World of Warcraft: Shadowlands PC system requirements updated, changes SSD storage specs

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Sep 6, 2020 11:00 AM
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Last week we reported on the official PC system requirements for the recently announced World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, which ended up requiring an SSD for the minimum specs. This obviously confused a lot of people as SSDs are generally listed only under recommended specs, and threw off quite a few players.

Now Blizzard have updated the SSD storage requirements on the minimum specs, albeit with a rather worrying note. Now both types of storage are listed under minimum, though a warning label is attached to the 100GB HDD option: "depending on the performance of the drive, player experience may be impacted on HDD."

So basically the specs are the exact same, nothing's changed, only Blizzard has now clarified that yes an HDD can be used, but it is much more preferable to use an SSD.

Maybe this is the start of some games actually requiring an SSD as the bare minimum for specs, as streaming assets is starting to get a lot more important than actual storage size and the amount of system or video memory. You can check out the updated World of Warcraft Shadowlands PC system requirements below:

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands minimum system requirements

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands recommended system requirements

If you want to play World of Warcraft: Shadowlands at its best then you will need at least a GeForce GTX 1080 or Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card, whicch should then be paired with either a AMD Ryzen 7 2700X or Intel Core i7-6700K processor and 8GB of system memory in order to meet the recommended system specs at 1080p resolution. This setup should deliver around 60fps.

In order to meet the minimum specs for World of Warcraft Shadowlands at 1080p resolution then you will need a GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon RX 560 or Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU. You should then pair one of those graphics cards with either an FX-8300 or Core i5-3450 CPU and 4GB of RAM. This hardware configuration should deliver around 60 frames per second on the Lowest graphics settings.

Overall, you should make sure that your GPU can run DirectX12, as World of Warcraft Shadowlands requires DX12 for the best performance. A PC with hardware that is 4 years old should be able to meet the recommended requirements and be able to play WoW Shadowlands at its best.

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

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21:16 Sep-06-2020

Meh.

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19:46 Sep-06-2020

hmmm looking the reqs and the 1st thing that comes to my mind is,oooooh boy will this be full of spyware.... the game doesnt look that demanding for this kind of specs

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12:20 Sep-06-2020

Okay. What is the difference between the latest WoW and previous WoW games? Doesn't graphics and mechanics stays the same? What are they changing so much that you'll need these kind of hardware? The only thing i can think of is bigger open world game than the previous one.

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13:22 Sep-06-2020

Even in BFA you need an SSD, well not technically, but you really, really want one, unless you are fine with slow loading times, texture poping like crazy, not loading textures, not loading world objects, etc, etc.

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13:23 Sep-06-2020

Also in BFA they now removed cached trinket and proc damage. So now instead of throwing about 6-12 dice per hit/spell, the game throws about 100.


With each expansions graphics get updated as well.

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13:24 Sep-06-2020

Then the boss mechanics get more complex and deep and more mechanics happen at the same time.


The list goes on and on.

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13:25 Sep-06-2020

Also the recommended requirements are low, a sub-mid range gtx 1080 and a mid-range r7 2700x and low-end i7 6700k.
I'm not mentioning the Vega64 as almost nobody has it.

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13:30 Sep-06-2020

Damn my character limit on my new account is so bad... Felix, Jon, someone pls double the character limit for everyone. :)

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13:41 Sep-06-2020

Any particular reason you created a new acount?
Not judging, just asking.

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13:47 Sep-06-2020

When you reach -10 active reputation you can't comment. But now that I created a second account I realized I can upvote this one so it gets to -9 and I can write again.

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17:52 Sep-06-2020

I dont know why you get so much downvotes man , i myself cant get past the 90 upvotes mark and it has stayed that way for over a year, this makes me think either there are less people in gd or just people being a d*ick

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19:09 Sep-06-2020

Because they are allowed to. Scared pussies don't dare say anything, or have a weak character, or try to justify it that it's not worth dealing with crap, so they try to shut you up through the downvote system. At first there were downvotes on comments, so they downvoted them, but then they removed the downvotes which was nice, but people went to the reputation to downvote... Now we need to remove the downvote for the reputation.


Also in the past decade alone people have become bigger pussies than ever and much faster than in the past 50 years or so. And they think everything is offensive, they think that you should be polite(yeah basically censoring yourself), they think that there is right and wrong... you know, annoying crap.

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14:13 Sep-06-2020

Now I know I have 12 people that would downvote me automatically, nice. :D
Too chicken sh!t to say something though. :P

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15:14 Sep-06-2020

I don't agree with a lot of what you say, but I do not like censorship. So I will upvote.

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04:01 Sep-07-2020

Got an upvote from me as well.

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17:25 Sep-06-2020

@Gankutsuou i dont know what to do to increase my character's speech

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19:10 Sep-06-2020

You need to rank-up, which happens through people upvoting you, getting friends, approving hardware, writing articles and blogs(especially writing articles and blogs).


But GD should at least double the character limit for everyone.

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04:09 Sep-07-2020

Psycho pretty much answered the question before me. You can also get points for voting on games (if they're optimized or not).
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If you're unsure how many points you need for a new rank, there is a red bar right next to your profile picture. It shows you how many points you currently have, and how many more you need to get to the next rank.

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11:20 Sep-06-2020

Pretty sure most 7200rpm HDDs will be perfectly fine.

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13:24 Sep-06-2020

Well the game will run for sure, but even in BFA, I'd recommend an SSD.

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11:13 Sep-06-2020

all that for a game that look like from the ps2 era well done

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13:02 Sep-06-2020

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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13:25 Sep-06-2020

Objectively speaking WoW's graphics have been improved 10 fold in the past 10 years, but yeah, I'd actually prefer them to go back to TBC/WotLK graphics, but casuals love the improved graphics each expansion, so yeah.

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13:27 Sep-06-2020

Also the gtx 1080 is a sub-mid range GPU and it's from 2016, so yeah, not really demanding. The i7 6700k is a low-end CPU from 2016 again, not much of a requirement.

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13:27 Sep-06-2020

The R7 2700x is a mid-range CPU but I doubt you'll need more than a Ryzen 3 3100 considering the game wants an i7 6700k

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18:01 Sep-06-2020

yeah this game does not look demanding at all

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