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Benchmarks summary

Zones like Ardenweald seems to be noticeably more GPU demanding than other zones. Other are more typical with CPU being the limiting factor. The combat as always is heavily CPU limited - if you want high framerate in mass-actor combat then the latest top CPUs will be in order. On smaller scale or just open world this will be less apparent.

  • CPU: modern 4-core CPU is a minimum to get maximum performance out of the game, 6-8 cores if you intend to run other apps and lots of addons alongside the game. The game barely scale beyond 4-cores - but it does spread load across multiple cores (just that it doesn't scale performance up due to single main core being the bottleneck).
  • GPU: for 1080p you will be fine with a budget GPU. If needed lowering settings mode will increase the FPS. For higher resolution high fidelity you will however need a top of the line modern GPU. The game should be fine with 4GB of VRAM. 2GB cards can see some performance penalty. Higher resolution/settings can use bit more.
  • RAM: you need at least 8GB - although zones like Oribos may exceed it (on Windows), optimal 16GB depending on addons and other apps running. Note that especially Ryzen CPUs scale really well with RAM frequency (and latency) so for new systems try to pick better kits of RAM.
  • Storage: Using a HDD gives much longer load times and if possible it's advised to switch to even a basic SATA SSD. The game still works on a HDD though.
  • Display and resolution: if you want more than 1080p resolution then I would recommend ultrawide 3440x1440 displays. If you really like it there are also super ultra wide displays. 4K isn't bad, just that WoW is really nice on an ultrawide display.
  • Laptop: Integrated graphics can run the game really well on medium settings, but only latest, most modern integrated graphics like Vega 7/8 in Ryzen 4000 and 5000 CPUs and Intel Tiger Lake G7 CPUs.
World of Warcraft Shadowlands on a ultrawide display

World of Warcraft Shadowlands on a ultrawide display


Games, 12 October 2020, Piotr MaliƄski

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