Doom 3 System Requirements Revealed


#1

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A new id game has the potential to drive sales of both components and new PCs as gamers upgrade in preparation. Hardware makers are as excited as gamers.

Todd Hollenshead, id’s chief executive, said Doom 3 will require:

• A 1.5-gigahertz Intel Pentium 4 chip or AMD Athlon 1500.
• 384 megabytes of memory.
• Two gigabytes of hard drive space.
• An nVidia GeForce 3 graphics card or better; or an ATI Technologies 8500 or better.
If your existing rig doesn’t meet these specs, here’s a guide to beefing it up to play Doom 3 in all its gory glory.

[b]• Graphics card. This is the best upgrade you can make for Doom 3. It’s also where computer makers, looking to cut corners on mainstream systems, often wimp out.
Here’s hoping the PC you own doesn’t have a graphics adapter that borrows memory from the main system. So-called shared graphics notoriously choke on high-end games, and most budget systems don’t include an AGP slot that lets you install a better card.

ATI Technologies and nVidia are the two biggest providers of graphics cards. As you move up either company’s set of offerings, the results will improve. Cards at the top of the heap — nVidia’s GeForce FX and newer 6800 series, or ATI’s Radeon 9800 or newer X series — will provide the best experience and cost the most.

If you’re upgrading, look for at least 128 MB of video memory in a card with Direct X 9.0 capability that installs into an AGP slot. Cards in the $150 to $200 range — such as a GeForce 5900XT or a Radeon 9600XT — will be a sweet spot.

• Memory. The 384 MB minimum may trip up a lot of systems. Many mainstream PCs in the last few years have come with 128 or 256 MB of memory. If you want to play Doom 3, more memory is better. I’d recommend 512 MB, and adding up to a gigabyte would be smart.

Check with the maker of your PC to see what type of memory it requires. Prices varies depending on the source and type, but use $50 per 128 MB as a benchmark.

• Hard drive. This is one category that may not require an upgrade at all — just some spring cleaning on your part.

If your hard drive is nearing capacity, take some time to clear off at least twice as much space as the game requires. That means you’ll need at least 4 GB free.

Of course, if you’re down to your last few gigs, you probably should buy a new drive. Get the biggest you can afford, with at least 7,200 revolutions per minute. You’ll pay in the $80 range for a 120-GB Enhanced IDE drive or around $95 for a Serial ATA model.

• Processor. Although this is harder to upgrade, it’s key to your Doom 3 experience. The minimum may be 1.5 GHz, but you’ll probably want at least a 2-GHz Intel Pentium or equivalent AMD Athlon chip. The ideal is 3 GHz or better."
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#2

Hey, thanks so much for that Roberto, thats exactly the info I have been looking for, so it seems my pc will JUST be able to play it, maybe at all settings on low or medium :slight_smile:

thanks again!


#3

agreed, excellent info! ive been wanting to know for some time!

(it would seem my system qualifies! yay! medium settings for me! )


#4

i hope they put out a demo [even if its a benchmark] just so i can see if the game runs. looking forward to the game, hope its fun.


#5

they are doing a demo, but it wont be released till after the game is released :stuck_out_tongue: (or so ign reports)


#6

Yep, time for me to get a new computer!


#7

I have an ATI Fire GL X1 card. I am assuming that will be fine, but can anyone tell me for sure.


#8

Remember, software makers always make the Minimum Requirements a bit lower than they really should! as it increases the chance of more sales. Maya 6.0 for example has a minimum requirement of 200mhz, riiiight…

Don’t take ole’ Todd’s suggestion specs too seriously…


#9

1.5 gig or better? And here I am with my one point three gigahertz AMD. Bugger bugger bugger. :banghead:

Guess it’s finally time to buy that new machine. :hmm: Oh well, at least my renders will go faster. :thumbsup:


#10

I thought it will require geforce fx at least for the normal maps. wao, doom3 is just taking too long to develop. All the technology is way ahead already. Still remember the first demo of doom3 is for testing geforce 3 and xbox 1.


#11

Considering those are really more of the minimum recommended requirements, and you’ll get pretty low frame rates with poor graphics, those really are pretty heavy specs. But naturally doom is going to be behind the hardware technology. What game has had features before there was hardware support for them? Its not like they can just toss in SSS in a month or two because the newly released ATI cards support them.


#12

If you’re upgrading, look for at least 128 MB of video memory in a card with Direct X 9.0 capability that installs into an AGP slot.

Is it just me, or does this not make any sense? I thought Doom 3 was all OpenGL?


#13

I believe it is OpenGL, they just use extensions that allow them to use directX 9 features.


#14

actually they make their minimum requirements higher than they should. because it can run on lower rigs than what they specified. but it will play like crap. alice for example had its minimum requirements a few 100 mhz higher than what i had at the time, same with quake 3 when it came out…, but just because i had lots of ram i was still able to play em.

maya 6 doesnt require much to run. sure some of their features are quite cpu intensive but that doesnt at all mean that you cant 2x click it and it wont turn on… because it will work just fine as long as you have some sort of ogl accelerator.

you would be surprised how low you can go to run stuff. how well they will run depends on what you got.

1.5 gig or better? And here I am with my one point three gigahertz AMD. Bugger bugger bugger.

you should check out the demo when its released and see if it plays. i bet it will because amds are always faster than p4s when you match em up clock for clock.


#15

you should check out the demo when its released and see if it plays. i bet it will because amds are always faster than p4s when you match em up clock for clock.

Hence why I went with AMD, I knew they were a better cpu for a cheaper price :slight_smile: I think really all I need is some more ram and Ill be fine, can anyone suggest a good 512 stick? (ddr)


#16

it should be fine with dual amd 2.0 , 1 gig ram and quad4 900 xgl , right?


#17

i think someone likes to brag :smiley:


#18

Waaahaaahaa! I’m happy to see that there’s no risk at all that I’ll be wasting any time playing this game either :smiley:


#19

Who? me?!

=p


#20

yea good luck configuring your DUAL processors to work mate. better get your programming manual out and free yourself some time.