20 fps, thats without high AA enabled, at 1080p, i even tried 720p and i was barely getting 28 fps, i dont think cyberpunk will be more demanding than RDR2.

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20:27 Jul-03-2020

Well thats because rdr2 is a frankly bad port. Bad optimization and the like.

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04:16 Jul-04-2020

regardless how rdr2 runs, cp2077 is a completely different game, on a completely different engine, programmed by a completely different team. comparing them is like comparing og doom to cp 2077.

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17:58 Jul-03-2020

Good prediction, i won't be able to run it, it seems.

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18:57 Jul-03-2020

ehh why not?? the only thing i see is maybe you will be vram limited, but you still have plenty of firepower to run this game at 60 fps no problem

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19:45 Jul-03-2020

Because it said r9 380x minimum, yes you are right.

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04:23 Jul-04-2020

your 380 and a 380x have the same amount of ram at the same speed. with your overclock, you should be okay. plus its not like the game is going to just shut off if you dont have the "requirements".

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17:36 Jul-03-2020

So l guess if l want ray-tracing+max settings and 60FPS l am gonna have to run it at 800x640. Good stuff

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Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz GeForce 210 3GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 7 2700X GeForce RTX 3060 Ti MSI Ventus 3X OC 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-2600K 4-Core 3.40GHz GeForce RTX 2060 MSI Gaming Z 6GB 16GB
| Ultra, 1080p
Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gigabyte Windforce OC 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 3GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Radeon RX 570 XFX RS Black 4GB 8GB
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i5-2310 2.9GHz GeForce GT 1030 8GB
| 30FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz GeForce GT 1030 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen R5 1600 Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen R5 1600 Radeon RX 570 Sapphire Pulse 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1440p
Core i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2080 MSI Gaming X Trio 8GB 16GB
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Athlon 3000G 2-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 550 2GB 6GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i3-10100 4-Core 3.60GHz GeForce GTX 1650 16GB
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-4710MQ 4-Core 2.5GHz GeForce GTX 960M 2GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen R5 PRO 1600 Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Asus Dual OC 6GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 4k
Core i9-10900KF 10-Core 3.70GHz GeForce RTX 2080 Super MSI Ventus XS OC 8GB 64GB
75% Yes [4 votes]