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2020/09/01 23:03:28 (permalink)
https://www.kitguru.net/desktop-pc/gaming-rig/matthew-wilson/world-of-warcraft-shadowlands-system-requirements-call-for-ssd-storage-and-beefier-gpus/
 
This is likely a shift that we’ll see with most games over the next couple of years, as next-gen consoles will make SSDs standard for gaming. Given the sheer amount of content in WoW, an SSD certainly wouldn’t hurt, particularly when travelling between zones and instances.
 
Here are the minimum system requirements for WoW: Shadowlands:
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 or AMD FX 8300
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760, AMD Radeon RX 560, or Intel UHD 630 (45W) (DirectX 11 compatible GPU with 2GB VRAM)
  • RAM: 4GB (8GB if using integrated graphics)
  • Storage: SSD, 100GB available space
Meanwhile, the recommended specs call for:
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (DirectX 12 compatible GPU with 8GB VRAM)
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: SSD, 100GB available space
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is currently due to launch on the 27th of October, complete with ray-traced shadows for RTX GPU owners.
 
Looks like some of the system requirements are a bit strong but most gamers should be able to meet the requirements in my personal opinion. 

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    Brad_Hawthorne
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/02 04:15:56 (permalink)
    WoW cartoon graphics require an SSD? This is the funniest thing I've heard all day.
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/02 21:37:47 (permalink)
    Brad_Hawthorne
    WoW cartoon graphics require an SSD? This is the funniest thing I've heard all day.




    Surely feels like 2000 graphics still to me so the jump might only mean 2010 type graphics. 

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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/08 10:28:21 (permalink)
    They reverted the SSD requirement.  As far as the graphics yeah it was originally low poly cartoonish stuff so it would run on more machines.  Now they've kept the style but made the graphics actually a lot more detailed.  They've even added RTX support for shadows in the new expansion.  It still no Crysis or anything, but it's come a long way from those early low res texture days.

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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/09 19:05:10 (permalink)
    I bought a laptop to play WoW back when Wrath of the Lich King came out. It has a Core 2 Duo, GeForce 9600m GS, 4GB DDR2 RAM, and a 5400 RPM hard drive. It handled 25 man raids on high settings. Before that, I was playing on a laptop with a Turion 2 and integrated graphics. It worked for leveling and 5 man instances, but struggled otherwise. The current minimum required card, the GTX 760, is 855% faster than what my laptop has according to Tech Power Up. I'm glad Blizzard is keeping the graphics up to date on that game.

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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/23 21:15:18 (permalink)
    I'm ready! WoW has actually done some nice improvements over the years. The art style is intentional as well, its kind of known for it at this point.
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/24 23:48:41 (permalink)
    The game still looks good, especially the newer areas. 
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/25 07:04:14 (permalink)
    I remember the of graphics. It's come a long way for sure
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/26 16:37:44 (permalink)
    Brad_Hawthorne
    WoW cartoon graphics require an SSD? This is the funniest thing I've heard all day.


    I was thinking the same thing.
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/26 16:38:51 (permalink)
    Mandalorian1977
    The game still looks good, especially the newer areas. 


    Even the WoW Classic graphics look decent considering they are 16 years old.


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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/26 16:50:29 (permalink)
    flyinion
    They reverted the SSD requirement.  As far as the graphics yeah it was originally low poly cartoonish stuff so it would run on more machines.  Now they've kept the style but made the graphics actually a lot more detailed.  They've even added RTX support for shadows in the new expansion.  It still no Crysis or anything, but it's come a long way from those early low res texture days.




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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/26 18:28:45 (permalink)
    I wonder how long it will be before all PC games require a SSD. Its inevitable
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/27 01:53:46 (permalink)
    It's funny looking at the graphical improvements over the years and realizing just how far they've come. IMO, they have that subtle type of improvement that you don't notice until you see them side by side.
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/27 11:30:58 (permalink)
    I just never got into that game - I played a fair amount of Final Fantasy Online when I was a teenager though.
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/27 19:32:35 (permalink)
    I never thought I would need more than my current 1060 to meet WoW's recommended specs. It's always been such an easy game to run. Looking forward to experiencing shadowlands on my new Ultrawide.
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/27 20:09:20 (permalink)
    Visually the game makes gradual improvements but they do improve. Shadowlands looks fantastic. The reason for the SSD is not tied to graphics at all its about  enhancing performance especially in areas with lots of zone transitions etc.
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/28 20:08:40 (permalink)
    Man, I remember playing The Burning Crusade/Wrath of the Lich King as a teen. It kinda destroyed my social life during high school. Nostalgia in me cannot wait for TBC Classic... WoW's environments now look great though.
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    Re: World of Warcraft: Shadowlands system requirements call for SSD storage and beefier GP 2020/09/30 19:43:08 (permalink)
    SSDs wont help bad network connection. Back in wrath there was that error that stopped you from entering an instance. They have come a long way since than.
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